Seattle’s Folio Athenaeum

January 23, 2016

Folio Seattle, Reading Room

Folio Seattle, Reading Room

“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark … In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.”
— Germaine Greer

Seattle’s Folio Athenaeum opened this week, and I joined this subscription library — not because I needed access to more books to read (I’m already buried in books) — but to have a convivial space to retreat to away from home and its distractions.  I spent a few hours there on my day off work and I was able to take some photos and complete a couple of small watercolor sketches.  Folio is a comfortable, light-filled, quiet place to work.  I will use the space regularly, I hope, for blogging and sketching, painting and writing.  Maybe having a place like this will help me to sit down and make art more regularly!

Folio’s lending collection is tastefully arranged for serendipitous browsing.  Books are arranged, not by Dewey decimal system, but more intuitively by theme.  There were several subject areas where I found enticing books, but I refrained from borrowing because I have too many books currently checked out of the public library.

How does Folio and an athenaeum differ from a public library?  This article gives more information.  I look forward to attending Folio’s literary events and rubbing shoulders with fellow readers and book lovers.

Folio Seattle

Folio Seattle

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Workroom

Workroom

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Interesting architectural details

Interesting architectural details

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