The Seattle Public Library Foundation has received thousands of generous contributions to the "Campaign for Seattle's Public Libraries." In recognition of their gifts of $50,000 and above, we are pleased to honor the following supporters with named physical spaces in the Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library.
Helen G. Rosen Children's Reading Area
Helen G. Rosen and her husband, William, raised their seven children in Ballard and were active members of the Seattle community. She borrowed books from the Ballard Branch for over 55 years. Her trips to the library (often accompanied by kids) and her love for books instilled the enjoyment of reading in her children and grandchildren.
Rosen was an omnipresent volunteer around Seattle. She was involved with the Red Cross during and after World War II, raised money for the "new" Ballard Hospital, served on the board, and helped run its gift shop and volunteer program for years. She enjoyed acting as an extra at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, tutoring students in reading at Loyal Heights Elementary School (earning a Golden Apple award), taking notes for deaf students at Seattle Community College, and generously contributing to myriad charities and causes.
The children's reading area is named in her memory by her children and their families, honoring all that she did for so many during her lifetime.
Ian McKenzie Black Reading Area
A gift was made anonymously to honor Ian McKenzie Black with this named space.
Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room
Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg were longtime residents of Ballard, where they raised their five children. The family's Swedish heritage was a touchstone. Miriam was an enthusiastic reader of novels and Tom read widely in business, finance and scientific publications. Knowledge of the important and the obscure was pursued and honored. They passed on to their children a love of reading and learning. Miriam and Tom encouraged civic involvement, and this meeting room is named in their honor by their son, Tom A. Alberg and his wife, Judi Beck, on behalf of the entire Alberg family.