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2 new Seattle guidebooks feature Phinney Ridge and Greenwood locations, businesses

May 1st, 2017 by Doree

Two new guidebooks encourage Seattleites to get outside and explore, including many places in our neighborhood. The fourth edition of “Take a Walk: Seattle,” published by Sasquatch Books, features walks through Carkeek Park, Green Lake Park and Ballard’s Golden Gardens Park.

An excerpt from the Carkeek Park section: ((c)2017 by Sue Muller Hacking. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Take a Walk: Seattle by permission of Sasquatch Books.)

Leave commercial Seattle behind as you wind down either a road or a footpath into this verdant ravine, where moss clings to the big-leaf maples and old logs straddle Piper’s Creek. Like other ravines along Puget Sound, this one enchants with the steady downward flow of several small streams, the surprising gurgles of miniature waterfalls, and the profuse undergrowth of the forest. Salmon still spawn in this urban stream.

In spring the trailside is lush with salmonberry bushes, the fruit still yellow and orange, awaiting the summer sun. Incredibly large stumps, too big to hug, provide nutrients for young salal bushes and Douglas firs. But all is not wild here. The old orchard remains as testimony to the early settlers, A. W. Piper and his wife, Minna, who supplied produce to downtown Seattle from this homestead in the late 1800s.

A beautiful demonstration garden is now flourishing thanks to the ministrations of a score of volunteers. Look for this horticultural gem near the upper entrance to the park.

In the lower parking area, look for the stairs leading up to the footbridge that crosses over the train tracks to the watery world of Puget Sound. The sound of whinnying robins is replaced by the call of gulls, and your eyes are no longer drawn to branches overhead but farther away to the lofty Olympics in the west, or to your feet, where the sand ripples under the retreating tide.

Another guidebook, also published by Sasquatch Books, “Seattle Family Adventures: City Escapades, Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, and Itineraries for Fun-Loving Families” by Kate Calamusa provides families with kid-tested activities. It includes many Greenwood and Phinney Ridge places and businesses in different categories, such as Kid-Friendly Activities (Seattle ReCreative, Woodland Park Zoo, Woodland Park Playground), Fun Shops (Top Ten Toys, Greenwood Sip & Ship), and Greenwood Eats and Treats (Gorditos, Coyle’s Bakeshop, Green Bean Coffeehouse).

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Greenwood Library reopens today

April 17th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., has reopened after being closed for two months for remodeling.

Improvements included upgrading the meeting room, adding a laptop bar in the teen area, combining service desks, increasing seating options, adding electrical outlets to tables, repositioning the public computers to reduce glare, and replacing the carpeting.

The boulder that extended from the outside into the children’s area was removed due to ongoing moisture problems, but will be incorporated into the new park being built across the street. The Library will close again in June or July for about a week for installation of the custom glass where the boulder used to be.

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Reminder: All libraries closed Wednesday for staff in-service day

March 27th, 2017 by Doree

Remember: All branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Wednesday for a staff in-service day. Book drops will remain open and no library materials will be due on that day.

While all branch library parking garages will be closed, the Central Library’s garage at 1000 Fourth Ave. will be open.

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Phinney author Danielle Dreger releases first young adult novel

March 23rd, 2017 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Danielle Dreger has released her first young adult novel, “Secret Heart,” an LGBTQ teen romantic comedy centered around a Florida Gay Straight Alliance and its “Unprom.”

Avery Jennings is a punk-rock guitarist with a secret weakness for rom-coms and Taylor Swift. Her band, Detonate the Gazelle is ready to move to Austin after graduation, but Avery is having second thoughts. She’s fallen hard for Madison Shea, student council president with a douchebag boyfriend, after their orbits collide at Oak Bluff High’s inaugural Gay-Straight Alliance meeting. Even though it goes against her rules about crushing on straight girls, Avery relentlessly pursues Madison.

Their chemistry is too magnetic to deny and soon they are making out in car washes and school bathrooms and holding hands under tables. Avery wants to take their relationship public but Madison is afraid of her conservative family’s reaction and that it’ll ruin her chances as Prom Queen.

Their secret relationship is put to the ultimate test when student council vetoes a proposal for a gay-friendly prom and the club decides to throw a free Unprom the same night as Prom with Detonate the Gazelle as the headliner.

A portion of all book sales will go to the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network; however, all book sales during March will be donated to GLSEN and the ACLU. Dreger, Teen Services Coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries, frequently speaks at Gay Straight Alliance clubs at area schools.

“Secret Heart” is available at Phinney Books, Secret Garden Books, University Book Store and Third Place Books, and from online retailers like Indie Bound and Amazon, as well as through the Seattle Public Library.

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Pop-up library story time with “Pigeon” at Illumination Learning Studio on March 24

March 17th, 2017 by Doree

The latest pop-up library event while patrons wait for the Greenwood Library to reopen after remodeling is a fun story time with crafts and dancing featuring the “Pigeon” series by children’s author Mo Willems.

It’s from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Illumination Learning Studios, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 101. This event is free and open to the public, with no registration required. (Please leave strollers outside.)

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Pop-up library at Phinney Center Tuesday to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday

March 1st, 2017 by Doree

While the Greenwood Library is closed for renovation, librarians will host a pop-up library to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.

Come for the crafts, games, stories and snacks, plus books will be available to checkout.

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Pop-up library at Green Bean Café on Thursdays while Greenwood Library is closed temporarily

February 17th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library has closed temporarily for two months for remodeling, so the Green Bean Café, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., will be the site of a pop-up library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday, from Feb. 23 through March 30.

That pop-up library will have books available for checkout. A children’s story time with storytelling and singing will start at 11:30 a.m.

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Local author’s self-published children’s book picked up by major publisher

February 14th, 2017 by Doree

Phinney Ridge’s Sara Crow, who self-published her children’s book “Even Superheroes Have to Sleep” in 2015 with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, will now have her book published by Penguin Random House | Double Day.

Crow first wrote “Even Superheroes Have to Sleep” when she had trouble getting her three little ones out of their superhero costumes at bedtime. She sold the books at numerous Seattle independent bookstores, and set up a table at the 2015 PhinneyWood Summer Streets festival in August of that year.

That afternoon a woman approached the table and picked up a book. She asked my plan for the book, if I had sequels in the works (six to be exact), and what I had done to promote it. At the end of our conversation she bought a book and handed me her card; she works the Amazon relationship for PRH. She asked me to send her an email with all of the information I had just rattled off. She specifically stated that she did not have a say as to which books get published, but she would get it into the right hands.

And she did.

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep will be released in hardcover March 14, 2017 and the sequel, Even Superheroes Use the Potty will be released March of 2018.

Crow will read and sign “Even Superheroes Have to Sleep” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave. on Capitol Hill; and at 4 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

“The independent bookstores in Seattle are beyond supportive,” Crow told me by email. “I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

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Spaced-themed book launch party for Kevin Emerson’s ‘Last Day on Mars’ is March 4 at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

February 13th, 2017 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is hosting a space-themed party to celebrate the publication of Kevin Emerson’s new novel “Last Day on Mars.” The “Saturday on Mars!” party is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at BFI/Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Emerson, a former science teacher, will read from his new book, and several BFI students will read their own original space-travel stories written during a workshop with Emerson. Plus there will be science experiments and prizes, books for sale, and Emerson will sign books. He is the author of 16 novels for children and young adults, which have been published in 10 countries.

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