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February 26, 2017

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Libraries for All : Leveraging Levy Investments

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Leveraging Levy Investments

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The levy provides the Library with a solid foundation that allows it to restore core services and experiment with new programs and outreach to respond to the evolving needs and expectations of patrons.


Accomplishments from 2015 include:


  • Began installation of digital signage at branches
  • Began refurbishing Level 8 Gallery at Central Library to host "First Folio! The Book That Brought Us Shakespeare" in spring 2016
  • Began work on an online local music collection
  • Collected oral histories from people who influenced the development of jazz in Seattle to establish the Seattle Jazz Archive
  • Partnered with United Way of King County and AARP to offer free tax preparation service at 14 Library locations
  • Launched the first annual African American Film Series, which screened 21 films at 10 Library locations
  • Partnered with King County Housing Authority to help more than 150 low-income residents apply for housing
Libraries for All : Investing in Experiences