South Park Branch of The Seattle Public Library has become a neighborhood favorite
The South Park Branch of The Seattle Public Library has become a neighborhood favorite, offering a wide variety of material in English and Spanish, hosting programs for people of all ages and partnering with other local organizations to better serve the community.
Approximately one-third of the branch's collection of 18,700 books and materials is Spanish-language, including novels, cookbooks, poetry, children's picture books and more. The branch also has a wide variety of Spanish-language CDs and DVDs.
The branch offers a variety of programming for people of all ages. The branch hosts a weekly story time for children in English and Spanish and a monthly "Family Night" with fun activities for the whole family. Speakers such as poet Luis Rodriguez and hip-hop music icon Russell Simmons have discussed their work at Library programs at the branch and the nearby South Park Community Center.
The branch regularly collaborates with the community center and other local organizations on programming. Other partners have included the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle's (ECOSS) Centro de Información Hispano, and local Head Start and YMCA programs.
Branch staff members, some of whom speak Spanish or Vietnamese fluently, provide tours of the branch for various local English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. During the school year, the branch offers in-person homework help assistance in English and Spanish.
The branch has a large children's area, a distinctive alcove for teens, more than a dozen computers for the public, free wireless Internet access, and a study room.
"It's been exciting to see the community come in and make this place their own," said Theresa Mayer, branch manager.
Mayer recalled an experience a few days after the branch opened on Sept. 9, 2006. She had just finished helping an English-speaking patron with a reference question. As she turned, she saw two bilingual staff members in conversations with Spanish- and Vietnamese-speaking patrons in their own languages. Both patrons were registering for Library cards.
"This was a great example of how the branch reaches out to our diverse customers," said Mayer.
The South Park Branch is located at 8604 Eighth Ave. S. For more information about the branch, visit www.spl.org and select the "South Park Branch" or call (206) 615-1688.
Subscribe to a weekly email listing upcoming programs at the South Park Branch. Go to www.spl.org and select "South Park 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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