Shuttle program focus is Snoqualmie library users

SNOQUALMIE - To ensure those who want to visit the library have the means, Friends of the Snoqualmie Library has created the Ride and Read program.

The program, which began last week, is a pilot effort that gives people a coupon good for a ride to and from the Snoqualmie library.

"There was definitely a need there," said Frank Schepis, managing librarian for the Snoqualmie and North Bend branches of the King County Library System. "Some of the people were having trouble getting to the library."

Friends of the Snoqualmie Library is hoping the program will appeal to library users who do not drive (including teens and the elderly), and parents with kids who want to attend a story time but do not have a vehicle.

Friends of the Snoqualmie Library is a nonprofit group that's purpose is to support the Snoqualmie library through volunteerism, fund-raising activities, sponsorship of programs and services and increasing awareness of the library's vital community role. The group teamed up with the Mount Si Senior Center for this latest endeavor.

After hearing about the innovative, popular community shuttle program at the Mount Si Senior Center, the Friends of the Snoqualmie Library approached the center about beginning a library service last May. Once the logistics were worked out over a six-week period, the program got underway July 19.

Sandra Brownrigg, president of the Friends of the Snoqualmie Library, said it's still too early to gauge response to the program, but once word gets out she doesn't expect going through the first round of 25 ride vouchers should take too long.

"We don't think that's going to be a problem," said Brownrigg.

The popularity of the program will ultimately determine how long it will be offered, said Brownrigg, but it should run at least through the end of December, regardless of the interest level.

Although the program benefits the library, it's not being funded by King County.

"This is not tax dollars, this is money from the Friends of the Library that support it," said Schepis.

Money from book sales and other fund-raisers will help pay for the shuttle program, Brownrigg said.

As for how the Ride and Read program works, staff at the Snoqualmie library have ride vouchers available for patrons who want to take advantage of the free program. Each voucher is good for one round trip - or two one-way trips - to and from the Snoqualmie library. Patrons must use the vouchers before the end of the year, and they can't use them to go anywhere but to the library or from the library to a site within the service area of the shuttle (essentially Fall City to North Bend). Because the shuttle service has been so popular at the Mount Si Senior Center, it is suggested library users call at least two hours in advance to schedule a trip.

For information regarding the Ride and Read program, visit the Snoqualmie library at 38580 S.E. River Street or call (425) 888-1223.

Travis Peterson can be reached at (425) 888-2311 or by e-mail at

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