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$10,000 burglary at NE Seattle Tool Library

October 11th, 2015 by Mike

Several readers have emailed to make sure we’re aware of the burglars who cleaned out the most expensive tools from the Northeast Seattle Tool Library.

The library, at 2415 N.E. 80th St. in the Wedgwood neighborhood, is asking people to keep an eye out for tools marked NESTL.

We just filed our police report and we are estimating about $10,000 worth of tools were stolen. These items include: our laptops, pressure washers, table saws, miter saws, sawzaws, circular saws, jig saws, routers, bolt cutters, air compressors, nail guns, staple guns…the list goes on.

All of these tools should have “NESTL” and numbers written on them.

The burglary occurred overnight Friday. The Seattle Times has a story here. Several people have suggested a Kickstarter campaign to replace the tools.

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Grand opening Saturday of NE Seattle Tool Library

January 17th, 2013 by Mike

A new tool lending library serving northeast Seattle is having its grand opening on Saturday.

We will officially start lending tools at our Grand Opening on January 19, 2013. The building will open at 10 a.m. for new member registrations and meet-and-great, followed by the official speeches and ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. We’ll stay open until 2 p.m. for tool lending, plus “Taste of the Tool Library” demonstrations.

The library is in space leased from the North Seattle Friends Church, at 2415 N.E. 80th St. For an inventory of tools, click here.

Membership is free, but donations are encouraged. “Anyone over 18 is welcome to use The NE Seattle Tool Library, whether you live in NE Seattle or anywhere else in the region. Members are just required to fill out a membership application and a liability waiver as well as present two forms of ID to Tool Library staff.”

For more information click here.

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