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


Library and 826 Seattle hosting Greenwood Family Forum on Wednesday

October 24th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Library and nonprofit tutoring center 826 Seattle are co-hosting the Greenwood Family Forum from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. It’s billed as a “school success night for neighborhood parents and educators.”

Teen Services Librarian, Jennifer Bisson, and 826 Seattle Director of Programming, Alicia Craven, will present on free programs at the library and 826 including resources for students doing research projects, and the chance for parents to sign students up for the free weekend writing workshops offered by 826 Seattle in the winter.

This will be the first of three meetings throughout the year in which community members will gather to listen to guest speakers share expertise on topics of education and socio-emotional development, to converse and to create a community of parents and educators to better support our students.

Questions? Email Alicia at alicia@826seattle.org.

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Library news roundup

October 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave.  N., is hosting a free Math Salon from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, hosted by Daniel Finkel.

Finkel has a doctorate in math from the University of Washington and coordinates math circles, math salons and other activities that help make learning math fun for everyone. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Numberplay Blog and teachers at the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. He also runs workshops for teachers. He is co-founder of Mathforlove.com.

Anyone with a library card can access free chat tutoring through Seattle Public Library.

One can even use this service if a card is blocked for checking out due to fines over $15, so any and all students can get free homework help. If you do not have an updated card or PIN, go into any library to get a new one.

Seattle Public Library is partnering with CityClub to serve as official fact-checkers for the online 2014 Living Voters Guide.

The Living Voters Guide is a free, nonpartisan service that enables individuals in Washington state to discuss, research and ask questions about local and statewide ballot measures, as well as federal races. Individuals simply type in their zip code and the November election ballot measures and federal races from their districts appear.

Individuals can review or add to the pros and cons written by other users of the site. If individuals want items verified, they can click on the “Ask a librarian to fact check this point” button. After researching the content of flagged claims, librarians from The Seattle Public Library post a response with citations, and assign each claim a status of “accurate,” “questionable,” or “unverifiable”—all within 48 hours of a request.

The first version of the Living Voters Guide was created through a grant by the University of Washington in 2010. The 2014 guide was funded through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and sponsorship from The Boeing Company.

Library patrons can now download five songs a week from its Freegal, which maintains more than 7 million songs from more than 28,000 labels. The previous limit was three songs.

The music includes hits like Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” as well as classics such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” jazz standards like Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and more.

The music files from Freegal are DRM-free, do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices. New music is added daily. A Library card is necessary to access and download songs. Library card applications can be completed online by visiting www.spl.org.

The library and 826 Seattle are hosting a free Greenwood Family Forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Learn more about the Library’s free school support resources for youth of all ages; and 826 staffers will talk about their youth tutoring and writing programs.

The next after-school S.T.E.A.M. Games for ages kindergarten and up is from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Greenwood Library. Kids can play games that support reading, science, technology, engineering, art and math skills. (This is not a drop-off program; please stay with your child if they are too young to attend a library program alone.)

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Reminder: Greenwood Library closed Wednesday for in-service day

September 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 24, for an in-service day. The Broadview, Green Lake and Wallingford branches also will be closed that day.

Each branch of The Seattle Public Library will close for one day in late September or early October for in-service days so staff members can review the Library’s strategic plan and service priorities and goals. This new system replaces the former single in-service day where all branches were closed the same day.

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Greenwood Library news

September 8th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s some news from the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The library has a few spots open for its Teen Advisory Board. Teens earn service learning credit while helping the library and community. Teens need to be at least 14 years old and in high school; artistic, like to read, write, make short videos, and/or interested in helping at library programs; self-directed and dependable; can get to the Greenwood Library once or twice per month; and can make a school yearlong commitment (Oct. 2014-June 2015). Email Jennifer.bisson@spl.org for an application.

LEGO Mania will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. LEGOs and Duplos provided.

After-school S.T.E.A.M. Games from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, for kids kindergarten age and above. Learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math board games and activities.

Seattle Public Library purchases access to many databases for patrons to use, especially for students to use for homework. Databases require patrons to type in their library card and PIN. Check out a list of children’s databases here, and teen databases here.


Library news roundup

June 2nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Library is starting a Teen Advisory Board for teens who want to work with kids. Teenagers can earn from three to eight service learning credit hours per month. Applicants need to be at least 14 years old and already in or entering high school; artistic, like to read, write, make short videos or be interesting in helping out at library programs; be self-directed and dependable; and able to volunteer once or twice each month. Email Jennifer Bisson at Jennifer.bisson@spl.org for an application or more information.

Check out the library’s Seattle Neighborhood History Project, which has a page devoted to Phinney Ridge, including some cool old photos.

And tell the Seattle Public Library what your library means to you through its SPL Voices project, which collects personal stories and photos.

SPL Voices is produced by The Seattle Public Library with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national non-profit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

All of the full-length StoryCorps recordings will be added to the Library’s special collections archive, and to The Library of Congress.

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Greenwood true crime author Rebecca Morris discusses her new book about Susan Powell case tonight

May 29th, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood author Rebecca Morris will discuss her new book about the Susan Cox Powell case, “If I Can’t Have You,” from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Morris co-authored the book with Gregg Olsen.

Couth Buzzard Books will have copies of the book for sale at the event.

Morris has authored or co-authored several true crime books, including “Ted and Ann,” about serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Free tax help at Greenwood & Ballard senior centers, Broadview & Ballard libraries

January 31st, 2014 by Doree

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax help and electronic filing at several locations, including one in our neighborhood and another three nearby. You don’t have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use the free service.

AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle most common tax returns for employed or retired individuals, which include earned and retirement income, investment income (Schedule D), and various education, child and earned income credits.

AARP Tax-Aide sites are not able to prepare returns with rental income or depreciation, but do prepare Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses. Taxpayers utilizing the free service can receive their tax refunds rather quickly as all AARP Tax-Aide sites will be using electronic filing.

Foreign students who need help with their 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843 can visit sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library for assistance.

For more information and to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).

  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning tomorrow (Feb. 1). Walk-ins only, no appointments. Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, beginning Monday, Feb. 3. Walk-ins only. Mondays, 3:30-7 p.m. (closed Feb. 17) and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0403.
  • The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins its free help on Feb. 11. Thursdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0875.

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UW’s Landscape Architecture Studio studying Greenwood and Phinney Ridge to learn how to design healthier neighborhoods

January 8th, 2014 by Doree

The University of Washington’s Landscape Architecture Studio is studying how to design healthier neighborhoods, and its January through March quarter is focused on Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Students are trying “to identify and envision ways of improving the neighborhood’s streets and open spaces. Students will explore design options to support walking and bicycling throughout the neighborhood, such as greenways, as well as to enrich ecological and community life.”

As part of that effort, the Studio is hosting a community conversation from 6:30-7:45 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Share your insights on:

• what you enjoy most about your neighborhood,
• what neighborhood places you visit often and what is missing,
• what works well for people to walk and bike to local destinations, and
• what is needed to improve accessibility, ecological conditions, and community

Please RSVP online.

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Seattle firefighters to read to preschoolers at library to promote fire safety

October 24th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Public Library have partnered to promote literacy and raise awareness of home fire safety during October’s Fire Prevention Month. Firefighters will read “No Dragons for Tea” at 10 branches all across the city, including the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30.

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Library news roundup

October 16th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood Library is offering a “Prevention and Care for Diabetes and Heart Disease” seminar at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., led by Dr. Calvin Kwan from the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Free.

Seattle Public Library also offers free drop-in Homework Help at 11 branches throughout Seattle, including the Broadview Branch at 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. Students with a library card also can access free online Homework Help seven days a week.

SPL also offers free online education through Universal Class, which is accessible with a library card. Universal Class includes more than 500 online classes taught by real instructors, on a wide range of topics. You can take a class on your own time, 24 hours a day.

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Reminder: All libraries closed tomorrow for in-service day

October 1st, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Library, along with all branches of the Seattle Public Library, will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 2, for an in-service day.

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All branches of Seattle Public Library closed on Wednesday, Oct. 2

September 25th, 2013 by Doree

All branches of the Seattle Public Library, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 2, for an in-service day.

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