Letters to the Editor

Keep our library landmark where it is

Glad to see that Mr. Issacson expressed the sentiments of the majority of those who attended the recent meeting on the proposal to move our South 320th Street Library to a site east of the new transit center for Sound Transit (Forum, Nov. 23, “People oppose relocating library to downtown”).

Although the attendance was a smaller group, I think most everyone agreed that we didn’t want to move it for various reasons.

The South 320th Library is our community library, not government employees’. Many citizens know and have contributed to the history of our library, from the little white frame building in back of the old Federal Shopping Way to when we finally got the present one.

Being involved with the Historical Society of Federal Way, I gave a file to one of the librarians that had information that showed our community involvement. Some may remember the Library Arts Commission members, one of which was Jeanne Burbidge, and others who devoted many hours to promoting activities within the library, as well as a festival that was held several years. Information in the file had a list of donors of money, plants and landscaping labor. I remember “friends” donated money to expand the meeting room and another for a piano.

The newspaper was full of articles after the fire of 1975 for several months with people rallying around to restore it.

Just recently in the past year or so, there were some upgrades, notably in the landscaping and parking area. Why do it if it’s slated to be torn down?

Do those people who came to present their proposal realize our emotional connection let along the economics, practicality and safety of their idea?

I heard concerns about children’s safety, traffic congestion, not being centrally located, as the officials purported, and others. Hopefully, the notes officials were taking will help to understand the social and educational part the place of the library in our community more than the economics.

Why can’t we have public buildings for generations like they do in Europe, rather than tear them down in 30 year as “out of date?”

We hear from government to recycle and protect the environment, and yet this idea is going against these policies they espouse.

I do hope that these thoughts, with others in the community, will be considered to keep one of our landmarks where it is.

Lynda Jenkins

Federal Way

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