Petition Drive Launched To Save White Center, Boulevard Park Libraries

White Center Library Guild members, led by guild President Rachel Levine, launched a petition campaign on Tuesday, June 7, in an effort to save the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries (read our previous coverage here).

The King County Library System Board of Trustees will consider, at their June 28 meeting, a proposal by library system Director Bill Ptacek and his staff to close both libraries and consolidate them in a new facility that would be built in North Burien.

Those signing the petitions to the library trustees declare their “wish to maintain the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries in their current locations. Access to libraries is crucial to the academic improvement of our children who struggle to overcome poverty. We ask the KCLS Board of Trustees to delay any decision about the future of our libraries until after annexation is resolved.”

White Center Library Guild members and Boulevard Park Library patrons will be collecting signatures at both libraries and in their neighborhoods until the trustees’ June meeting.

At their June 6 meeting, Burien City Council members indicated they will adopt on June 20 a resolution urging the trustees to delay any action on library consolidation until the annexation question is settled.

Earlier, Levine thanked them “for making a reasonable counter-proposal” to the library trustees, adding “but we’re not sitting still. We’re about to engage in gathering signatures on a petition.”

Here are photos of Tuesday’s initial petition drive at the White Center library, as shot by Photographer Michael Brunk (note the makeshift use of an ironing board as a signing table!)

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