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February 11, 2017

We are celebrating Valentine's Day with a special member happy hour from 5-7 on Tuesday the 14th:

For the Love of Books

Tuesday, February 14,

5-7 pm

Stop by for champagne and chocolate, and peruse our curated selection of free books. We're also having a one-day-only gift membership sale. All gift memberships at the individual, student, and family level will be 50%. Available for purchase over the phone, online, or in person at the party. Share the love, and snag one for your favorite bookworm! 

February 8, 2017

Why a nonprofit private library, an idea as archaic as the word “athenaeum”? One need only look as far as Seattle’s wealth of craft distilleries, small-batch coffee roasters and artisans of all kinds to see that old-fashioned ideas can find new life in dynamic urban settings.

A new “community of the book” begins in Seattle by Knute Berger for Seattle Magazine / Crosscut

 Folio recently celebrated its one year anniversary and what a great year it was. We are pretty proud of what we have been able to accomplish:

  • More than 15,000 books donated from fine private libraries, treasured books that have been assembled by very knowledgeable readers and speak to readers today.

  • Folio’s handsome reading rooms, workspaces, and programming take place in tall, light-filled, landmarked rooms. The 1930 building, also protected by City of Seattle Landmark status, is designed in collegiate gothic style by a major Seattle architect, Abraham Albertson. 

  • Folio has ...

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...

February 7, 2017

Here are a couple of books recently added to our shelves that beg for a little extra promotion during these times.

The Clinton Years : The Photographs of Robert McNeely New York : Callaway, 2000.

Robert McNeely was President Bill Clinton’s official photographer from 1992 to 1998 and had unfettered access to the political and private lives of President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. McNeely shot 20,000 roles of film during this time and from that massive output 200+ images made the cut for this tribute. The result is an intimate, visual journey through the Clinton presidency.

One image, of Clinton touching the Dalai Lama’s hand while listening to him speak during a meeting, lead to the Chinese government seizing half the 18,000 copy print run

 Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans
By Maisie & Richard Conrat with photographs by Dorothea Lange and others (MIT Press, 1972)

In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed...

February 6, 2017

This was the poster for Fantagraphics Books 40th anniversary celebration which included an amazing panel discussion at Folio