Play the 'Check-out Sunday Challenge' May 5 at the Delridge branch of Seattle Public Library.

information from the Seattle Public Library

For the first time in at least a century, all locations of The Seattle Public Library will be open on Sunday in 2013. Expanded operating hours are being funded by a levy approved by voters in August.

Fifteen branches currently closed on Sunday will join 11 other branches in opening their doors every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Sunday, Jan. 6. In addition, the Columbia and Northgate branches will be open seven days a week beginning in 2013.

"At community meetings and through patron surveys, we heard that Sunday hours were important," City Librarian Marcellus Turner said. "Particularly for families, working people and students, having Library service available in every neighborhood on Sunday will be a huge benefit."

Each branch with new Sunday hours will host a special celebration on a Sunday (dates and locations listed below) from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Jan. 6 and May 5. Each celebration will feature a children's craft activity, refreshments and an opportunity to participate in the Check-Out Sundays Challenge.

Check-Out Challenge

Patrons can get a free Check-Out Challenge card in a keepsake sleeve at any Library location in mid-December. To participate in the Challenge, patrons just need to visit any location of The Seattle Public Library on Sunday and get their card stamped before they leave. Patrons with 15 stamps can enter a prize drawing. Patrons who attend Sunday Branch Celebrations also receive commemorative stickers for their Check Out Cards.

Prizes include Booklovers Baskets and lunch with City Librarian Marcellus Turner. Drawings will take place in May. Patrons do not need to be present at the drawings to win prizes.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636.

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