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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 LakeĀ  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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Northgate, Green Lake libraries could restore hours under levy plan

April 12th, 2012 by Mike

Voters will decide in August whether to tax themselves an extra $52 annually to bolster Seattle’s strained library system.

Locally, approval of the property tax levy would mean the Northgate branch library could reopen seven days a week, and the Green Lake branch would reopen Sunday afternoons. Currently, both branches are open five days a week, the victim of budget cuts since the economy fell into depression. The entire system has been closing annually for a week to save money.

The levy would also increase the budget for books and materials, and add back resources and maintenance cut since the landmark Libraries For All push finished in 2008.

Details about the $123 million, seven-year property tax levy proposal are here. A story about the City Council voting earlier this week to place it on the Aug. 7 ballot is here.

From that Seattle Times story:

Budget cuts over the past four years have forced the library to close 15 of 26 branch libraries on Fridays and Sundays. The entire system is shut down the last week of August, when the staff, for the past three years, has taken unpaid furlough. The levy would end the weeklong furlough.

The levy would raise about $17 million a year to supplement the libraries’ annual general-fund budget of about $50 million. It would cost the owner of a median-priced $361,000 home $52 a year.

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