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December 22, 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.

Seattle Reads

What's Next?

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library announces the 2014 featured work:

For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey by Richard Blanco (Beacon Press, 2013)


About "For All of Us, One Today"

Richard BlancoIn this brief and evocative memoir, Richard Blanco tells the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of the days that followed. He shares his life as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the inaugural poem, "One Today," as well as two other poems commissioned for the occasion and included in the book, with translations of all three poems into his native Spanish.


Finally, Blanco reflects on his spiritual embrace of Americans everywhere through the power of poetry and his vision for its new role in our nation's consciousness. Like the inaugural poem itself, "For All of Us, One Today" speaks to what makes this country and its people great, marking a triumphant moment in American history and letters.


About the Author

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968, immigrating as an infant with his Cuban-exile family
to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing. Blanco has been a practicing engineer, writer, poet and teacher. He currently resides in Bethel, Maine. He has published three previous collections of poetry. In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, following in the footsteps of Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, and Elizabeth Alexander. Blanco presented "One Today," an original poem he wrote for the occasion, becoming the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant and first openly gay writer to hold the honor.


Reprinted with permission from Blue Flower Arts, LLC


Richard Blanco will visit Seattle in late April 2014. Richard Blanco will visit Seattle in late April. View the calendar of events with the author.

Seattle Reads Books and Information for Book Groups

Book groups already registered with The Seattle Public Library may reserve their kits of "For All of Us, One Today."  Additional copies of Blanco's book are available at all Library locations for informal borrowing by community book groups and individuals.

About 'Seattle Reads'

"Seattle Reads" is designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today” is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Beacon Press, The Elliott Bay Book Co., and University Book Store.

Seattle Reads
2014 Seattle Reads: 'For All of Us, One Today' by Richard Blanco
Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library