Boulevard Park Library to celebrate Grand Reopening on Saturday, May 18


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All are invited to join the King County Library System (KCLS), community leaders, Friends of the Library and area residents to celebrate the completion of the newly-renovated Boulevard Park Library on Saturday, May 18.

Located at 12015 Roseberg Ave. S., the day’s festivities – which start at 9:30 a.m. – will include:

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony;
  • Live music by Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana
  • An appearance from Sammy the Sounder, the Seattle Sounders’ new mascot;
  • Sidewalk chalk and crafting activities;
  • And a self-guided tour

The Boulevard Park Library was the first to be incorporated into the System in 1943, and the $2.2 million interior renovation is the final project to be completed under the 2004 Capital Bond measure, making the Boulevard Park Library Grand Reopening a full-circle celebration.

“We are delighted to reopen the Boulevard Park Library—the first to join KCLS 76 years ago— and look forward to serving its residents for many more years to come,” said KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “We thank King County voters for making all the Capital Bond projects possible, and hope you’ll join us in celebrating the culmination of this ambitious improvement program.”

When voters approved the $172 million Capital Bond measure 15 years ago, KCLS embarked on a long-term Capital Improvement Program. The strong show of voter support funded 17 new libraries, expanded 11 libraries, renovated 15 libraries and expanded two parking lots, providing community hubs for people to gather and learn together, as well as more space for expanded collections, technology, programs and services. Many of the new and renovated buildings also include eco-friendly features, making them more comfortable for patrons, longer lasting and better for the environment.

The library’s new windows, skylights and furnishings provide an impressive transformation to a much-loved community resource. The interior has been reconfigured to create room for a larger collection and dedicated space for children, teens and adults, including two private study rooms, and a bigger meeting room with sliding glass walls that feature artwork by Northwest painter Barbara Earl Thomas, entitled “The Secret Reader.”

Overview

  • Designed by Van Slyck, Callison, & Nelson (1971); Tonkin-Hoyne (1991 renovation); Greenbausch Group (2002 remodel); BuildingWork (2019 remodel)
  • 6,536 square feet

History

  • 1937: The Women’s Progress Club of McKinley Hill change their name to The Wednesday Study Club and pass a motion to sponsor a library with just $4.85 in the treasury
  • 1937: A $351.93 216-square-foot library (built in just one week) opens at the corner of South 120th and Des Moines Way South
  • 1943: Boulevard Park is one of the first libraries to join KCLS
  • 1960s: The Wednesday Study Club plans a larger library
  • 1971: Opening of the expanded, 6,536 square-foot library

The Boulevard Park Library is located at 12015 Roseberg Ave. S.:

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