Impact on cultural and civic engagement
We provide opportunities for cultural enrichment and civic dialogue through exhibits, workshops, collections and community discussions.
Summary of Cultural and Civic Engagement Programs
- We launched the first ‘one book, one city’ reading program in the nation in 1998.
- Seattle Reads 2017 selection: Angela Flournoy’s “The Turner House”
- 900+ people attended Seattle Reads events related to the book
- Intentional outreach with community partners helped grow program attendance by 55 percent from the previous year
- 80 percent of participants rated the program an 8 out of 10 or higher
- We piloted Peak Picks, which features current popular titles to check out with no wait, at eight libraries in May and expanded it systemwide in November
- Nearly 69,000 checkouts in 2017 (43,468 fiction; 25,443 nonfiction)
- 18,000+ patrons checked out a Peak Picks title in 2017
- We hosted free and unique local and touring exhibits in the Central Library Level 8 Gallery.
- 10,000+ people visited exhibits exploring local jazz, fine book binding and Cuban baseball culture
Other key 2017 initiatives
- Kanopy streaming services with over 30,000 classic and indie films
- Pre-election forums and debates at Library branches