About 20 members of the Seattle Mountaineers Club will complete an urban hike Friday between seven branches of the Seattle Public Library, including Greenwood. The “27 Lively Libraries” hikers will begin at the Magnolia library at 10 a.m., then hike 11.8 miles to the libraries in Queen Anne (estimated arrival 11:30 a.m.), Fremont (12:15 p.m.), Wallingford (1:30 p.m.), Green Lake (2:15 p.m.), Greenwood (3 p.m.) and Ballard (4 p.m.).
The goal is to get their Library Passports stamped at each library. Completed passports are then turned in for a special drawing. So far on their journey, each library has done something special for the group, including tours of each library and its art collection, snacks and drinks, or a special display on hiking books.
Hike leader Kathy Biever volunteers at the Central Library, and told me it was a natural to combine her love of books and love of hiking. They’ve hiked to 15 libraries so far. Friday’s hike, number four in the 27 Lively Libraries schedule, is their longest.
PhinneyWood will be covering the day-long hike with updates from each library (and hopefully a few photos) as they go. If you see the hikers on the road or at the libraries, give ’em a thumbs up for bringing attention to both urban hiking and public libraries!