August 12, 2015

FOLIO: The Seattle Athenaeum

Athenaeum [ath-uhneeuh m, –ney-] is a word you don’t hear all that often, but there’s one growing in Seattle, so it’s time to brush up your pronunciation. Its origin in the temple of Athena, which was a center of learning in Athens, athenaeum today refers, similarly, to a library or other place of literary gathering.

Under the visionary leadership of David Brewster, FOLIO: The Seattle Athenaeum will open in January 2016 as a “a member-supported library and cultural center in the heart of Seattle.” Folio will preserve book collections and offer a circulating library, meeting and reading rooms, book-related cultural programming and work spaces for writers and others. While supported by membership, Folio will be a public asset: “Anyone may access our catalog, read books at Folio, take free books, and attend Folio’s many free or low-cost public programs.”

Folio is already settling in to its 5,000-square-foot space on two floors of the YMCA building at the corner of Fourth and Marion.

You can learn more on the Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum website, on Facebook and in this Crosscut article by Knute Berger.
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