Newly expanded Broadview Branch to reopen Dec. 8
The newly expanded Broadview Branch of The Seattle Public Library will reopen to the public with a festive community celebration beginning at noon Saturday, Dec. 8.
The 15,000-square-foot branch at 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. is the 25th project completed under the 1998 "Libraries for All" voter-approved building program.
The architect was Miller Hayashi Architects. Graham Contracting Ltd. was the contractor. Seattle artist Theresa Batty designed artwork for the building. Batty created several pieces that abstractly reference navigation, direction and personal searches for belonging and identity. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs manages the Library's public art program.
The dedication ceremony will begin at noon with City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, Mayor Greg Nickels, Library Board Trustee Eric P. Liu, City Councilwoman Jan Drago, the Library book fairy "Lulu" and Cajun band La Bande Pastiche.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
- 1 p.m. - Tulalip Native American storyteller Johnny Moses will tell stories in the branch meeting room.
- 2 p.m. - The non-marching Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band will perform in the branch meeting room.
- 3 p.m. - The Ingraham High School Jazz Band will perform in the branch meeting room.
As part of the opening day celebration, a children's craft project will happen all afternoon in the children's area. Starbucks Coffee Company will provide free coffee and snacks outside the branch. The branch will remain open until 6 p.m.
The Broadview Branch reopening celebration is made possible by premier sponsor Starbucks Coffee Company, signature sponsor Safeco Insurance and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
About the building
The $7,050,250 expansion project increased the 8,405-square-foot branch to 15,000 square feet. The expanded branch includes an updated collection capacity of books and materials, more seating, new computers and electrical service, improved lighting, more energy-efficient windows, new shelves, and more efficient circulation desk and staff areas.
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. For more information about the building program or branch opening, visit the Broadview Branch home page at www.spl.org, or call 206-386-4636.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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