Celebrate expanded Library hours at special event 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at Columbia Branch
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.
"After so many years of cuts to critical services - such as Library hours - we are thrilled to be adding resources," said City Librarian Marcellus Turner.
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.
The Columbia Branch will host the first celebration from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908.
This kick-off celebration will feature Mayor Mike McGinn, Councilmember Richard Conlin, City Librarian Marcellus Turner, Library Board President Dan Dixon and Columbia Branch teen patron Christina Dean.
"Seattle loves libraries," said McGinn. "That's why Seattle residents came together to support new funding for library resources and expanded hours, making our libraries more accessible for all, especially those who rely on them to use the Internet. And the week-long furloughs for our libraries are now a thing of the past. Let's all celebrate by stopping by our neighborhood libraries, chatting with a librarian, checking out a book, and saying thank you to Seattle voters for making today possible."
"This is a great day for Seattle," said Conlin. "Libraries are for all of us - the dedicated readers, the young people who need to access technology to succeed in school, the new immigrants who are working to become full participants in our economic and civic life. It was a privilege to lead the City Council's Special Committee that developed the Library Levy, and I am deeply grateful to Seattle voters for approving the levy last August."
Patrons can get a free Check-Out Challenge card in a keepsake sleeve at any Library location. 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
This year, the Library also is unveiling 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.
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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