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New to our Digital Collections: Seattle Mail and Herald

Want to explore Seattle headlines from over 100 years ago? Take a look at our new Seattle Mail and Herald digital collection. The Mail and Herald was a weekly paper discussing the city’s news, politics, society events, entertainment and more. … Continue reading

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Finding Potter’s Field: Indigent Burial in the United States

A patron recently called the library to ask what happens when someone dies without means to pay for cremation or burial. In some cases, such a person might have no living relatives. In others, the identity of the deceased is … Continue reading

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For the Love of Data: An Open Data Release

Back in the spring of 2012, Book 1 of the Fifty Shades trilogy did something for the first and last time at SPL—the physical copy circulated more copies than the e-book version.  Over the next three years, the e-book version … Continue reading

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hoopla for the holidays

The holidays are upon us, and for many of us that means non-stop activity with family and friends. If you need to take a break and carve out some time for yourself, grab your smartphone or laptop and go right … Continue reading

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A Bit of Library Magic: Ancestry Library Edition

I believe in library magic. I’ve seen it many times in my sixteen years with the Seattle Public Library. Now some may wonder “What is library magic?” Well, its finding that newspaper article from 1937 that talked about your grandmother, … Continue reading

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PressReader: the World From the Library

I like reading news from other countries. There tends to be a shift in perspective that can help clarify issues and controversies.  Whether you are from another place, a student doing a report on another country, or just someone who … Continue reading

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Libraries Where You Least Expect Them: Library Stations of the 1920s

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of The Seattle Public Library. After it was adopted as a department of the city in 1890, the Library opened its first reading room in Pioneer Square on April 8, 1891. To honor this milestone, we … Continue reading

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