A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Library hosting free art workshop for seniors, film festival of films directed by women

August 25th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is holding a free eight-week workshop series for adults ages 55 and up to learn the fundamentals of drawing, watercolor and collage with a local artist. Workshops are designed for any skill level, even absolute beginners. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. The workshop series at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is from 12-2 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 2. Call 206-684-4086 to register, or sign up in person at the branch.

SPL is also hosting a free “Directed by Women” film festival at several branches in September. The Greenwood Library , 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will show “Frida” from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. The Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., will show “Little Women” from 1-3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9

In addition to the film screenings, the Library has put together several lists of additional materials for film lovers to check-out.

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‘Medicare Made Clear’ workshop at Greenwood Library Sept. 12

August 19th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is holding a health care workshop to give an overview of Medicare options and help people make informed decisions on Medicare coverage. The free workshop is from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Registration is not required.

The “Medicare Made Clear” workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare Parts A, B, C, D and supplemental plans, including what they cover and how they work. Discussion topics will include how to receive benefits, the pros and cons of each part, approximate costs, enrollment and eligibility guidelines.

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City finalizes deal to purchase Bleacher’s Pub land to double size of new park next to Greenwood Library

July 15th, 2015 by Doree

The City of Seattle has finalized the deal to purchase the land where Bleacher’s Pub currently sits, at Greenwood Avenue North and North 82nd Street, to build a new park next to the Greenwood Library.


The city previously purchased the adjoining land where a strip mall housed the Greenwood Quick Stop, Aloha Ramen and Manna Teriyaki. That money came from the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy. After the purchase, Quick Stop moved a few blocks north and Aloha Ramen moved to Lake City. Only Manna Teriyaki remains.


From the mayor’s website:

Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the acquisition of property at 8118 Greenwood Ave. N. for a new park in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood. The deal closed on July 1, 2015.

“As Seattle’s neighborhoods grow, residents must have access to public amenities like parks,” said Mayor Murray. “By adding this property, we’re increasing recreational opportunities for the Greenwood-Phinney community and creating more public space next to the new Greenwood Library for families and children.”

This acquisition will double the size of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s property on Greenwood Ave. N., encompassing the block between N 81st and N 82nd streets. The addition of this site to the mini-mart property at 8100 Greenwood Ave. N, purchased in May 2012, will now offer the community a total of 0.43 acres of new park space adjacent to the new Greenwood library.

Phinney resident and Parks and Green Spaces Levy Committee Member Bill Farmer was heavily involved in the search for a new park location and was glad to hear the City had acquired the additional acreage.

“The additional space will allow the community to do a lot more with this site,” Farmer said. “It’s a great location being next to the library. It will be able to accommodate more activities for kids, which wouldn’t have been feasible with a smaller property. Greenwood is booming right now, and it will be important for the community to have this green space.”

The property’s current tenant, Bleacher’s Pub, will remain under a new short-term lease while the City helps relocate the business. Seattle Parks and Recreation is still working with the Manna Teriyaki business, part of the mini-mart site, to relocate. The property was purchased for $1.7 million, drawing from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2008.

The mini-mart site, a “land-banked” property, is one of 14 sites that was purchased with funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy to address lack of green space in neighborhoods. Seattle Parks held this site in the current condition with minimal maintenance in anticipation of demolishing the building and developing the new park with funding provided by the newly created Park District. Parks plans on developing the land-banked sites in the order they were purchased with funding from the Seattle Park District, which was passed by Seattle voters in August 2014.

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Free algebra workshop at Greenwood Library this summer

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

Students in grades 7-9 can attend a free algebra for kids workshop at the Greenwood and University District libraries this summer.

Students in grades 7-9 are invited to investigate algebraic concepts in an active, visual, and collaborative manner. This is a great way to meet algebra for the first time or review concepts. Please sign up in advance so we can plan accordingly. This is a free class! Please direct questions to alinamisra@me.com

The Greenwood Library workshops, at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., are from 2-4 p.m. on June 23, July 21 and August 11. The University branch workshops are on June 30 and July 14.

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Reminder: All public library branches closed today

May 25th, 2015 by Doree

This is a reminder that all branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed today, Monday, in honor of Memorial Day.

Both the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., and the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., will reopen at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday).

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All library branches closed on Memorial Day

May 20th, 2015 by Doree

All branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

Both the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., and the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

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Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots now available through Seattle Public Library

May 18th, 2015 by Doree

This morning the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Library officials formally kicked off a program to loan mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to library cardholders. The program was made possible by a grant from Google and is available through all library branches, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

More than 90,000 Seattle residents lack Internet access at home. Starting Monday, thanks to a grant from Google, residents with a Library card can reserve a mobile Wi-Fi device to give them broadband access wherever they need it – home, work or out in the community. With this program, the Library hopes to give some of the most underserved in the city a powerful way to connect to the Internet – access that helps children succeed in school, and provides adults with critical information on health, employment, education and more.

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Greenwood Library hosting several upcoming movies and an author signing

May 7th, 2015 by Doree

There’s a lot happening at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., in the coming weeks, including several movies and a book signing.

As part of the annual “Seattle Reads” program, designed to get everyone in Seattle reading and discussing the same book, Peter Heller, author of “The Painter,” will sign books (available for purchase) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.

“The Painter” tells the story of Jim Stegner, a famous expressionist painter. He shot a man in a Santa Fe bar for making a lewd comment about his daughter, served a year in prison, and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Stegner suffered a tragedy that he’s still grieving. He now lives in rural Colorado in a beautiful, peaceful valley where he spends his days painting, reading, and fly-fishing. Stegner is living a quiet life… until the day he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his life wide open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Stegner returns to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he’ll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.

On Thursday, May 28, patrons can watch “Good Hair” (PG-13) from 6-8 p.m., as part of the library’s African-American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films that depict the African-American experience.

Families can build a simple playground out of recycled materials and found objects from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Materials provided will include cardboard boxes, glue, fabric, string, tape, PVC pipes and more. This free event is presented in partnership with Pop-Up Adventure Play and Seattle ReCreative.

A free monthly family film series will be shown on the first Sunday of the month, through Aug. 2.

  • “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (G) from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.
  • “Wall-E” (G) from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.
  • “Meet the Robinsons” (G) from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2.

For comedy lovers, the Greenwood Library also is hosting a free film series highlighting Canadian comedian and actor Rick Moranis.

  • “Strange Brew” (PG) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4.
  • “Ghostbusters” (PG) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.
  • “Little Shop of Horrors” (PG-13) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.
  • “Spaceballs” (PG) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.

Seattle Public Library also recently added The Living Computer Museum to its Museum Pass Program, bringing the total to 14 Seattle museum partners offering free admission to Library cardholders.

The Museum Pass program allows patrons of The Seattle Public Library to use their Library card to check out free museum passes. Participants can reserve a pass to an individual museum once every 30 days, and may use one pass per week. All passes are good for up to two people — some passes even include free admission for kids ages 17 and under.

The program reservation system requires the cardholder enter their Library card number, personal identification number (PIN), choose a specific date, and print the museum pass. To read more details and reserve a museum pass, visit www.spl.org/museumpass.

Other participating museums include: The Burke Museum, The Center for Wooden Boats, EMP Museum, Henry Art Gallery, The Log House Museum, Museum of Flight, Museum of History & Industry, Nordic Heritage Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Asian Art Museum and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

And SPL also has added several new magazine titles to its digital collection, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, Bon Appetit, Vogue, Glamour and Architectural Digest.

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Repair Café at Greenwood Library on Saturday

April 20th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Fixers Collective is hosting a Repair Café from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The repair café will teach people of all ages to fix broken appliances, computer and other electrical devices. Attendees should bring their own broken electrical items.

The event is free.

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