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December 21, 2014

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Library News Release

Release Date: 02/12/2014

Alain de Botton discusses 'The News: A User's Guide' March 7 at The Seattle Public Library

Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton will discuss his latest book, "The News: A User's Guide," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.


Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m.


"The News: A User's Guide" analyzes 25 types of news stories to discuss how news affects our thinking.


Founder of The School of Life, de Botton is the author three works of fiction and six works of nonfiction, including "How Proust Can Change Your Life," "The Consolations of Philosophy" and "The Art of Travel." He lives in London.


This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis and media sponsor The Seattle Times. It is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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