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


Greenwood Library celebrating 10th anniversary on Feb. 8

January 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its new building at a community party from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Meet City Librarian Marcellus Turner, enjoy refreshments and share your favorite library memories.

The Library will also be sealing a time capsule, which will be opened at the branch’s 25th anniversary in 2030. “Library patrons are invited to write a letter to their future self, describe the community, draw pictures or take photos—whatever comes to mind!” said Karen Spiel, regional manager for libraries in northwest Seattle. Templates for the time capsule can be picked up at the Greenwood Branch, and entries can be turned in to the branch through Sunday, Feb. 8.

The current Greenwood Branch opened Jan. 29, 2005. It was the 13th project completed under the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” building program. The branch features an expansive view of the Cascade Mountains, tables made of wood salvaged from an American red elm, and artwork by Portland artists Fernanda D’Agostino and Valerie Otani based on Greenwood Branch patrons who posed as models.

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Free tax help at Greenwood and Broadview libraries, Greenwood Senior Center

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax preparation and electronic filing through April 15 at several sites around the city, including the Greenwood Library and Greenwood Senior Center. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a senior citizen in order to use the service. Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns (no business returns). Check the Seattle Public Library website for required documents, and other locations where tax help is available.

Free, walk-in assistance at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., begins Feb. 3 and is available from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Drop-ins are welcome at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tax help by appointment at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins Feb. 5 and is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 206-297-0875 for an appointment.

2014 tax returns reflect changes as the result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And for those who did not have medical insurance coverage the entire year, or had purchased insurance through the Washington State Health Plan Exchange, there will be some new tax forms to deal with when filing their 2014 tax returns. AARP-Tax-Aide will have tax counselors who are trained to help tackle your ACA tax return questions.

Whether you are a working or retired individual, AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle your tax returns. In addition to 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 $10,000 in annual expenses, and various education, child and earned income credits.

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Learn more about future park by Greenwood Library at Tuesday’s Greenwood Community Council meeting

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

Tuesday evening the Greenwood Community Council will discuss the future park to be located across the street from the Greenwood Library, on the northeast corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street. The site currently houses a strip mall with just one tenant left, Manna Teriyaki.


Our January meeting will kick off the process to develop a community vision for the new park that will be developed on the lot north of the library, where the minimart used to be. Bill Farmer will speak on the history of this site as a proposed park through inclusion for funding in the park district ballot measure that Seattle citizens passed last year and the implementation process. Bill was a member of the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy Committee that resulted in acquisition of the site, and the Parks Legacy committee that helped develop the park funding ballot measure. He has followed this process over the years.

The majority of the meeting will be for brainstorming – what are the things a park could bring to the neighborhood? What uses should (and shouldn’t) it accommodate? What matters about how it’s designed? What should it be called?

The objective is to begin the neighborhood discussion that will ultimately need to involve many others in the broader Greenwood-Phinney area that this park will serve. Being proactive to develop a community vision will help designers develop a park we will use and feel ownership and pride in. The ideal outcome of this meeting will be to get discussion going and identify a core group to broaden the discussion to the wider community.

The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., and is open to the public.

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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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