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


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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Register now for Spring Break programs at Greenwood Library

March 12th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., has several children’s programs scheduled for Spring Break. Some require registration (noted below) and tend to fill up early. To register, call the library at 206-684–9234.

Shake it Up: Art and Music at the Library: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. “Explore the wonders of music and art by creating your very own paper cup maracas and kazoos! For ages 4-7.”

Move it with Science: Build a Balloon-Powered Racecar: 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, April 13. “Explore Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion as we build and race balloon powered racecars! Registration is required. For ages 7-12.”

Dance Your Way to Fun at the Library: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16. “Bring your youngsters to the library for an hour of basic dance instruction featuring live music and a teen Irish dance instructor. For ages 4-7. Registration is required.”

Spring Break Boredum Buster: Family Day: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 19. “Need something to do over Spring Break? Join us for two hours of Lego-building, games, crafts, and more! All ages welcome.”

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Greenwood Library celebrating 10th anniversary on Feb. 8

January 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its new building at a community party from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Meet City Librarian Marcellus Turner, enjoy refreshments and share your favorite library memories.

The Library will also be sealing a time capsule, which will be opened at the branch’s 25th anniversary in 2030. “Library patrons are invited to write a letter to their future self, describe the community, draw pictures or take photos—whatever comes to mind!” said Karen Spiel, regional manager for libraries in northwest Seattle. Templates for the time capsule can be picked up at the Greenwood Branch, and entries can be turned in to the branch through Sunday, Feb. 8.

The current Greenwood Branch opened Jan. 29, 2005. It was the 13th project completed under the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” building program. The branch features an expansive view of the Cascade Mountains, tables made of wood salvaged from an American red elm, and artwork by Portland artists Fernanda D’Agostino and Valerie Otani based on Greenwood Branch patrons who posed as models.

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Free tax help at Greenwood and Broadview libraries, Greenwood Senior Center

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax preparation and electronic filing through April 15 at several sites around the city, including the Greenwood Library and Greenwood Senior Center. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a senior citizen in order to use the service. Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns (no business returns). Check the Seattle Public Library website for required documents, and other locations where tax help is available.

Free, walk-in assistance at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., begins Feb. 3 and is available from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Drop-ins are welcome at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tax help by appointment at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins Feb. 5 and is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 206-297-0875 for an appointment.

2014 tax returns reflect changes as the result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And for those who did not have medical insurance coverage the entire year, or had purchased insurance through the Washington State Health Plan Exchange, there will be some new tax forms to deal with when filing their 2014 tax returns. AARP-Tax-Aide will have tax counselors who are trained to help tackle your ACA tax return questions.

Whether you are a working or retired individual, AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle your tax returns. In addition to earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses, and various education, child and earned income credits.

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Library news roundup

November 17th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of news from the Seattle Public Library.

The Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is hosting a Bikes for Books reading program from now through Saturday, Dec. 13. Children in first through third grades can enter their names once for every 10 books they read. One girl and one boy will each win a bike, helmet and bike lock. Winners will be chosen at the drawing at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 and must be present to win. Certificates of accomplishment will be presented to all participants.

High school students applying for college can bring their college application materials to a workshop to receive help with their applications, personal statements and essays. The nearest workshop to our neighborhood is at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.

If you’re looking for something to keep your kids occupied during Thanksgiving week, there’s a variety of activities at most library branches. These are the branches nearest us hosting events:

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.:

  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 — All Ages Board Game Night – Bring your friends and family to play a board game: Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more.

Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.:

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24: Bow-Wows and Books – Practice your reading with certified reading dogs.
  • Family Movies — Children, tweens and teens can bring pillows to sit on and watch movies while their parents and teachers are having conferences. Space is limited and free tickets are required. Tickets available at the circulation desk 30 minutes before each film.
  1. 1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 – “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ (PG).
  2. 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 – “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (PG).
  3. 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 – “Earth to Echo” (PG).
  4. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 – “Catching Fire” (PG-13).

For a full list of activities at each branch, see the library’s website.

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Reminder: Greenwood Library closed Wednesday for in-service day

September 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 24, for an in-service day. The Broadview, Green Lake and Wallingford branches also will be closed that day.

Each branch of The Seattle Public Library will close for one day in late September or early October for in-service days so staff members can review the Library’s strategic plan and service priorities and goals. This new system replaces the former single in-service day where all branches were closed the same day.

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