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Release Date: 12/03/2012

All locations of The Seattle Public Library open Sunday in 2013; Play the 'Check-out Sunday Challenge'

The Seattle Public Library

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.


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. In addition, the Columbia and Northgate branches will be open seven days a week beginning in 2013.


"At community meetings and through patron surveys, we heard that Sunday hours were important," City Librarian Marcellus Turner said. "Particularly for families, working people and students, having Library service available in every neighborhood on Sunday will be a huge benefit."


Each branch with new Sunday hours will host a special celebration on a Sunday (dates and locations listed below) from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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.


Check-Out Challenge


Patrons can get a free Check-Out Challenge card in a keepsake sleeve at any Library location in mid-December. 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 Marcellus Turner. Drawings will take place in May. Patrons do not need to be present at the drawings to win prizes.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636.


Sundays are Special Celebrations


  • Jan. 6, Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908. This kick-off celebration will feature Mayor Mike McGinn, Councilmember Richard Conlin and City Librarian Turner.
  • Jan. 13, High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454
  • Jan. 27, Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, 1134 33rd Ave., 206-684-4705
  • Feb. 3, NewHolly Branch, 7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905
  • Feb. 10, Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084
  • Feb. 24, South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S., 206-615-1688
  • March 3, Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St., 206-386-4227
  • March 10, International District/Chinatown Branch, 713 Eighth Ave. S., 206-386-1300
  • March 17, University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-684-4063
  • March 24, Wallingford Branch, 1501 N. 45th St., 206-684-4088
  • April 7, Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547
  • April 14, Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W., 206-386-4225
  • April 21, Montlake Branch, 2401 24th Ave. E., 206-684-4720
  • April 28, Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980
  • May 5, Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., 206-733-9125


Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.


New Library cards


Beginning in January, the Library also will unveil 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.


"We are excited to offer new cards that reflect some of our local history and culture," Turner said. "They also emphasize our special focus on imagination, opportunity, discovery, community and fun."


"We are delighted to be part of the new Library card program," said Ben Franz-Knight, executive director of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority. "We're thrilled that the Pike Place Market is being recognized as a significant member of the Seattle community."


"We're honored for Mount Rainier to be part of The Seattle Public Library's celebration of Seattle icons," said Randy King, superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park. "Both the park and the Library are rich resources for our region, and it is a privilege to partner with one of the nation's leading libraries."


Sundays Survey


Patrons should be sure to complete a survey about the types of services and activities they would like to see on Sunday during their next visit to the Library. The survey will be available through January.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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