Newly expanded Southwest Branch to reopen March 10
The newly expanded Southwest Branch of The Seattle Public Library will reopen to the public with a festive community celebration beginning at noon Saturday, March 10.
The 15,000-square-foot branch at 9010 35th Ave. S.W. is the 22nd project completed under the 1998 "Libraries for All" voter-approved building program.
The architect was Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects. Construction Enterprises & Contractors Inc. was the contractor. The building includes a series of bronze sculptures by Vancouver, B.C., artist Katherine Kerr and metal and engraved panels by Seattle artist Morgan Brig.
The dedication ceremony will begin at noon with City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, Mayor Greg Nickels, Library Board Trustee Gilbert W. Anderson, City Councilman David Della, the Library book fairy "Lulu" and Cajun band La Bande Pastíche.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
- 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - La Bande Pastíche will perform on the main floor of the branch
- 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - West Seattle magician Toby Wessel will perform in the second-floor meeting room.
- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Artist Kerr will be available inside the branch to talk about her artwork and answer questions.
- 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Endolyne Children's Choir will perform in the second-floor meeting room.
- 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Denny Middle School Jazz Band will perform in the second-floor meeting room.
Craft projects will be happening all afternoon in the children's area. Starbucks Coffee Company will provide free coffee and snacks. The branch will remain open until 6 p.m.
The Southwest 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 $6,246,979 expansion project increased the 8,213-square-foot branch to 15,000 square feet. The budget includes the Library Board-approved addition of $729,430 in September 2005 for additional anticipated construction costs and architect and engineering expenses.
The expanded branch will include an updated collection capacity of 66,700 books and materials, new seats and shelves, improved program, service and work areas, new computer work stations, a meeting room, upgraded technology services and equipment, more electrical, communications and computer connections, better lighting, a modern mechanical system, improved seismic safety, and more accessible and safer 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. For more information about the building program or branch opening, visit the Southwest Branch home page at www.spl.org, or call (206) 386-4636.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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