Burien Library Branch Holds Sneak Peek Opening

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Story and Photos by Janet Grella

Burien’s new King County Library branch held a sneak peek opening Wednesday night (June 3rd) at its shiny digs in the new Burien Town Square complex, and the BTB was there.

Nearly 150 residents, assorted councilmembers, Library Foundation members and, of course, librarians enjoyed wine from Bookwalter Wines of Woodinville, appetizers provided by Tony’s Events & Catering in Seattle along with self-guided tours of the new library.

This two-story facility is a “dream come true” according to Burien Mayor Joan McGilton. Bill Ptacek, Director of KCLS, told the group gathered in the new Burien City Council Chambers across the lobby from the library, that the library is a result of a “proud paternership with the city of Burien and KCLS.”

Sponsors of the event were Puget Sound Energy, Bookwalter Winery, KCLS and the Burien Library Guild.

The new Burien Library’s official grand opening will be on Saturday, June 13th when the City of Burien celebrates its new library, city hall and Town Square beginning at 10am.

And by the way, if you didn’t make it to the event, the new library shares the marble lobby with the city council chambers, has high ceilings, tall and large windows on both first and second floors, with street views on SW 152nd as well as panoramic views of Burien and the surrounding area from the upper floor.

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