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Library hosting free art workshop for seniors, film festival of films directed by women

August 25th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is holding a free eight-week workshop series for adults ages 55 and up to learn the fundamentals of drawing, watercolor and collage with a local artist. Workshops are designed for any skill level, even absolute beginners. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. The workshop series at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is from 12-2 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 2. Call 206-684-4086 to register, or sign up in person at the branch.

SPL is also hosting a free “Directed by Women” film festival at several branches in September. The Greenwood Library , 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will show “Frida” from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. The Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., will show “Little Women” from 1-3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9

In addition to the film screenings, the Library has put together several lists of additional materials for film lovers to check-out.

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‘Medicare Made Clear’ workshop at Greenwood Library Sept. 12

August 19th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is holding a health care workshop to give an overview of Medicare options and help people make informed decisions on Medicare coverage. The free workshop is from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Registration is not required.

The “Medicare Made Clear” workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare Parts A, B, C, D and supplemental plans, including what they cover 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.

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Seattle Public Library’s Seattle Writes workshops

August 18th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library has expanded its Seattle Writes program series and will host more than 25 writing workshops at several branches this fall, including the Greenwood and Ballard branches. Participants can learn how to use dialogue, build conflict, write a memoir, develop a story’s character, add diverse voices, develop social media marketing skills and more. Workshops are free, but online registration is required.

Seattle Writes: When Someone Speaks – A Workshop in the Art of Dialogue
Learn to effectively use dialogue when writing novels, plays, screenplays, and poems with writer Nancy Rawles.
• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086

Seattle Writes: Get Ready for NaNoWriMo
Are you starting a novel or planning on drafting one in November during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Find out what it takes to write a novel in 30 days in this class taught by writer Rebecca Agiewich.
• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

Seattle Writes: Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer
You’ve written draft after draft of your manuscript. But is it time to push the “publish” button? Learn more with editor Beth Jusino.
• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

The 2015 Seattle Writes fall program series will kick off at the Central Library with “Seattle Writes: Five Secrets to Selling Your Story,” a panel discussion led by bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. In November during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the Central Library will hold weekly drop-in writing sessions (no registration required) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 in the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room on Level 3.

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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 free book for kids, plus 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 Greenwood Library is also offering Children’s Summer Bingo. Pick up a bingo sheet at the branch and fill in squares such as making a paper airplane, learning a word in a new language, exploring a new park, writing a poem, etc. For each row completed, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free book. Blackout gets you five raffle entries. Sheets can be turned in to the Greenwood Library anytime from now through Aug. 31.

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.

VISIT THE LIBRARY TO USE:

  • 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.

ACCESS ANYWHERE:

  • 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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