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The Central Library (part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part 2 Step off the elevator and you’re on the Library’s 5th floor, also known as the Casino or Mixing Chamber, where technology and people mix. Over a hundred public computer stations, always in heavy use, line the floor. Library staff work at an Information Desk that sits below George Legrady’s “Making Visible […]

The Central Library (part 2 of 3)

Continued from The Central Library (part 1 of 3) Level Two is a staff-only floor. It houses the Automated Materials Handling System, which requires the assistance of 3 staff members at all times it’s running. This is to ensure that the bins where materials are deposited are being filled correctly and swapped out for empties […]

Il Corvo Pasta

My friends and I show up at 11:55am on a Friday. I feel lucky, as we’re able to wait on line inside the small restaurant – other times I’ve walked past, the line stretches out the door and up the block. We survey the menu written in chalk, near the front of the line. There […]

The Central Library (part 1 of 3)

Seattle’s citizens love their libraries. Well, maybe that’s not an absolute, but the overwhelming majority of its voters do.  In 1998, the “Libraries for All” initiative that included a $196.4 million bond measure was approved by over 70% of voters and resulted in “four new libraries in communities without library service, the replacement, expansion or […]