Impact on cultural and civic engagement
We provide opportunities for cultural enrichment and civic dialogue through exhibits, workshops, collections and community discussions.
Programs and Services to Support Cultural and Civic Engagement in 2017
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