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Tumwater library closed for the weekend after teen found with self-inflicted wound

Tumwater Timberland Library, pictured in July 2019.
Tumwater Timberland Library, pictured in July 2019. sbloom@theolympian.com

Tumwater Timberland Library will remain closed until Monday after emergency crews responded to a teen with a self-inflicted wound in the library Thursday afternoon, according to a city of Tumwater spokeswoman.

Tumwater Fire Department responded about 2 p.m. Thursday to the library on New Market Street Southwest and found a 17-year-old boy with a self-inflicted wound in the bathroom, according to Ann Cook, the city’s communications manager.

The boy was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in critical condition. An update on his condition Friday was not immediately available.

The library closed for the rest of the day Thursday while Tumwater police investigated and a private contractor cleaned up, according to Cook.

The closure was extended through the weekend. In a statement, Timberland Regional Library said that was in “support of our partners at the City of Tumwater and for the support of our staff and patrons at the Tumwater Timberland Library location.”

The branch is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday. A vintage sewing machine jamboree scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

The city of Tumwater owns the library’s building and leases it to the library system.

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