I am pleased to share the significant accomplishments we have made over the past year.
We are working to implement the Library levy that voters passed in 2012 to increase open hours, add more books and materials in print and electronic formats, upgrade our computers and online services and enhance our building maintenance.
We started 2013 by adding Sunday hours at 15 branch libraries, which meant that for the first time in at least a century, all locations of The Seattle Public Library were open on Sundays. We extended service from five days to seven days at the Columbia and Northgate branches.
We've made significant additions to our print and digital collections and we've doubled the number of items that patrons may place on hold from 25 to 50. We replaced all our Internet computers and nearly all our printers for the public. We improved the parking lots at the Southwest and Columbia branches, and responded to patron usage patterns and demographics by expanding the children's section at the Northeast Branch.
I had the pleasure of meeting many, many Library supporters at the well-attended "Sundays are Special" celebrations that we held at branches with new Sunday hours. We also celebrated with five new Library card designs that captured our excitement.
I held "Community Conversations" at branches already open on Sundays where I updated patrons on our progress and asked them for feedback on my five service priorities: youth and early learning; technology and access; community engagement; Seattle culture and history; and re-imagined spaces to use our libraries in ways that better meet the needs of patrons.
In May we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Central Library and in June we launched a redesigned Summer of Learning program that expanded on our longtime successful Summer Reading Program. By the end of the year we expect to complete the upgrade of our Wi-Fi infrastructure and we are planning for improvements to the website.
None of this would have happened without our wonderful staff and the steady support of our volunteers, donors, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.
I'll see you at the Library.
The Seattle Public Library