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‘Books On Bikes’ Helps Seattle Librarians Pedal To The Masses

“By the loading dock of Seattle’s downtown library, librarian Jared Mills checks his tire pressure, secures his iPads and locks down about 100 books to an aluminum trailer the size of a steamer trunk. The scene is reminiscent of something you’d see in an action movie, when the hero is gearing up for a big fight, but Mills is gearing up for something very different. “If you’re not prepared and don’t have a lot of experience hauling a trailer, it can be kind of dangerous,” Mills says, especially when you’re going downhill. “The trailer can hold up to 500 pounds.” Mills is part of Seattle Public Library’s “Books on Bikes” program, which aims to keep the library nimble and relevant by sending librarians and their bicycles to popular community events around Seattle.” (via ‘NPR)

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Book Domino Chain World Record

Op ed: Seattle’s libraries need a makeover for the digital world

“THE library is dying. All across the country, branches are closing, shelves are shrinking, and budgets are tightening, in Seattle’s case, by an estimated $5 million. Fewer and fewer librarians can find jobs, and those who do find themselves underutilized and underappreciated. Most people don’t grasp the full extent of this decay. After all, most people haven’t set foot inside a library since Seattle had a basketball team. Why would they? In this new information age, we have smartphones, high-speed Internet, Wikipedia, Kindles and Nooks. The entirety of human knowledge is never more than a few clicks or taps away.”

via The Seattle Times

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As libraries close citywide next week, the Seattle People’s Library will open in the CD

“Seattle Public Libraries will be closed August 27 – September 2 for a mandatory unpaid furlough week, a result of city budget cuts. But do not fear, Central District residents, the people have got your back. The Seattle People’s Library has been collecting books they plan to lend out from a not-yet-disclosed outdoor location in the CD Monday. The closest book donation location is at Twice Sold Tales at Harvard and Denny on Capitol Hill or you can donate to the library when they open Monday.”

via Central District News

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Seattle voters love libraries…would Prop 1 take advantage of them?

“Seattle is renowned for its public libraries – and for people who love them. Twelve years ago, the city’s voters approved the “Libraries for All” levy and pumped nearly $200-million dollars into the system, to upgrade branches and build a new central library downtown. At the time, it was the largest bond measure ever passed for a library levy, anywhere in the country. Now, Seattle is going back to voters with Proposition 1 on the August ballot. And it might be the first time some library-lovers are saying ‘not so fast.’”

via KPLU

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We need libraries, but city doesn’t get it

“The city fathers (and mothers) of Seattle are presenting voters with a calculating, cynical choice in the Aug. 7 primary:  If you won’t let us push off  a core city budget obligation onto your shoulders, we will cut back hours and possibly even close your neighborhood library. Offloading is at the heart of  the $123 million, seven-year Seattle Public Library operations levy.  Naturally, consultants frame it differently in yard signs going up across the city:  “Vote for Libraries.” How could anybody NOT vote for Seattle libraries?”

via seattlepi.com

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Views clash over approving $123M levy to protect Seattle libraries

“Supporters of the Seattle library levy say that the $123 million measure will restore service hours, rebuild collections and maintain neglected buildings. Opponents say day-to-day operations of libraries are so important they should be prioritized in the budget — ahead of less important programs.”

via The Seattle Times

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Redesigning the library: Seattle re-writing future beyond books

Capitol Seattle – “The city is flipping a few pages ahead and looking at the future of libraries in Seattle.”

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Perfect Third Space

CNN – “In a world where third spaces — the places where we spend time away from work and home — are increasingly privately owned, how can we make our public spaces outstanding? Those looking for inspiration might turn to Seattle, whose citizens voted to spend nearly $200 million to create or revamp 27 public libraries, including rebuilding its landmark Central Library.”

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