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King County Library System, Part 2

As King County's population boomed at the start of the twenty-first century, the King County Library System (KCLS) made plans to expand. In 2004, voters approved a $172 million bond measure, allowing ...

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King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

King County's Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Initiative was made public by then-County Executive Ron Sims (b. 1948) in February 2008. Citing sobering examples of the effects of inequality, Sims direc...

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Kingsgate Library, King County Library System

Everybody loves a wedding, and the Kingsgate Library is so beloved by its community that two bibliophiles chose it to host their marriage ceremony. That is apropos for a library that broke ground on V...

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Kirkland Library, King County Library System

The Kirkland Library began in 1919, on a set of bookshelves located in Kirkland city-council chambers and overseen by the Kirkland Woman's Club. In 1925 the women built their own clubhouse and for mor...

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Kruckeberg Botanic Garden (Shoreline)

In the Richmond Beach neighborhood of Shoreline north of Seattle sits a quiet, four-acre refuge from the urban scene, one enjoyed by both the birds and humans who know how to find it. The roots of the...

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Kvamme, Olaf (1923-2013)

Olaf Kvamme was a Seattle educator, administrator, historian, and a leader in the city's Norwegian community.

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Lake City Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The Lake City Branch, The Seattle Public Library, started as a few shelves of books in part of a room sponsored by a community group. It grew into a branch of the King County Library System, after whi...

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Lake Forest Park Library, King County Library System

The Lake Forest Park Library opened in the newly built Forest Park Center mall on June 20, 1965, four years after the city incorporated. Created in 1910 as one of King County's first planned residenti...

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Lake Hills Library, King County Library System

The area of eastern Bellevue served by the Lake Hills Library has seen it all, from forest to farmland to first Northwest planned residential development to the diverse tech-savvy community of modern ...

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Lakeside School (Seattle)

Lakeside is an independent school located on a 33-acre New England-style campus in north Seattle. Long known for its reputation for educating children of the elite, this premier independent school of ...

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Lemieux, Reverend A. A. (1908-1979)

Reverend A. A. Lemieux, a Jesuit priest, served as president of Seattle University for 17 years, from 1948 to 1965. He is credited with transforming the university from a small Jesuit college into a m...

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Librarian Natalie Notkin, unjustly accused of communism, defends herself in a letter to The Seattle Public Library's Board.

Natalie Notkin (1900-1970) was the Foreign Books librarian at The Seattle Public Library's Central branch from 1927 to 1932. Born in Kherson, Russia, Notkin emigrated in 1921, earned an undergraduate ...

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Librarian's Report: a Lament (Green Lake Branch, The Seattle Public Library, June 30, 1928)

This is a quarterly branch report written by Green Lake Branch librarian Ruth A. Dennis. In the report reprinted here, Dennis explains that the circulation numbers at her branch are down, particularly...

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Luther Burbank Park

Luther Burbank Park, located on the northeastern tip of Mercer Island, was once home to the Luther Burbank School, a parental school for delinquent youths. The school closed in 1966, and the property ...

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Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, The Seattle Public Library serves the eastern portion of Seattle's Central Area. The branch has its roots in a pilot program called a Book-Tique in 1971. A surplus f...

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Magnolia Branch, The Seattle Public Library

Beginning in 1943 as the fruit of neighborhood activism, the Magnolia Branch, The Seattle Public Library, has become an architectural landmark and a showcase for public art as well as a cultural and e...

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Mandatory Busing in Seattle: Memories of a Bumpy Ride

Jovelyn Agbalog (b. 1969) and Linnea Tate Rodriguez (b. 1969) were in grade school when the Seattle School Board implemented mandatory, cross-town busing in the interests of racial integration in 1978...

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Maple Valley Library, King County Library System

The Maple Valley Library is located at 21844 SE 248th Street in Maple Valley, a Cedar River Valley community located some 10 miles southeast of Renton. The 12,000-square-foot building, which opened in...

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Martha Washington School

From 1900 to 1971, the Martha Washington School for Girls provided resident supervision for delinquent girls, first on Queen Anne Hill, then on Mercer Island, and finally on property at Brighton Beach...

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McCarthy, Mary (1912-1989)

Mary McCarthy was an American writer and one of the twentieth century's most prominent American intellectuals. Her considerable body of work includes essays, fiction, journalism, criticism, and memoi...

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Meany, Edmond Stephen (1862-1935)

Edmond Meany was one of the University of Washington's most notable history professors. His passion for state history helped promote the region at the 1893 Columbian Exposition and at the 1909 Alaska-...

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Mercer Island Library, King County Library System

Before 1945, residents of Mercer Island, on the east side of Lake Washington, relied on borrowing books from Seattle across the lake because there was no public library on the island. That year, with ...

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Mimms, Maxine Buie (b. 1928)

Dr. Maxine Mimms, best known for founding the Tacoma Campus of The Evergreen State College, worked as a teacher, social worker, educator, administrator, trainer, professor, mentor, consultant, public ...

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Mobile Services, The Seattle Public Library -- The Bookmobile

Since 1947, Seattle readers who cannot get to the main library or to a branch have been served by the bookmobile and other mobile services. The bookmobile first brought books to readers in Seattle's g...

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