Tour renovated libraries with a ‘passport’!

The Seattle Public Library invites the public to tour all 26 new and remodeled branches and the spectacular Central Library with a commemorative library passport available at the International District/Chinatown Branch, 713 Eighth Ave. S., and all other library locations beginning Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.

Architect Brad Miller of Miller Hayashi Architects were at the International District/Chinatown Branch from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to visit with members of the public and to sign passports. Coffee and snacks were provided.

The passports feature beautiful color photographs and highlights of each building project. Passports will be available at libraries while quantities last.
Each branch will have a stamping location. Each library facility will feature a stamp unique to its building or surrounding community. Library patrons will have until Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, to complete their passports in order to be eligible to win prizes.

“We hope everyone participates in the Libraries for All celebration to see the transformation of their libraries — not only physically, but programmatically,” said Marilynne Gardner, interim chief executive of The Seattle Public Library. “Our libraries are thriving due to the strong community involvement that helped create and complete Libraries for All. It truly is a plan that belongs to all.” ♦

The Library Passport is sponsored by the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, U.S. Bank and The Seattle Public Library Foundation. The project was inspired by Seattle Library patrons Marsha Richardson and Bill Ferris. For more information, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636.

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