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.
Four Patrons of The Seattle Public Library win prizes in the Check-out Sunday Challenge to celebrate new hours
Four lucky patrons of The Seattle Public Library have won prizes after taking part in the Check-Out Sunday Challenge to celebrate new 2013 Sunday hours at 15 branches.
Patrons who took part in the Challenge visited any Library location on Sundays between January and May. Those who collected 15 stamps were entered into a prize drawing.
The winners are:
- Xia Bouzek, who frequents the Wallingford Branch, won a book lovers tote bag. The 9-year-old student in the Accelerated Progress Program in the Lincoln High School building said she loves being able to check out all kinds of books from the Library. "I liked the Check-Out Challenge because I got to go to a lot of different libraries and see how they look," she said.
- Cat Bozek, who is a patron of the Southwest Branch, won a giant book lovers basket. Bozek, who collects library cards, describes herself as a "library enthusiast to the max! It is difficult to articulate what I love most about libraries. Somehow libraries are able to know what my brain is interested in exploring before I am consciously aware," she said.
- Margaret Firebaugh, who uses the Wallingford Branch, won a book lovers tote bag. Firebaugh said she loves that her home branch is now open on Sunday. "The Check-out Challenge was a great incentive to get out of the house. Thanks!"
- Opal Walters, a regular at the NewHolly Branch, won the grand prize, lunch with City Librarian Marcellus Turner. "I love everything about the NewHolly Branch - the staff, the books and all the great services," she said. "I go there a lot. It's close to home and it's a wonderful reading spot."
The expanded open hours were funded by a seven-year, $123 million levy approved by voters in August 2012 to restore and improve core services that were reduced due to previous budget cuts. The levy is funding increased hours, more books and materials in print and electronic formats, upgraded computers and enhanced building maintenance.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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