New Branch Opening: Broadview

About The Opening

On Nov. 3, 1998, Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved the $196.4 million “Libraries for All” bond measure to upgrade The Seattle Public Library with new facilities, technology, and books. The bond money, which can be used only for construction of libraries, funded a new central library and new and improved branches. The “Libraries for All” Web site includes detailed information about the entire building program. For information about individual branch projects, see Neighborhood Branches.

The Broadview Branch is having its opening weekend.

Here are the times:
-Friday 7 Dec. 5:45-7:30
-Saturday, 8 Dec 11:30-4:30

12755 Greenwood Avenue NE, Seattle

If you are interested, here is a little More Info on the branch: 


About The Librarian….
I had the chance to talk to Lisa Scharnhorst at the opening, below is a little tidbit of our conversation – I adopted my best Actor’s Studio impression…

What is your favorite word? Mocha
What is your least favorite word? No
What word do you wish you had made up? Perspicacious
How did you become librarian of your branch? Prior to working at Broadview, I was a librarian at the Central Library downtown. I worked in the General Reference Services department where I answered questions in person, over the phone for the “Quick Information” service as well as longer reference questions, and electronically through email and chat. I also worked in the Hugh & Jane Ferguson Seattle Room helping patrons with local history research.Before working at SPL, I spent 13 years working in the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries, where I also focused on local history. I’ve also worked at the New York Public Library and a photo archive in New York City.
What is on your desk right now? A giant mess! Now that we’ve got the branch opened I hope to find time in the near future to organize my office! I have not had a chance to unpack my own files, and I’m still waiting for one piece of my office furniture to arrive. I also really need to get something up on my walls — the blank white walls are driving me crazy!
Tell us about your library. -We’ve about about 66,000 items in our collections — 15,000 of them are new!-Broadview will start having programs again in January. Thursday mornings our Childrens Librarian, Marita Meyerholtz, does a story time. Some of the story times are bilingual in Spanish/English.
-Adult Services Librarian Beth Kashner leads an afternoon book group on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and will be starting an evening book group lead by a volunteer.
-Teen Services Librarian Nina West has some gaming programs in the works, a graphic novel workshop in March, and is also helping set up a student Homework Help tutoring service that will start in the Spring.
How long have you been at the branch? I started as the Branch Manager about a month before we opened.
What other posts do you hold in your community? I’ve been a board member for the Pacific Northwest Historian’s Guild in the past. I am becoming active in the Broadview Community Council and hope to get involved with the Broadview Historical Society. Broadview is such a wonderful, involved neighborhood. It is great to be working in a community that is so invested in its library.
What is the biggest impact the capitol campaign has had on your branch? Broadview has been transformed by LFA and the capitol campaign. The expanded branch is beautiful! People from the community as well as Broadview staff love all of the space and light, and the wonderful design by architect Brad Miller. The wood ceiling in the new half of the building is stunning – it gives the space a wonderful feel, and I love to hear the rain falling on the metal roof — something I get to hear a lot! We’ve got twice the amount of space, including a more efficient staff workroom, study rooms, 2 meeting rooms, and a much larger collection area. Former Branch Manager Debi Westwood (who is now managing several branches for the King County Library System) and Broadview librarian Beth Kashner did a terrific job of laying out the collection and staff areas.
How does your relationship with the community affect your programming? Broadview, like many neighborhoods in Seattle, is going through a lot of changes. When people think of Broadview, they mainly think of the senior housing that’s in the neighborhood. But since we closed for expansion, lots of young families and immigrants have moved to the neighborhood. Also, the Broadview-Thompson Elementary school that’s across the street has added a middle school. We’re feeling that change already! At about 3pm when school gets out, we are flooded with students. It’s terrific! We are looking forward to meeting our new patrons and welcoming back our long time patrons and neighbors and discovering what programs will best serve them.

What an incredible resource and engaged staff!


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