We are excited to talk with you about the possibilities for your new Sumner Pierce County Library!
During the next couple of months – January and February 2023 – we are engaging with Sumner residents to hear your ideas for spaces and services.
Then, the pandemic paused our engagement with the community about the new library. We are reigniting our engagement with the community in our continued commitment to shape a building and services reflecting the community’s needs and values.
WHO: A library for you, your family, your neighbors for multi-generational learning, enjoyment and community.
The library will be a space and place for everyone in the community – from toddlers to teenagers to millennials and grandparents.
WHAT: The new 15,000-20,000 square foot library will be up to twice the size of the current Sumner Library. Communities with libraries add to thriving economies and a good quality of life. It will include:
WHERE: 15126 Main St. E. Back on Main Street, close to where the library began serving the community more than 90 years ago.
WHY: The City of Sumner owns the current 10,600-square-foot Sumner Library, as well as the land. The Library System leases the space. The building is undersized for the population it serves, and it is difficult to access. The City of Sumner’s Town Center Plan envisions different uses for the current library location and relocating the library.
HOW: With a potential Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) and bond as well as donations from individuals and organizations, the community will enjoy a new state-of-the-art modern building, with a hometown cozy feel. Private donations and state funding will help offset the costs to taxpayers. The Library System projects the building to cost approximately $15 million to $19 million, with the following funding sources:
Ultimately, if voters agree to create an LCFA, the residents in that area would fund the new building with a $12 million to $15 million bond.
The Library System realizes in these economic times any such additional costs to taxpayers is a carefully weighed decision. That is why the Library is engaging with the community about what is most important to residents for services and spaces in a possible new library and investing in their generation and the next generation.
Tel: 253-548-3300 Fax: 253-537-4600 Washington Relay TTY: 711
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