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.
Tags: accessibility, Broadview Library, Greenwood Library, Library Equal Access Program, Seattle Public Library, vision-impaired
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 email@example.com to request a volunteer application.
Tags: Greenwood Library, Seattle Public Library
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.
Tags: Seattle Public Library
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.
Tags: Labor Day, Seattle Public Library
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)
Tags: Broadview Library, films, Greenwood Library, movies, Seattle Public Library
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.
Tags: Broadview Library, Greenwood Library, Seattle Public Library
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.
Tags: Greenwood Library, Medicare, Seattle Public Library
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.
Tags: Seattle Public Library, Seattle Writes
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.
- 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.
Tags: Seattle Public Library, Summer of Learning