ALA Midwinter 2019

A Visit to the Seattle Central Library at #alamw19

I’m here, I’m here in Seattle for ALA Midwinter 2019! We got in yesterday and one of my favorite things about traveling to different cities for ALA Conferences is checking out their local libraries. Whether big or small, I feel like I always come away with neat ideas.

The entrance to the Children’s Center at the Seattle Central Library. Photo by Abby Johnson.

The Seattle Central Library is a stunner with 11 floors and a distinctive steel and glass structure. When we came upon it, my colleagues and I literally gasped. The Children’s Center is on the first floor, a glassed off area reserved for families and caregivers with children (and curious librarians!).

The front of the Children’s Center at the Seattle Central Library. Photo by Abby Johnson.

I love the feel in the Children’s Center – the light wood floors and hanging lamps make it feel very bright and inviting, even when it’s dark outside.

A tree blossom wall sculpture in the Seattle Central Library’s Children’s Center. Photo by Abby Johnson.

They have a lot of neat art features throughout the library and I snapped photos of a couple of them. I love that they add whimsy to the space and brighten up the concrete and glass that’s very prominent in the building.

A wild thing! Photo by Abby Johnson.

In addition to their whimsical touches in the Children’s Center, they have some neat collections like their Begin with Books themed book story bags for toddlers and preschoolers. And I really liked their interactive displays, both in the Children’s Room and the Teen area on the 3rd floor.

Interactive board in the Children’s Center. Photo by Abby Johnson.

We walked around much of the library, but I especially wanted to show you some of the displays in the teen area on the 3rd floor.

Interactive book display in the teen area. Photo by Abby Johnson.

I love the interactive element in this New Year display and I loved the simple appeal of “Books You May Have Missed”, featuring former bestsellers and books that librarians want to feature (super easy to fill!).

We really enjoyed our little jaunt to the Seattle Central Library and checking out their neat youth areas!

— Abby Johnson

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