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Transgender man files complaint against Seattle library over private restroom

“A transgender man filed a complaint with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights on Monday afternoon against the Seattle Public Library for refusing to allow him to use the only private restroom in its downtown building, which is reserved for families.After Ryan “Comet” Alley refused to stop filming his encounter this past Wednesday with a library security officer, he was asked to leave. When he didn’t, the officer banned him from the library for three days. Alley posted the video to Facebook, attracting thousands of views.” (via The Seattle Times)

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The future of libraries: Talking tech with Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner

“When most people think of their public library, technological innovation isn’t exactly top of mind.  Seattle’s City Librarian Marcellus Turner is working to change that. Seattle Public Library has an array of tech initiatives underway, including its portable WiFi hotspots and a new website, which is scheduled to launch at the end of the year — one of the insights Turner shares in this conversation.” (via GeekWire)

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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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