Happy Birthday Woodinville Library! ‘Heart of the community’ celebrates 20 years

  • Written by Deborah Stone
Photo by Marcia Seip, president of Friends of the Woodinville Library Featured is the special installation of lanterns by local fiber artist Suzanne Tidwell.
On February 1, 1993, Woodinville Library opened its doors to the community.

People poured into the 15,000-square-foot building in Cottage Lake and brought it to life.

Librarian Pam Hunter remembers the day well. “It was wild!” she says. “The lines to check out materials were backed up all the way around the place and people were so excited that we were finally open.”

She adds, “It was so clear that the community had this hunger, this built-up need for a library.”

That first day, library staff issued 250 library cards to new patrons who promptly proceeded to make a large dent in the library’s well-stocked shelves. It took seven years of tireless effort, which began on a grassroots level, to make the library a reality. Construction costs totaled $3.8 million, with funds that came from King County Library District’s 1988 bond issue.

Community input influenced the project from siting to design, and over 100 volunteers, most who were members of the Friends of the Woodinville Library, helped with move-in activities.

Over the years, the library has expanded its services and programs.

“We moved into the digital age,” comments Laura Boyes, library cluster manager (Woodinville, Duvall and Carnation), “and we evolved with the changing times. We now have computers and Internet access, wireless, electronic books, an automated materials handling system, self check-in and out services, and much more.”

As for services and programs, the library offers story times for toddlers, preschoolers and families, Talk Time for ESL learners, computer classes, a men’s book club, topical programs for adults, Study Zone, a variety of special arts/cultural activities and programs for youth and Book a Librarian, among others.

For 2012, the library held 382 programs with an average monthly attendance of 930.

Total number of people who came through the doors for the year was 232,055.

The library is also involved in community outreach. Boyes says, “Our Library 2 Go van heads out to daycare and community centers in the Woodinville, Duvall and Carnation areas, and soon we’re going to have a mobile learning lab equipped with computers. It will be more of a tech center and we will be offering classes in science, math, citizenship and other subjects for students and adults. We also offer career and employment classes for adults at WorkSource in Redmond.”

She adds, “We strive to meet the needs of the community and expand our reach to those who can’t get to the library or who are unaware of our services.”

Use of the library’s study rooms and recently expanded meeting room has been on the rise, as such areas are becoming popular places for clubs and organizations to hold their meetings.

The meeting room, in particular, with its added windows and opening into the library, is proving to be an ideal spot to hold special programs. Hunter notes that the library is truly “the heart of the community” – the theme for the library’s 20th anniversary celebration.

“We are a valuable community resource,” she comments. “And despite the fact that we live in a digital world now where information is so readily available, people still come here for the human or social interaction.”

Marcia Seip, president of the Woodinville Friends of the Library, wholeheartedly agrees with Hunter. She feels the library is the core of the community and the place that new residents often head to first to gain information about their surroundings and the services in the area.

“It’s a way to get your bearings,” she explains. “And then people just keep coming back because they find it welcoming and they are able to connect with others.”

Seip, who has been with the Friends for nearly eight years, remarks on the organization’s role, noting that it supports the services and programs of the library.

“We are all advocates of the library,” she adds, “and we help to raise money for a variety of adult, teen and children’s programs.”

The Friends’ primary fundraising vehicle is sales from used books that have been donated from the community.

Members of the group sort and stock the bookshelves in the library’s lobby, as well as set aside items for the large annual book sale event.

Monthly proceeds from the sale of used books typically nets about $700. Last year, the Friends gave over $8,000 to the library in program support.

“Without the Friends, we wouldn’t be able to provide so many quality programs for our patrons,” remarks Boyes. “The group is invaluable to the library, and its members are hardworking volunteers who truly make a difference.”

To celebrate the library’s 20th anniversary, Friends of the Library is sponsoring an open house for the public with a host of fun activities, giveaways, door-prizes, birthday cake and refreshments.

Kids can get their pictures taken with Llama Llama and watch Roberto the Magnificent’s interactive comedy, amazing stunts and juggling show, while teens and adults can learn how to use old books and magazines for fun home décor and gifts.

And for those interested in sharing their stories and reminiscing about the library’s early years and beyond, there will be a special session, “20 Years of Memories,” to enjoy.

To promote the event ahead of time, an exhibit on the history of the library is on view in the entrance area display case. Outside, a colorful installation by local fiber artist Suzanne Tidwell greets patrons, creating a festive mood for the upcoming celebration.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodinville Library, the piece is comprised of eight bold-hued lanterns that hang in the building’s portico.

“The colors match those we chose for the theme of the celebration,” comments Seip, “and we thought they would bring color on gray winter days.”

As for the library’s next 20 years, Boyes views enormous changes ahead. She muses that it will be very interesting to see how we access materials.

“It will be easier,” she says, “but filtering the content will be an issue. The library will take a role in helping others with this process. I also think that the manner in which we reach out to people may change, with more opportunities becoming available in this area.”

She adds, “As new technologies come through, libraries must embrace those that have to do with reading, literacy and information. We must continue to evolve to meet the needs of the community.”

Letters to the Editor - January 28, 2013

  • Written by Readers

It is heartening to know that our fearless city leaders are possibly no longer breaking any state laws when they “imagine” Woodinville.

I read where City Manager Leahy commented on yet new “standards” that are intended to “establish an overall design plan for future development in downtown consistent with its desired image.”

Now I find a number of things interesting here.

Foremost of course is the anthropomorphizing of the city in that the city has “desires.” But we know of course that it is not the city but the imaginations of the city leaders who pine for an upper scale shopping district in the downtown core that would cater not to the vast majority of Woodinville residents but rather would cater to the city leaders and their small group of wine-sipping and hot-air- balloon-riding friends.

Once again city leadership ignores the needs of the vast majority of Woodinville residents, a group that is decidedly middle class and lower.

I read that Mr. Leahy gave his State of the City address to the attendees of the local Chamber of Commerce, a group not necessarily representative of all the local business community but a group that does tend toward a belief in the “free market.” And that “free market” is telling our city leaders that the downtown core is decidedly middle class at best.

Yet the city leadership refused to acknowledge the obvious, and one could hear all the way to Bothell the howls of disgruntlement emanating from City Hall when the “free market” decided what to do with the long abandoned QFC building. But the city pushes on with “standards” and codes that they imagine will re-create the city of their desires. Some of these new standards and codes will put a damper on some existing business plans that do not fit into the city leaders’ imagined community.

But of course such businesses do not even exist in their minds.

Look, if there was a market for an upscale retail development in the downtown core then the major landlord and its management group would not need the City’s assistance in creating such a development.

But until TRF decides to build out an upper scale retail space on their properties, which is the majority of the downtown core, it is all just a pipe dream for our deluded city leaders.

As I noted, at least such imagination activities are now legal in this state and I should maybe head over to City Hall and ask them to pass their pipe over to me.

R. Jaffe, Woodinvill

Snohomish County Parks is having another meeting regarding the Wellington Hills County Park Master Plan Thursday, January 31, from 7-9 p.m. at the Brightwater Education and Community Center, 22509 SR 9 SE, Woodinville

I am encouraging everyone to attend and have your say in what you would like to have in your local park.

Remember, this park is to improve the area for any negative effects Brightwater has brought to the local community.

I will be there along with other members from Neighbors to Save Wellington Park. Remember this is not a done deal and you still have a say and can make a change on what style of park the mitigation money goes to build in our neighborhood.

Please pass this information on to your neighbors, friends and family.

Todd Bailey, Woodinville

Letters to the Editor - January 21, 2013

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There has to be some irony in the Jan. 14 edition of the Woodinville Weekly.

The front page articles about Bothell and Woodinville are in direct contrast to one another. The promising news for Bothell and its sheer optimism is so opposite of the Woodinville City Council that it is somewhat of a dismay and embarrassment to me as a Woodinville city resident of 24 years.

Bothell’s revitalization with a high outlook of many jobs, the McMenamins brew-pub-hotel in addition to fixing up the pool and allowing Bothell residents to use it free as well as the positive financial outlook of that city speaks in high regards for the plan they have implemented.

In contrast, Woodinville meets for the new year and has to settle housekeeping items and feels the need to spend money on a retreat to get the work done they have been unable to accomplish or agree upon at regular city council meetings.

Certainly, I commend anyone being on a city council and understand that there are countless hours involved to work as a team, however reading that two cities right next to one another could have such a different outlooks for their future, is unsettling to me.

I encourage our Woodinville City Council to look at the big picture.

Look to see how Bothell is accomplishing its goals, and I want to mention that in my opinion, a retreat is not going to resolve the issues of Woodinville, I think the best idea is to sit down together at city hall and work until our city’s outlook is looking forward and  not just cleaning up the past issues that could not be agreed upon.

Wendy Wands, Woodinville


My husband and I recently moved from out of state to Washington. We love everything except the rudeness of people honking at you. This was supposed to be a nice place to drive, unlike L.A.

Horns are supposed to be for emergencies not impatience. I have been honked at so many times and hurried to move just to find myself blocking the roadway. It is rude. Please stop honking out of impatience. thank you.

Lisa Debaets, Woodinville


The Boy Scouts of the North Lakes District wish to extend a huge thank you to the citizens of our community. Each year we offer Christmas tree pick-up and recycling and in turn, we receive donations which help to fund our program and pay for summer camp.

The response has been, as in years past, wonderful.  We appreciate so much your support and would like to especially thank our local Minuteman Press in Woodinville and All-Wood Recycling in Redmond for their continued help.

Erik Neilson, Committee Chair, Troop 585, Woodinville


I wish I knew people as compassionate as Nora, a teen-aged girl who wrote last week about butchering horses.  To visualize in your mind the screaming that animals do in the slaughterhouses, you would know why the job of the slaughterer must be the most numbing occupation.

In the book “Beyond Beef” now somewhat outdated, Rifkin describes the inside of slaughterhouses, which most people know nothing about.

Nora also gives many good suggestions and contacts for concerned people.

One unpleasant fact, however, is that Europeans are ever increasing the demand for horsemeat. It started in Belgium but is growing to other countries. And it may grow to this country. I saw an ad recently for horsemeat saying, “Would you eat this?”

I think Nora would make a good leader for this country and I salute her for laying out the facts.

Nancy Snyder, Woodinville

Homeward Pet Adoption Center Celebrates 23 years!

  • Written by Terri Inglis, Homeward Pet Adoption center executive director
Homeward Pet Adoption Center was founded in 1990 as Hooterville Pet Safehaus.  Since then, they have changed their name once, moved three times and found new homes for more than 22,000 companion animals.

Every February, we celebrate another year as one of Washington’s leading no-kill shelters.

February 2013 marks our 23rd anniversary, and with your help we are setting our sights on helping even more animals by collecting 230 donations of $23.

Donations of just $23 will help provide vaccinations, food, microchips, FeLV/FIV tests and more. Look for the thermometer on their website as they track life-saving donations all month long.

Plus, on February 23, we will hold our special anniversary adoption event.

All adoptions will be just $23, and we hope to send a record number of animals home with wonderful new families! Working together, there is so much we can do.

Visit to learn more about Homeward Pet and to see the available cats and dogs.

At Homeward Pet our skilled adoption counselors are ready to give you personal, one-on-one attention to help you find the best match for you, one that will become a lifelong member of the family.

Remember, adopting a spayed or neutered animal helps reduce pet overpopulation and saves one more dog or cat from being homeless.

Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill shelter serving the Greater Seattle area since 1990.

We give homeless animals a second chance and have matched over 22,000 companion animals with loving, safe, forever families.

Forty percent of the animals at Homeward Pet are surrendered by their former owners; the other 60 percent are rescued from shelters, many that are often forced to resort to euthanasia.

While the animals in our shelter wait to be adopted, over 400 volunteers make sure their basic needs are met and give them plenty of love and attention.

For some of our animals, that is more than they have ever known. More information at or call (425) 488-4444, ext 405.

Letters to the Editor - January 14, 2013

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Hats off to our own Woodinville Fire & Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners for their action during the January 7,  2013, meeting.

Woodinville Fire & Rescue inherited a non-conforming commercial advertising billboard on their property.

A previous property owner had signed a long-term lease for this billboard before Woodinville became a city.

Billboard signs are NOT allowed in the city, but this sign was “grandfathered.”

The commissioners said that the small amount of rent that the sign generated was far outdistanced by the fact that the sign was non-conforming, does not fit within the design guidelines of our city and only contributes to “urban blight.”

They concluded that removing it would be in the best interests of Woodinville’s residents.

Thank you, commissioners, for doing your part in making our city a more attractive place to live and work.

You have made a positive impact here in Woodinville.

Terry Jarvis, Woodinville


While glancing through a recently-received volume of the state’s laws published in 2012, I was reminded of a pet peeve exemplified by an item I’d clipped from the Seattle Times.

The clipping quoted a state Department of Ecology planner to the effect that under shoreline management law “. . . priority is given to water-dependent businesses and industries, shoreline restoration and public access.”

The pet peeve arises in that as so often happens, there is an implication of public access to all waterfront. But the Shoreline Management Act specifically states “Increase public access to publicly owned areas of the shorelines.”

During a period in which it was allowed by the state, many people purchased the public beach in front of their private ownerships.

There is no required public access to those private beaches unless and until the landowner initiates a development project that warrants a local-government requirement to include public access as part of the develop­ment conditions.

So far private property rights are still respected by our state government.

Maxine Keesling, Woodinville


The Falcon Athletic Booster Club (FAB) at Woodinville High School has now opened membership to alumni, family, friends and community members.

All dollars raised go to support athletic teams at WHS,  and membership levels offer a variety of benefits including passes to games and tickets to the annual FAB Sip, Bite, Win! event.

In addition, each new member receives a Falcon booster window cling to show their Falcon pride.

“The Falcon Athletic Booster Club was formed in 2009 to help our student-athletes and their teams pay for additional training, travel, equipment, uniforms and facilities as needed, said FAB president Brett Bader. “We have now opened up membership to the community at large because of the tremendous support this area gives to our teams.”

Annual memberships can be purchased online at the FAB website:

Falcon Athletic Booster Club memberships are available in four levels, White, Blue, Green and Gold.

The group also plans to award college scholarships to outstanding WHS student-athletes who do not receive athletic scholarships.

“Our goal is not just to raise funds but to also give as many of our supporters as possible the opportunity to be a Falcon booster,” Bader added. “Membership levels start at just $35, but individuals and businesses can help even more by joining at one of the higher levels as well.”

Donations to Falcon Athletic Boosters are tax deductible.

The FAB Board is made up of representatives from each of the 19 sports teams at WHS.

The organization works throughout the year to raise funds and assist Falcon athletics during the regular season as well as with special support in post-season tournaments.

Help Falcon student-athletes.

Join the Falcon Athletic Booster Club today!

Falcon Athletic Booster Club


When you see a young, healthy horse going to auction, do you know where they’re going?

There is a good chance that that horse will go to a slaughterhouse.

Does that horse really deserve that fate?

When horses are bought at an auction by slaughterhouse employees, the majority of them are young and healthy horses because their meat sells for more money than the meat of old or sick horses. They are then transported long distances in crowded trailers with little to no food and water.

Though the plants in the U.S. have been shut down, live horses are being shipped across the borders, to be killed somewhere else.  Pictures from the SPCA have showed the awful things that happen to the horses in these slaughterhouses. They are killed inhumanely, going through severe pain and suffering.

There are other alternatives to sending that horse to a slaughterhouse. What if the owner had privately sold their young, healthy horse so he could enjoy a happy rest of his life? What if that owner had spent the extra money to euthanize that horse and give him a happy ending?  Isn’t knowing that your loyal companion will have a painless death worth the extra money that euthanasia costs?

If we end horse slaughter, it will not increase the amount of unwanted or neglected horses.

Horse slaughter was banned in California in 1998, and as a result of that, horse theft dropped by 34 percent because there was nowhere to sell them.

You can help that horse at the auction and tens of thousands of other U.S. horses that go to slaughterhouses every year by raising money and donating it to the Humane Society of the United States which has made ending horse slaughter in the U.S. one of its priorities.

You can talk to your senators and representatives and ask them to support The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, which will ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and the transportation of live horses across the border to be killed.

You can help give our horses happy lives.

We can stop this senseless slaughter.

Nora Cyra, 13, Bothell