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Library news: Housing Choice Voucher help, Civic Courage Scholarship, 100-year-old issues of ‘Bungalow Magazine’ now online

Here’s a roundup of news from our public libraries:

Low-income residents of Seattle can receive help registering for a “Housing Choice Voucher” (formerly called Section 8) throughout February at nine library branches. The program provides a housing subsidy to help rent an apartment in the private market.

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is holding a lottery to place 3,500 households on a new Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist. Households can register for the lottery online Feb. 6-24. SHA staff will be on hand at various Library locations to help with registration.

Applications for the program will be accepted from 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. During this three-week period, the application process will only be available online through seattlehousing.org/waitlist.

You can get registration help at these libraries:

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7519.
  • 12-3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Ballard Library.
  • 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Broadview Library.

Seattle high school seniors and college undergraduates can enter the fourth annual Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship, created by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Essays may be submitted online through March 15. Three scholarships will be awarded. The winning essay author will receive $5,000; the two second-place essays will each receive $2,500.

The competition is open to high school seniors and college undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.

Winners will be announced in June 2017, and winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library. Blue ribbon scholarship judges include authors Sherman Alexie, Paula Becker, Jon Krakauer and Jonathan Raban.

The Library Foundation created the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who were willing to go against public opinion and take a stand to better the world.

Bullitt, who died in 2009, was a lawyer, decorated soldier, outdoorsman, civil rights activist, developer, philanthropist, broadcaster, environmentalist and community leader in Seattle. He believed that courageous civic leadership could improve the lives of people in our community now and in the future.

Seattle Public Library now has issues from 1912-1918 of Bungalow Magazine on its website.

Bungalow Magazine was an illustrated monthly magazine published in Seattle between 1912 and 1918 and devoted “exclusively to artistic bungalow homes.” The magazine contains articles about historic Seattle homes, accompanied by exterior and interior shots of the homes, as well as architectural plans and advertising. A map of the Seattle-area homes featured in the magazine is also available.

The magazine’s founder and editor was an entrepreneur named Jud Yoho. Yoho also served as the architect behind some of Bungalow’s featured designs. This magazine popularized the bungalow house form and the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts Style as it was interpreted in the Northwest. Articles about particular houses in Seattle were regular features as well as measured drawings for inglenooks, sideboards, stools and other furniture. Some issues also include photographs taken by Webster and Stevens, a prominent local photography firm.

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