Seattle Public Library Catches World Cup Fever

During the height of last season’s Seahawks frenzy, the Seattle Public Library jumped into action - airing a playoff game on the Central Library’s big screen. And with the World Cup officially upon us, one of Seattle’s quietest places is once again gearing up to cater to fans.

As was announced earlier this week, three Seattle Public Library locations - the Central, Northgate and High Point branches - will host free viewing parties for a World Cup matches throughout June and July. Your first chance to watch a World Cup match at the library comes Monday, when the Ghana vs. U.S. tilt will be shown at 3 p.m. at the Central Library downtown. (Find the full schedule of World Cup games to be shown at Seattle Public libraries below.)

“It will be interesting to see what kind of response we get,” says Seattle Public Library Communications Director Andra Addison, who reveals the decision to show World Cup matches came after the success of showing last season’s Seahawks games. She also notes that in the team’s ‘90s heyday, Mariners games were shown at the old Central Library, “back in the good-old days,” as she puts it.

Addison indicates the viewing parties are particularly nice for “folks that don’t have TVs, or cable, or happen to be working downtown,” and that the library provides a great environment for people who “don’t want to go to a bar, don’t want to drink, or don’t have anybody to watch it with.” The World Cup will mark the first time multiple libraries besides the Central branch will get in on the action.

“We had all ages and backgrounds watching those [Seahawks] games,” she says. “These are popular events for folks. ... We’ll see how things go.”

Here’s the full schedule of World Cup matches scheduled to be shown at Seattle libraries:

Central Library

Ghana vs. U.S. - 3 p.m. Monday, June 16

U.S. vs. Portugal - 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22

Semifinals - 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 8

Semifinals - 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9

Championship match - 1 p.m. Sunday, July 13

Northgate Branch

U.S. vs. Germany - 9 a.m. Thursday, June 26

Championship match - 1 p.m. Sunday, July 13

High Point Branch

Semifinals - 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 8

Semifinals - 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9

Championship match - 1 p.m., Sunday, July 13

For anyone who thinks libraries aren’t the place for such things, Addison respectfully disagrees.

“Libraries are for recreation, and learning about sports. We’re so much more than just books,” she says. “We provide so much that the public doesn’t know about. ... [Showing World Cup matches is] a great way to reach out to folks.”


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