Mimi Howard Reading Area

Macon "Mimi" Howard believed in the important role of libraries as a community resource, as a forum for public discussion, and as a special place where all members of society are warmly welcomed. Once a librarian herself, Howard had settled into a second career as an investment adviser and securities broker when she joined The Seattle Public Library board of trustees in 1982.

Following a decade on the Library board, where she served as its president, Howard accepted an invitation to join the board of The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Altogether, Howard dedicated more than 25 years of service to the Library and the people of Seattle.

After retiring as a vice president with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Howard trained for a third career as a volunteer chaplain working with people experiencing homelessness and mental health challenge. She was often found at Harborview Medical Center comforting those facing pain or loss.

Howard's daughter, Lee Rhodes and her husband Peter Seligmann, along with their children Hector, Sale and Cedric, honor her commitment to the Library with the Mimi Howard Reading Area.