by Alex Garland
Shakespeare called them early kingdoms. Seattleites battling inferno-like temperatures called them air-conditioned sanctuaries this summer. Procrastinating students will most likely call them a late night life-saver when rushing to homework due the next morning.
Whatever their moniker there’s little dispute libraries epitomize the idea of the public sphere, a neutral community territory for fellowship, resource gathering, and information exchange.
The Emerald caught up with a few local patrons who shared just what their favorite South Seattle library means to them.
Beacon Hill Branch
“There’s so much diversity in the area so they designed the activities based on that fact.” – Esper Lubetich
Columbia City Branch
“I think it’s a really calm and peaceful building. It’s a historic one, so I really like that as well. It’s full of light and very welcoming.” – Teresa Lutz
New Holly Branch
“It’s easily accessible. We do story time and they have other programs so I bring my kids when I can.” – Fartun Mohamed
Rainier Beach Branch
“I’m teaching an ESL class here, so I really like the room. It has two big screens that I use a lot.” – Natalia Zarazo
“I think the architecture is pretty cool. A cool spot is the Boeing Wing table in the back, we were just studying there earlier.” – Tai Anthony McMillin (right)
“I like the location of it. I like how it’s a community thing. There’s resources for kids, books, free internet access.” – Joseph Robi (left)