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

 

Seattle Public Library hosts ‘Seattle Writes’ workshops at numerous branches, including Greenwood and Broadview

September 7th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is hosting 25 writing workshops for its Seattle Writes fall program series, now through December, at branches all over the city, including Greenwood and Broadview.

Workshops are free and open to anyone. Registration is not required, but seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes before each class. Attendees should bring a pen, pencil and paper, or fully charged laptop.

From 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., novelist Peg Cheng will teach that “fear is a natural part of the creative process and how you can use fear to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.”

From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., author and educator Martha Brockenbrough will lead “First 500 Words – Make the beginning of your book as strong as possible in this free class for fiction and nonfiction writers.”

See the full Seattle Writes workshop schedule here.

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Greenwood Library looking for high school students to work 1-on-1 with 3rd graders for new ‘Learning Buddies’ program

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library is starting a new program called “Learning Buddies,” which will pair teens with 3rd graders who need help with literacy, math, logic skill building and other academic support.

Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Bisson is looking for a diverse group of 25 high school students. The program will be at North Seattle Boys and Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

The mandatory orientation session is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The fall session runs from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 18 to Dec. 6 (except Nov. 22). Spring session runs from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 28 to May 16 (except April 11).

For more information and to get an application please go here. Interested teens should email completed applications to jennifer.bisson@spl.org or bring them to the Greenwood Library by Friday, Sept. 15. Interviews will be held Sept. 9-24. Preference will be given to teens who have been part of the Boys and Girls Club or a similar type of after-school program, but all teens are welcome to apply.

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Seattle Public Library out of solar eclipse viewing glasses, will livestream Monday’s event at 14 branches

August 16th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is now out of solar eclipse viewing glasses.

SPL will livestream NASA’s Live Eclipse Megacast at 14 branches, including Greenwood, Broadview, Ballard, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.

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Greenwood Library renovation celebration is Saturday afternoon

July 13th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library is marking the completion of its recent renovation with a community celebration from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner will deliver brief remarks at 1:30 p.m., followed by music by a flutist from the Music Center of the Northwest, and a sing-along to “Follow Me to the Greenwood Library.” Patrons can see historic photos of Greenwood and neighborhood murals, an interactive “What I love about the library” display, and enjoy refreshments supplied by Fred Meyer and PCC.

Before the celebration there’s a special construction-themed story time at 11 a.m. for preschoolers and toddlers, featuring construction workers in their vests and hard hats.

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Greenwood Library reopens today with new glass exterior wall

July 5th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., reopens at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) after a 9-day closure to install a new glass exterior wall in the front.

The old glass wall had been removed, along with the boulder that extended from the outside to the interior, because of ongoing moisture issues. The boulder will be incorporated into the new park under construction across the street.

Holds that were temporarily suspended during the closure will automatically be restarted on Wednesday, but if you chose to pick up holds at another branch during the closure and need help changing back to Greenwood, see a library staff member for help.

The library, which was extensively remodeled from February through April, will host a renovation party with entertainment and refreshments from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.

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Greenwood Library will reopen next Wednesday with new glass exterior wall

June 29th, 2017 by Doree

The installation of the new exterior glass wall at the Greenwood Library is coming along nicely, so the library will reopen at 10 a.m. next Wednesday, July 5. The library closed last Monday, June 26, for the installation.

The library’s interior was extensively remodeled from February through April, with a new laptop bar in the teen area, combined service desks, increased seating options, added electrical outlets to tables, an upgraded meeting room, repositioned public computers to reduce glare, and new carpet. The boulder that had extended from the exterior to the interior was removed because of moisture issues, but will be placed in the new park across the street. A temporary plywood wall was installed until the glass wall could be installed this past week.

Holds that were temporarily suspended during the closure will be automatically restarted on July 5, but if you chose to pick up holds at another branch during the closure and need help changing back to Greenwood, see a library staff member for help.

The library, at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will host a renovation party with entertainment and refreshments from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.

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Homework Help volunteers needed at Greenwood and Broadview libraries next school year

June 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library needs Homework Help volunteers at 11 libraries – including Greenwood and Broadview – for next school year.

Homework Help volunteers support students by helping them understand homework assignments, develop literacy and mathematics skills, and prepare for college and careers. Volunteers mentor students in all academic subjects and may also specialize in college-prep subjects, like English and science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

Most of the students are first-generation Americans who speak a language other than English at home. Volunteers interact with students of all ages in small groups and individually.

Volunteers will provide Homework Help once a week when public schools are in session, and a commitment throughout the school year is requested. Visit www.spl.org/homeworkvolunteer for more information. Volunteer applications are due by Monday, July 31.

Homework Help volunteers are needed from Sept. 11, 2017, through June 14, 2018.

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Reminder: Greenwood Library closing Monday for 2 weeks to install custom glass front

June 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Library will close again for about two weeks beginning Monday 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 were temporarily suspended as of June 17 and will automatically restart once the library reopens.

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Holds for Greenwood Library to be temporarily suspended beginning June 17 while library closes for two weeks for second phase of remodeling

June 7th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Library has just announced that all holds for the Greenwood Library will be temporarily suspended beginning Saturday, June 17, while the branch closes on June 26 for about two weeks while the new front window is installed. Holds will resume automatically when the library reopens. (You can always choose a different library location when placing a hold online.)

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.

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