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 Magnolia Branch of The Seattle Public Library.
Dean and Mary Thornton Children's Area
Reading creates an open mind, develops imagination and lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Dean Thornton was the former president of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
Jim Thixton and Carol Bennett Thixton Meeting Room
Jim and Carol Thixton met as high school teachers in 1962 in Kern County, California. A few years later, an LBJ fellowship took Jim to Hawaii where he taught US history and psychology until his retirement. Carol eventually left teaching to work for McCall's Pattern Company doing fashion shows and making local TV appearances all over the country. In 1973 Carol opened her own fashion design and manufacturing company in Hawaii which she ran for 23 years.
Jim was a passionate and voracious reader his entire life. Despite living in small spaces and moving several times, the couple collected more than 5,000 books. Each time they moved, the books were carefully boxed as prized possessions, which they were. Books have been at the center of Jim and Carol's life together.
Carol and Jim moved to Seattle in 1996 and made their home in Magnolia where Carol volunteers at the branch library and continues a lifelong dedication to books and learning.