Director of Community Development Mark Ziegler today thanked members of Shelton’s Washington State Legislative Delegation for their hard work in securing $288,000 in capital funding for improvements to the Shelton Timberland Library (William G. Reed Public Library). The City of Shelton is part of Washington’s 35th Legislative District, which is represented by Senator Tim Shelton, and State Representatives Drew MacEwen and Dan Griffey.

The funds earmarked in the supplemental capital budget will be used to address overdue repairs and improvements on the library building, including deck stabilization and deck railing installation, gutter and roof replacement, new exterior paint, and a new landscape design.

“The city is grateful to our state representatives for recognizing the value and importance of a healthy community library,” said Mark Ziegler. “As one of the busiest libraries in the Timberland Regional Library District, maintaining and improving the structure will ensure continued and expanded use for all residents and visitors alike for years to come.”

The William G. Reed Library was constructed in 1989, and is maintained by the City of Shelton. Patron services are contracted through the Timberland Regional Library System. Supporting between 400 – 600 visitors daily, the William G. Reed Library ranks fourth highest in physical material checkouts annually among Timberland’s regional network of 35 public libraries. The Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater libraries are the only three locations that experience a higher checkout volume.

“We are an important community gathering space for people of all ages,” said Library Manager Donna Feddern. “Being able to see the beauty of the architecture through a new coat of paint, get outside and use the deck again, and not have to worry about water damage due to a leaky roof will be wonderful.”

Improvements on the library are scheduled to begin sometime later this year.