Library closes for renovations

The Shute Memorial Library has been closed temporarily due to a renovation and expansion project, which is set to get underway later this month. The library, which is the city’s branch library, was closed at the end of the day July 26. Starting Monday, a temporary library will operate out of the Community Center, 21 Whittier Drive, to serve Shute patrons during the estimated one-year construction period. The temporary site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The smaller library will contain a selection of popular items from the Shute collection and three public access computers. Other materials will be kept in storage. The Parlin Library, Everett’s main library, remains open. The approximately $4 million renovation of the Shute includes construction of a 1,370-square-foot addition that will give the library a new, fully accessible, street-level main entrance. The existing 7,210-square-foot building will have its mechanical systems updated, children’s room expanded, and a meeting room added.