We Are an Open Book

POSTED BY on Jan 15, 2015

We announced this week that we’ve been chosen to collaborate with The Seattle Public Library on a project that furthers the Library’s mission of “bringing people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.” And we couldn’t be happier.

A page from "We Are An Open Book," a collection of inspirational thoughts comprised by our staff that was presented to the Seattle Public Library.

Since its founding in 1891, The Seattle Public Library has been one of the most valued and beloved assets in the city of Seattle and is one of the busiest urban public libraries in the United States. Via the spectacular Rem Koolhaas, OMA/LMN-designed Central Library on Fourth Avenue in downtown and 26 branch libraries across the city, the Library circulated over 12 million items and had nearly 14 million visits in 2013. It also presented 8,228 programs that were attended by nearly 340,000 adults, teens and children. Just this month, Business Insider named the Seattle Public Library one of the world’s 18 most magnificent libraries to visit.

“The Seattle Public Library is a popular and essential public resource and we want to ensure that Seattle residents continue taking advantage of it,” said Jay Picard, Hornall Anderson’s vice president of strategy.  “Libraries across the country are changing to meet the needs and expectations of modern times. The Seattle Public Library is an innovative leader and we look forward to working together on new strategies to reach the next generation of library patrons.”

The Seattle Public Library benefits from two support organizations, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Friends of The Seattle Public Library. This project is being privately funded by the Library Foundation.

As part of our pitch process to earn the assignment, members of our staff put together a collection of stories entitled “We Are an Open Book” that signified what the library meant to us individually and the magic and wonderment that it beholds. This labor of love is now on display in a special collections section at the Central Library, but we couldn’t help posting a digital copy for you to peruse (click the "download article" button above). Happy Reading!


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