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SEATTLE, WA: The South Park Library - The New Heart of the Neighborhood


Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch Photo by Jacqueline M. Koch


Venturing to document something closer to home, I turned to a story in my own backyard: South Park. As one of Seattle’s historic yet under-served neighborhoods, it is also blessed with dedicated and community-minded neighbors who pushed for a local library, now the new heart of the neighborhood.

Seattle's South Park neighborhood is a quirky mix of industrial and residential, with great history and ethnic diversity. But until September 2006, it had no library to call its own. In one short year, the South Park Public Library has become the new heart of the neighborhood and a point of pride for the residents who worked hard to make it happen.
"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people." —Andrew Carnegie With more families moving into the neighborhood, the library is an ideal place for kids of all ages.
Children's story hour is one of the library's weekly highlights and every Thursday morning "Miss B," the children's librarian, is the star of the show.
The library puts you onto life's greatest joys; the magic of books and unforgettable stories.
At every age, books are the key to unlocking the world's mysteries.
As the English proverb goes: A good book is the best of friends.
Every community wants its kids to have all the opportunities he or she needs to excel, especially in school. The South Park Library is making that happen in a number of ways.
One of the best resources available to neighborhood students is "Homework Help." This program recruits professionals who volunteer their time and skills to assist school students with class assignments.
Homework help gives kids an advantage to improve their studies and is available every day of the school week, in English and in Spanish.
Kids of all ages need a place to feel safe in a neighborhood known for its rough edge. The library welcomes everyone, everyday.