18 members of the Seattle Mountaineers Club are completing an urban hike today between seven branches of the Seattle Public Library and they got their start in Magnolia. The “27 Lively Libraries” hikers took off from the Magnolia library at 10:30 this morning on their way to branches in Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, Greenwood and finally Ballard. Its a little under 12 miles in all.
The hikers, ranging in age from 24 to mid 70s, will walk at about 3 miles per hour . The goal is to get their Library Passports stamped at each library. Magnolia library clerk Kris Baker gave everyone the stamp with the blue heron focus before they took a tour of the newly remodeled library.
Hike leader Kathy Biever (in red coat) volunteers at the Central Library, and says it was a natural to combine her love of books and love of hiking. The group has hiked to 15 libraries so far and will finish their quest with a final hike to five more libraries on December 4.
Update: The hikers reached the Queen Anne Library, then crossed the Fremont Bridge for this photo before breaking for lunch.