Well-wishers say Happy Birthday to Edmonds’ Carnegie Library building

Historical Society Vice President Jack Hall and Mayor Mike Cooper cut the 100th birthday ribbon Thursday.

One hundred years ago, on Feb. 17, 1911, a new library opened in Edmonds on 118 5th Ave. N. The building was funded through the foundation of self-made millionaire Andrew Carnegie, who believed that libraries should be available to everyone. The brick and stone building, which is now on the National Register of Historic Buildings, served as a library on the upper floor, and as City Hall on the bottom floor.

The Edmonds Library has since relocated to a larger building on Main Street, and the Carnegie library building now serves as home to the Edmonds Historical Museum. So on Thursday night, the Edmond-South Snohomish County Historical Society commemorated the building’ 100th birthday with a ribbon cutting, featuring Society Vice President Jack Hall and Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper doing the honors.

After the ceremony, Cooper delivered a brief speech thanking Historical Society members “for taking care of this marvelous treasure,” followed by a celebration with sparkling cider and cake.

The Carnegie Building's birthday cake, which was created by the Edmonds Bakery.

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