Questions and Answers:
Are college and job prep services available at every Library location?
Yes. All Library locations offer help with college and job prep via the Library's online resources and Library staff. Free job search and career development classes are offered at the Central Library, and at the Northgate and Rainier Beach branches. Special job search computers are also available at these locations.
What about entrepreneurship? We have a lot of teens who want to start their own businesses.
The Library supports entrepreneurs with free classes on how to start your own business, offered in partnership with the Seattle district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. There are also a number of online tools and resources collected on the Library's website in the Articles and Research section, listed under Business, Finance and Fundraising.
Does the Library have any connection with Hack the CD? (Students get together over a weekend and come up with business ideas.)
Not at the moment, but the Library is interested in forming community partnerships with local organizations.
Thank you for adding Somali story times. Could we also get computer access in Somali and more resources and books in Somali?
The Library is working to increase its Somali collection, but is having trouble locating publishers. At present all Somali books come from one North American publisher. Please contact us at 206-386-4636 if you have suggestions about how to expand our ability to order resources in Somali.
Cheryl "The Lady" Glass (1961-1997) was a local race car driver. I would like help finding a VHS tape that I haven't been able to locate. Also, I would like the Library to capture and archive Seattle history events, especially the Black Panther organizations in Seattle.
We'll connect you with a reference librarian on the VHS tape. The Library has been digitizing Seattle history on its Special Collections page, and we'll be talking about the Seattle Culture and History Service Priority at our next Community Conversation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Central Library. The Library is partnering with the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) on that meeting.
I would like to propose that librarians and volunteers speak to children about math at an early age, so children have those words in their vocabulary.
The Library does include math and science vocabulary in its story times, and focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math in its Summer of Learning program.
You should add the book "Gang of Four" to the collection
This book is already part of the Library's collection, as is a streaming video about the group. There was also an author reading at Central Library on July 22, 2015, featuring two of the four members of the Gang of Four.
Suggestions from patrons
- Longer open hours at the NewHolly Branch, especially on the weekend. As a working mother, I don't want my child going far away from the house by himself to get help with homework.
- I would like the NewHolly community to be more cohesive, with more communication between strangers on the street and neighbors.
- Work with the schools and community groups to stop disproportionate punishment in schools and to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.
- Please provide more security guards at the Rainier Beach Branch.
- Come back and speak with us again!