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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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District 6 City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to host in-district office hours at Greenwood Library April 15

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, representing District 6 (which covers Northwest Seattle, including Greenwood), is hosting three in-district office days in the coming weeks, including one at the Greenwood Library from 3-6 p.m. on April 15. The in-district office hours are designed to make it easier for constituents to ask questions or share their perspective about city policy, without having to travel downtown.

Councilmember O’Brien’s upcoming in-district office hours:

  • Thursday, March 31, 3-6 p.m.: Green Lake Library, 7364 East Green Lake Dr. N.
  • Friday, April 15, 3-6 p.m.: Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Thursday, May 5, 4-7 p.m.: Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW

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Free tax assistance and preparation at local libraries, senior centers

January 14th, 2016 by Doree

Tax-Aide, a national free tax assistance and preparation service, is again providing free tax preparation and electronic filing at 12 North Seattle and Shoreline sites starting Feb. 1. The service is free, and there are no age restrictions or membership in AARP required. Volunteers are IRS tax-certified.

In addition to regular 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 $25,000 in annual expenses, and various healthcare (Affordable Care Act), education, child and earned income credits. If you are a foreign student, come to our sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library. We have preparers who can help you with your 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843. If you have a more complicated return, we might not be able to prepare your return, but we can at least point you in the right direction.

All of our sites will be using electronic filing, which helps expedite tax refunds. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. In addition to your tax documents, remember to bring picture ID, together with your social security cards if you want us to prepare your tax return.

Tax preparation sites in and near our neighborhood include:

  • Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086. Tuesdays 2-7 p.m. Walk-ins only. First day is Tuesday, Feb. 2.
  • Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., 206-297-0875. Thursdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments only. First day is Thursday, Feb. 4.
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7520. Fridays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Friday, Feb. 5.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, 206-684-4089. Mondays 2:30-7 p.m. ; Thursdays 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Monday, Feb. 1. (The library is scheduled to close for remodeling on April 1. After construction begins, the service will move for the remainder of the season to Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St., one block west of the library).
  • Ballard Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, 206-297-0403. Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments only. Make appointments in person or by phone. First day is Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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Affordable Care Act program enrollment and assistance at Ballard Library Dec. 9, 30 and Jan. 28

December 7th, 2015 by Doree

Trained staff from Public Health – Seattle & King County will be available to answer questions and assist with Affordable Care Act program enrollment at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., on Dec. 9 and 30, and Jan. 28.

Drop-in assistance will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
  • 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28

To enroll in an insurance plan, please bring along:

  • Social Security Numbers for all household members
  • Birthdays for all household members
  • Most recent income information
  • If you are a resident of Washington State and you have a green card, your Green Card Number

This year’s enrollment period for the Washington State insurance exchange and other Affordable Care Act options began Nov. 1, 2015 and ends Jan. 31, 2016. For more information about programs offered by the Affordable Care Act, visit http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org.

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Ballot drop box at Ballard Library open until 8 p.m. tonight

November 6th, 2012 by Doree

From our sister site, MyBallard:

If you’re a last-minute voter, you still have time to get your ballot in. There’s a ballot drop box at the Ballard Library, and it will be open until 8 p.m. tonight.

To view other drop box locations, click here.

You can also mail your ballot, but make sure you get it to the post office before closing time.

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Primary election ballots are due today

August 7th, 2012 by Doree

Don’t forget that today is the primary election. Either put your ballot in the mail today, or drop it in a ballot box by 8 p.m. (no stamp needed for ballot boxes).

The nearest ballot box to Phinney Ridge and Greenwood is at the Ballard Library, on the corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW.

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Tell the library how it can improve services

January 3rd, 2012 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is holding three community meetings in January about improving library services. The meetings will focus on how to enhance its collection of books and materials, increase operating hours, upgrade computers and online services and improve building maintenance. Funding will also be on the agenda.

The first two meetings are downtown at the Central Library and at the Beacon Hill Branch. The third meeting is nearby, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. (206-684-4089).

“With the 1998 Libraries for All building renewal program, we made sure our Library facilities were up-to-date and able to support Library programs and users,” Library Board President Marie McCaffrey said in a press release. “Now we are entering the next phase of bringing the Libraries for All vision to life – extending our reach through improved operating hours, books and materials available in different formats and expanded digital access.”

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