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Release Date: 05/08/2007

The Seattle Public Library launches new online calendar at www.spl.org

Interested in a weekly email or RSS feed with information on events at your favorite branch of The Seattle Public Library? Want to be notified if the time or location of an event changes at the last minute? Interested in events just for children? Curious to know what type of programs the Library offers in Spanish, Chinese or Russian?


The Seattle Public Library's new online calendar is faster and easier to use than ever. To use the new calendar, visit www.spl.org and select "Calendar of Events."


More than 10,000 patrons use the online calendar each month to get up-to-the-minute information on the more than 400 programs that the Library offers each month, from readings by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to opera previews to children's story times to computer classes and more.


Patrons can use the new online calendar to view lists of events in their own areas of interest. Categories include Children, Teens, Upcoming Events, Literacy/ESL and more. To view an individual calendar, go to www.spl.org and select an area of interest from the "START PAGES" section, then select the calendar link on the left side of the page.


Patrons also can view a list of events at a particular Library location by going to www.spl.org, selecting the Central Library or any one of 26 branches from the pull-down menu, then selecting the calendar link on the left side of the page for that Library location.


Spanish, Russian and Chinese speakers may use the new online calendar to view information in those languages. Each language has a link at www.spl.org on the right side of the home page.


Want the information to come to you? Patrons may subscribe to a weekly email or RSS feed to have the information in any of the individual calendars sent to them. To subscribe, go to the individual calendar, select "SUBSCRIBE" and choose the preferred delivery option. Patrons may choose to receive reminders by email or text message to a phone about an event from 12 hours to 15 minutes before it happens. The system also can send updates if the time or location of an event changes.


Each individual calendar also may be downloaded to a home computer by choosing "Add to My Calendar."

Patrons can invite up to 10 friends to an event by selecting "Forward to Friends" on the detail page for that event.


Events in the calendar are color-coded by program type. Patrons may search for events by typing in keywords in the "Search" box, view the next 15 events that are scheduled, or view events on a specific date by selecting that date on the calendar. The detail pages for each event include pictures and clear labels for when and where the event will happen.


Beginning this summer, patrons will be able to use the new online calendar to register for events.


"With our new online calendar, the Library is taking a giant step forward and creating a notification system that is on par with the excellence of our programming," said Terri Constant, the Library's Web manager. "This new system provides us with the technology we need to better serve our patrons and meet the demands of a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week Library."


The new online calendar was made possible with support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation. The technology used in the new calendar was provided by Trumba, a Seattle-based firm.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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