King County Library Board To Delay Consolidation Decision To June 28


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Burien-area residents who want to save the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries from closure and consolidation in a new facility got a reprieve Tuesday (May 24).

The King County Library Board of Trustees, meeting on the road in North Bend, voted 3-0 to delay action on a library system administration proposal to do just that until June 28.

That meeting will be held at the King County Library System (KCLS) headquarters building in Issaquah, beginning at 5 p.m.

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5 Responses to “King County Library Board To Delay Consolidation Decision To June 28”
  1. Hotrodgal says:

    Has the KCLS got any plans of LOCAL community meetings to discuss this?

    I can’t find any video of the May 24th meeting (unlike Burien, that provides full
    public video disclosure of their meetings online) or even a written transcript of the
    discussions. If there is any of this available, a link would be appreciated.

    If KCLS has no plans on involving the communities this affects…

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  2. Joanne Glasgow says:

    Please ask the STUDENTS in the White Center and Boulevard Park areas what they think of this! I was surveying my students at Evergreen Campus and none of them even knew about the survey, much less took the survey. These kids will be severely impacted should “thier” libraries close because of transportation issues. Let’s keep libraries accessible to these students.

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  3. Feral dog says:

    Hotgal,
    Why would they inform the people affected by their actions before they actually do it?
    They just may get some opposition then..Can`t have that now can we? Sheesh!! *heh-heh*

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  4. Hotrodgal says:

    Well, silly me, Feral; you are sooo correct! 😉

    We have a group here who was nominated by the
    King County Executive and confirmed by the
    County Council. At least we can give kudos for
    their consistency. As to the hiring of Ptacek,
    who seems pretty fired up to escalate the
    consolidation…

    I don’t know a lot of what is going on with the
    White Center location, but I do know my local
    Boulevard Park branch is among the oldest in
    the system, being one of the first volunteer
    libraries some 69 years ago. The fact that it has
    been neglected for decades may be one reason
    KCLS has found it to be not so cost effective.

    Joanne, thanks for your suggestion and the survey
    you conducted. This issue should be fully
    engaging those it most impacts.

    BTW Feral- thanks for the ‘hotgal’.
    Can’t remember anyone calling me
    that for decades!
    (Still love my hotrods though…) 🙂

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  5. Hotrodgal says:

    After over two hours of looking, I finally found this gem of a
    report in the ‘White Center Now’ Blog, written by Deanie Schwarz:

    http://whitecenternow.com/categories/white-center-library/

    Thank you Deanie!

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