Topic: Seattle Public Library
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August 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM
Jared Mills is a librarian on the move. As the project manager of the Seattle Public Library’s “Books on Bikes” team, he pedals his bicycle around Seattle with a customized trailer to bring books and library services to community events.
At least, he did.
Mills discovered Wednesday that a key component of his Books on Bikes effort had been stolen the night before. The books are safe. The bike is gone.
“The trailer was not attached, thankfully,” said Mills, a supervising librarian at SPL’s Montlake branch. “It was safe and happy at the library. It was the bike they took off with.”
Someone sawed through the lock of Mills’ $600 black Marin Hybrid bike, which was parked outside his house in West Seattle.
He is still scheduled for outreach events throughout the area, though so Mills said he plans to check out a bike from the city. A loaner bike won’t replace the bike he had for six years and customized for his 6-foot-4 frame, though. Most importantly, his stolen bike could haul a trailer filled with books.
“It’s just kind of a bummer to lose my bike, but thankfully the trailer is OK,” Mills said. “I’ll find a way to make this go on.”
June 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM
Citywide budget cuts will close Seattle public libraries for a week again this year. The library has chosen the week of Aug. 27. All branches will be closed from that Monday until Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after the Monday Labor Day holiday.
Because book drops will also be closed, no materials will be due and no fines will be charged during that week.
The system-wide closure is expected to save about $613,000, much of it coming from salary reductions for 620 employees who will not be paid during that week, according to a Seattle Public Library release. City departments have addressed a continuing budget shortfall with cuts in city general-fund expenditures, including money for the library system’s $50 million budget.
“Without the closure, we would have had to cut more operating hours or further reduce the book budget,” said City Librarian Marcellus Turner in a statement. “There weren’t any easy choices.”
The library system chose the week before Labor Day to close because few schools are in session and its activity calendar was not as busy as most other weeks in the year, the release also said.
The Lake City Neighborhood Service Center and Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, which are attached to libraries, will remain open.
January 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM
Although 1,400 people have already commented about what the Seattle Public Library should put at the top of its to-do list, you still have until Sunday, Feb. 5, to add your vote.
There already have been public meetings in which handwritten or oral comments were made, but comments are still welcome.
With budget cuts, the library is asking its patrons to help it set priorities.
Restore Friday hours at 15 branches?
Buy more copies of popular items to reduce the wait time on holds?
Regular upgrades for public computers?
You can comment here, or by regular mail
The library’s mailing address is: Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle 98104.
In 2010, there were nearly 7 million patron visits to downtown and neighborhood branches of the library, and an additional 7 million online visits.
January 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM
From The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Nancy Pearl, an author and former librarian much loved in the library and book-selling communities, has a deal with Amazon.com to return obscure works back to print.
The online retailer announced Wednesday that Pearl will oversee the Book Lust Rediscoveries series, which will release about six books a year chosen by Pearl. The series is named for Pearl’s “Book Lust,” a word-of-mouth hit about her passion for reading.
Pearl is a former Seattle librarian who has picked up a national following and is a regular commentator on NPR.
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