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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

January 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Queen Anne Library to turn page on century of memories

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Sketched Jan. 2, 2014

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of the hours reading and drawing at my neighborhood library in Spain. There I amused myself copying characters from my favorite comic books.

I experienced a bit of that creative feeling a few days ago at the Queen Anne Library. Only, instead of drawing cartoons, I sketched an interesting exhibit of period clothing that included the stiff morning suit you see in my sketch. The attire contrasted with the casual sportswear worn by a man who was browsing his digital reader. (Thank goodness for fashion evolution!)

The garments from the Goodwill Vintage Fashion Collection add to the historic atmosphere of the branch, which is hosting a 100th anniversary party Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the event, assistant branch manager Jennifer Force will share a scrapbook of memories that patrons are submitting in person and by email to carnegiememories@spl.org.

I had never been to the cozy old library before, but I hope this column can qualify for the memory book.

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Like other early branches of the Seattle Public Library (West Seattle, Green Lake, University, Columbia City and Fremont) Queen Anne’s was built thanks to the generosity of library philantropist Andrew Carnegie. The Tudor-style building hasn’t changed much since, so be prepared to step into a little time capsule if you go for a visit. It is located at 400 W Garfield St., just a few blocks west of Queen Anne Avenue North.

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