Snoqualmie among libraries slated to be improved by KCLS

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SNOQUALMIE - To Lisa Esteb of Snoqualmie, the city's small library is just the right size for her and her two young daughters.

She said they come in every week to pick out books and movies. The librarians know her family by name, and the library's accessibility to adults as well as children makes it inviting every time they come.

"We love this branch." Esteb said. "It's not overwhelming."

But the small building on River Street may be a little too small for the King County Library System (KCLS), which runs it. The Snoqualmie Library is one of several locations, including Fall City and Duvall, picked by the KCLS as branches that will either be renovated or replaced as part of a capital improvement plan that would end in 2010.

Early estimates for the countywide improvements are $155 million, the funds for which may be generated with a voter-approved bond placed on the ballot as early as February.

"We wanted to get an idea of what the library system will look like in 2010," said KCLS Director Bill Ptacek of the plan. "We wanted new technologies."

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