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All Seattle Public Libraries to open Sundays starting next month

December 12th, 2012 by Mike

Thanks to voter approval of last August’s library levy, all 27 locations of The Seattle Public Library will open Sundays  beginning Jan. 6.

The Northgate branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., will be open seven days a week.

In a press release, the library notes this will be the first time in at least a century that all library locations have Sunday hours, which will be 1-5 p.m. Currently, 15 branches are closed on Sunday, including the Northgate branch and the Green Lake branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

The Green Lake branch remains closed on Fridays, as do several others. Current library hours and locations are here.

The Sunday hours were made possible when voters approved a seven-year, $122 million levy, which also ends the week-long shutdown the library has used since 2009 to save money.

The levy is the first time the library has had a designated source of funding. It passed with 62 percent support from voters.

To celebrate the Sunday openings, all branches with new Sunday hours will host a special celebration on a Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Jan. 6 and May 5. Each celebration will feature a children’s craft activity, refreshments and an opportunity to participate in a Check-Out Sundays Challenge.

The Northgate celebration is April 28. The Green Lake celebration is April 7.

Additional library card designs will also be available in January. One design is especially for children, the other four feature photographs of iconic Seattle sites: the Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Mount Rainier and the Central Library.

Patrons can swap their existing cards for one of the new designs for no charge.

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Last chance Saturday to pick up local library books

August 24th, 2012 by Mike

A reminder that The Seattle Public Library is closed all of next week, and that local branches are closed today and Sunday.

That means if you need to visit a library nearby, Saturday’s the last day to do so until Sept. 4, after the Labor Day holiday.

The good news: This is the end.

Thanks to Seattle voters who earlier this month approved a $123 million library levy, this will be the last year the week-long closure is necessary.

Also, beginning next year all library branches will be open on Sunday, again thanks to the levy money.

This year, though, both the Green Lake  branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., and the Northgate branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., are closed today, open from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday and until after Labor Day.

The main downtown Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., is open today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

More details are available at the library’s website.

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