If you have kids and live in Seattle the library is where you should go.
I know that sounds weird. Why would kids want to go to the library? I used to live in New York and the libraries were nothing to write home about. It was a moderately clean building and shelves of books. There usually weren’t spaces to read or great views. Seattle central library is something else altogether. It has eleven storeys, is 57 metres high and has floating platforms. There is tons of reflective glass, cool shaped architecture and wide open space. It doesn’t even really look like a library. The best is the area for the kids though. The Faye G. Allen Children’s Center has books, games, puzzles and story times happening there constantly. On Level Three is the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. This is a just space with cozy seats, an indoor cafe, garden and lots of sunlight showing through the diamond-pattern windows. Another story up is the computers and another level up from that is all different shades of red. Tourists actually take tours of the area. It is so neat. My kids can spend hours in the library reading, playing on the computers or just walking around. It is nice for me since I can either choose to read, get work done on the computer or just take a quick power nap in the living room area. It has everything I could want too. I think even people who aren’t a fan of reading would find something worthwhile in the area.