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Library news roundup

November 17th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of news from the Seattle Public Library.

The Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is hosting a Bikes for Books reading program from now through Saturday, Dec. 13. Children in first through third grades can enter their names once for every 10 books they read. One girl and one boy will each win a bike, helmet and bike lock. Winners will be chosen at the drawing at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 and must be present to win. Certificates of accomplishment will be presented to all participants.

High school students applying for college can bring their college application materials to a workshop to receive help with their applications, personal statements and essays. The nearest workshop to our neighborhood is at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.

If you’re looking for something to keep your kids occupied during Thanksgiving week, there’s a variety of activities at most library branches. These are the branches nearest us hosting events:

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.:

  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 — All Ages Board Game Night – Bring your friends and family to play a board game: Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more.

Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.:

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24: Bow-Wows and Books – Practice your reading with certified reading dogs.
  • Family Movies — Children, tweens and teens can bring pillows to sit on and watch movies while their parents and teachers are having conferences. Space is limited and free tickets are required. Tickets available at the circulation desk 30 minutes before each film.
  1. 1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 – “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ (PG).
  2. 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 – “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (PG).
  3. 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 – “Earth to Echo” (PG).
  4. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 – “Catching Fire” (PG-13).

For a full list of activities at each branch, see the library’s website.

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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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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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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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