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Just in case you didn't recognize the setting, the graphic on the desk leaves no doubt. You are HERE in the Emerald City, a community that loves its libraries and likes to hang out in them without being all stuffy and old-world about it :-). This is in the Seattle Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas and completed in 2004. Seattle supposedly has one of the most highly educated populations of any major city in the US, with 47% of adults possessing a bachelor's degree or higher as of 2006. And we use our public libraries. A lot. One in every eleven Seattlites visits the libraries in person, and the Seattle Times reported last November that library usage, both in person and on-line, has climbed from 4.5 million in 2000 to over 13.2 million in 2008. With November's chill and the shortening of daylight hours, we are a bit less in our kayaks, sailboats, and hiking boots and more likely in the midst of a good book or doing some research :-).