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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: 05/14/2013

The Seattle Public Library presents a conversation with author Andrew Lam May 23 at NewHolly Gathering Hall

Andrew Lam

Author Andrew Lam will read from his new book, "Birds of Paradise Lost," and participate in a cross-cultural dialogue about connections to Vietnam from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at the NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S.


Library events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required; visit to register.


Parking is available in adjacent pay lots. Discounted parking is available in the main convention center garage two blocks north of Town Hall with a voucher obtained from any Town Hall staff member.



"Birds of Paradise Lost" is a collection of short stories that chronicle the anguish, joy and bravery of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the U.S.


Lam is the author of "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora," which won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres." He is an editor and co-founder of New American Media, and was a regular contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered" for many years. Lam lives in San Francisco, Calif.


This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington and presented in partnership with the Vietnamese Friendship Association and PeaceTrees Vietnam.


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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