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Testing the Seattle Public Library’s new Wi-Fi hotspot: It’s worth the wait

“In late May, the Seattle Public Library announced a program to lend Wi-Fi hotspots to library card holders, free of charge, thanks to funding from Google. Within the first day, 175 people had placed a hold on the 126 devices in open circulation, including me. Now, nearly 1,300 people are waiting for a device, and another 200 units are being added to circulation due to an additional $80,000 grant from Google. My turn to check out the hotspot came a few weeks ago, and it was worth the wait.” (via Geekwire)

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Seattle library patrons can check out Wi-Fi hotspot devices

As of Monday, anyone with a Seattle Public Library card could check out a Wi-Fi hotspot device to use on the go or at home. The initial 150 devices were funded with a $225,000 grant from Google and Google.org to the Seattle Public Library, according to a library news release. “We want the library to be anywhere, everywhere, any place and on any device,” said Andra Addison, a spokeswoman for the library.” (via Seattle Times)

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The [Seattle] Downtown Library at age 10: a haven for researchers

“A library is an exciting place. It’s just a quiet kind of excitement. One set of people you find feeling that excitement is the researchers who frequent Seattle’s Downtown Library. It turns out that although we’re in the digital age, a considerable amount of information is still best gotten the old-fashioned way: in print that you can physically hold. This week, the Central Library is celebrating the 10th anniversary of moving to its architecturally world-renowned digs of steel, glass and open spaces.” (via The Seattle Times)

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No shushing as Seattle library set to show Seahawks playoff game

“The Seattle Public Library’s Central branch will be a lot noisier than usual this Saturday, and librarians won’t be trying to quiet things down. The library will be showing the Seahawks playoff game against the Saints on the big screen in its main auditorium. “We expect to get, not just a little noisy, but a lot noisy,” says spokesperson Andra Addison. “Staff will be wearing their Seahawks jerseys. We’re going to have cookies shaped like little footballs and the Seahawks gave us some great stuff to giveaway.” (via MyNorthwest.com)

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Guns, books and Eyman don’t mix at the library

“Next week, a new rule takes effect in Seattle’s public libraries: You’re free to bring your gun into the stacks with you. The board of the library system voted last week to get rid of its long-standing ban on guns. The new rule says you can carry a gun, concealed or otherwise, into any Seattle library, as long as you don’t do it in a way that “demonstrates intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.” Why would a city as anti-gun as Seattle allow them at libraries, of all places?” (via The Seattle Times)

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