Longview City Info Weekly

Free Phone Help at Longview Public Library

Phone experts from Cricket Wireless will be at the Longview Public Library to teach a class on the basics of using

Android and Apple phones on May 2, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the library auditorium. They will cover operating

and navigating your device, common setting functions, making calls, organizing contacts, setting up and checking your

voicemail, as well as texting, e-mailing, and using social media from your phone. This class is free, open to the public,

and you do not need to register.


Contact the Longview Public Library at 360.442.5300 for more information.


Friends of the Longview Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Longview Library will be having a Book Sale May 2, 3, and 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in

the Library Auditorium. You can browse thousands of books, something for every reader. All of the books, and

more are for sale at unbelievably low prices.  All day Saturday is $2.00 a bag day.


The Friends of the Longview Library is a non-profit organization that gives volunteer and financial help to the Library.

The proceeds from the book sale will be used to provide the Library with resources to enhance services and programs. 


West Longview Annexation on hold for public vote

A recent annexation action by the City of Longview will be halted pending the outcome of a referendum

for residents of the annexation area to vote whether to be annexed into the City of Longview or not. The method of

annexation used by the City of Longview allows for a petitioner to put the question of annexation to a public vote

by the residents of the annexation area. The Cowlitz County Auditor certifies that a petition with a sufficient number

of valid signatures to cause a vote has been filed. The vote will be held at the next general election, November 2019.

Until a vote is held, the West Longview Annexation is on hold and the area remains in Cowlitz County jurisdiction.

The residents of the annexation area will not begin to save an estimated $523.00 annually on their utilities until the

area is annexed (estimated annual savings breakdown showne in picture below and more information is online at

mylongview.com search for ‘annexation’ [https://www.mylongview.com/154/Annexation].


[Background] The City Of Longview, in cooperation with Cowlitz County and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, sought

to annex approximately 237 acres of land into the city through an interlocal agreement annexation process on

March 14, 2019 by ordinance No. 3394. The annexation area includes all the land in West Longview that is currently

not located within City limits and is along the Ocean Beach Highway corridor between 40th Avenue and 52nd Avenue.

The area includes property on both the north and south sides of Ocean Beach Highway. The annexation ordinance is not

in effect and may be repealed or not repealed as a result of a referendum election.



Road Closures

23rd Avenue closure between Hemlock Street and Hudson Street
The City of Longview Street Division started repairing broken concrete street panels located on 23rd Avenue near

Hemlock St. Construction work started Monday, April 22 and is estimated to be completed by 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 29.


23rd Avenue will be closed between Hemlock Street and Hudson Street to all traffic. Traffic will be detoured to 24th

Avenue. Local traffic will be able to use 23rd Avenue going south from Hudson St.


Louisiana Street closure for water line repairs
The City of Longview utility crews will be replacing water line valves in the area between 23rd Avenue and 24th Avenue

on Louisiana Street. Work will begin at 6:30 a.m. Monday, April 29 and end by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Traffic will be altered through the construction site. To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.


Safe Kids Day

Come Celebrate Kids, Prevent Injuries and Save Lives at the Spring Safe Kids Day. This fun-filled event will be held

Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Youth & Family Link, 907 Douglas St in Longview.

Event will include:

Free Admission
Free Legos to the first 100 families (one set per family)
Enjoy Activities and Get Information
Learn Health & Safety Tips!
Grand Prize Giveaways!

Y&F Link Gym Rental Package
Fishing Set
Kindle Fire
Movie Night Package



Water Meter Location Project

You may see some City of Longview staff poking around town as part of a water meter location project.

This project will help improve our meter location records. City staff will be working with mobile devices

but may need to remove meter lids/box covers. Many water meters are located in or near alleys and occasionally

more unusual locations. City staff will always be identifiable by their city employee identification. If you have

any questions or concerns, please call 360.442.5071.



Civic Engagement Corner at the Longview Public Library

To celebrate National Library Week: Libraries = Strong Communities, the Longview Public Library unveils

the new Civic Engagement Corner. Patrons will be able to browse titles in our collection relating to civics,

government, history, democracy, and getting involved in your own community.


The Civic Engagement Corner will be next to the New Nonfiction collection on the Main floor of the library.

The collection and activities will continue to grow and include community conversations and presentations.

As part of this new display, we will be preparing for a celebration in 2020 of the 100th anniversary of the 19th

Amendment and invite anyone who wants to be involved to join us.


The Civic Engagement Corner offers an opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to our community.

Everyone is encouraged to participate and help develop the collection and community conversations.

If you have ideas for material that should be included, programs that would benefit our community, or

meaningful displays, please let us know. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Elizabeth

Partridge at 360.442.5321 or email elizabethp@mylongview.com.



Tuesday Night is Teen Night at the Library

Teen Tuesdays are back at the Longview Library! Each Tuesday features a different DIY project, game, or movie.

Teens are invited to come to any or all of the events, no need to register in advance or have a library card. Our teen

events are open to all middle and high schoolers, are free, and usually have snacks!

Teen Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

April 30 – Melted Crayon Art - Create a work of art with crayons and a canvas!
May 7 – Terrariums - Make your own take-home terrarium.



Silent auction to benefit Longview Public Library programs

Please join the Longview Library Foundation and the Friends of the Longview Public Library for a silent auction

of original works of art made from altered books by local artists. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit

Longview Public Library programs.


The event will be held Saturday, April 27 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Center for the Performing

Arts on the LCC campus.


Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Broadway Gallery

and Paperbacks Galore starting March 15, 2019 or at the door the night of the auction.


Sample appetizers by Grounds for Opportunity, and listen to live music by “The Dreamers”. Sparkling cider

will be served and ticket holders 21 and over can enjoy two glasses of wine from Roland Winery or beer from Ashtown Brewery.



Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - Heats begin at 8:30 a.m.

YMCA and Lake Sacajawea

Ages 12 & up


Early bird registration now open!  Save $5 of the individual price, or $20 off

a team registration if you sign up by May 1, 2019!


Join Longview Parks and Recreation, the YMCA for the 4th Annual Swim, Dash, Splash Triathlon

held at the YMCA pool and Lake Sacajawea Park. Come as an individual or put together a team to

compete in this trifecta event - swimming, running, and self-propelled water sports (kayaking or paddleboarding).

The race starts with a 500m swim at the YMCA, followed by a 5k course throughout the Lake Sacajawea Park,

and ends with a 2 mile kayak course around the lake! Stick around after the event for food, music, games,

refreshments, and giveaways!


Individual - $50, $45 if registered by May 1st!

Team of 3 - $110, $90 if registered by May 1st!

(Registration includes shirt, lunch, finisher medal, and swag bag)