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New Beacon Hill spot will be youth-designed hub for equity work in Seattle

The expansion of Estelita's Library will host everything from book clubs to dance classes, “anything that speaks to social justice, to equity ..."

Coming this summer: A new youth-designed hub for equity work in Seattle.

Created by students from Sawhorse Revolution’s all-womxn design/build program for youth through a Tiny Cultural Space grant from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, the new community space will build on the work of Estelita's Library. Founded last year, Estelita’s Library is a nonprofit community bookstore and library in Beacon Hill curated by activist and organizer Edwin Lindo.

With books focused on ethnic studies, social justice and liberation movements, Estelita’s is funded by donations, grants and a membership system with sliding-scale fees. The Tiny Cultural Space will host programming and events including book clubs, chess, photography classes, dance classes and “anything that speaks to social justice, to equity, and to understanding identity oppression and power,” says Lindo.

Construction is underway. Once complete, the walls of Tiny Cultural Space will display Estelita’s collection of Black Panther Party newspapers, one of the largest in the nation. Estelita’s Library will have a free five-year lease on the city property, after which ownership may be transferred to the organization.

“We're beyond excited to have a dedicated space that isn’t at risk of displacement, that we can call our own,” says Lindo.

Sawhorse Revolution offers free carpentry and design education programs for students, primarily in Central and South Seattle neighborhoods. Visit Estelita’s at 2533 16th Ave. S. and stay tuned for this summer’s Tiny Cultural Space grand opening.