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December 19, 2014

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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: 12/03/2013

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Queen Anne Branch of The Seattle Public Library

Queen Anne Branch, 2014

The Seattle Public Library is planning a special celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St. (206-386-4227), and is currently asking patrons to share their stories about the branch for a special scrapbook. It is one of six Carnegie libraries in Seattle.


The public is invited to join in the festivities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the branch. All activities are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available.


Step back in time and see clothing styles from the early 1900s. Representatives from Goodwill's Vintage Fashion Collection will provide an exhibit at the branch featuring vintage clothing and an interactive hat show with about 50 hats to view and try on.


The Queen Anne Historical Society will be present to share information on local history. There also will be music, refreshments, a commemorative bookmark, and a children's craft activity making whirligigs.


The Queen Anne Branch is asking patrons to share written stories now about their favorite branch experiences to include in an anniversary scrapbook.


Here, for example, is a note that a distraught parent wrote in 1914 to Miss Helen Watson, the branch's first children's librarian.


"Dear Madam: Will you please stop John and Mary from getting any more books as we can't get anything out of them at all - they won't go to bed at night and won't get up in the morning and won't do anything but read when they do get up."


Today's patrons can use specially designed scrapbook paper available now at the branch to share their stories. The stories will be included in an anniversary scrapbook that will be on display during the celebration, as well as historical photos of the branch. Patrons also can email stories now to for inclusion in the scrapbook.


For more information, call the Quick Information Center at 206-386-4636.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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