Stories from the Rainier Beach Library



In this vibrant part of the city, Somali women wearing colorful veils wait at bus stops, and a polyglot babble of languages is heard in the shops and restaurants. The library offers brochures in at least a dozen different languages. Nearby are enclaves of Boeing engineers and immigrant peoples from every continent; large Jewish and Muslim communities; as well as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for Native Americans.

The library is a friendly, welcoming place, although drive-by shootings and fights happen with some regularity right across the street. For the hardworking community members, who often work two and three jobs to make ends meet, the library represents a safe haven for their children, and library staff serve as vital role models.

Miracles happen there every day. Here are a few of my stories...

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