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Visit Seattle Planted These Tiny Libraries in US Cities to Attract More Tourists

“Seattle might be a high-tech city, but its latest tourism campaign is decidedly analog. Visit Seattle is celebrating the city’s literary history and hoping to attract more tourists with tiny libraries scattered across the country.Little Free Library is a national “take a book, return a book” free book exchange program, and Visit Seattle and Publicis Seattle are taking the concept on the road, installing Little Free Library stations in Boston, Chicago and Austin, Texas to encourage people to travel to Seattle.” (via Adweek)

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Seattle’s school libraries: a stark example of rich and poor

“When Pat Bliquez interviewed for the librarian job at McDonald International Elementary in Seattle’s North End a few years ago, she asked what her library budget would be.For more than two decades, she had dealt with a shrinking library budget at another school in a poorer neighborhood. She scrambled to get books wherever she could, sometimes using her own money at used-book sales.But at McDonald? The interviewers looked at each other, then one replied, “Well, we have a very generous PTA.””I found out if I wanted any money, it was all going to come from the PTA,” she said.” (via AP)

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Seattle Marketing Firm Offers to Rebrand the Library for Free

“In an open letter to the Seattle Public Library published online this morning, a firm called Marketeering Group (never heard of them) offers to rebrand the library for free.” (via The Stranger)

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City pledges $5K to rebuild Seattle tool library after burglary

“The city of Seattle announced Tuesday that it wants to help restock the Northeast Seattle Tool Library after thieves took $10,000 worth of saws, drills and other tools from the nonprofit’s shelves last weekend. Mayor Ed Murray’s office said in a statement the city is pledging $5,000 to help the organization rebuild its inventory and it is urging others to donate, too. The tool-lending operation works much like a traditional library, where residents borrow items to do at-home handiwork. Most of its tools were donated to the organization.” (via Seattle Times)

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Why Seattle Public Library Surrendered Its Gun Ban

“When Seattle Public Library lifted its ban on guns in early November, officials there said they had done so because patrons had complained. Internal library emails reveal that there was just one patron complaint in several years – a man with a Yahoo email account who didn’t identify himself as either a patron or Seattle resident. That man, Dave Bowman, lives in Seattle and has a library card (which he uses, he noted in an email to KUOW), and said that he demanded the policy change on behalf of all gun owners. He described himself as “neither a conservative, nor liberal, but a libertarian.” (via KUOW)

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