Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Photo credit: JiaYing Grygiel
8. Elisabeth C. Miller Library
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, 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 loved 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, a two-minute drive away, is the closest place to buy food (hello, Din Tai Fung and Molly Moon’s!).