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


TONIGHT: Meet City Librarian to discuss library’s future

January 13th, 2014 by Doree

City Librarian Marcellus Turner has been hosting “community conversations” throughout the city to ask Seattle Public Library patrons how the library system can better serve them in the future. Turner will host another meeting tonight (Monday) from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Free tax assistance available at Broadview, Ballard libraries

January 6th, 2014 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) have joined efforts to offer free tax preparation services at 10 libraries. The closest locations to Phinney-Greenwood are the Broadview Branch, at 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., and the Ballard Branch, at 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.

Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal (not business) tax returns. Drop-in assistance is on a first come, first served basis.

Tax assistance is available at the Ballard Library starting Feb. 3 (through April 14), from 3:30-7 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays; and at the Broadview Branch from Feb. 1 through April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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City Librarian hosting ‘community conversation’ at Greenwood Library Jan. 13

December 18th, 2013 by Doree

City Librarian Marcellus Turner is hosting a series of “community conversations” throughout the city to ask Seattle Public Library patrons how the library system can better serve them in the future. Turner will host a meeting from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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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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All library branches will be closed on Labor Day

August 28th, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that all branches of the Seattle Public Library, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day.

The good news, however, is that for the first time in five years, the library will not have to shut down all branches for a week and furlough employees to make up for budget deficits, thanks to last year’s library levy passing.

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Greenwood Library news: sensory story times, author reading, future library services

August 20th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting several upcoming events, including a special story time series for children who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or are otherwise sensitive to sensory overload.

Sensory Story Time is from 10:15-10:45 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of every month. It’s designed for children ages 10 and younger and their parents or guardians.

Librarians will use preschool-level books, songs and movement during Sensory Story Time. Visual guides to familiarize children with meeting rooms, restrooms and parking lots at the Columbia and Greenwood branches will be available prior to the story times. The guide will also include photos of story time presenters. The presenters will sing the same four songs in the same order at each story time; audio recordings and lyrics of the songs will also be available.

Library programs and events are free and open to the public. Registration is required; call or visit the branch to register. Sensory Story Time is limited to 15 families per session and is not appropriate for day cares.

Award-winning poet Jason Mott will read from his debut novel, “The Returned,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. This event is free; no registration is required. Free parking is available.

“The Returned” features a story in which all around the world people’s loved ones return from the dead. The book has been adapted into the television series “Resurrection” debuting in spring 2014.

Mott’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award, and Entertainment Weekly has named him one of its 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch. He lives in North Carolina. This event is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

City Librarian Marcellus Turner will host a series of “Community Conversations” around the city beginning this fall for library users to discuss current and future library services. Light refreshments will be served. Conversations in or near Greenwood-Phinney include:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Greenwood Library on opening day, 1928

July 20th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Library tweeted this archive photo of the Greenwood Library‘s opening day in 1928.


Thanks for the photo, SPL!

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Monthly tips from Seattle Public Library

July 16th, 2013 by Doree

Here are this month’s tips from Seattle Public Library:

Puget Sound Consumers Checkbook is available in all libraries! Find rating of Puget Sound services from auto repair shops to banks and dentists. Must be in a library to access this database. Ask us for help!

Lynda.com is at your local Seattle Public Library! Learn to retouch photos, design websites, record songs, animate 3D graphics, and MORE!

Learn all about birds with Birds of North America from www.spl.org. This database features photos, videos, birdsongs, and all things bird. Check it out.

Get reading recommendations from Novelist via www.spl.org. Find your favorite book in the library’s catalog, then click “Get Novelist Reading Recommendations” on the upper right. If the book is part of a series, find the series order there too. Ask a librarian for help.

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Firefighters to read to preschoolers at local libraries

June 3rd, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a series of firefighter story times for preschoolers at neighborhood libraries this summer. The story times will highlight fire safety, and the firefighters will even display some of their firefighting equipment and trucks.

All story times are free.

Story times closest to our neighborhood are: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.; and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Library’s May ‘Did You Know?’ series

May 16th, 2013 by Doree

Each month, the Seattle Public Library features a “Did You Know” series to help patrons become better acquainted with all the library’s services. Here’s May’s “Did You Know – Facts about your Library”:

Learning Express Library – Practice tests in English and Spanish free online from www.spl.org

Learning Express Library has interactive test prep guides for GED, SAT, ASVAB, citizenship, and lots more. We can help!
From www.spl.org, click on “Articles and Databases,” scroll to “Jobs & Education,” click on “Learning Express Library,” start learning! Requires library cards and pin number.

Language Learning from Seattle Public Library

Learn a language quickly or in depth with help from www.spl.org. Online resources cover over 100 languages. Try Mango Languages, Transparent Languages Online, or Livemocha; even kids can learn a language with Muzzy Online.

Week of May 12th:
Need reading ideas? You can find your next favorite book through NoveList, an extensive database of fiction and non-fiction for all ages that you can access with your Seattle Public Library card. Search by favorite author or book, explore new genres, and find book group discussion guides through this amazing (and addictive) readers’ resource!

Week of May 19th:
The Seattle Public Library offers Story Times for kids and their families in 4 world languages – Mandarin, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese – at 12 libraries throughout Seattle! You do not need to know the language to attend. Pick up a Story Time brochure at any Library or find the schedule online, and join us for fun multicultural stories and songs.

Week of May 26th:
The Seattle Public Library has not one, but two blogs! Check out Shelf Talk for fascinating and fun posts on books, music, movies & more. Includes weekly columns like Crime Thursdays and Science Fiction Fridays. Push to Talk is our teen blog, written by librarians and Seattle teens. Check out Push to Talk for local teen news and reading ideas!

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