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


Seattle Public Library asking for feedback to improve its website

October 12th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is asking for feedback through an online survey to improve its website to make it easier for patrons to find resources.

The website was last redesigned in 2003. The revamped website is tentatively scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

The survey is available now through Oct. 25, and is available in English, Amharic, Chinese (Simplified), Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Celebrate Seattle Public Library’s ‘Booktoberfest’ at local bars and pubs

September 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is celebrating Oktoberfest in its own special way, with Booktoberfest events at bars and pubs.

Readers can join in for literary happy hours, librarian-hosted trivia nights, spooky stories in bars and libraries, a “Stranger Things” ’80s film fest, literary mixology and more. All library events are free, although you’ll need to buy your own drinks. Registration is not required. Most events are for ages 21 and over.

The only Booktoberfest event in our neighborhood is “Bookish Happy Hour” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. Buy a drink and chat with fellow book lovers about what you’re reading, as well as your favorite books and authors.

See the Booktoberfest website for the full schedule of events citywide.

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Phinney Ridge author Tara Austen Weaver is finalist for WA State Book Award

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

Phinney Ridge author Tara Austen Weaver is a finalist in this year’s Washington State Book Awards.

Weaver’s book “Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow,” is a finalist in the Biography/Memoir category.

The awards are presented in eight categories, for books published by Washington authors in 2015. Winners will be announced at the awards celebration from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave. Each winner will receive a $500 honorarium.

The awards program will feature emcee Frances McCue, an award-winning poet and arts administrator who received the Washington State Book Award for poetry in 2011 for “The Bled.” The program also features brief readings from 2016 winning titles. A reception and book signing will follow in the Living Room on Level 3 of the Central Library. The awards and celebration are sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

A book award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

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Library news: STEAM family night, earthquake retrofit workshop, homework help, Seattle Writes workshops

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

A roundup of news and events for the Greenwood and Broadview libraries:

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematical) night from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, for families with children ages 5 and up. Free, no registration required. “This STEAM event will explore the science behind sound and music. Children will create their own maracas and tambourines, and learn how to craft a cup that imitates the sound of a chicken.”

Also on Sept. 27, from 4-7 p.m., King County Elections, as part of National Voter Registration Day, is celebrating its new Ballot Drop Boxes and registering people to vote at four library locations, including the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

Learn how to earthquake retrofit your home with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Broadview Library. Registration required.

These introductory workshops provide information on how to seismically secure a house to its foundation, especially for houses built before 1980. Experienced home retrofit instructors will teach attendees on what tools are needed to retrofit a house and will discuss building techniques, the city’s free plan set and the permit process. The workshops are designed for all homeowners, whether they are doing the work themselves or hiring a qualified contractor.

Seattle Public Library is hosting its Seattle Writes fall program series with more than 25 free writing workshops at several locations, including these at the Greenwood Library:

  • Conflict – The Machine of Fiction: Learn techniques to create and maintain conflict in your novel with author Karen Finneyfrock; 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
  • Self-Publishing: Nuts & Bolts: A step-by-step guide to turning your manuscript into a book; 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Central Library downtown will be showing the presidential and vice presidential debates on the big screen in its auditorium.

  • First Presidential Debate: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26
  • Vice Presidential Debate: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4
  • Third Presidential Debate: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19

Now that school is back in session, remember that Seattle Public Library offers free, in-person homework help for students K-12 at 10 libraries, including Broadview, from 4-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The library is looking for more Homework Helpers. Email Anne Vedella, volunteer services coordinator, at volunteer@spl.org to request a volunteer application.

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Greenwood Library workshops on retirement money management, Medicare, and 3D printing

September 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a workshop on the basics of money management in retirement from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. This workshop is free; no registration is required. A professional financial adviser from Morgan Stanley will answer questions on retirement planning, managing money during retirement, estate planning, Social Security and Medicare issues.

The Greenwood Library is hosting a “Medicare Made Clear” workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. The workshop is free; registration is not required.

Medicare specialist Jean Cormier of Cormier Insurance will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, D and supplements), 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.

Seattle Public Library is offering two-day workshops on 3D printing basics at three branches this month, including the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25. Registration is required; call 206-684-4086.

Attendees will learn how to design 3D models from prototype to final product, and then send their models off to be printed—all for free.

This beginner’s workshop is a two-part introductory series that will uncover the core processes behind 3D printing and introduce the basic concepts behind Rhino 5 software’s 3D modeling tools. Participants will create and customize a small object with monograms, colors or patterns, then finish designing the 3D model and upload it to Intentional3D for printing. No prior experience with 3D printing is necessary to take this workshop.

The Library will provide a coupon that covers up to $25 for the cost of printing a 3D model. Print jobs will be mailed to participants.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. The Library has six unique cards to choose from. Sign up online or visit any Library location. A library card gives patrons the ability to check out books, movies, CDs, a Wi-Fi hotspot, get technical help, attend workshops, download movies and music, and receive librarian assistance 24 hours a day. Last September, Seattle Public Library registered nearly 10,000 people for library cards. SPL currently has more than 375,000 cardholders.

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Library news: Personalized learning plans, mystery author Rebecca Morris reads at Greenwood Library, Homework Helpers needed, Summer of Learning programs

July 11th, 2016 by Doree

Local author Rebecca Morris will read from her latest true crime book, “A Killing in Amish Country: Sex, Betrayal and a Cold-blooded Murder,” co-written with Gregg Olsen, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The reading is free. Couth Buzzard Books will have Morris’s books available for purchase and signing by the author.

In “A Killing in Amish Country,” Amish wife Barbara Weaver is happy with her family and her faith in Apple Creek, Ohio. Her husband Eli, however, is tempted by technology and eventually masterminds a murder. It is only the third murder in hundreds of years of Amish life in America, and the task of seeking justice falls to Edna Boyle, a young assistant prosecutor.

Morris, a New York Times best-selling author, is also a veteran journalist who worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle. Before she began writing true crime books, Morris was a freelance writer for The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly and other publications.

Seattle Public Library is looking for mentors for K-12 students for the next school year. Homework Help volunteers are needed at 10 Library locations, including the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

Homework Help volunteers will mentor K-12 students who are working on homework assignments, developing literacy and mathematics skills and preparing for college and careers. They provide help with all academic subjects up to the eighth grade level and may specialize in subjects up to the college-prep level.

Most of the students are first-generation Americans who speak a language other than English at home. Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with students of all ages in small groups and individually.

Volunteers will provide Homework Help once a week when public schools are in session, and a commitment throughout the school year is requested. Visit www.spl.org/homeworkvolunteer for more information. Volunteer applications are due by July 25, 2016.

SPL librarians are offering personalized “Your Next Skill” learning plans.

Expand your personal or professional expertise by learning salsa dancing, woodworking, computer coding, running a successful Kickstarter campaign, or how to cook Thai food. Whatever your learning goals are, Your Next Skill will set you up with personalized suggestions you use to can get started on according your own timeline.

To get your list, go to yournextskill.spl.org. Fill out a brief form with your name and email address and say what you’d like to learn and how you want to learn it. Options range from reading or listening to books, watching videos, downloading resources and attending free or paid classes online or in-person.
Within four days, you will receive a personalized list of resources to learn your next skill. For examples, visit yournextskill.spl.org/examples/.

SPL’s Summer of Learning is in full swing, with hundreds of reading, science, art and other programs for kids and families through Sept. 4. This theme is “Astounding Tales of Nature!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math. All programs are free.

Children and teens can learn to program robots, create video games, learn songwriting, take digital photos, make crafts with electronic circuits, design stop motion animation videos and more. Some classes require registration, which will open up online two weeks before the first class begins at each Library location.

Children who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Explorer’s Handbook packed with fun nature-related activities. Participants who complete five activities in the handbook, read 30 or more days over the summer, or solve the Super Secret Mystery Challenge will have their names placed on the Wall of Astounding Explorers at their home library.

Teens who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Read to Win game board. Participants who complete a reading challenge will be entered in a prize drawing for a $10 Starbucks card; each teen can enter up to five times.

Families with young children ages 0-4 can pick up a fun flier filled with nature-related activities to do together with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The Early Learner flier will be printed in English, and a printable versions are available online in Amharic, Chinese, English, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

The Library offers summer programming because research shows that during the summer young people can forget a certain amount of what they learned during the school year. Educators call that the “summer slide.” The Summer of Learning program mitigates the summer slide and teaches children and teens 21st century learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills.

The Library has partnered with the Burke Museum to offer free family admission, for up to two adults and four children, when families bring an Explorer’s Handbook or an Early Learner flier from July 1 to October 31, 2016.

When the weather gets hot, most SPL locations have air conditioning to help patrons cool off. Libraries in and near our neighborhood with air conditioning include:

  • Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
  • Wallingford Library, 1501 N. 45th St.
  • Northgate Library, 10548 5th Ave. N.E.

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Works Progress hosts free Business Resource Panel on July 12

July 6th, 2016 by Doree

Works Progress, a coworking space at 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, is hosting a free Business Resource Panel at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. The event is in collaboration with the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Business Impact NW, the Seattle Public Library, and Ventures.

The panel will be a great opportunity to hear from and ask questions of free community providers of business resources and consulting. Get more information about how to book time with a business coach, where to obtain business training and financing, how to get help with your business plan, and more!

Featuring panelists from:

  • Business Impact NW
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Ventures
  • City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

RSVP online or call 206-466-1624.

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Library news roundup: Special Collections tours, summer Book Bingo, Books for Bikes

May 26th, 2016 by Doree

The Central Library is offering special themed monthly tours of its Seattle Room and Special Collections. It’s free, but registration is required (click on “Sign Up” or “Registration is Required.”)

All tours are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 10, The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room.

  • “Seattle’s People and Cultures – Meet the diverse peoples that have made Seattle the unique and vibrant city it is today.” Thursday, May 12.
  • “Century 21: Seattle World’s Fair – Enter the world of the thrilling Century 21 Exhibition, including a look at the George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection.” Thursday, June 9.
  • “The Future Unrealized – Delve into visionary plans of Seattle’s past. Did you know that there was a plan to connect all of Seattle by rail as early as 1911? What if Seattle Center had never been built?” Saturday, July 16.
  • “House and Building History – Join us for a look at the resources to uncover your building’s past.” Thursday, Aug. 25.
  • “Taste the Town – Explore the history of food and drink in Seattle through menus, cookbooks, restaurants and more.” Thursday, Sept. 22.
  • “Odds, Ends and Curiosities – What’s the oldest, the smallest, the biggest, the weirdest, and the wackiest thing in Special Collections? Join us for a mash-up tour of the Seattle Room, when librarians choose their favorite—or not-so-favorite—items for you to explore!” Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Green Lake Library and Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 have teamed up for another summer of “Books for Bikes.” Children in first through third grade can read 10 books, write them down on an entry slip (available at the library’s reference desk), and turn it in. Then they’re entered for a chance to win one of two bikes. Children can enter every time they read another 10 books, through June 25. The drawing is at 2 p.m. on June 26 (must be present to win).

The library’s second annual summer Book Bingo for adults is now up and running. Co-sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures, adults can pick up a Book Bingo card from any library or print it out online (currently only available in English but a Spanish version is coming soon). Examples of Book Bingo squares include: local author, translated from another language, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, you finish reading in a day, and out of your comfort zone.

Fill in the card with titles of the books read during the summer. When you complete an entire row or all 25 squares, bring the bingo card to any library or mail it to: Seattle Arts & Lectures, 340 15th Ave. E., Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112. You also can enter by posting a photo of your completed card using #BookBingoNW2016 via Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures @seattlepubliclibrary) or Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz). Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Blackout cards will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a library of books by 2016-17 authors and two tickets to the entire Seattle Arts & Lectures 2016-17 season. (Blackout cards also will be automatically entered in the bingo drawing.)

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).

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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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