Lynnwood’s newly renovated library features many technological advancements, most notably, a workspace dedicated for computer research and instruction called “the creative commons.”
“It’s not just about the books,” said Michael Delury, Lynnwood managing librarian. “We wanted to foster a place for collaboration and digital creativity.”
Visitors can use the library’s iMac computers equipped with Adobe CS6, the industry standard for graphic design.
“It’s for folks who may want to work on website design, photography or create brochures for their businesses,” Delury added.
The upgrades are already attracting more visitors. Nikky B., a student from Bothell, said she is making longer trips to the Lynnwood library specifically for the quiet computer space.
Other aesthetic improvements include new carpet, new paint and furniture and improved restrooms.
“It feels much more roomy now,” said Terri Chittum, who has worked at the Lynnwood Library for about 16 years.
The public library recently re-opened after a nearly month-long, $250,000 renovation. Since the last major refurbishment was 14 years ago, the managing librarian said the project is “years in the making.”
While the Lynnwood branch is the most-used library in the Sno-Isle system, it is one of the last of the organization’s 21 libraries to be renovated, according to Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle’s communications director. However, Harvey added, the core purpose of the library has stayed the same.
“Lynnwood’s library is really centrally located so people have always gravitated here to stop, rest, browse, meet friends and get away from the weather,” Harvey said. “Even with the Internet, public libraries have seen themselves as the traditional third place alongside churches.”
Many interest groups, organizations and nonprofits use the space as a “neutral” gathering place. For example, the Little Red School House uses it for weekly “play and learn” meetings for children with developmental delays.
“It’s always been, and always will remain, a place for everybody,” Delury said.
The library is open Monday to Thursday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
— Story and photos by Marika Price
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