Seattle is promoting reading and showcasing itself as one of the most literate cities in the nation during September, National Literacy Month.
Visit Seattle Places 3 Little Libraries Each to Boston, Austin and Chicago
Visit Seattle (a nonprofit marketing group) has set up nine Little Free Library book exchanges across the nation to promote Seattle as a city that loves books, and encourage reading throughout the month.
Boston, Austin and Chicago each have three Little Libraries installed around town that educate readers about the Emerald City.
Each Library has a northwestern feel, and several of the book exchanges have iconic designs, such as a Sasquatch-themed Library, a Library made from a Kayak, and a replica of a Seattle ferry.
Each Library is stocked with books that relate to Seattle, whether it’s the author, the subject matter, or the setting.
Additionally, each book is stuffed with bookmarks that feature photos and information about the city, plus instructions for how to participate in the #SeattleStory social media campaign.
Snap a Selfie and Share It at #SeattleStory
Visit Seattle has not only set up Little Free Libraries full of great Seattle stories in cities across the U.S., but they have also donated to the Little Free Library organization (that’s us!) to support our mission.
You can spread the word about Visit Seattle’s awesome initiative, and show your support for Little Free Library, when you post a photo of yourself with a Seattle-related book on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #SeattleStory or tag @VisitSeattle.
At the end of the month, all nine book exchanges will be donated back to Little Free Library to find their permanent homes in neighborhoods around the country.
Celebrate National Literacy Month and Support Little Free Library
Through September 25, we challenge you to take a photo of yourself with a book that has a connection to Seattle, and post it on social media using @VisitSeattle or #SeattleStory.
(Remember, the book could be set in Seattle, it could be written by a Seattle author, or it could be a book about Seattle.)
If there is a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, or if you happen across one of the special northwest-themed Visit Seattle Libraries, we’d love to see a photo of you next to a Library, too!
If you’re in Boston, Austin or Chicago, here is where you can find each of the Visit Seattle Libraries:
- Cambridge Community Center in Cambridge off Howard Street (5 Callender Street, Cambridge, MA)
- Miracle of Science Bar & Grill, a unique neighborhood bar and grill by the MIT Museum (321 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA)
- Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen near Northeastern University and Symphony Hall (604 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA)
- Jo’s Coffee in the South Congress area of Austin (1300 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX)
- Dominican Joe’s in the South Congress area of Austin (515 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX)
- Thai How Are You? Around the University of Texas campus (2100 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX)
- Chicago Costume in Lincoln Park (1120 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL)
- State in Lincoln Park: (935 W. Webster Ave, Chicago, IL)
- Rotofugi in Lincoln Park (2780 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL)
The fun has already begun! Will you post and share a #SeattleStory to support Little Free Library?