WALLA WALLA - In the midst of working out a reimbursement contract with the city of Walla Walla, the Walla Walla County Rural Library District is also currently working out a deal to open a new branch of its own closer to town and possibly with city limits.
Walla Walla County Rural Library District Director Punkey Adams said it is looking at a few possible locations to establish a 1,000- to 1,500-square-foot library.
Less than a tenth the size of the 18,200-square-foot Walla Walla Public Library, which has more than 100,000 holdings, Adams said the new branch is not meant to replace the city library and the district will continue to pay for Walla Walla Public Library cards for residents living in the unincorporated areas surrounding the city.
"The intent is that it will complement the Walla Walla Public Library. It will absolutely not replace it," Adams said.
She noted the district has looked at opening its new branch in the areas around Wal-Mart, Plaza Way and the Edith Avenue and Carrie Street neighborhood.
"This satellite branch would be a storefront library, which is a totally different thing than the downtown library. It is the 7-11 compared to Albertsons. It is meant for people to come in and pick things up quickly," she added.
The district currently runs branches in Burbank, Prescott, Touchet and Vista Hermosa. Those libraries average about 1,000 square feet, Adams said.
People interested in the district's plans to open a Walla Walla branch or in the district's current negotiations with the city of Walla Walla over a new reimbursement contract are encouraged to attend the Rural Library District's next board meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the district's offices at 37 Jade Ave.