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


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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Spring Break programs at Seattle Public Library branches

April 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library has plenty of options to occupy kids of all ages during Spring Break (which, for Seattle Public Schools, is next week). Here are activities at the two branches in and near our neighborhood.

For ages 5-18, kids can watch movies at several branches (bring your own pillow). Check the library’s Calendar of Movies to see if free tickets are required in advance and for more details.

The Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., is showing “Frozen” (G) from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11; “Annie” (PG) from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 13; “Newsies” (PG) from 5:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 14; “Funny Girl” (G) from 5:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 15; and “The Wizard of Oz” (unrated) from 5:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts “Shake It Up: Music and Art at the Library” for ages 4-7 from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 11; “Move it with Science: Build a Race Car” for ages 7-12 from 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 (registration is required); “Dance Your Way to Fun” for ages 4-7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16 (registration is required); and “Boredom Buster: Family Day” for ages 5-12 with Lego-building, games, crafts and more from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19.

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Register now for Spring Break programs at Greenwood Library

March 12th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., has several children’s programs scheduled for Spring Break. Some require registration (noted below) and tend to fill up early. To register, call the library at 206-684–9234.

Shake it Up: Art and Music at the Library: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. “Explore the wonders of music and art by creating your very own paper cup maracas and kazoos! For ages 4-7.”

Move it with Science: Build a Balloon-Powered Racecar: 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, April 13. “Explore Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion as we build and race balloon powered racecars! Registration is required. For ages 7-12.”

Dance Your Way to Fun at the Library: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16. “Bring your youngsters to the library for an hour of basic dance instruction featuring live music and a teen Irish dance instructor. For ages 4-7. Registration is required.”

Spring Break Boredum Buster: Family Day: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19. “Need something to do over Spring Break? Join us for two hours of Lego-building, games, crafts, and more! All ages welcome.”

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2 Greenwood authors have new books

March 5th, 2015 by Doree

Pieces_of_Home_Cover-resizedGreenwood author and poet A. B. McFarland has just published her first novel, “Pieces of Home,” which is set in Seattle.

Pieces of Home is about a young hermit who loses her Seattle home in a fire and ends up staying with a family she barely knows. Still reeling from her divorce and the loss of her restaurant business, and with no trusted family to fall back on, she goes to stay with her classmate Iya Forsythe and his eccentric relatives. She soon finds herself intensely curious about the puzzling Forsythe family, headed by Orvie and his brother, Marlow. Thrust into the role of part-time parent to an eleven-year-old girl with anger management issues and a fourteen-year-old boy hung up on the contents of a jar in his desk drawer, Skye begins to find the strength to cope with her estranged brother, while picking up the pieces of her own life. Written in the form of a diary, Pieces of Home takes an honest but humorous look at the emotional factors that lead to homelessness, violence and trauma in families.

McFarland says Couth Buzzard Books at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. has a few copies of “Pieces of Home” on consignment. The book also is available on Amazon.

And another Greenwood author, Deborah Bacharach, will read from her new book of poetry, “After I Stop Lying,” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Bacharach is a poet and essayist and has been published in over 100 journals nationwide. She was the 2015 Poetry on Buses featured poet for the week of Jan. 26, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Bacharach is a freelance writing consultant who lives in the Greenwood neighborhood with her partner and two children.

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