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November 29, 2015

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City Librarian Marcellus Turner invites you to join him in a discussion about current and future Library services at a series of "Community Conversations" in late 2015 and 2016. 


The meetings will be organized around Turner's five Library service priorities: youth and family learning; technology and access; community engagement; Seattle culture and history; and re-imagined spaces.


The first meeting will focus on youth and family learning - "provide Library services that support youth and families in academic success, career readiness and life."


The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at the NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S. Vegetarian pizza and cookies will be served at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Children will be invited to take part in fun activities at the adjacent NewHolly Branch during the meeting.


Interpretation will be available in Chinese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.


The Seattle Housing Authority, which redeveloped NewHolly into a vibrant new mixed-income community, is co-sponsoring the meeting along with Seattle Public Schools.


The Library, SHA and the school district were among a number of community partners to recently receive a grant to improve educational outcomes for NewHolly-area students who attend Aki Kurose Middle School, Dunlap Elementary, Rainier Beach High School, Wing Luke Elementary and Van Asselt Elementary.


The Library provides a wide range of educational support for children and youth, including in-person and online Homework Help, Summer of Learning activities designed to keep children learning while school is out, story times in English and world languages and "buddy programs" that pair children in kindergarten through fifth grade with high school students to practice reading and math.


Turner said he is interested in developing new partnerships to launch exciting programs for youth, families and children.


Future meetings will focus on the other service priorities.


Everyone is invited to attend the Library's "Community Conversations." Thank you for sharing your ideas for the future of Library services.


For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call the Library at 206-386-4636.



Community Conversations

Marcellus Turner, city librarian