News Gleams: Columbia City Library Turns 100, No More Maxim’s and Local Group Receives Human Rights Award

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Columbia City Library Turns 100

The Seattle Public Library’s Columbia City Branch will be celebrating its 100th anniversary today from 1 to 4pm today, Sunday, December 13th. The celebration will take place in the branch’s Weiland Family Meeting Room and will feature local entertainment as well as a retrospective of its history. The Columbia City library has seen a recent uptick in patrons while the Rainier Beach branch undergoes renovations scheduled to be completed by late January.

Rainier Beach Action Coalition Receives Human Rights Awards

Last Thursday, with more than 900 people in attendance at Town Hall Seattle, the Rainier Beach Action Coalition was awarded the 2015 Human Rights Award for Coalition Human Rights Leader. The South End economic and community empowerment organization joined six other recipients recognized for their commitment to human rights in their given field as part of the Seattle Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Day event.

“We’re just honored to be recognized for the work we’ve done in our community, and know that there’s much more to do,” said Coalition member Jerrell Davis who attended the event.

No More Maxim’s

The building on Rainier Avenue and Findlay that once housed Maxim’s nightclub is up for lease. Though its signage remains, the after-hours spot had not been operational for weeks. Owners of the property are hoping to replace it with a sit down restaurant.

“Breaking the Pane” Art Installation Coming to South Lake High School for A Beautiful Safe Place Celebration

Breaking the Pane
Breaking the Pane art installation

Breaking the Pane, an art display detailing the stories of more than 120 Rainier Beach community members, will be making its way to South Lake High School on Tuesday, December 15th from 5:00-7:30pm as part of A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth’s (ABSPY) Community Gathering and Celebration.

The celebration will feature a gallery of information booths staffed by ABSPY community partners who will share how residents can support creative, non-arrest approaches to reducing crime that affects youth.