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Release Date: 12/17/2012

Sundays are Special: Celebrate new open hours on Sundays at The Seattle Public Library

Sundays are Special

For the first time in at least a century, all locations of The Seattle Public Library will be open on Sunday in 2013. Expanded operating hours are being funded by a levy approved by voters in August.


Fifteen branches currently closed on Sunday will join 11 other branches in opening their doors every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Sunday, Jan. 6.


Each branch with new Sunday hours will host a special celebration on a Sunday between Jan. 6 and May 5. Each celebration will feature a children's craft activity, refreshments and an opportunity to participate in the Check-Out Sundays Challenge. January celebrations include:



Check-Out Challenge


Patrons can get a free Check-Out Challenge card in a keepsake sleeve at any Library location in mid-December. To participate in the Challenge, patrons just need to visit any location of The Seattle Public Library on Sunday and get their card stamped before they leave. Patrons with 15 stamps can enter a prize drawing. Patrons who attend Sunday Branch Celebrations also receive commemorative stickers for their Check Out Cards.


Prizes include Booklovers Baskets and lunch with City Librarian Turner. Drawings will take place in May. Patrons do not need to be present at the drawings to win prizes.


New Library cards


Beginning in January, the Library also will unveil five new Library cards. Four feature photographs of iconic Seattle sites: the Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Mount Rainier and Central Library. A special card for children was also designed. The Library will continue offering its current "classic card," which features the Library logo. Patrons can replace their current card for a new one in 2013 without a charge.


Sundays Survey


Patrons should be sure to complete a survey about the types of services and activities they would like to see on Sunday. The survey will be available through January.


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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