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

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 [email protected] to request a volunteer application.