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Seattle Central Library

Now that the weather’s starting to deteriorate, it might be time to plan some indoor activities in Seattle. The first thing that comes to mind is the Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle. You could spend hours, even days, at this place and still not see all of its features. No matter your age, native language, or topic of interest, there’s bound to be an entire floor of books dedicated to you. After all, they currently have over a million items in the collection. 

If books aren’t your thing, you can surf the internets, reserve a private room for a meeting, take a class, or just ogle the architecture. The building was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus, and regularly attracts architecture buffs from all over the world for its unique and striking design.

Seattle Central Library - exterior

 I highly recommend taking a guided tour, for several reasons. First, the docent will fill your ear with fun facts about the building and the library’s collection. Second, you’ll see all kinds of nooks and crannies that you’d probably never stumble across on your own. And third, it will lessen the chances of your getting hopelessly lost when left to your own devices. Of course, the best part of all is that it’s free. And you can’t complain about free, even if it’s crummy outside.