For the third year in a row, The Seattle Public Library will close for a week from August 29 through September 5 to meet budget shortfalls. Here is the Library’s page explaining what will be happening. A recent article on the International Examiner website discusses how this closure is a hardship for our neediest citizens. Maggie Taylor, the Vice President of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library was interviewed for the article, and she notes how library usage has been up over the last several years. Vital services such as free computer access and classes for ESL students will also be suspended during the closure.
The Friends of the Seattle Public Library will continue to advocate for the preservation of the Library’s budget because the Library is a vital service. We hope that in the future these library closures will no longer be necessary to bridge the budget gap. For more information on our advocacy efforts, please visit our (new) website.