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Chehalis Timberland Library (Vernetta Smith Library)

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400 N. Market Boulevard
P.O. Box 419
Chehalis, WA  98532-0419

Library Manager: Lily Grant
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Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday 10 am - 7 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday Closed

Chehalis Library services:

About the Library:

The new Carnegie-inspired Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library opened to the public on November 4, 2008.  The Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland was on Saturday, October 18.

The library features 9,000 square feet, a large community room and Washington’s first drive-through library window. The ADA compliant building includes spaces especially for children and teens as well as comfortable reading areas.  In addition, there is a small conference room and two small study rooms.

Private donations large and small provided most of the funding. The library is named in honor of the mother of former Chehalis resident, Orin Smith, the new library’s chief donor.

The new library was built on the site of the previous Chehalis Library and Chehalis City Hall.  The old Chehalis Library was a Carnegie building erected in 1910. The building was significantly remodeled after an earthquake in 1949. Chehalis joined the library district in 1970.

Statistics 2015 / Population Estim. 2015:

  • Circulation: 195,866
  • Visits to Library: 148,659
  • Population: 7,365


  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 9,000
Crafting a Complete Story - Writing Satisfying Endings
Chehalis Timberland LibrarySat., Feb. 242:00 PM
A good ending can make readers beg for more. A bad ending can leave them feeling betrayed. This workshop will examine what it takes to write an ending that satisfies and leaves the reader hungry for more. Participants in this course will learn where to go after the climax, how to end a standalone novel, and how to end a story that may become part of a series.

This is part four of a four-part class taught by local author Lindsay Schopfer. Although these classes work best together, attendance for all classes is not required.
Book Babies
Chehalis Timberland LibraryWed., Feb. 2810:00 AM
Join in a program of short stories, songs, rhymes and knee bounces. Discover the joy of early language with your baby. Each baby must be accompanied by an adult lap. After the program, adults can visit while babies play with toys and sturdy books. This is an early learning program.
PageTurners Book Discussion
Chehalis Timberland LibraryThu., Mar. 0112:00 PM
Join in a spirited book discussion of a selected title each month. New participants are always welcome! March's book is "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson. Copies are available at the Information Desk one month before the discussion.
Game Day for Teens
Chehalis Timberland LibraryThu., Mar. 013:30 PM
Every first Thursday through June. Hang out with friends and play on the new Xbox. There will be board games and Magic-the-Gathering. And food. Newcomers are most welcome! Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Chehalis Timberland Library.
Preschool Storytime
Chehalis Timberland LibraryFri., Mar. 0210:00 AM
Stories, songs, and activities for preschoolers and their participating caregivers. This is an early learning program.
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