Fairwood opens as KCLS' newest library
The Fairwood Library opened Saturday, December 6, 2014 with an enthusiastic crowd of more than 500 people turning out to celebrate and tour the long-awaited KCLS facility. Thanks to the $172,000 million library capital bond approved by voters in 2004, the new library is 5,000 square feet larger than its predecessor. It has comprehensive interior and infrastructure renovations, more computers and materials, a community room, quiet study areas, and other features. The library is open 65 hours a week.
KCLS Interim Director Julie Acteson welcomed the morning gathering, followed by comments from KCLS Board President Jessica Bonebright and King County Council member Reagan Dunn (District Nine). Dunn emphasized how important and vital this library is to the Fairwood community, thanking KCLS and the Board of Trustees for all their excellent work. The Fairwood Honor Choir helped kick off the event, and children's singer and song writer Nancy Stewart performed inside the library following the ribbon cutting. Other dignitaries who spoke on behalf of the new library were Fairwood Elementary Principal Tricia Hoyle; Gayle Hayes, President of the Friends of the Fairwood Library, and Walter Schact, Principal at Schact-Aslani Architects, the firm that designed the new 20,000-square-foot facility.
Greener, expanded Vashon Library celebrates its opening
More than 600 enthusiastic residents braved the rain to celebrate the newly expanded and renovated Vashon Library on March 29, 2014.Â The Free Range Folk Choir performed during the open house, and the Friends of Vashon Library provided refreshments.Â
Speakers included KCLS Trustee Robin McClelland, State Senator Sharon Nelson, Vashon Honorary Mayor Kathi Jenkins and Vashon Fire & Rescue Chief Hank Lipe.
The library, expanded to a total 10,000 square feet, offers patrons a thoughtful place to read and interact, while connecting them to their green surroundings with enhanced views of forested Ober Park. The building was designed “green” as well, including a green roof to reduce storm water runoff and help keep the building cool in the summer.
The new library also features two study rooms, a reading room, and dedicated areas for children and teens, as well as a larger community meeting room equipped with an automatic drop-down screen, a large whiteboard and automated shades to dim the lighting for movies, slides or other presentations.
Breaking Ground for the New Skyway Library!
Community members celebrated the Skyway Library groundbreaking on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 9. As the crowd gathered, 25 children from the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club's summer music program entertained the crowd with songs.
KCLS Interim Director Julie Acteson welcomed the community to the event to celebrate the start of construction for the new 8,000 square foot library.
"The new library will be within walking distance from the Boys & Girls Club, a middle school and several elementary schools," said KCLS Interim Director Julie Acteson.
A number of dignitaries addressed the crowd, including KCLS Board Trustee Jessica Bonebright, Friends of Skyway Library President Theresa McLean, West Hill Community Association President Bill Bowden, King County Sheriff's Office Captain Ted Boe and King County Sheriff's Office Deputy Brian Barnes.
"We appreciate the voters in the community who supported this project," said KCLS Board Trustee Jessica Bonebright. "This is going to be a great resource for the community."
Project architect Matt Aalfs highlighted the design process, which incorporated input from the community. He said the new building will have almost twice the space, materials and computers.
"Our goal was to design a building that is inspiring, full of light and strong colors," Aalfs said.
With gold shovels in hand, local dignitaries were joined by children with small shovels to break ground. The crowd enjoyed refreshments courtesy of the Friends of Skyway Library, balloon animals by Lolo the Clown and giveaways.
Bellevue Library - Library Car Show and Garage Opening - 2013
There's one sure way to attract a crowd at a parking garage: plan a car show.
More than 750 people gathered at the top level of the new three level Bellevue Library parking garage for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and car show to celebrate the completion of the construction project on the morning of Saturday, June 22.
As the crowd gathered, the SuperSones performed Cuban music. After KCLS Director Bill Ptacek welcomed the crowd, a number of dignitaries addressed the audience.
"We in Bellevue love libraries," said Deputy Mayor Jennifer Robertson. "The partnership between the city and KCLS is a wonderful thing; I can't wait to see the green wall go up."
In addition to 163 new parking spaces, for a total of 362 spaces, the project includes a green wall of living plants and license plate artwork by renowned Northwest artist Buster Simpson.
"Thank you again for your support of our capital bond," said KCLS Board Trustee Robin McClelland.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees toured more than 40 classic, muscle, exotic, and electric cars while enjoying mini-donuts from Street Donuts and coffee generously provided by the Bellevue Friends of the Library. Lolo the Clown also was in attendance, creating balloon animals for children.