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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: Kayce Austin
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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
Don Ehlen's Insect Safari
Chehalis Timberland LibraryThu., Jun. 3011:00 AM
Entomologist Don Ehlen displays over 2,000 preserved insects, including giant beetles, beautiful butterflies, and creepy spiders. He’ll explain what insects are and what they do. Then the audience can meet some live bugs, such as stick insects, giant cockroaches, millipedes and (harmless) scorpions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Vernetta Smith Chehalis Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Wacky Fitness Challenge
Chehalis Timberland LibrarySat., Jul. 02All Day
Bend and balance, climb and crawl your way to fun at the library’s fitness challenge. Test your strength and flexibility, and step up your game. Find all the hidden fitness activities and win a prize. Sponsored by the Friends of the Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
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