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Seattle Public Library summer programs

June 18th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Library has begun its 96th annual Summer of Learning program, which runs through Sept. 10. This year’s program is themed “Wild Science!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

All programs are free. Stop in to the library to pick up a booklet for children ages 7-12 with science experiments, games, puzzles and activities; or a a booklet for children from birth to age 5 that lists fun, brain-building games and activities that support early learning.

Children and teens also can sign up for classes and workshops on building robots, creating video games, using Legos for stop motion animation, and many more.

Participants also can fill out a survey to get two free one-day tickets (while supplies last) to Woodland Park Zoo on Sept. 11-13.

The library also offers free access to technology and learning resources so students can keep up on skills or learn new ones during the summer, plus free movies, magazines and music.

All of the following resources are available to anyone with a free Library card.


  • Adobe Creative Cloud – The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Audition, Acrobat, and more, is available on all public workstations at all Library locations.
  • Microsoft Office 2013 – The suite of applications includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint and is also available on all public workstations at all Library locations.


  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
  • Lynda.com – Anyone with a Library card has free access to technology instruction videos at www.spl.org/lynda, which includes full courses as well as tutorials on specific topics like “Logo Design Techniques,” “Product Photography for Jewelry,” “Working with Camera RAW Files,” and “Creating Aircraft Profiles Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.” Lynda.com can be accessed on a personal computer, or on a public workstation at the Library.
  • Language Learning – Choose from over 80 languages at www.spl.org/library-collection/articles-and-research/languages
  • Microsoft IT Academy – For hundreds of online courses on how to use Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Office 2013, visitwww.spl.org/itacademy.
  • Résumé Help – Brainfuse offers Live Résumé Help and will edit and return a résumé within 24 hours.
  • Safari Book Collection – Visit www.spl.org/safari to find thousands of instructional e-books on a variety of technical subjects for both beginners and experts, including topics like “Adventures in Minecraft” and how to create your own Android app.
  • Photoshop books – The Library has over 100 instructional titles for Adobe Photoshop at www.spl.org/photoshop.
  • Freegal – Download up to five songs each week at www.spl.org/freegal. The music files from Freegal are DRM-free, do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices.
  • Hoopla – Choose from instantly accessible movies, TV shows and music albums at www.spl.org/hoopla, which allows users to stream up to 20 items a month. Apps are available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.
  • Zinio – Digital magazines from www.spl.org/zinio can be read on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Fire HD. Content on Zinio is always available – no waitlists or holds necessary – and there is no limit on number of downloads.

And SPL is partnering with Seattle Arts & Lectures for an adult reading program with the first-ever Summer Book Bingo.

Mark out an entire row or all 25 squares of the bingo card by Sept. 8 and be eligible to win a library of books by 2015-16 Seattle Arts & Lectures authors and two passes for the 2015-16 Seattle Arts & Lectures season. Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line to be entered into a drawing to win a $30 gift card from one of 10 independent bookstores (including Phinney Books). Winning entries will be selected at random.

Library patrons also can use their library card to reserve a computer for up to 90 minutes a day or check out a Wi-Fi Hotspot that can connect up to 15 devices to the Internet.

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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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Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale May 2-3 at North Seattle College

April 23rd, 2015 by Doree

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale will be on May 2-3 at North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N., just east of Greenwood and near Northgate Mall.

The book sale is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, in Room CC1161 and the old cafeteria, located in the College Center building. (Enter from the south side of the campus.) Free parking is available.

Items for sale will include fiction and nonfiction books for all ages, CDs, DVDs, audio books and collectible books. Items will sell for $1 to $3. All items will sell for half-price on Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to bring a reusable bag or wheeled suitcase for their purchases.

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the Library as an essential institution of our society. Friends volunteer members advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of the Library, its patrons and the larger Seattle community.

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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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Greenwood and Broadview-Thomson elementary students in finals of Global Reading Challenge on Tuesday

March 19th, 2015 by Doree

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Greenwood and Broadview-Thomson elementary schools comprise two of the nine teams competing in the finals of Seattle’s Global Reading Challenge from 7-8 p.m. next Tuesday, March 24, at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, in the Microsoft Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The other schools competing are: Bryant Elementary, Lafayette Elementary, Dearborn Park International School, BF Day Elementary, Leschi Elementary, Orca Elementary and West Seattle Elementary.

The Global Reading Challenge started at the Library in 1995 with just 27 students. Now, more than 3,000 fourth- and fifth-graders from more than 54 Seattle Public Schools participate.

To compete in the Global Reading Challenge, fourth- and fifth-graders work together on teams and read 10 books from November to early February, when they are quizzed on the books during the in-school challenges. The winning team from each school proceeds to the semi-finals, and the winner for each semi-final advances to the City Final Challenge.

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Every Seattle library now a ‘Safe Place’ for teens

March 19th, 2015 by Doree

All 27 branches of the Seattle Public Library are now part of the Safe Place network, where children ages 12-17 can ask for help when they are in crisis.

Safe Place in King County quickly connects youth ages 12-17 in crisis to help, through a network of local businesses and organizations designated as “Safe Places.” Youth can approach any established Safe Place site, recognizable by a yellow diamond logo, or call 1-800-422-TEEN to receive immediate help. A Safe Place coordinator will respond 24/7, providing resources, connecting the young person to shelter.

The Safe Place program in King County is operated through a collaboration of Auburn Youth Resources, Friends of Youth, and YouthCare, and is funded by the United Way of King County. The Library joins a network of agencies and organizations providing over 1,900 Safe Place sites throughout the county, including Seattle Parks and Recreation’s community centers, Metro Transit buses, King County libraries and YMCA facilities.

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