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Library events are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking in the Central Library garage is available for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
"Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy" tells the inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries and promote education around the world. Description:
In 1999, at age 35, John Wood left a lucrative career at Microsoft to found Room to Read, an award-winning nonprofit that promotes education, gender equality and literacy worldwide. He brought the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector, and told the story of the start-up in his first book, "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World."
In his new book, Wood tackles the organization's next steps -- the challenges of managing expansion while maintaining integrity; raising money in a collapsing economy; promoting gender equality through scholarships for girls; and changing the mission to include not just building libraries but publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language.