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Release Date: 05/26/2004

New High Point Branch opens June 19

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The Seattle Public Library's new High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., will open to the public at noon Saturday, June 19.

This is the ninth project completed under The Seattle Public Library's 1998 voter-approved building program. The architect was Miller Hayashi Architects and Cope Construction Co. was the contractor. Steven Gardner was the artist.

Library and public officials, community performers and representatives of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library will participate in the branch opening celebration. All programs are free and everyone is welcome. The activities are made possible by premier sponsor Starbucks Coffee, signature sponsor Safeco Insurance and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Program schedule:
The dedication ceremony will begin at noon with City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, Mayor Greg Nickels, Library Board Trustee Gordon McHenry Jr., City Council President Jan Drago, representatives from the Friends of the Library, the Library book fairy "Lulu" and the "Les Femmes d'Enfer" Cajun band.

Following the ceremony, local storytellers will share sky legends depicted from the artwork panels created by Gardner outside the building, as well as other legends from a variety of cultures. The stories will be told in English and other languages through interpreters.

The schedule of storytellers is as follows:

  • 12:30 p.m. - Eva Abram (stories will be interpreted in Spanish)
  • 1:30 p.m. - Glen Osborn (stories will be interpreted in Somali)
  • 2:30 p.m. - Ken Hammer (stories will be interpreted in Vietnamese)


About the building:
The $3.3 million new library replaces the 1,200-square-foot branch located at 6338 32nd Ave. S.W., which had operated in the community since 1961. That branch closed April 5, 2003. Previous to that, library service operated out of a 14- by 16-foot cloakroom in the community hall of the High Point Housing Project. That tiny facility opened in 1942, originally only serving the families of defense workers living in the project.

The new 7,000-square-foot branch features an expanded collection, program areas for children and teens, comfortable reading areas, computer work stations, a meeting room and parking.

Libraries for All:
In 1998, Seattle voters approved a $196.4 million bond measure to fund improvements to all 22 existing branches, build new branches in underserved areas and construct a new Central Library. There are currently 15 active building projects under way. For more information about the building program, visit www.spl.org.

For more information about the opening event, call 206-386-4636.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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