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

 

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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All library branches closed on Monday for Labor Day

September 2nd, 2015 by Doree

All branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day. The book drops at the Central Library also will be closed, but will remain open at other branches.

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Free movies at Seattle Public Library in September

September 1st, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is hosting free movies in September at seven libraries, including Greenwood and Broadview.

Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

  • 1-3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 –”Little Women” (PG)

Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

  • 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 –”Frida” (R)
  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 – “Hair” (PG)
  • 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 – “Jesus Christ Superstar” (G)
  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 – “Tommy” (PG)
  • 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 – “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (R)

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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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