New Federal Way 320th Library Opens - 2013
The sun may not have shown up for the Federal Way 320th Library opening, but that didn't stop the rest of the community.
More than 350 people braved the rain to attend a ribbon-cutting and open house to celebrate the new 15,000 square foot library on the morning of Saturday, September 28. As people gathered, musicians with Los Flacos entertained the crowd.
A number of dignitaries addressed the crowd during the ribbon-cutting, including KCLS Board Trustee Rob Spitzer, Mayor Skip Priest, Councilmember Jeanne Burbidge and King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer.
"In 2004, the voters passed a bond and now we have two new fabulous libraries in Federal Way," said Rob Spitzer.
"This library is very important," said Mayor Skip Priest. "It opens doors for those who may not have had many opportunities."
The project architect, Nathan Messmer, detailed some of the building features, including the new shelving system, colorful carpet design and flexible space. The library interior features an expanded Children's Area, Teen Zone, three study rooms, a quiet study room and community meeting room. The building was designed with several green features: windows that maximize daylight, radiant heating, low-flow fixtures and a detention pond and rain garden. Weathering steel was selected for the building cladding, which will patina and oxidize over time.
Bill Ptacek invited the dignitaries and children to help cut the ribbon. Once the doors opened, community members were greeted by Dewey and Sketch and enjoyed refreshments, giveaways and more music by Los Flacos.
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.
First Newcastle Library Opens - 2012
More than 1,000 people attended the opening of the first Newcastle Library on the morning of December 8. As a flute and cello duo entertained the crowd, people gathered and took seats.
Once the ribbon-cutting started, members of Girl Scout Troop 43193 and Cub Scout Pack 497 presented the colors and invited the audience to participate in the pledge of allegiance. A number of dignitaries then addressed the crowd, including KCLS Board Trustee Jim Wigfall, Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo, Congressman Adam Smith, 41st District Representative Marcie Maxwell, Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett, and the President of the Friends of the Newcastle Library, Julia Hunter.
"You couldn't have picked a better place for the library; it's in the heart of Newcastle," said KCLS Board Trustee Jim Wigfall, who resides in Newcastle. "I'm excited to walk down the hill and visit the library."
"This will be the place to go if you want to know what's going on in the city," said Mayor Rich Crispo.
"You've made this happen and it's wonderful to have this library in the community," said Marcie Maxwell.
The project architect, Bill LaPatra, detailed some of the building features and said they aspired to create a community gathering place. The building has several eco-friendly features including a green roof. Other highlights are a brainwave pattern in the glass windows and brick detailing that was inspired by the history of Newcastle's brick production.
Bill Ptacek invited the Scouts, dignitaries, and children to help cut the ribbon. Once the doors opened, community members were greeted by Dewey and Sketch and enjoyed refreshments, giveaways and entertainment by musicians with the Parnassus Project.