A Bit of History
Library service in the Touchet and Lowden area began when the district was created in 1974 by a vote of residents in the unincorporated areas of Walla Walla County. Residents in this area received service by way of access to the Walla Walla Public Library, a distance of 10 to 20 miles away, and with a books by mail service.
In the late 1980's service in the Touchet area was expanded with a small public library in the Touchet School. The first library offering began on a single book cart in a common area of the school. During this time, residents of Touchet requested a local library branch in their community. In 1992 a building was installed on land adjacent to the Touchet School as the permanent Touchet Community Library.
The Touchet School District owns the land the library is located on, and the library has been located there for over 20 years.
Why Relocate the Library?
Currently the 1,000 square foot building does not meet the needs of the public.
Programming space in the library is almost non-existent - the entire library is taken over when a program is scheduled. Programs are either taken outside to a small grassy area, or need to be scheduled to take place at the Touchet School across the street, or at the Touchet Park.
Also, residents in the Touchet area have asked that the library be relocated to the other side of Highway 12 for safety and to be closer to where most residents in the area actually live.
The library offers only three public access computers which are constantly in use when the library is open. Space does not exist in the current library to add more computers without removing public seating areas or books.
Your New Touchet Community Library
In April 2013 the Library District Board of Trustees approved purchasing the historic Parker Renn Bank building at 98 Second Street in Touchet, and the adjacent property at 85 Second Street, to relocate the Touchet Community Library.
The historic bank building will be incorporated into the design for the library - increasing the library square footage from 1,000 to 2,600. A priority of the district's architect is preserving the building as an important part of Touchet's history while allowing the public to actively use and enjoy it.
Touchet Community Library Installation - 1992
Current Touchet Community Library
Programs at the Touchet Library take up all available space,
shutting down the library for other users.
Current Library Location and New Library Location:
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