Seattle Public Library

Not Just All Brawns
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ahead Of Sounders-Timbers Match, Seattle Librarians To Take On Portland's Book Nerds

Seattle Public Library

Bragging rights on the soccer pitch aren't the only thing at stake in this weekend's Sounders match against the Portland Timbers; major nerd points are on the line, too.

The staff at Seattle Public Library has challenged their Portland-area "rival," the Multnomah County Library, to a Twitter battle of book recommendations ahead of Saturday's faceoff.

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stolen!
11:29 am
Thu August 15, 2013

‘Books on Bikes’ Seattle Librarian's Bike Stolen

Have you seen this bike?

Jared Mills is a Seattle librarian who pedals some 100 books around town in an aluminum trailer as part of the “Books on Bikes” program.

Except he no longer owns a bike.

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fun with books
3:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Watch: Seattle Public Library tries to break record for longest book-domino chain

The Seattle Public Library says it has shattered the world record for the longest book-domino chain.

Two college students teamed up with the library to coordinate a winding chain of 2,131 books with the help of 27 volunteers who consumed 112 slices of pizza during the seven-hour process last Friday, according to the library.

The first four tries brought heartbreaking glitches, including the fourth try failing "about 10 books short of finishing", according to Amy Twito, the library's youth program manager. 

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Other News
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

PEW report: Reinventing libraries

Inside Seattle Public Library.
marusin

Are you the person with a neat pile of library books on your bedside table? Or maybe you're a screen person with electronic copies of the latest e-books. Whether your preference is traditional print or digital, a new report says libraries won't be giving up the old for the new but that doesn't mean they won't add some bells and whistles.

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Libraries
5:08 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Seattle libraries start Sunday hours

Seattle voters approved a levy to fund Sunday service at all library locations.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Starting January 6, every branch of the Seattle Public Library will be open on Sundays. Library officials said it’s the first time in at least 100 years.

The extra hours come courtesy of Seattle voters, who approved a 7-year, $122 million property tax levy in August. The new money reverses years if cutbacks, and will allow every library location to open its doors from 1:00 to 5:00 Sunday afternoons. Library programs director Stephanie Chase said it’s gratifying to be adding services for a change instead of scaling them back.

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Libraries
9:10 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Ad hoc 'People's Library' picks up slack until libraries reopen

Seattle Public Libraries are closed this week, but some citizens have set up an outdoor guerrilla library to pick up the slack.
Great Beyond Flickr

Seattle public libraries are closed this week, in an effort to cope with budget cuts. That inspired some locals to take matters into their own hands, establishing a temporary, outdoor “People’s Library.”

This is the fourth year Seattle libraries have taken a furlough week to save money, stranding would-be readers, internet users and stir-crazy parents. Among the exasperated were University of Washington graduate student Yates Coley and her friends.

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Primary Election
5:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Seattle voters love libraries…would Prop 1 take advantage of them?

Seattle's Central Public Library was built with money from a 1998 voter-approved bond measure. Now the city is asking voters to fund a levy for operations as well.
janmikeuy photo Flickr

Seattle is renowned for its public libraries – and for people who love them.

Twelve years ago, the city's voters approved the “Libraries for All” levy and pumped nearly $200-million dollars into the system, to upgrade branches and build a new central library downtown. At the time, it was the largest bond measure ever passed for a library levy, anywhere in the country.

Now, Seattle is going back to voters with Proposition 1 on the August ballot. And it might be the first time some library-lovers are saying ‘not so fast.’

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Other News
11:30 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Seattle users drive library e-book collections over New York's

There's a high demand for e-books at Seattle Public Library but print circulation is also robust.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Seattle has always been a city that likes to read. But if the Seattle Public Library's growing e-book collection and its high usage is any indication, even more people are reading more books. And, we're also outpacing New York.

The Seattle Public Library now has just over 100,000 digitized books compared to the New York Public Library which has about 88,000.

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Internet controversy
2:25 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Dustup over porn at Seattle library puts issue back in limelight

Internet users at libraries across the nation face many temptations ... and those walking behind them could see the results.
The Associated Press

“Mommy, what’s that?” Normally an innocent question from a child … unless you’re at a Seattle Public Library!

Libraries around the country are frequently troubled by the conflict of your First Amendment right to view “protected speech” and others who just have to watch pornography in a public library setting.

The most recent publicly exposed incident in Seattle occurred at the Lake City branch of the Seattle library system. Julie Howe said in a public email that her 10-year-old daughter was disturbed after looking over the shoulder of a man last month as he watched pornography at the branch.

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Life in the Northwest
1:47 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection

The Coliseum and Space Needle under construction. 10/30/61
Seattle Public Library

Where were you in '62?

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library has put the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection online for all to see.

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New citizens
11:57 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Public library hosts naturalization ceremony

Twenty-eight countries were represented at a citizenship ceremony at the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library on April 12, 2011.
Paula Wissel

For the first time, the Seattle Public Library was the venue for a naturalization ceremony.  Eighty-six people from twenty-eight countries were sworn in as American citizens.

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Technology and Democracy
7:19 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Local debate on secret information and Wikileaks

A protester in Australia makes a statement about the Wikileaks release of secret government documents. It's sparked international debate, and is the focus of a Seattle forum tonight.
AP

Was it justified when Amazon.com and the big credit card companies pulled the plug on Wikileaks?  Did it hurt the free flow of information, or advance important dialogue about world affairs? A discussion in Seattle this evening will dive into those questions. 

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