ALA Midwinter 2019

Seattle: Outside of the Convention Center

Welcome to Seattle!  While there are tons of activities and sights that would jump to the top of the list in summer, January can be soggy.  So here are some fun indoor pursuits while you’re in town for Midwinter.


If you are a Marvel fan, the new exhibit at MoPop (formerly the EMP or Experience Music Project) may catch your eye:

There are a number of other exhibits there as well, including a Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.


While you may have already visited the Seattle Art Museum on a past trip, a lesser-known gem that’s also within reach of the convention center is the Frye Art Museum.


One of the most-talked about new sights in downtown Seattle is the Amazon Spheres.  It’s a hot ticket to get in to one of the public tours, available 30 days in advance.  Check here for availability, or investigate the restaurant options within:  (bar)  (restaurant)


Another indoor tour of interest to you hipsters might be at KEXP, a local community-supported radio station that champions music and discovery.


I can hardly conclude a local interest list for librarians without including a few bookstores of note:

Get your technical books and coffee fix at the same place at Ada’s Technical Books & Café:

Stock up on cookbooks at The Book Larder:

Check out the new location of our traditional favorite Elliott Bay Book Company:


This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: Professionalism and Professional Development.

–Jennifer Duffy, Children’s Librarian at King County Library System (WA), is writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee.  She can be reached at


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