The Libraries of South Seattle

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

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“There’s so much diversity in the area so they designed the activities based on that fact.” – Esper Lubetich

 

Columbia City Branch

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“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 

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“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

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“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

 

Skyway Library 

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“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)

 

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