A bigger library for Sequim?

BLYN – The discussion of a bigger library for Sequim was going swimmingly until one patron spoke up.

“I don’t understand why we’re not utilizing our current library better. It’s closed three mornings a week and five nights a week,” Felix Nidzgorski, a five-year resident of Sequim, said Wednesday during a meeting at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center.

Nidzgorski was responding to a request for public input on a proposal to expand the Sequim branch of the North Olympic Library System – a project that would require an $8 million bond.

“If the taxpayers are not allowed in the building [so much of the time], why are you asking for more money for a bigger library?” Nidzgorski asked.

The 6,200-square-foot Sequim branch at 630 N. Sequim Ave. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If the plan to construct a 16,000-square-foot library behind the existing building comes to fruition, patrons can’t count on it being open more often, said library system director George Stratton.

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