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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: 04/01/2013

The Seattle Public Library announces poetry contest winners

Haiku Hullabaloo

The Seattle Public Library invited children, teens and adults to enter a haiku poetry contest in celebration of National Poetry Month in April. One poem is being featured each day in April on the Library website home page ( Three of the winning poems follow:


Find the library

It's a chamber of secrets,

A wrinkle in time.


Clio V., age 9

School: Orca K-8

Columbia Branch


library book on Rin Tin Tin


bookmark wagging


Tom Greggs

Northeast Branch


Frayed man reads in easy

chair. Nobody's homeless

in a library.


Carol Gordon

Lake City Branch


Contest participants were asked to write a haiku that celebrates the library in their life. The 30 best haiku were chosen from over 400 submitted poems.


To view all of the winning haiku, visit

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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