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Library news roundup: Special Collections tours, summer Book Bingo, Books for Bikes

May 26th, 2016 by Doree

The Central Library is offering special themed monthly tours of its Seattle Room and Special Collections. It’s free, but registration is required (click on “Sign Up” or “Registration is Required.”)

All tours are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 10, The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room.

  • “Seattle’s People and Cultures – Meet the diverse peoples that have made Seattle the unique and vibrant city it is today.” Thursday, May 12.
  • “Century 21: Seattle World’s Fair – Enter the world of the thrilling Century 21 Exhibition, including a look at the George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection.” Thursday, June 9.
  • “The Future Unrealized – Delve into visionary plans of Seattle’s past. Did you know that there was a plan to connect all of Seattle by rail as early as 1911? What if Seattle Center had never been built?” Saturday, July 16.
  • “House and Building History – Join us for a look at the resources to uncover your building’s past.” Thursday, Aug. 25.
  • “Taste the Town – Explore the history of food and drink in Seattle through menus, cookbooks, restaurants and more.” Thursday, Sept. 22.
  • “Odds, Ends and Curiosities – What’s the oldest, the smallest, the biggest, the weirdest, and the wackiest thing in Special Collections? Join us for a mash-up tour of the Seattle Room, when librarians choose their favorite—or not-so-favorite—items for you to explore!” Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Green Lake Library and Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 have teamed up for another summer of “Books for Bikes.” Children in first through third grade can read 10 books, write them down on an entry slip (available at the library’s reference desk), and turn it in. Then they’re entered for a chance to win one of two bikes. Children can enter every time they read another 10 books, through June 25. The drawing is at 2 p.m. on June 26 (must be present to win).

The library’s second annual summer Book Bingo for adults is now up and running. Co-sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures, adults can pick up a Book Bingo card from any library or print it out online (currently only available in English but a Spanish version is coming soon). Examples of Book Bingo squares include: local author, translated from another language, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, you finish reading in a day, and out of your comfort zone.

Fill in the card with titles of the books read during the summer. When you complete an entire row or all 25 squares, bring the bingo card to any library or mail it to: Seattle Arts & Lectures, 340 15th Ave. E., Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112. You also can enter by posting a photo of your completed card using #BookBingoNW2016 via Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures @seattlepubliclibrary) or Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz). Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Blackout cards will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a library of books by 2016-17 authors and two tickets to the entire Seattle Arts & Lectures 2016-17 season. (Blackout cards also will be automatically entered in the bingo drawing.)

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).

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Library news roundup

May 5th, 2016 by Doree

The Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., is hosting a community celebration for “Spilled Ink: Ballard High School Music and Art Night” from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

The Ballard Branch’s teen advisers have joined forces with the Ballard High School Ink Club to present the annual release of INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online art and literary journal. This event will showcase student works including art, photography, literature, music and videos.

This event is co-sponsored by Ballard High School Ink Club and Ballard Teen Service Learning Group. To view past issues of INK Magazine, click here.

With the Ballard Library closing for about two months of renovation starting May 9, the “It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series” has moved to the Greenwood Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The monthly series features author readings and an open mic.

The … meeting features Sandra Noel, Lyn Coffin, Anne McDuffie and Judith Roche with a short lecture by Carolyne Wright, lead editor of “Raising Lilly Ledbetter,” on writer’s craft: “Women Write About Work: Assembling the Workspace Anthology.”

The Greenwood Library is hosting a Medicare Made Clear workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

The “Medicare Made Clear” workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare, including what each part covers and how they work. Discussion topics will include how to receive benefits, the pros and cons of each part, approximate costs, enrollment and eligibility guidelines.

Seattle Public Library is hosting its African-American Film Festival at numerous branches from now through the end of June. The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will show “Straight Outta Compton” (R) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

Films selected for the Library’s African-American Film Series were chosen for being exciting, enlightening, thought-provoking and entertaining. The films feature African-American actors in prominent roles and touch on issues that speak to the human experience.

This year’s “Seattle Reads” is Karen Joy Fowler’s “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”

In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. “Seattle Reads” is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities, states and countries around the world.

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” is a smart, funny, heartbreaking novel about a middle-class American family that’s ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her sister. Then something happened, and Fern disappears from the family. The novel explores memory, family life, childhood, child rearing and what it means to be human.

Fowler will visit Seattle May 20-22 to talk to readers about her book. Click here for the complete list of Seattle Reads talks and activities.

And the Friends of Seattle Public Library is hosting its 45th annual huge book sale of more than 100,000 items, including children’s books, old/rare books, graphic novels, foreign language books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books, May 6-8, at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. Most items will be priced from $1-$3.

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Library News: Money Smart Week, free online Seattle music collection, new Space Needle construction photo collection

April 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is hosting “Money Smart Week” with free workshops at various branches from April 22-30. Topics will include how to live within a monthly budget, manage debt, and maintain good credit.

Library staff have compiled a list with the Top Ten Ways To Be Money Smart With The Library. And beginning Monday, April 25, they will have a week-long series of Money Smart lunchtime lectures at the Central Library downtown.

Free Money Smart Week workshops in our neighborhood:

  • “Drive Away Happy: Car Buying Decisions – Get prepared for the choices involved in buying a car”; from 3-4 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • “Identity Theft – Learn about identity theft, including the techniques thieves use, tools for prevention and steps victims can take to recover”; from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

This summer the library is launching an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack, starting with 50 albums of local music available for free download and streaming. The library plans to add another 100 new albums each year to its catalog.

All Seattle-area musicians who record or perform in the city of Seattle are invited to submit a music album. The album must contain four or more songs and have been produced within the last five years. If an album is accepted, the artist will receive an honorarium of $200. Selected albums in the PlayBack collection will be discoverable through the Library’s online catalog and highlighted through the Library’s social media channels. Artists will also have opportunities to perform live at the Library.

The Library seeks works that reflect the rich variety of genres represented in Seattle’s music scene. Broad and inclusive submission criteria is detailed on PlayBack’s Information for Artists page. This new music collection is intended to reflect the diversity and abundance of Seattle’s music scene.

The first submission period will be open Monday, May 9 through 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23. A second submission period will open this fall. To submit music to The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack platform, visit www.spl.org/playback. Submissions will only be accepted online. The preferred file types are FLAC, WV and AIFF. Other accepted file types are MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis.

The library also now has a new collection of historic Space Needle photos, to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the start of construction of Seattle’s most well-known icon. The George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection has more than 2,400 images, including many never-before-seen photos of construction, plus Gulacsik’s notebook detailing day-to-day construction.

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Free films at Broadview Library in April

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is hosting a series of free movies for all ages throughout April at 17 branches, including the Broadview Library at 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

The series includes Page to Screen, with short story readings followed by films based on the stories, as well as Arcade Cinema, All Together Seattle and Shakespearean films curated by Scarecrow Video to supplement the Library’s First Folio exhibit.

Movies at the Broadview Library:

  • 1-3 p.m., Sunday, April 3: First Folio: “10 Things I Hate About You” (PG-13)
  • 12-2:15 p.m.,Thursday, April 14: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13)

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Open art studio for adults at Greenwood Library Dec. 14 & 28

December 10th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an open art studio for adults to drop-in with their own craft and art supplies from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Dec. 14 and 28.

It’s free; no registration required. No supplies provided.

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Hour of Code workshop at Greenwood Library on Thursday

December 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a series of Hour of Code workshops at 11 branches, including the Greenwood Library. This one-hour introduction to computer science is designed for anyone as young as 4 years old to learn coding basics.

Library staff will guide participants through interactive tutorials with characters from Star Wars, Minecraft, Angry Birds, Frozen and more. This program is free.

The Greenwood Library’s Hour of Code is from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Call the library to register; drop-ins welcome if there’s space. Call 206-684-4086. (See the library’s Hour of Code webpage for information on other workshop times and locations.)

Hour of Code was launched in 2013 by the non-profit organization Code.org. It is a global effort to expand opportunities for students to learn about computer science. It is designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of coding and computer science.

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Seattle Public Library debuts new accessibility software for vision-impaired patrons

October 26th, 2015 by Doree

Every branch of the Seattle Public Library is getting new accessibility software on all public computers for vision-impaired patrons, through the Library Equal Access Program’s “Access for All: Accessibility Kits & Software.”

All public computers will have ZoomText, a text-enlargement software program for low-vision patrons, and JAWS, screen reading software to assist blind users.

The library is hosting a series of open houses to give patrons hands-on access to the new software. Library staff also will demonstrate how to use magnifiers, Braille systems and other items in the new Accessibility Kits.

The open house nearest to Phinney Ridge and Greenwood is from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Library news roundup

September 25th, 2015 by Doree

Here’s what’s happening at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

  • Class on iPad basics from 12-2 p.m. Saturday. Free; no registration required.
  • Turn Your Cash Into Ideas with North Seattle College, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Learn how to turn your great idea into a business, whether it’s to fix a situation, solve a problem, or deliver the best service.
  • 6th District Candidate Forum & Debate at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Hear City Council 6th District candidates Mike O’Brien and Catherine Weatbrook debate and ask your questions in the library’s meeting room.
  • True Colors Workshop with North Seattle College, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. True Colors offers a research-based approach to understanding human behavior and motivation. Job seekers will become aware of their innate gifts, abilities and skills. Registration is required.
  • Seattle Writes: When Someone Speaks, a Workshop in the Art of Dialogue, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Learn to effectively use dialogue when writing novels, plays, screenplays, and poems with writer Nancy Rawles. Registration is required.

The Greenwood Library also hosts story times for babies, toddlers, families and in Spanish.

  • Baby Story Time (0-12 months): Tuesdays from 12-12:30 p.m.
  • Toddler Story Time (ages 1-3): Wednesdays from 10:30-11 a.m.
  • Family Story Time (ages 1-5): Thursdays from 10:30-11 a.m.
  • Spanish Story Time (all ages): Fridays from 10:30-11 a.m.

And don’t forget that Seattle Public Library offers free homework help for children and teens at several branches, including the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6-7:45 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Homework Help volunteers work with students one-on-one or in small groups to assist with general homework help support in all subjects for grades K-12. This is a free service and offered on a drop-in, first come, first served basis. The goal of Homework Help is for students to form meaningful relationships with volunteers while having a welcoming space to do their homework.

Library patrons also can use the Ask a Librarian reference service, available 24 hours a day, or access online resources for teens and children.

The Library is looking for more Homework Helpers who can help high school students with math and science at several branches, including at the Broadview Library. If interested, contact Anne Vedella, volunteer services coordinator, at volunteer@spl.org to request a volunteer application.

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Seattle Public Library seeks comments on proposed name change and new logo

September 21st, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is changing its name – slightly. A rebranding campaign would change it to Seattle Public Libraries. The library is seeking public input on that, as well as three new logo options, through an online survey.

“The Seattle Public Library is about books, but we are so much more,” said City Librarian Marcellus Turner. “An updated look and name will better reflect what our Library system is today – active community hubs where residents learn, grow and gather throughout their lives. Our libraries are where students get homework help, the unemployed find career assistance, and those without Internet access can use a computer or our free Wi-Fi. They also are where residents meet for candidate forums, author programs, educational workshops, films and even to watch Seahawks playoff games.”

The rebranding information is also available in all library branches. Comments will be collected through 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. The Library Board is scheduled to make decisions at its Oct. 28 meeting.

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