First Newcastle Library Opens!
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.