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Lake Stevens Library customers share thoughts as change looms
May 18, 2021
As the Lake Stevens Library winds down to its final days on Main Street, customers are sharing what the library has meant to them and their community.
Dozens of Lake Stevens Library customers have left notes about what the library, its staff and reading have meant to them.
Library staff members invited customers to share their memories and goodbyes using “Bon Voyage, Main Street” notes and hung them in the front windows.
“The Lake Stevens Library has occupied its current building on Main Street since 1985,” says the explanatory note from library staff. “As we prepare to transition to our temporary space on Grade Road, we’d like to give our community a chance to say goodbye to this building by sharing a favorite memory, hope or well-wish. We look forward to hearing from you!”
The idea for a goodbye window was a collaboration between the Friends of the Library, Library Board and Lake Stevens staff members. Lake Stevens Library Manager Lindsay Hanson called out staff members Yoko, Jillian, Jannah and Adam for their ideas and extra effort. Yoko painted the goodbye message and Jannah painted some cute ducks from the popular children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings.” The theme of the ducklings finding their new home resonated with the library’s journey to its new home in the City of Lake Stevens’ former police station.
The notes all share the same sentiment: Lake Stevens Library customers love the Lake Stevens Library.
Some notes, like the following two, are anonymous.
“This building was a large part of my love for books that started developing in early childhood. I was able to build the same love in my oldest daughter and watch it grow between these walls. Gratitude, nostalgia & well wishes abound!”
“A huge thank you from all the teachers who rely on the library.”
Many other notes are signed. These are just a few.
From the Zapffe family: “Our family loves the Lake Stevens Library and all the friendly, helpful staff. We have years of good memories. From toddler story time and special events (like puppet show & Eric Ode) to the countless books and movies we’ve checked out. We’ve also stocked our bookshelves with finds at the Friends of the Library sale during Aquafest. My daughter even found her 1st painted ‘kindness rock’ at the library. While we are all sad at the loss of this building, we hope to be seeing everyone again in a brand new beautiful location. Goodbye Main Street Library – thanks for all the great memories!”
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From the Wolf family: “This location has watched my family grow. I started coming here shortly after I moved here 25 years ago and what we have always loved about this branch is the people who work here. I’ll never forget bringing my daughter here for story time. She loved going to the ‘liberary’ and walking on the dock to see the ducks. We will definitely miss this location but excited for the future.”
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From Mary Dickinson: “Will miss this beloved spot but know that there are bright days ahead!”
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From the Rasmussen Boys: “Thank you for all the fun story times!”
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From Yvette: “Growing up, my family didn’t have much to be able to buy book or internet. So most school days and summers, Mom and I would use the library computers here. I’ve read hundreds of books from this library and will forever cherish my memories here. Farewell good friend.”
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From Tracy: “I’ve lived here my whole life and I grew up going here to the library. I really discovered my love of books here. I’d spend hours sitting in the kids’ area reading books & imagining what these scenes would look like in my head. My favorite memories here, however, were of coming here with my mom when we didn’t have a car. We’d sit out front eating junk & watching the sky, laughing & talking until we finished our snacks. We’d eventually come inside & read books, check the computers, etc. I will sorely miss watching the sky from the boardwalk. Thank for the memories. I will miss this old place.”
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The Lake Stevens Library will operate as an interim “pop-up” at Lundeen Park starting Monday, May 24, until the work to transform the city’s former police station into a temporary library is completed late this summer.
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