Programs and Services to Support Cultural and Civic Engagement in 2017

Summary of Cultural and Civic Engagement Programs

Seattle Reads 

  • 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

Peak Picks

  • 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