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Release Date: 06/17/2014

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Magnolia Branch of The Seattle Public Library July 1

Magnolia Branch

The Seattle Public Library is planning a special celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W.  (206-386-4225).


The public is invited to join in the festivities from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 at the branch. Enjoy cupcakes, a historical display and a fun family science activity from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public. No registration is required.


The Magnolia Branch opened its doors July 1, 1964, to serve residents who previously relied on sporadic service from a variety of locations, including an abandoned tavern, a former grocery store and the bookmobile.


Designed by noted Seattle architect Paul Hayden Kirk, the branch is recognized as a quintessential example of Northwest design with distinct influences of Japan. It has received the American Library Association Award of Excellence, was featured in "Architectural Record" in 1966 and is often assigned to University of Washington architecture students for study. The library was designated as a landmark building by Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board.


The branch was expanded in 2008 as part of the voter-approved "Libraries for All" building program. Original furniture designed by master craftsman George Nakashima was refinished as part of the project. Meyer Wells, a Magnolia furniture shop, made a table and bench for the branch from a salvaged walnut tree.


For more information call the branch at 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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