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Why I Chose Darrington

Ashley Bryson, Head Librarian Sno-Isle Regional Library - Darrington Branch
When my father-in-law passed away and bequeathed his family farm to my husband and me, we carefully weighed the pros and cons of moving from Seattle to Darrington. Having grown up and lived almost exclusively in cities, I had my hesitations about how I would fit into a small community like Darrington. We decided we would give it a year and reevaluate – that was eight years ago!

What I have come to know and love about Darrington is how people treat one another: their willingness to help friends and strangers in need; how they greet each other by name and wave as they drive by in their cars; how they keep watch over their neighbors’ things while they’re away; how they accept one another and allow their fellow community members both privacy and companionship. (It’s also pretty fantastic that when you go to borrow an egg, it sometimes involves a trip to the coop!)

Also, the year-round glacier peaked mountains never cease to captivate me with their majesty; and as my children grow, one of my favorite things to do is explore the beautiful outdoors with them. This area is chock full of people who radiate the positive effects that Mother Nature’s exposure has to offer.

The Darrington library is not only my place of employment, it is my “home away from home,” where I am grateful to see the charms of this small town life unfold every day in the smiles and interactions of those I encounter. It is here that I am most aware of the bright future of the Darrington community through the hungry minds of its citizens.”