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Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner invites you to join him in a discussion about current and future Library services at a series of "Community Conversations." 

Everyone is invited to attend these conversations. Thank you for sharing your ideas for the future of The Seattle Public Library.


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  • Strategic Direction: The Library's 2017-2019 Strategic Direction will guide the Library through the completion of its public levy-funded work plan ending in 2019. Learn how the Library's goals and service priorities support the community.  

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 
Rainier Beach Branch
9125 Rainier Ave. S.

Meeting recap

Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Meeting recap

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  • Technology and Access: Serve as Seattle's primary point of access to information, lifelong learning, economic development and creative expression through innovative use of technology and digital resources.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 
2100 Building
2100 24th Ave. S.

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  • Community Engagement: Offer Library programs, services and collections that reflect community needs and interests, feature community voices and create meaningful experiences.


5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
KEXP Studio Gathering Space
472 1st Ave. N.
Co-sponsored with KEXP, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Center and media sponsor CityArts.

Meeting recap


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  • Seattle Culture and History: Connect our community with our diverse local culture and history through compelling collections, expert assistance, innovative partnerships and engaging programs.
    11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
    Central Library
    1000 Fourth Ave.
    Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1 
    Co-sponsored with the Association of King County Historical Organizations.
    Meeting recap


  • Youth and Family Learning: Provide Library services that support youth and families in academic success, career readiness and life.
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
    NewHolly Gathering Hall
    7054 32nd Ave. S.
    Co-sponsored with Seattle Housing Authority and Seattle Public Schools
    Meeting recap


Everyone is invited to attend the Library's "Community Conversations." Thank you for sharing your ideas for the future of Library services.


For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call the Library at 206-386-4636.



Community Conversations

Marcellus Turner, Executive Director and Chief Librarian

Community Conversations Recap:

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