You must be 13 years old or older, reside in Seattle, and have a mobile phone to authenticate your account to be eligible. "We're working hard to develop innovative methods to help Seattle citizens amid this extraordinary public health catastrophe," said Bo Kinney, Circulation Services Manager. "For example, we recently launched a program where people can check out e-books for free online."
Seattle's library system has been free for everyone since 1969. It is one of the largest municipal library systems in the United States. It consists of 12 neighborhood libraries and one central library, which is also a museum. The collections include more than 6 million books, magazines, newspapers, video titles, audio recordings, movies, software, and other materials.
The library offers free Internet access in all of its meeting rooms and has 60 wireless hotspots available for use by library patrons. It also runs outreach programs for children from low-income families and those who speak English as a second language. The library system has an extensive collection of material on technology and culture, and hosts events such as movie nights and book discussions.
People can visit any Seattle library to check out books, movies, and music, as well as use the Internet with a valid ID. Children under 13 need written permission from their parents to check out books. If you are not yet 21, you cannot borrow a book or film.
Whether you go from Vancouver to Seattle by car, rail, or bus, you must have the proper travel documentation to enter the United States and return to Canada, or you may be refused admission, which may hinder your future travel plans. You must also have the necessary paperwork for any youngsters going with you. If you are a citizen of one of these countries then you do not need a visa to visit the United States.
You will usually only need a passport to travel to the United States. However, if you are under 18, study here, have a job, or qualify for some other type of visa, then you may need a different document. Contact the American Embassy or Consulate in Canada if you need information about the requirements for your type of visa.
When you arrive at a border station you will be asked to present proof of identity and citizenship. If you do not have all the required documents with you then you will be denied entry into the United States.
It is best to check what documents are needed for what types of visits when you make your travel arrangements. For example, if you are given the option of paying a fee to avoid having to show evidence of vaccination upon entering the United States, then do so. This way you can enjoy the benefits of being able to travel without having to worry about vaccinations.
Admissions to Seattle Central
King County citizens and property owners, as well as Seattle residents, are eligible, however Yarrow Point and Hunts Point are not. Residents in reciprocal library communities are also eligible to apply. You have an all-access account if you already have a physical King County Library System card. Apply for an all-access card online.
The system has two types of cards: magnetic stripe cards and PIN-based debit cards. Holders of valid photo identification (driver's license or passport) can check out either type of card. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian when checking out books. The library asks that guardians provide their own photo ID, unless they have been granted special permission to use their child's information.
Children from low-income families are eligible to receive a free library card through the Kids' Cafe program. Volunteers visit local schools where they read story time materials and discuss topics such as health, science, and math with students. These programs typically run for 30 minutes three times a week after school hours. Parents/guardians are asked to complete a brief survey after their child receives his or her card.
If you qualify for a free library card, contact your local library to find out more about the Kids' Cafe program.