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

 

Greenwood author Rita Wirkala to read from ‘The Encounter’ at Greenwood Library Saturday

February 1st, 2016 by Doree

Greenwood author Rita Wirkala will read from her new book, “The Encounter,” from 12-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

“The Encounter” is a story of adventure, romance, immigration and the social realities of Latin America that begins with the dumping of toxic waste into the Amazonian jungles of Ecuador. Following Wirkala’s reading will be a Q&A session and book signing.

Wirkala is an Argentine writer and professor of medieval Spanish literature at the University of Washington. She writes novels, poetry, literary essays and textbooks that have been published in both the United States and Europe. Wirkala lives in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.

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Free tax assistance and preparation at local libraries, senior centers

January 14th, 2016 by Doree

Tax-Aide, a national free tax assistance and preparation service, is again providing free tax preparation and electronic filing at 12 North Seattle and Shoreline sites starting Feb. 1. The service is free, and there are no age restrictions or membership in AARP required. Volunteers are IRS tax-certified.

In addition to regular earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $25,000 in annual expenses, and various healthcare (Affordable Care Act), education, child and earned income credits. If you are a foreign student, come to our sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library. We have preparers who can help you with your 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843. If you have a more complicated return, we might not be able to prepare your return, but we can at least point you in the right direction.

All of our sites will be using electronic filing, which helps expedite tax refunds. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. In addition to your tax documents, remember to bring picture ID, together with your social security cards if you want us to prepare your tax return.

Tax preparation sites in and near our neighborhood include:

  • Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086. Tuesdays 2-7 p.m. Walk-ins only. First day is Tuesday, Feb. 2.
  • Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., 206-297-0875. Thursdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments only. First day is Thursday, Feb. 4.
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7520. Fridays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Friday, Feb. 5.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, 206-684-4089. Mondays 2:30-7 p.m. ; Thursdays 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Monday, Feb. 1. (The library is scheduled to close for remodeling on April 1. After construction begins, the service will move for the remainder of the season to Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St., one block west of the library).
  • Ballard Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, 206-297-0403. Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments only. Make appointments in person or by phone. First day is Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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New Seattle School Board member Rick Burke hosting community meeting tonight at Greenwood Library

December 28th, 2015 by Doree

Newly-elected Seattle School Board member Rick Burke is holding a District II community meeting from 6:30-7:45 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

It’s an informal, drop-in meeting for constituents to meet and speak with their School Board member.

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Greenwood Library December movies, January Repair Café

December 18th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., has two upcoming family-friendly movies during the winter break from school.

  • “Big Hero 6” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23
  • “Inside Out” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30th

And coming up in January is the Repair Café from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10. “Bring your broken appliances and fix them yourself with help from the crew at the Tool Library through the Phinney Neighborhood Association.”

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Open art studio for adults at Greenwood Library Dec. 14 & 28

December 10th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an open art studio for adults to drop-in with their own craft and art supplies from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Dec. 14 and 28.

It’s free; no registration required. No supplies provided.

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Hour of Code workshop at Greenwood Library on Thursday

December 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a series of Hour of Code workshops at 11 branches, including the Greenwood Library. This one-hour introduction to computer science is designed for anyone as young as 4 years old to learn coding basics.

Library staff will guide participants through interactive tutorials with characters from Star Wars, Minecraft, Angry Birds, Frozen and more. This program is free.

The Greenwood Library’s Hour of Code is from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Call the library to register; drop-ins welcome if there’s space. Call 206-684-4086. (See the library’s Hour of Code webpage for information on other workshop times and locations.)

Hour of Code was launched in 2013 by the non-profit organization Code.org. It is a global effort to expand opportunities for students to learn about computer science. It is designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of coding and computer science.

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Winter-themed crafts and family movies at the Greenwood Library

November 30th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting two crafting sessions this week for people to make a special winter-themed gifts using paper, glue, Mod podge and more.

Tuesday’s session is from 6-7 p.m. and is designed for families. Wednesday’s session is from 3-5 p.m. and is for tweens and teens in grades 5-12. Both sessions are free and don’t require registration.

The library also is showing two free family movies in December. “Big Hero 6” (PG) is showing from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. “Inside Out” (PG) is showing from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Seattle Public Library debuts new accessibility software for vision-impaired patrons

October 26th, 2015 by Doree

Every branch of the Seattle Public Library is getting new accessibility software on all public computers for vision-impaired patrons, through the Library Equal Access Program’s “Access for All: Accessibility Kits & Software.”

All public computers will have ZoomText, a text-enlargement software program for low-vision patrons, and JAWS, screen reading software to assist blind users.

The library is hosting a series of open houses to give patrons hands-on access to the new software. Library staff also will demonstrate how to use magnifiers, Braille systems and other items in the new Accessibility Kits.

The open house nearest to Phinney Ridge and Greenwood is from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Reminder: City Council Districts 5 and 6 debates tonight at neighborhood libraries

October 15th, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Friends of Seattle Public Library is hosting two city council debates in our neighborhood tonight (Thursday).

The District 5 debate is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. It will be moderated by Ben Reuler, executive director for Seattle Works.

The District 6 debate is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

District 5 generally covers Greenwood north of 85th Street, while District 6 generally covers the area south of 85th Street.

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