Founded in 2014, Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum is housed on the ground floor of the YMCA, a designated Seattle landmark. Inspired by the country’s earliest libraries, often called athenaeums, Folio provides access to discerning private book collections that have been donated, and a home for reading, writing, dialogue, and learning. Public programming includes book-based discussions, readings, presentations of book arts and rare volumes, and musical, cultural and civic events.
Independent libraries in America have long provided access to private book collections and rooms for discussion and writing on important issues. The seminal idea came from Benjamin Franklin in 1731 and rapidly spread to hundreds of cities worldwide, welcoming citizens from all walks of life. Bringing an active and inclusive 21st century vision to such member-supported libraries, the founders of Folio are creating an inviting, intimate home for “the community of the book” while also producing and hosting educational programs for the whole community.
Co-founder and President of the Board David Brewster and staff will discuss the development of the library and its online catalog, and show off its collections in four reading rooms.
Photo: Main reading room, Folio, courtesy Rosemary Washington
Registration: $10 members; $15 general public