Sno-Isle libraries win program grant, ready plans for Camano branch

The Lake Stevens Library, after receiving community feedback calling for extended operating hours, will open an hour earlier on weekdays and Saturday and start opening on Sundays.

“I see folks waiting to get in the door when I get in in the morning,” said Miriam Driss, the managing librarian for the Lake Stevens Library.

Starting June 1, the library’s new hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

“We’re a small building so we can offer more time, given that at the moment we can’t offer more space,” Driss said.

The Brier Library is also shifting its operating hours so that, starting June 2, it will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays and closed Sundays and Mondays. Previously the library has been closed Thursdays and Sundays, a staggered schedule customers found hard to remember.

The changes come at a time when Sno-Isle Public Libraries has been enjoying some success.

Earlier this week, the 21-library system received a $5,000 award from the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform Program in recognition of its efforts to promote science education, including its annual Winter Extravaganza, which features robotics, dinosaurs, Lego animation workshops and more.

The money will go to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation to continue to support programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Sno-Isle last week also selected architects for a new permanent library on Camano Island.

Camano Island voters approved in the April 22 special election a $2.3 million bond to convert a 4,900-square-foot former restaurant into a new library.

Stanwood-based Designs Northwest Architects has been selected as the principal architecture firm for the project and Stig Carlson Architecture of Coupeville will be the planning architect.

Chris Winters: 425-374-4165 or cwinters@heraldnet.com.

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