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Release Date: 07/02/2007

World language materials move closer to readers

The Seattle Public Library now offers concentrated collections in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Japanese in locations where large numbers of patrons speak and read those languages.


Circulation and demographic data helped determine which branches would be most accessible to patrons expected to use these world language collections.


This model of collection distribution, which provides bigger and richer collections at specific branches, works successfully at the King County Library System and Queens Borough Public Library in New York.


Previously, the Library's six major world language collections were dispersed among the 27 Seattle locations. That meant a patron visiting a branch would sometimes only find only a handful of books in a particular language on the shelves.


"The Library's goal is to provide larger and more diverse collections where we anticipate the most number of patrons will use them," said Jane Appling, director of Public Services for The Seattle Public Library. "We are committed to providing the best possible customer service to our immigrant and refugee populations."


Appling noted that world language materials can be requested from and sent to any Library location.


The Library has more than 70,000 books in world languages. Fiction materials are heavily used, while cookbooks, parenting guides, picture books and citizenship materials are also popular.


Outlined below is a complete list of where Library patrons can find collections in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Japanese.


Spanish

  • Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, (206) 386-4636
  • Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., (206) 684-4711
  • Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, (206) 684-4704
  • Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., (206) 684-4086
  • Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., (206) 684-7518
  • Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., (206) 684-7455
  • South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S., (206) 615-1688

 

Chinese

  • Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, (206) 386-4636
  • Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., (206) 684-4711
  • International District/Chinatown Branch, 713 Eighth Ave. S., (206) 386-1300
  • Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., (206) 684-7518
  • Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S., (206) 386-1906

 

Vietnamese

  • Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, (206) 386-4636
  • Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., (206) 684-4711
  • International District/Chinatown Branch, 713 Eighth Ave. S., (206) 386-1300
  • Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., (206) 386-1908
  • High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., (206) 684-7454
  • Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., (206) 684-7518
  • Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S., (206) 386-1906

 

Russian

  • Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, (206) 386-4636
  • Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., (206) 386-1980
  • Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., (206) 684-7518

 

Korean

  • Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, (206) 386-4636
  • International District/Chinatown Branch, 713 Eighth Ave. S., (206) 386-1300

 

Japanese

  • Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, (206) 386-4636
  • International District/Chinatown Branch, 713 Eighth Ave. S., (206) 386-1300

 

The Seattle Public Library has worked to raise awareness about Library resources for non-English speakers. In addition to world language materials, the Library has bilingual staff, offers Talk Time "conversation classes," and computer classes and story times in a variety of
languages. Special programs are coordinated by the Library's immigrant and refugee program manager. In addition, the Library Web site, www.spl.org, has information about Library resources and programs in languages other than English.


For more information, call the Literacy, ESL and World Languages Department at (206) 684-0849.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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