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CELEBRATE THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOUGLASS-TRUTH BRANCH

OF THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY SEPT. 27

 

The Seattle Public Library is planning a special celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way (206-684-4704).

            The public is invited to join in the festivities from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the branch. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, button making, canvas bag decorating, historical presentations, performers and refreshments. Historical clothing and accessories from the 1900s will also be on display throughout the Douglass-Truth Branch. All activities are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

At 12:30 p.m., the following community speakers will share brief remarks on the Douglass-Truth Branch's 100th anniversary:

·         Marcellus Turner, city librarian of The Seattle Public Library

·         Ron Sims, former King County Executive and former Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

·         Val Matson, public relations chair for the Seattle chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha

Library service in the Central District dates back to 1914 with the opening of what was then called the Henry L. Yesler Memorial Library. In 1965 the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., a national sorority of black college women, donated books to launch what is now called the African-American Collection. In 1975 the branch was renamed the Douglass-Truth Branch, after Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth.

The branch was expanded in 2005 as part of the voter-approved "Libraries for All" building program. The addition greatly expanded shelf space for the African-American Collection, added a new children's area, and increased the amount of seating and computers.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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