Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library becomes popular community resource for all
The Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., has quickly become a hub for reading and learning in one of Seattle's fastest-growing communities.
"The one constant at our new branch is people," said Jennifer Reichert, branch manager. "On a single day you might see children and their families at story times, teens stopping in to check their email after shooting hoops at the nearby community center, people using Library materials to learn English, job hunters on their laptops using the branch's free wireless Internet connection, or seniors just enjoying today's newspaper."
The branch's collection of nearly 26,000 items features books, music, feature films and more. The collection also includes automobile repair manuals, publications in Russian, and English as a Second Language (ESL) study materials.
"We have a woman patron who looked at our ESL materials and came back twice, each time with different friends, to show them the ESL instructional CDs and the citizenship test DVDs," Reichert said.
The branch offers a variety of free programs, including author readings and a monthly book group for adults, programs for teens, and preschool story times for children.
The new branch has areas designed especially for children and teen interests, computers for the public, free wireless Internet access, a meeting room, two study rooms and a quiet area that provides an alternative to the activity of the main reading room.
"We're happy to serve as the neighborhood's living room, a place where community members can catch their breaths, read good books and enjoy the green space outside our windows," Reichert said.
The adjacent community center has a playground, large lawn area, a gym and a full array of classes, which include cooking and fitness. "We're probably the only space in the city where you can work on your jump shot, then jump on a computer, all within a few minutes," Reichert said.
For more information about the Northgate Branch, visit www.spl.org and select the "Northgate Branch" or call 206-386-1980.
Subscribe to a weekly email listing upcoming programs at the Northgate Branch. Visit www.spl.org and select "Northgate Branch," then select "Events at this Branch" on the left and select "SUBSCRIBE." The online calendar system also will send text messages with event information to a cell phone.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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