LCFF is honored to share Ms. Furtuna Tekle’s story as part of our goal of bringing the stories of the people who live, work and play in Lake City to Enjoylakecity.org. Furtuna is an inspiration to us all.
“Awklenan! Yakiel, Yakiel!” “ Dictator! Enough is Enough!” I was the only young woman on the
sidewalk, but my voice was strong. The few other women were my mother’s age. All the men
were old, including my father. Yet we were giving our voices to the people walking and driving
by. The American passersby responded, “We are with you!” Our confidence and pride grew,
blunting the scornful laughter and threats of my fellow Eritrean classmates passing by and
through the festival gate. This was my first protest. My first freedom of expression.
Seattle leaders had allowed Eritrean government officials to present a festival in my new city,
my new home. But the festival was not a true reflection of Eritrean society. It was a lie dressed
in the beautiful fabric of my Habesha culture. A lie masked by the delicious aromas of Injera and
steaming clay pots of Doro Wat in festival booths. A festival hiding a dictatorship that ripped my
family from our mother country.
Continue reading “Amazing Lake City Youth Shares Her Story”
In Early 2018 the Lake City Branch Will Close for Interior Remodel
The following is taken from The Seattle Public Library Foundation’s information regarding Lake City’s library remodel scheduled to begin in late February of 2018. The foundation anticipates that the Library will be closed for approximately five months during the work. LCFF will be working with the Library to keep you informed on how this will effect programs offered by the Library and how individuals and groups can help support this remodel through fund raising.
“In 2018, the Seattle Public Library plans a major renovation of its Lake City Branch, expanding the amount of public space to meet the needs of a dynamic neighborhood this is rapidly growing and changing. Lake City is one of the most heavily used libraries in the city with more than 220,000 patron visits last year. – There is high demand for use of the library’s computers and free WIFI as well as public meeting rooms. Mores students attend the Lake City’s after school Homework Help program often taking up most of the public seating. Continue reading “Changes Coming To Lake City Library”