My Instagram account (@quiltingqueerly) features four recurring themes which frequently make appearances:
- The Seattle Public Library
- Iggy the dog
- My quilts as works-in-progress
- King County Metro buses (while utilizing the hashtag #buslife)
Here are a few photos I’ve posted of the Central Library, which is hands down my favorite building:
Haven’t been there before? The Central Library is located at 1000 4th Ave in Downtown Seattle in between Spring St. and Madison St. One fun fact about the Central Library is that co-architect Joshua Prince-Ramus was only 29 years old when he started working on the project!
There are so many reasons I absolutely love the Seattle Public Library. One is because it’s so easy to request that the library purchase something to add to its collection.
When I first met Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Founder Holly Broadland at the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meet-Up in Portland, Oregon a few years ago, we instantly bonded over our love of libraries. She made a brilliant blog post back in 2013 about requesting items for the library to purchase entitled “I love the Vancouver Public Library!” The title of this post and its contents is a nod to you, Holly! It’s no surprise (and wonderful for children) that Holly is going back to school to gain a degree in library education.
Are you curious how to request that the Seattle Public Library purchase something they don’t already have on their shelves? I’ll walk you through the simple steps.
First things first, get yourself a library card. If you don’t already have one, the link provided gives instructions on how to do so. Then you have access to all that the Seattle Public Library’s 27 physical locations and mobile book mobiles have to offer!
Once you have a library card, log onto the Seattle Public Library website and search for what you’d like to check out.
Unfortunately, the message below popped up stating that the book wasn’t in the library collection yet.
I clicked on the link “Suggest an item for purchase.” to begin making a request that the library buy the book.
The library explains their purchase suggestion policies and prompts you to select which category the suggestion falls under. I selected “For books and music scores”.Next pops up a window asking for your information, some information about the book, and why you think the library should purchase it.
Some of the tougher information to find (like publication date, publisher, ISBN number, and price) can all easily be found by looking up the book on Amazon.com. All of that information is found in two simple spots.
At the top of the page:
And after scrolling down a little bit to the section labeled “Product Details”:
I simply copy and paste the information found on the Amazon.com listing into the library purchase suggestion form.
Once you hit submit, you get a message from the library confirming that your purchase suggestion went through. They also email you a copy of your request.
After a few days or weeks, check the “Holds” section of your account on the Seattle Public Library website. If the library decides to purchase your request, you’ll be first in line to receive the book once it comes in.
Luckily for me, the library decided to purchase 8 copies of Krista’s new book! I’m really looking forward to reading more about her construction of zipper pouches and use of leather.
Until next time, happy reading and sewing…