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Greenwood Library news: sensory story times, author reading, future library services

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting several upcoming events, including a special story time series for children who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or are otherwise sensitive to sensory overload.

Sensory Story Time is from 10:15-10:45 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of every month. It’s designed for children ages 10 and younger and their parents or guardians.

Librarians will use preschool-level books, songs and movement during Sensory Story Time. Visual guides to familiarize children with meeting rooms, restrooms and parking lots at the Columbia and Greenwood branches will be available prior to the story times. The guide will also include photos of story time presenters. The presenters will sing the same four songs in the same order at each story time; audio recordings and lyrics of the songs will also be available.

Library programs and events are free and open to the public. Registration is required; call or visit the branch to register. Sensory Story Time is limited to 15 families per session and is not appropriate for day cares.

Award-winning poet Jason Mott will read from his debut novel, “The Returned,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. This event is free; no registration is required. Free parking is available.

“The Returned” features a story in which all around the world people’s loved ones return from the dead. The book has been adapted into the television series “Resurrection” debuting in spring 2014.

Mott’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award, and Entertainment Weekly has named him one of its 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch. He lives in North Carolina. This event is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

City Librarian Marcellus Turner will host a series of “Community Conversations” around the city beginning this fall for library users to discuss current and future library services. Light refreshments will be served. Conversations in or near Greenwood-Phinney include:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.