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Book It to These 12 Destination Libraries

Build a day trip — and a love of books — around these library gems

Published on: December 31, 2018

Book It to These 12 Destination Libraries

Elisabeth C. Miller library story time, destination for Seattle-area families
Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Photo credit: JiaYing Grygiel

8. Elisabeth C. Miller Library

Find it: 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle

It’s the library no one knows about, and the nicest people work there. I heard that tip from a children’s librarian, and I had to check out the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

The Miller Library is a horticulture library and is a great resource for anyone who likes plants and nature. Once a month from September to June, the library hosts a children’s story time, followed by an art activity.

And yes, it has a children’s section, a sunny nook with more than 700 kids’ books. Topics are wide-ranging: bees, garden animals, wildlife, flower and vegetable gardens, forests, seeds, weather and climate, birds and composting. The book spines are color-coded for age appropriateness.

Anyone can register to check out books at the Miller Library. The library is free and open to the public. There is even a free parking lot.

Day trip: After book time, a hike is in order. Look for five display gardens around the building campus, including a fragrance garden. My kids also love the Yesler Swamp boardwalk trail, which is a 15-minute loop popular with bird-watchers, just one trail among 74 acres of nature trails. For lunch, University Village is a two-minute drive away, making it the closest place to get food — hello, Din Tai Fung and Molly Moon’s!



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