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July 1, 2018

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, has made a new home in Pike Place Market. Located in spacious, light-filled rooms with stellar views of Elliott Bay, the library provides members a quiet space in which to peruse the collections, read in comfortable vintage chairs, study or work, or have private meetings. In addition to its mission in preserving book collections, Folio features programming for civic-minded and literary types of all stripes. Book discussion groups, literary salons, intimate music programs, author readings and discussions of pressing public-affairs topics enliven the library’s monthly calendar. 

We invite you to explore our new location at Pike Place Market, at a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, July 18, from 4 - 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 

February 28, 2018

Folio is pleased to have been chosen as TinyCat's first ever Library of the Month. TinyCat is the online catalog powered by LibraryThing that we use to showcase our collection to the world.

Read the rest of the interview

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February 9, 2018

Though her work is set in the heartland of America it was in New York City where Willa Cather lived off and on for most of her adult life.

In 1928 Willa Cather joined the New York Society Library and until her death in 1947, it is safe to say that she and her partner Edith Lewis were active library users.

Currently on view at NYSL is an exhibition showcasing the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s relationship to the Library and to the city.

The exhibit features a slew of lending cards that give us an inside look at Cather's reading life. 


“I’m not sure themes or preferences emerge except that one is always aware of Cather’s questing, inquisitive mind and her intense interest in literature past and present. And what a mind!”  says Harriet Shapiro, head of exhibitions at the NYSL

Also on view is an essay by Truman Capote describing his humorous meeting with Cather at the Library during a 1942 snowstorm, a selection of Cather first editions and...

February 7, 2017

In her piece at Slate, Long Overdue: Why public libraries are finally eliminating the late-return fine, Ruth Graham shows us that in many cases overdue library fines are racked up by users who can least afford it.

And it gets worse in some districts where up to 35% of patrons have had their borrowing privileges revoked because of unpaid fines! 

Library fines in most places remain quaintly low, sometimes just 10 cents per day. But one user’s nominal is another’s exorbitant. If a child checks out 10 picture books, the kind of haul librarians love to encourage, and then his mother’s work schedule prevents her from returning them for a week past the due date, that’s $7. For middle-class patrons, that may feel like a slap on the wrist, or even a feel-good donation. For low-income users, however, it can be a prohibitively expensive penalty. With unpredictable costs hovering over each checkout, too many families decide it’s safer not to use the library at all...

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