Where are you located and when are you open?
We are located in the lobby of Stanwood Tattoo Company at 10003 270th ST NW Suite A in Stanwood, Washington. The least busy (quietest) days at the shop are usually Wednesdays and Sundays. Send us a text or email if you want to set aside some time to speak with us. Appointments are strongly encouraged!
Who can borrow materials?
Anyone who lives in the Stanwood/Camano Island area can borrow materials. Just fill out a form!
How do I return a book?
You can return a book to the shop during their hours of operation. You can also contact the library directly to make other arrangements if needed.
How can I contact the library?
You can contact us by phone (though we strongly prefer texts to phone calls):
I want to donate money, how can I do that?
You can donate via our fundraiser here.
If you’d like to send a check or money order to benefit the library, please contact us for an address!
I want to donate a book, dvd or other materials, how can I do that?
You can look at our Amazon Wishlist to see what we’d like for the library.
You can also suggest books we might not know about or that you think we should carry! The library does have some guidelines as to the materials we offer.
The goal of our library is to offer materials that amplify the voices of autistic people, that promote autism acceptance, disability rights & justice, autistic rights and the neurodiversity paradigm.
The materials in the library are chosen with the input of autistic individuals. “Nothing About Us, Without Us” has long been the motto of the disability rights movement and it is very important to keep this in mind so that we can live up to our mission.
We discourage materials that seek to “fix” or attempt to “cure” autistic people or that promote the idea that we are damaged or disordered.
Materials that talk about respectful supports and accommodations are always welcomed!
Materials that promote ideas and therapies that are disrespectful to our neurology, that do not consider the dignity or bodily autonomy of disabled people, or that focus on the rhetoric of pity or fear are strongly discouraged.
All materials that we offer aim to talk about autism and disability with respect, dignity and unconditional acceptance of the value of autistic/disabled lives.
Who is Ed Wiley and why is the library named after him?
Ed Wiley was born in Pennsylvania and later made his home in northeast Ohio. He had multiple physical and psychiatric disabilities and his autistic daughter strongly suspects that he was an undiagnosed autistic person. Ed was a Navy veteran and passionate about community service, especially in the areas of poverty and hunger. He dedicated much of his life to helping other people by operating a food pantry and monthly community free meal with his wife and best friend, Karen. After he became physically disabled on the job, he returned to school to study labor relations in order to better help other disabled workers. As a proud union member of the United Steelworkers (USW), he spent many years advocating for other disabled workers who had been victims of ableism and discrimination on the job. He was a loving father of four non-compliant children, including one autistic daughter who named a library after him and eventually had her own kid who was exactly like Ed.
Image: Ed, a man in his late 30’s with glasses and black hair holds his daughter, Lei aged 2, in a pink dress and birthday party hat as she blows out the candles on her birthday cake!