Seattle Prepares for Library Furlough

Next week Seattle Public Library will be closed because of city-wide budget cuts.  The libraries will close Monday, August 30, and reopen Tuesday, September 7, after the Labor Day holiday. 

The Library’s Communications Director Andra Addison spoke to KUOW news about the furlough:

For more information visit the Library’s website.


Thanks for Patricipating in Summer Reading at the Library!

Hope you read, read, read this summer and took advantage of the Seattle Public Library’s renowned Summer Reading Program.  Research shows that kids who read even only 4-5 books in the summer score better on fall reading tests.  And for the over 50 crowd, lifelong learning boosts mental longevity.  And for all of you in between, read for PLEASURE–experts tell us that reading a few minutes a day reduces your stress level!!!
Check your branch for the remaining Summer Reading Program events and tell your librarian how many books you and your family read this summer.  This year’s summer goal is 148,000 books read.  Don’t forget that the Library’s closed next week due to budget cuts.  We’ll report the number of books read when we reopen.  Thanks for taking part in the 2010 Summer Reading Program and for making Seattle a book-friendly place to be.

Sounds of Vietnam – Folk Music to Make You Smile!

Back by popular demand, Canadian duo Khac Chi performs traditional Vietnamese folk music with lively new arrangements, light-hearted humor and creative stage antics.  We’re sure that this year’s shows will delight young and old from ages  4 – adult again.  You can see them perform at 4 different locations this week:

  • Central Library:  Microsoft Auditorium, 2 p.m. Friday, August 20
  • Rainier Beach Branch:  11 a.m. Saturday, August 21
  • Beacon Hill Branch:   3 p.m. Saturday, August 21
  • Lake City Branch:  2 p.m. Saturday, August 22

Can we come back tomorrow?

A patron from the Columbia Branch shares a story from her recent visit:

Columbia City Branch“I was checking out books at the Columbia City branch a few months ago, shortly after I’d learned the branch had reduced its hours…as I checked out, a father with two boys came up to the counter to ask the librarian a question.”

The brothers were talking and one said to the other, ‘Let’s ask Dad if we can come back here tomorrow.’ The older brother said, ‘This place is SO much fun!’

The younger boy said ‘OK,’ and they started tugging on their dad’s shirt. ‘Dad, Dad, can we come back here tomorrow?’ Finally the dad responded, ‘Yes, sure.’

“My heart sank because I knew that the branch was now going to be closed on Sunday, the next day. The enthusiasm the boys had for being in the Library was contagious and impressive. I wished I had the power to open the doors for them the next day.”

How the Library Supports Early Literacy

The Seattle Public Library provides four Early Literacy programs and activities that help teach children the foundation of reading. 

These four programs are:early literacy_girl with bag

  • Raising a Reader
  • Play and Learn Groups
  • Weekly Story Time
  • Picture Book Collections

Raising a Reader:

  • A take-home book bag program created to facilitate the development of early literacy skills
  • Served 330 children in 2009

Play and Learn Groups:

  • Drop-in play groups for caregivers with children from infants to 5 years old in order to promote early learning
  • Served over 3,300 children, parents, and caregivers between October 2008 and June 2009

Story Time:

  • Story time for baby, toddler, and preschool children provided by children’s librarians and paid early childhood educators in a variety of languages including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish
  • 1,410 Story Time programs in 2009
  • 54,330 total attendance in 2009


Picture book Collections:

  • Continually enhanced collections of picture and board books for infants and toddlers that facilitate access to books for use in implementing the six early literacy skills
  • Book collections at selected branches are available in several languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Russian.
  • Begin With Books kits for families and child care centers, as well as online collections for 24/7 access

Shark at the Library!

Learn about courage with as The SPL’s Summer Reading Program hosts Rodney the Shark and friend Rowbes.  Join timid Rodney the Shark as he must learn how to stand up for himself, his friends, and his neighborhood!  Enter this underwater world with humans age three and up. 

Local Rowbes Puppet Productions brings Rodney to a library near you:

   Central Library: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

   Northeast Branch: Friday, Aug. 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

   Douglass-Truth Branch: Monday, Aug. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.