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December 9, 2016


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Adults Calendar of Events - Author readings, classes, programs & special events for adults.

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Delayed opening at Library branches

Due to the weather, all Library branches will open at noon today. Central Library will open today at regular time - 10 a.m.

OverDrive ebook issues

Some patrons report seeing incorrect ebook holds and checkouts. Please log out and back in to clear. If you are consistently seeing incorrect ebook entries please report to Ask a Librarian. We are working with OverDrive to resolve this issue.

The Library's Website may experience brief outages

On Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 a.m. to noon, the Library's website may experience brief intermittent outages due to scheduled server maintenance.

Design lecture series

Design lecture series

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a series of lectures on design by highly-regarded visual and graphic designers at the Central Library. The lectures are presented by Civilization, a local design firm.


The lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m.


Designers giving lectures for this series include:


  • April Greiman: Recognized as one of the first designers to embrace computer technology as a design tool, she is also credited with establishing the "New Wave" movement in the U.S. during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Stefan Sagmeister: Winner of two Grammy Awards for his work in album packaging, he has designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum.
  • David Carson: Renowned for his groundbreaking graphic design and edgy typography, he is considered the most influential graphic designer of the 1990s.
  • Ken Garland: Distinguished British graphic and game designer who authored the 1964 "First Things First" manifesto that calls for a humanist approach to graphic design theory.



Visit the calendar for lecture dates and times.

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