A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Greenwood Library to close again June 26 for two weeks for final remodeling work

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library will close again for about two weeks beginning Monday, June 26, for the second phase of major remodeling work.

The library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. closed from Feb. 13 to April 16 for renovation, including new carpet, a laptop bar in the teen area, combined service desks, increased seating options, added electrical outlets to tables, upgrades to the meeting room and repositioned public computers to reduce glare.

During the new closure, the new custom exterior glass wall will be installed. The front windows/glass wall is being replaced because the large boulder that extended from the outside into the library was removed because of continuing moisture problems. That wall is currently covered with plywood.

The library’s garage also will be closed, but the exterior book drop will remain open. All holds will be temporarily suspended and automatically restarted once the library reopens.

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Get Engaged Seattle information session for emerging leaders aged 18-29 is May 11 at Greenwood Library

May 3rd, 2017 by Doree

Get Engaged Seattle is hosting an information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Get Engaged program is a collaborative program of the Accelerator YMCA and the City of Seattle, dedicated to cultivating the next generation of leaders and advocating for the influence of young voices in city affairs.

We place one emerging leader aged 18-29 on each of the participating 19 City of Seattle Boards and Commissions for the upcoming September 2017-August 2018 term. The Get Engaged program provides a chance for young people in Seattle to develop skills as an emerging leader, participate in the public decision-making process, increase youth civic engagement, and help shape policy decisions. Applicants do not need any prior experience serving on boards to be qualified candidates.

Please contact getengaged@seattleymca.org with any questions about the program or application process.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 19, 2017. The online application can be found here: http://getengagedseattle.org/

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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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More murals painted at future park site by Greenwood Library

March 20th, 2017 by Doree

Mural artists were back out at the new park site by the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue and North 81st Street this past week, making the empty buildings look nicer until they’re demolished sometime in April for park construction.

Thanks to artists Robert Bellm, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Desiree, Debbie Palmer, Tia Gibson, Tony Danger Dibble, Brandy Tomlin, Mallory Milke and Travis Meloche.

These murals will be saved and hung on the temporary fencing until the park opens in mid-2018.

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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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Reminder: Greenwood Library closing Monday for remodeling

February 11th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily on Monday until sometime in April for renovation, including new carpet and improvements to public spaces and easier access to technology. The 15,000 square foot library was completely rebuilt in 2005 and is heavily used by patrons.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch.

Unless you’ve already chosen a specific library branch to pick up holds during the renovation, the library has automatically redirected holds to the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., for patrons whose zip codes are 98177, 98133 and 98125; and to the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW for all other patrons.

The Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is normally closed on Fridays but will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 24 to accommodate Greenwood Library patrons. Some regular Greenwood Library programs will be provided at alternate locations. Check the Library’s calendar of events for a complete schedule.

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Seattle Parks unveils final design for new park by Greenwood Library

February 3rd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation has unveiled its final design for the new park coming to the block directly north of the Greenwood Library.

After several community meetings and input through online surveys, the final design provides natural play spaces for children (including a nature trail), picnic seating, digging area, reading nook, dog “stations” and an elevated crosswalk to connect it to the Greenwood Library.

Total cost for development of the site, which takes the entire east side of the block of Greenwood Avenue North between North 81st and 82nd streets, is $1,073,285. But it will be done in two phases. The Parks Department originally acquired the south parcel (where a small strip mall contained several businesses), then later acquired the north parcel (where Bleacher’s Pub was). Parks currently has enough money to develop the south parcel (estimated construction costs of $573,285) but not the north parcel (estimated construction costs of $500,00). The north parcel will have primarily lawn for the time being, until more funding is acquired.

Seattle Department of Transportation will provide $65,906 for the raised crosswalk across North 81st Street to connect it to the library. The raised crosswalk is essentially a large speed bump.

All buildings on the site will be demolished between March and May this year. Construction will take place from January through May 2018.

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