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Expanded Kirkland Library Opens!
As community members gathered for the celebration, the Lake Washington High School Jazz Ensemble entertained the crowd with several songs. KCLS Director Bill Ptacek then welcomed everyone to the ribbon cutting and open house.
“It is with your support that we are able to bring these library improvements,” Bill Ptacek said to the crowd.
The city is very fortunate to be part of the King County Library System, said Kirkland Mayor James Lauinger.
“This is the best-looking library I’ve seen,” James Lauinger said. “Thanks for bringing our library back, better than before.”
The Kirkland Library was expanded by 4,500 square feet. The additional square footage extends the roof from the original building and culminates in a glass pavilion overlooking the city’s Peter Kirk Park.
KCLS Board of Trustee members Richard Eadie and Jim Wigfall addressed the crowd. Board President Jessica Bonebright also was present.
“Just adding a few thousand square feet has made a big difference,” Jim Wigfall said.
Once the doors officially opened, people were invited inside to tour the library and enjoy refreshments, including cookies provided by the Friends of the Library of Kirklandand cupcakes donated by Sweet Cakes. Free kettle corn was offered outside the library and giveaways included coloring books, book marks and ornaments with seeded paper that grow wildflowers when planted.