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Clinton Library is officially dedicated

"Library hoursThe Clinton Library is open the following hours:Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Tuesday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.Thursday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.The new Clinton Library is now properly dedicated and open for business.The second opening ceremony in the library's short history was held Saturday as about 50 people filled or stood around folding chairs set up in the paved parking lot of the library next to Dan Porter Park.The unofficial opening in March included brief remarks and a ribbon cutting by long-time town leaders Elsie Olkonen and Eva Simmons. Saturday's dedication included more speeches from members of Friends of the Clinton Library, the Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Clinton Chamber of Commerce President Don Pinter, and Island County Commissioner Mike Shelton.Mary Jane Aurdal, Friends president, didn't miss the opportunity to pitch service improvements to the Sno-Isle management present. We need to start lobbying Sno-Isle to increase our hours, she said. A common theme of the speeches was the need for the new library to grow and increase services.Pinter made an unusual statement for a banker. I hope this library's never paid for, he said. Continually expand -- use it, and overuse it.Aurdal also lauded the efforts of Linda and Erik Falken, who joined the library movement three years ago. It's a good thing Linda Falken is a volunteer because we'd never have the money to pay her, Aurdal said.In her brief comments, Linda Falken thanked her husband and added, Knowledge is power -- use the library.Art Weeks, the new Sno-Isle director, emphasized the resources available to users of the Clinton Library. Although room in the double-wide mobile unit is limited, Sno-Isle's reach is not. There are 1,200,000 books inside that library, he said, waving toward the structure. Books can be ordered from any other library in the system. And if anyone asks if journals are available in Clinton, We have 3,600 of them, accessible through the computers in the new library, he said.Commissioner Shelton outlined the history of the library effort, and thanked Elsie Olkonen for her leadership, as well as that of others in Friends of the Clinton Library. One of the first things Shelton said he learned when he became commissioner was, You don't say no to Elsie.As the speeches concluded, woodcarver Pat McVay showed a new cedar bench that is 80 percent complete. It features a stack of carved books on one end, and a plaque on the other honoring Betty Hall, a Clinton leader and wonderful lady who recently passed away. Inside the library, the dedication concluded with a children's program and music."

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