|The hip and historic Columbia City Neighborhood at Rainier Ave and Ferdinand|
|A sketchers' party on the street. Kate on pastry security duty.|
|The clock across the street was once located on 1st Ave|
As we walked down Rainier Ave toward the Columbia Branch Library, Kate and I talked about the dramatic changes in the neighborhood since it was built. The branch's landmark 1915 building is the smallest of the libraries built for Seattle with gifts from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). The branch itself dates to 1909, two years after Columbia City was annexed into Seattle.
|Sketching the Carnegie Library front door and patron|
|Carnegie would be astounded at how the library is used today.|
Not only can you pick up a great book for your summer reading, you can play a game of chess, catch up on your email, research anything online or even engage in a popular art activity.
You can download and print a coloring sheet for your branch. Coloring sheets are available for all 27 Library locations. What a great way to start your urban sketching skills!
We are also celebrating the 9th Anniversary of the founding of Seattle Urban Sketchers. Kate had signs made up for that, too, which we proudly displayed at our sketchbook throwdown. See Kate's blog post with more photos.
Then we had lunch at Pagliacci.