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New Milton-Edgewood library draws a crowd

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Jan. 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm with No Comments »
January 14, 2011 4:54 pm
A crowd waits for the new library for Milton and Edgewood to open.
People check out the relocated library in Surprise Lake Square.

The four-hour grand opening Thursday of the relocated library for Milton and Edgewood attracted 1,300 people to see and use the new facility.

Hundreds of people waited in line for the library to open at 4 p.m. Thursday at its new location in Surprise Lake Square, a strip mall at 900 Meridian Ave. E., Suite 29, in Milton. The Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library was moved from its longtime location at Milton’s City Hall complex.

The Pierce County Library System spent $1.5 million to renovate and equip a former arts and crafts store in Surprise Lake Square, which includes a Safeway store.

The 6,650-square-foot facility is a more central site with twice as much space, more computers, more meeting and conference rooms, and new areas for children and teenagers.

“The community response was phenomenal,” Neel Parikh, library system executive director, said in a news release. “The turnout clearly shows people were hungry for an expanded, more centrally located library.”

The Milton/Edgewood Library is open six days a week at its new location: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.

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