Letters to the Editor

Homeschoolers prefer current liberary location

In the 2004 King County Library Systsem bond issue, I voted to replace, not relocate, the South 320th Library in Federal Way. I am opposed to the library being moved to a site adjacent to the new Sound Transit parking garage.

I homeschool my children, and I don’t think the transit center site will be safe for them:

• My children and I need the sense of community that we have in the present library.

• Our children will have to cross a busy highway and negotiate heavy traffic by the new transit center. We homeschooling parents are terribly concerned about this.

• The library, in its current location, is an invaluable resource. I am able to take advantage of the many enriching programs the library offers for my children and can use the guidance of librarians and reference books with ease.

Moreover:

• From my understanding, we (the taxpayers) just paid to have the parking lot redone, and to move now would either be gross mismanagement of funds or lack of planning on the part of the library system, or worse. Either option would represent a failure.

• The current site is already owned by the library and is large enough for future expansion.

• One of the greatest, ongoing benefits of residing in Federal Way is the accessibility of the South 320th Library.

• The branch deserves to be recognized and improved as a significant community facility on its own, not as “side dressing” to the necessary commercial/business/transportation hub being developed at the transit center site.

• The land adjacent to the parking garage would be better-used by businesses which generate taxes for the city.

I have young children and can’t attend the upcoming City Council meeting on April 18 and the library system Board of Trustees meeting on April 25, but I hope they will take this letter into consideration when they make their decision.Please help us keep the library where it has been for over 30 years.

Athena P. Herder

Federal Way

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