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Release Date: 04/10/2013

The Seattle Public Library celebrates National Library Week April 14-20

The Seattle Public Library

Celebrate National Library Week April 14-20 by visiting the world-renowned Central Library or any of The Seattle Public Library's 26 branches! Check out a DVD or music CD, explore the vast online resources, or talk to a Library staff member about book recommendations.


National Library Week 2013, with the theme, "Communities matter @ your library," celebrates libraries and library workers nationwide.


Mayor Mike McGinn has signed a proclamation making April 14-20 National Library Week in the City of Seattle. "Libraries in Seattle and everywhere play a vital role in supporting the quality of life in our communities," he stated. "Libraries are a part of the American Dream - places for opportunity, education, self-help and lifelong learning."


More than 11 million books and materials were circulated and more than 13 million people visited The Seattle Public Library last year. Now is the perfect time to get a Library card if you don't already have one. Select one of five new card designs or the classic card.  Library card applications are available in person at all Library locations and online at


In addition to books, materials and access to many online databases and journals, the Library hosts hundreds of programs per month for children, teens and adults, including story times, author readings and more.


"Having a Library card gives you access to all the free services and resources the Library has to offer - like homework help for students, job search assistance for the unemployed, computer classes for ESL students and more," City Librarian Marcellus Turner said. "You don't even need to visit our buildings to receive help. Chat and email services and a mobile app are also available."


The American Library Association has sponsored National Library Week in April annually since 1958.


For more information about The Seattle Public Library, visit or call 206-386-4636.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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