Renovated Green Lake Branch reopens Saturday, March 6
The Seattle Public Library's historic Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., which has been under renovation, will reopen to the public at noon Saturday, March 6.
This is the sixth project completed under The Seattle Public Library's 1998 voter-approved building program. The designer was Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects and W. G. Clark Construction Co. was the contractor.
Public officials, authors, community performers and representatives of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library will participate in the branch reopening celebration. All programs are free and everyone is welcome. The activities are made possible by premier sponsor Starbucks, and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
The dedication ceremony will begin at noon with City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, Library Board Trustee Linda Larson, Mayor Greg Nickels, City Councilwoman Jan Drago, the Library book fairy "Lulu" and the "Les Femmes d'Enfer" Cajun band.
Following the ceremony, a variety of authors will read in the community room.
The schedule is as follows:
- 12:30 p.m. - Arthur Dorros, author of "City Chicken"
- 1:15 p.m. - Bharti Kirchner, author of "Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries"
- 2 p.m. - Kathryn True, co-author of "Nature in the City: Seattle."
About the building
The $1.1 million Green Lake Branch renovation included repairs and replacement of windows, construction of a more efficient circulation desk, improvements to the sound insulation and lighting, a complete recarpeting and repainting of the main floor, technology and mechanical system upgrades and needed exterior repairs. A new restroom also was included. The renovation work was designed and reviewed with the oversight of Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board. The Green Lake Branch is a landmark building.
The 94-year-old Green Lake Branch is one of Seattle's three original Carnegie-funded branch libraries designed by W. Marbury Somervell and Joseph S. Cote. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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 17 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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