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Release Date: 01/09/2014

Public invited to discuss library services with city librarian and celebrate recent improvements to the Northeast Branch

Community Conversation

The public is invited to discuss current and future Library services with City Librarian Marcellus Turner and celebrate recent branch improvements from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.


The celebration will begin with Turner leading a story time for children from 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. in the newly renovated children's area. The children's area was expanded and family-friendly seating was added during the renovation, which began in early November and was completed in late December. More filtered computers for children and self-service checkout computers will be added later this year.


The changes were possible in part thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in memory of Faye Allen, Paul Allen's mother. The Allen family lived in the neighborhood.


"The community remembers Faye Allen as a life-long lover of reading who was passionate about giving children access to books," Turner said. "We think she would be happy with the larger children's area."


The revisions also are part of Turner's vision for The Seattle Public Library. One of his five service priorities is redesigning spaces in libraries to better meet the changing needs and expectations of patrons. Improvements were based on branch usage, circulation and demographics, and trends in library services.   


After story time, patrons are invited to move into the meeting room for a "Community Conversation" with Turner from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Turner will give an update on the implementation of the Library levy, approved by Seattle voters in August 2012, and talk with patrons about his service priorities: youth and learning; technology and access; community engagement; Seattle culture and history and reimagined spaces to better meet patron needs.


"I'm looking forward to talking with patrons about what the Library can do to serve them better and to share our progress on the levy," he said. Light refreshments will be served. 


The meeting is part of a series of informal "Community Conversations" that Turner launched in September. He has been visiting libraries around the city to talk with patrons about what they want from their libraries. The last of the 12 "Community Conversations" is 5:30-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., 206-684-4715.


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

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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