Seattle Public Library http://kplu.org en Ahead Of Sounders-Timbers Match, Seattle Librarians To Take On Portland's Book Nerds http://kplu.org/post/ahead-sounders-timbers-match-seattle-librarians-take-portlands-book-nerds <p>Bragging rights on the soccer pitch aren't the only thing at stake in this weekend's Sounders match against the Portland Timbers;&nbsp;major nerd points are on the line, too.</p><p>The staff at Seattle Public Library <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151988321606339&amp;set=a.381987691338.168821.7511741338&amp;type=1&amp;stream_ref=10" target="_blank">has challenged</a>&nbsp;their Portland-area "rival," the Multnomah County Library, to a Twitter battle of book recommendations ahead of Saturday's faceoff.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15584 at http://kplu.org Ahead Of Sounders-Timbers Match, Seattle Librarians To Take On Portland's Book Nerds ‘Books on Bikes’ Seattle Librarian's Bike Stolen http://kplu.org/post/books-bikes-seattle-librarians-bike-stolen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jared Mills is a Seattle librarian who pedals some 100 books around town in an aluminum trailer as part of the “Books on Bikes” program. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Except he no longer owns a bike.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:29:51 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Martha Kang 9640 at http://kplu.org ‘Books on Bikes’ Seattle Librarian's Bike Stolen Watch: Seattle Public Library tries to break record for longest book-domino chain http://kplu.org/post/watch-seattle-public-library-tries-break-record-longest-book-domino-chain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle Public Library says it has shattered the world record for the longest book-domino chain.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two college students teamed up with the library to coordinate a winding chain of 2,131 books with the help of 27 volunteers who consumed 112 slices of pizza during the seven-hour process last Friday, according to the library.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first four tries brought heartbreaking glitches, including the fourth try failing "about 10 books short of finishing", according to Amy Twito, the library's youth program manager.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 22:43:15 +0000 Martha Kang 8978 at http://kplu.org Watch: Seattle Public Library tries to break record for longest book-domino chain PEW report: Reinventing libraries http://kplu.org/post/pew-report-reinventing-libraries <p>Are you the person with a neat pile of library books on your bedside table? Or maybe you're a screen person with electronic copies of the latest e-books. Whether your preference is traditional print or digital, a new report says libraries won't be giving up the old for the new but that doesn't mean they won't add some bells and whistles.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 7593 at http://kplu.org PEW report: Reinventing libraries Seattle libraries start Sunday hours http://kplu.org/post/seattle-libraries-start-sunday-hours <p></p><p>Starting January 6, every branch of the Seattle Public Library will be open on Sundays. Library officials said it’s the first time in at least 100 years.</p><p>The extra hours come courtesy of Seattle voters, who approved a 7-year, $122 million property tax levy in August. The new money reverses years if cutbacks, and will allow every library location to open its doors from 1:00 to 5:00 Sunday afternoons. Library programs director Stephanie Chase said it’s gratifying to be adding services for a change instead of scaling them back.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 01:08:17 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7480 at http://kplu.org Seattle libraries start Sunday hours Ad hoc 'People's Library' picks up slack until libraries reopen http://kplu.org/post/ad-hoc-peoples-library-picks-slack-until-libraries-reopen <p>Seattle public libraries are <a href="http://www.spl.org/CLOSED_PAGES/documents/library_closure_news.pdf">closed this week, </a>in an effort to cope with budget cuts. That inspired some locals to take matters into their own hands, establishing a temporary, outdoor “<a href="http://duetobudgetcuts.wordpress.com/">People’s Library</a>.”</p><p>This is the fourth year Seattle libraries have taken a furlough week to save money, stranding would-be readers, internet users and stir-crazy parents. Among the exasperated were University of Washington graduate student Yates Coley and her friends.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:10:06 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6095 at http://kplu.org Ad hoc 'People's Library' picks up slack until libraries reopen Seattle voters love libraries…would Prop 1 take advantage of them? http://kplu.org/post/seattle-voters-love-libraries-would-prop-1-take-advantage-them <p>Seattle is renowned for its public libraries &ndash; and for people who love them.</p><p>Twelve years ago, the city&#39;s voters approved the &ldquo;Libraries for All&rdquo; levy and pumped nearly $200-million dollars into the system, to upgrade branches and build a new central library downtown. At the time, it was the largest bond measure ever passed for a library levy, anywhere in the country.</p><p>Now, Seattle is going back to voters with <a href="http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections/contests/measureinfo.aspx?cid=45474&amp;eid=1252">Proposition 1</a> on the August ballot. And it might be the first time some library-lovers are saying &lsquo;not so fast.&rsquo;</p><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 12:00:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5857 at http://kplu.org Seattle voters love libraries…would Prop 1 take advantage of them? Seattle users drive library e-book collections over New York's http://kplu.org/post/seattle-users-drive-library-e-book-collections-over-new-yorks <p>Seattle has always been a city that likes to read. But if the Seattle Public Library&#39;s growing e-book collection and its high usage is any indication, even more people are reading more books. And, we&#39;re also outpacing New York.</p><p>The Seattle Public Library now has just over 100,000 digitized books compared to the New York Public Library which has about 88,000.</p><p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:30:56 +0000 Erin Hennessey 4779 at http://kplu.org Seattle users drive library e-book collections over New York's Dustup over porn at Seattle library puts issue back in limelight http://kplu.org/post/dustup-over-porn-seattle-library-puts-issue-back-limelight <p>&ldquo;Mommy, what&rsquo;s that?&rdquo; Normally an innocent question from a child &hellip; unless you&rsquo;re at a Seattle Public Library!</p><p>Libraries around the country are frequently troubled by the conflict of your First Amendment right to view &ldquo;protected speech&rdquo; and others who just have to watch pornography in a public library setting.</p><p>The most recent <em>publicly exposed</em> incident in Seattle occurred at the Lake City branch of the Seattle library system. Julie Howe said in a public email that her 10-year-old daughter was disturbed after looking over the shoulder of a man last month as he watched pornography at the branch.</p><p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:25:11 +0000 Jake Ellison & The Associated Press 4007 at http://kplu.org Dustup over porn at Seattle library puts issue back in limelight Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection http://kplu.org/post/revisit-century-21-through-seattle-librarys-online-collection <p>Where were you in &#39;62?</p><p>Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the World&#39;s Fair in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library has put the <a href="http://cdm15015.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/index_p15015coll3.php?CISOROOT=/p15015coll3">Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection</a>&nbsp;online for all to see.</p><p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:47:54 +0000 Dave Meyer 2448 at http://kplu.org Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection Public library hosts naturalization ceremony http://kplu.org/post/public-library-hosts-naturalization-ceremony <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-963127.mp3</p><p>For the first time, <a href="http://www.spl.org/">the Seattle Public Library</a> was the venue for a naturalization ceremony.&nbsp; Eighty-six people from twenty-eight countries were sworn in as American citizens. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:57:53 +0000 Paula Wissel 1199 at http://kplu.org Public library hosts naturalization ceremony Local debate on secret information and Wikileaks http://kplu.org/post/local-debate-secret-information-and-wikileaks <p>Was it justified when Amazon.com and the big credit card companies pulled the plug on Wikileaks?&nbsp;&nbsp;Did it hurt the free flow of information, or advance important dialogue about world affairs? A discussion in Seattle this evening will dive into those questions.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:19:48 +0000 KPLU News Staff 334 at http://kplu.org Local debate on secret information and Wikileaks