By Ken Stern 

Groundbreaking celebrates coming of new library


October 6, 2021

A MOMENT YEARS IN THE MAKING – Last Wednesday afternoon near;y 100 people gathered at the site of the old Friends of the Library Thrift Shop to celebrate their years of hard work that brought them to this moment: the groundbreaking for the new La Conner Swinomish Library. From left: Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen, Swinomish Tribal Senator Brian Wilbur, Jeremy McNett, Joan Scarboro, Matt Aalfs, Jean Markert, Jake LaBarre, Jim Airy and Judy Menish, not pictured. –Photo by Ken Stern

Thank yous were in abundance last Wednesday afternoon at the Sept. 29 groundbreaking ceremony for the new La Conner Swinomish Library that will be built on the southwest corner of Morris and Sixth streets. And while there was not an orange and black striped Tiger Construction shovel for everyone, Library Director Jared Fair offered everyone the opportunity to pick one up, so all could be a part of the historic moment.

As emcee, and library director since spring 2020, Fair told the almost 100 people gathered under overcast skies and increasingly windy conditions, “I am incredibly fortunat...

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