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February 12, 2016

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.


Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

Library News Release

Release Date: 06/12/2014

The Seattle Public Library kicks off Summer of Learning June 23

Summer of Learning 2014

The Seattle Public Library invites children to "Zone In!" and sign up for the 2014 Summer of Learning beginning Monday, June 23. The 95th annual program, which continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, is designed to prevent summer setback among school-age children and teens.


Children who sign up will receive a free book (one per child, while supplies last). Participants will receive stickers on their activity logs for completing activities such as learning a magic trick, searching the Library's website for science experiment ideas, or creating a musical instrument out of everyday items.


In addition to encouraging reading, this year's program also includes activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math - areas especially important to the future success of students.


"Thanks to a partnership with the Pacific Science Center, our librarians received training that will help them present engaging science activities on an ongoing basis in the branches and out in the community," said City Librarian Marcellus Turner.    


The Library's Summer of Learning website ( also will have ideas for fun, hands-on science activities that can be done at home or with friends.


Children who complete and log 10 activities will receive a free day pass to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Those who complete their activity log by Monday, Aug. 4 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian's popular Breakfast of Champions event.


Visit beginning June 23 for more information on fun activities all summer long for families, children and teens. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the branches in branch parking lots or on nearby streets. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates.


The 2014 Summer of Learning is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Google, and U.S. Bank.


For more information about Summer of Learning, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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