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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: 03/14/2013

The Seattle Public Library presents an evening of poetry with Caroline Kennedy April 8 at Seattle First Baptist Church

An evening of poetry with Caroline Kennedy

The Seattle Public Library presents an evening of poetry with Caroline Kennedy from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 8 at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. Kennedy will be joined by students from the Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools program, Seattle University and Sanislo Elementary, and Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken.


Library events are free and open to the public. Free advance tickets are required. Tickets will be available beginning Thursday, March 28 via or 800-838-3006. Limit of one ticket per order and two orders per household. Everyone must have a ticket to enter. Parking is available in nearby commercial lots. Seating will be limited, and not guaranteed after 6:45 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.


In "Poems to Learn by Heart," the companion to "A Family of Poems," Kennedy has chosen more than a hundred poems demonstrating the vitality and relevance of poetry in the lives of children.


Kennedy is well-known as an author of works on American history, politics and poetry, as well as for continuing the Kennedy family tradition of public service. Her best-selling books include "She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems" and "A Family of Poems." She is the 2013 honorary chair of National Library Week sponsored by the American Library Association.


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. and Seattle First Baptist Church. 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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