Think Outside the Box – Citywide Conversations on Your Libraries

City Librarian Susan Hildreth invites you to join a citywide conversation on Library services.

  • What’s one thing you wish the Library could provide, or change?
  • What’s the role of the Library in our community?
  • What should we be doing in five to 10 years?
  • How should the Library be using new technology?

Please join City Librarian Susan Hildreth and members of the Library Board  discuss your hopes and dreams for The Seattle Public Library. Feel free to drop in anytime for a few minutes to share your views. With your help, we will develop a strategic plan to guide our growth and services through 2015.

Later this year library staff also will conduct surveys, hold focus groups and host two citywide public forums that feature expert panelists on key library issues.

By September, the Library hopes to complete a draft strategic plan, which they will share at meetings across the city. They hope to have a final plan by December.

Seattle residents helped develop and complete the 10-year “Libraries for All” program to rebuild our facilities. Now it’s time to make sure the services and resources we provide meet your needs.

Please help us think creatively about the future of Library service. Last year, more than 14 million people visited the Library. We want that number to keep growing.

On Wednesday, give your opinion at the High Point Library.

  • High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454, March 3, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089, Saturday, March 6, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., 206-684-4711, March 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

If you can’t attend a meeting, but would like to comment, please send an e-mail to For more details, please see Strategic Planning on the Library Web site.