Elliott Bay Book Co. isn’t the only new book store planning a Capitol Hill opening. Ada’s Technical Books will be located in the Loveless Building and is scheduled to be ready to serve Seattle’s tech and geek community starting in mid-June 2010.
The bookstore is named for Ada Lovelace, a 19th Century pioneer in computer programming. She is celebrated today as a symbol of all the great women who add to the advancement of technology.
According to the Ada’s website:
Our goals are to bring a valuable resource to the technical community in Seattle by carrying a large selection of new, used, & rare books on Computers, Electronics, Physics, Math, and Science. We also hope to foster education and innovation in the local community by hosting monthly meet-ups, book signings, and training workshops. The store will also have a lounge area and refreshments for customers to plug in and hang out. In addition to books, Ada’s will also carry a wide selection of puzzles, brain teasers, and gadgets.
I asked Danielle, one of Ada’s Technical Books owners, a few questions via e-mail:
Why do you think a technical book store is needed on Capitol Hill?
What kind of events to you plan to host?
We plan on having an “author of the month” every month. Throughout the month, we will feature books written by this author and books that he/she recommends for general reading. At the end of the month, the author will come in and give a free lecture (or a reading, depending on the author). We will also occasionally host workshops with the authors over the weekend.
Along with that, we would love to host meet-ups of different technical groups at the store and encourage people to use the space for work, research, and collaboration. We will carry fast Wi-Fi and drinks along with our books.