Proposition 1 asks Camano Island voters whether a 10-year, $2.3 million library bond measure should be authorized to open a permanent library. If approved by 60 percent of registered voters in the community, the bond measure will fund a permanent library on Camano Island.
What is a library worth to a community?
By Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory
Sno-Isle Libraries has a library measure on the April 22 election ballot. Proposition 1 will ask Camano Island voters whether they are willing to fund a library capital facility bond that would result in a permanent library for their community.
We opened the current temporary library pilot project in 2007, within a small 1,800-square-foot rented space at Terry's Corner. Community use of this facility has been strong and steady reflecting similar trends across our Library District and nationwide.
The small popular title collection of books, music CDs and DVDs are well-used. The library's six public computers are kept busy as community members access the Internet, browse the library's collection, search for jobs, prepare resumes and even take advantage of the library's subscription to auto repair databases and other eResources.
In fact, in 2013, families, children, retirees and working adults stepped inside their temporary library almost 70,000 times, borrowed approximately 149,000 items, and reserved library materials online over 65,000 times for pickup at the library.
Customers tell us how much they enjoy the convenience of easy pickup and drop-off of library items at the Terry's Corner location. That was one reason we selected this location as the site for the proposed permanent library.
Every community within the Library District that has a public library made the decision to provide, fund and build their library building, either originally as a city-owned and funded facility or through a Sno-Isle Libraries capital facility bond.
When residents make this decision, they are asking themselves several questions. Do I want to provide library story times and other early reading programs for babies, toddlers, young children and grandchildren in our community to prepare them for success in school? Do I want my community to have a place where library staff can provide early reading activities for children and lifelong learning events for adults?
Do I want to enjoy expanded browsing opportunities for popular reading materials, music and movies at a library in our community? Do I want my community library to have space for additional public computers and technology? Do I want to see library space where early reading activities for children can be held apart from the quieter areas of the library?
Do I believe a public library is worth my investment in our community?
Camano Island's registered voters will answer these questions when they cast their ballots on April 22 and determine whether there will be a permanent library on Camano Island.
This is the community's decision and Sno-Isle Libraries will honor that decision.
If voters approve, a 4,900-square-foot Camano Island Library will open within the renovated space of the former Islanders Restaurant at Terry's Corner within 12 months.
If you have questions about how much a library can be worth to you, I invite you to try our library value calculator. It can give you an estimate, in dollars, how much you might pay out-of-pocket if the library didn't exist. You will also find additional information on Proposition 1 and the Camano Island Library Pilot Project.