Want To Save White Center’s Libraries? Next KCLS Board Meeting Is June 28th


As we’ve previously reported, the King County Library System is seriously considering closing both the White Center and Boulevard Park library branches and consolidating them into one new branch.

This idea has not gone over very well with many White Center area residents.

One group, the White Center Library Guild, has launched a “Save Our Libraries’ campaign to “advocate for these libraries and to stress its importance to the community.” The Guild has created a petition that can be signed in front of the libraries and at various community events (read our previous coverage and find out more here).

The next King County Library System Board of Trustees meeting will be in Issaquah at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, and the library closure issue will be on the agenda. The guild is encouraging residents to attend and let their voices be heard.

The first 30 minutes of this meeting is open to public comment. Those who wish to speak may sign up at the beginning.

“Join the White Center Library Guild, White Center CDA and concerned community members to let the board know how important these libraries are to you, your family and your community!”

Here are the details:

WHO: Supporters of our White Center / Boulevard Park Libraries!

WHAT: King County Library System Board of Trustees meeting.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 5:00pm.

WHERE: KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, 98027 (TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED, INFO BELOW).

WHY: “To advocate for our libraries, our youth, our neighbors and our neighborhood’s future!”

The first 30 minutes of this meeting is open to public comment. Those who wish to speak may sign up at the beginning.

The guild also adds:

We understand that transportation may be a barrier, so please reply to this email or call (206) 694-1082 and let us know if you need a ride to the meeting and back to White Center. Our White Center CDA van and other vehicles will leave the White Center CDA parking lot at 3:30pm. The address to our office is 1615 SW Cambridge St, Seattle WA 98106 in White Center.

For more information, contact Ian Dapiaoen, Community Building Program Manager of the White Center Community Development Association at (206) 694-1082 x175 or [email protected] .


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One Response to “Want To Save White Center’s Libraries? Next KCLS Board Meeting Is June 28th”
  1. Douglas says:

    the analysis being presented by the KCLS staff is available at the following online location (not easy to find!) :

    http://www.kcls.org/about/board/2011/062811/attachmentc.pdf

    Very extensive data and rationale, enough to brain freeze almost anyone. See Page 26 (!) for the staff recommendation if you are in a hurry. Basically, staff recommends reneging on promises made during 2004 bond campaign to improve the 2 existing libraries in favor of a single consolidated library at an undetermined location south and between the WC and Boulevard Park libraries. If you support the staff recommendation idea, save yourself the effort and stay home., if you want the board to hear something other than the staff recommendation, come and speak up!.

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