Director’s Note: November 2020

Originally Published in the November 2020 issues of the Concrete Herald.

On Nov. 2 we will be increasing our curbside service hours; Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm and Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 3pm. You can place holds online at (, by emailing ( or by calling 360-853-7939. If you want to browse our newest items you can do so from the walk-up service side of our library (closest to the entrance for the Resource Center).

We continue to offer new books and DVDs as well as many other non-traditional items. If you would like to join us for virtual programming you can find our calendar of events on our website. We have programming for all ages, both prerecorded (so you can attend when convenient for you) and live.

Our annual Budget Hearing will be held online November 12 at 5pm and will be followed by the regular Board of Trustees Meeting. If you would like to join visit our website for the meeting link.

Things are moving along with the New Library and updates can be found on our website at www.

Most significantly I was notified in October that the Upper Skagit Library District is on the list of recommended projects for the Library Capital Improvement Program. We were 1 of 15 projects selected out of a total of 33 applications. If the funding is authorized by the Washington State Legislature the Upper Skagit Library District will receive $209,273.00.

The total amount of grants received in 2020 is $224,725.00. After reviewing the submitted bids, the USLD Board of Trustees awarded the New Library Tenant Improvement to Trico Company. They are a local company located in Burlington with a good reputation and lots of positive references concerning similar work. The contract has been written and work is scheduled to begin November 2nd. To see the progress of the work please visit our website:

If you have comments or questions about our collection, programs, or you would like to make a public comment at our monthly Board of Trustees Meetings you can email, call us, or send us a letter to P.O. BOX 99, Concrete, WA 98237.