Local libraries start new chapters

Two North End libraries will begin new passages as one temporary facility closes and another permanent one reopens its doors to the public.

After more than a year of service, the Seattle Public Library's temporary branch at Northgate, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., will close permanently at 6 p.m. Friday, June 25, to prepare for construction of the new Northgate Library at the same location.

The new Northgate Library is part of a larger Northgate project that also includes a community center and a 1.67-acre park on the site of the former Goodyear store (the former Bon Tire Center), at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 105th Street and the commercial site one lot north.

Construction is expected to begin later this summer after the building permits are acquired and a general contractor is hired (the deadline for bids is July 15; call Kurt Stolle, at 254-2024, for details). The project should be finished in the second half of 2005.

The temporary service site opened April 28, 2003, to help provide service to North Seattle patrons while the North East and Green Lake branches were closed for construction as part of the Libraries for All building program. The newly renovated Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Drive N., opened in March, and the expanded North East Library, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., will reopen at noon Saturday, June 26.

The North East Library's dedication ceremony will begin at noon with City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, representatives from the Friends of the Seattle Public Library, the Library book fairy Lulu and the Cajun band Les Femmes d'Enfer.

The event also will include a series of Exploring the Architecture and Art of the North East Branch programs, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., and from 2 to 2:30 p.m., Concordia Kindertanzgruppe, a dance group from Wedgwood's Concordia Lutheran School, will perform traditional German dances.[[In-content Ad]]