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Kids and teens can eat lunch and snacks for free at several Seattle Public Library branches this summer, in partnership with United Way of King County, Food Lifeline, Boeing and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food is available for all youth ages 18 and under at the Broadview, Delridge, Green Lake, High Point and Northgate branches this summer. All children 18 and under are welcome, with no proof of income or citizenship required.

  • The Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., serves lunch from 12-1 p.m. every Monday, Thursday and Friday through Aug. 24.
  • The Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., serves lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 23.
  • The Northgate Branch, 10548 5th Ave. N.E., serves snacks from 4-4:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday through Aug. 24.

SPL offers free English speaking skills groups at various branches. Talk Time conversation groups discuss topics from education and social issues to food, money, family and weather. The branches closest to us with Talk Time groups are: Fremont Library, 731 N. 35th St., meets from 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 27; Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., meets from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sept. 4.

SPL is hosting an African Showcase Performance with teaching artists from Gansango Music & Dance Company at Greenwood Park, 8905 Fremont Ave. N., from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23; and a puppet show of “Stellaluna” by Tears of Joy Theatre from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

SPL is partnering with KEXP to help people preserve their music memories with a digitization lab from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the KEXP Gathering Space, 472 First Ave. N. Free, but registration is required.

At this event, archivists and librarians will assist you in creating digital copies of recordings from video, audio, photos and small posters. You’ll also receive a zine with best practices for preserving your music memories in the future. Once everything is digitized, you’ll receive a thumb drive with your new digital copies.

After your music memories are digitized, you will remain the owner of them. A waiver will be available if you would like to provide a copy to event partners.

There will also be spots available in the KEXP recording booths for a short recording session where you can tell us the stories behind your materials.

Seattle Public Library’s expanded “Fresh Start program, which gives teens ages 12-19 a one-time chance to clear their overdue fines, has cleared the accounts of 400 teens since late March. Library accounts with an unpaid balance of $15 or more means the patron is blocked from checking out any more materials. The accounts are cleared with funds from Seattle Public Library Foundation.

And just a reminder that most locations of the Seattle Public Library have air conditioning. So when the weather gets hot, you can head to the library to cool down. Fremont, Green Lake, Northeast, Queen Anne, Southwest and West Seattle branches do not have air conditioning and may close temporarily if internal temperatures get too high during hot weather.

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