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NEWS GLEAMS: Library Branches Open, Summer of Learning, ESES Marketplace, and More!

curated by Emerald Staff

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle! 


Source: Seattle Public Library website.

Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning + Branches Reopen

This week, The Seattle Public Library (SPL) reopened the doors of the Central Library, as well as several branches so crucial to people in the South End: the Columbia Branch in Columbia City, the International District/Chinatown Branch, and the South Park Branch. All of these libraries reopened this week, allowing patrons once again to browse the shelves, use Wi-Fi, place holds, speak with librarians, or sit and read the latest newspapers and magazines. In addition, the library system has revised opening-hour procedures and will no longer close for a cleaning/sanitization break mid-day. You can find all library hours online at SPL.org. Library patrons must still practice physical distancing and wear masks at all SPL branches.

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PHOTOS: University of Washington Lands in South End with Othello Commons

by Carolyn Bick

A throng of people filled the sleek, modern rooms of the University of Washington’s new Othello hub in the South End, called the Othello-UW Commons, at an open house to celebrate its opening on Jan. 16. Some munched on tiny, purple-frosted cupcakes, dusted with yellow sprinkles. Others lounged and chatted by the fireplace in the main hall, while still more explored the upstairs, looking at the artwork that decorated the walls.

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