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

 

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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Reminder: Meeting tonight on details of Greenwood Library’s upcoming renovation closure

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

A reminder that tonight (Monday), Seattle Public Library is holding an open house from 5-6 p.m. to explain more about Greenwood Library’s upcoming renovation closure, which begins on Feb. 13. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other library staff members will be on hand.

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily for about two months for renovation. The 15,000 square foot library, which was completely rebuilt in 2005, has seen heavy use and needs new carpet and remodeling that will improve public spaces and increase access to technology.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch. When placing a hold on items, patrons can choose another library location for pickup. If patrons don’t select an alternate branch by Feb. 3, the library will automatically redirect 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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Reminder: Design review meeting for new park by Greenwood Library is Wednesday

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the final design review meeting for the new park to be constructed by the Greenwood Library is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

The park will be directly north of the Greenwood Library, taking over the entire east side of Greenwood Avenue between North 81st and 82nd streets.

Seattle Parks and Recreation presented three concepts at its Nov. 2 meeting. At Wednesday’s meeting, Cascade Design Collaborative designers will present their current design and gather feedback.

The design elements include natural play elements, an open lawn, a gathering/ plaza space with seating, a loop path, and planted areas. The project also includes low-impact design strategies featuring amended soils, porous concrete, and increased infiltration created by the new open space. Street improvements as well as a raised crosswalk connecting the Greenwood branch library to the park are proposed and will provide better community connections. All of these elements were identified by the community during the design phase of this project.

SPR purchased two property sites between N 81st and N 82nd on the east side of Greenwood to develop a park (the mini-mart site purchased in Nov. 2012 and the pub property immediately north, which was purchased in July 2015). The two buildings will be demolished in mid to late March. SPR anticipates demolition to be complete by the end of May 2017.

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Greenwood Library closing Feb. 13 for renovations, will reopen in April

January 18th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily on Monday, Feb. 13, until sometime in April for renovation. The 15,000 square foot library, which was completely rebuilt in 2005, has seen heavy use and needs new carpet and remodeling that will improve public spaces and increase access to technology.

Seattle Public Library is holding an open house from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, to explain more about the renovations and answer questions. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other library staff members will be on hand.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch. When placing a hold on items, patrons can choose another library location for pickup. If patrons don’t select an alternate branch by Feb. 3, the library will automatically redirect 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.

After 12 years of heavy use, the interior will be improved to make the branch more enjoyable for patrons, who say they want quiet study spaces, areas where they can use a multitude of devices and collaborate with others, and spaces where they can sit with their children to read or use technology. Improvements are designed to make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, create flexible, open, welcoming spaces and improve access to technology.

Specific improvements include upgrading the meeting room, adding a laptop bar in the teen area, combining service desks, increasing seating options, adding electrical outlets to tables, and repositioning the public computers to reduce glare. The worn carpet in the branch also will be replaced.

An indoor-outdoor boulder that comes through an exterior glass wall into the children’s area will be removed due to ongoing moisture problems. The boulder will be moved across the street to a parcel designated to become a community park.

The improvement project will be conducted in two phases because it will take time to fabricate a new exterior glass wall for the area where the boulder was located. Most of the construction work will occur while the branch is closed in February and March. The branch is expected to reopen in April with a temporary exterior wall and briefly close again in May or June for about a week so the custom glass can be installed.

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Final design review meeting on new park by Greenwood Library is Feb. 1

January 17th, 2017 by Doree

The final design review meeting for the new park to be constructed by the Greenwood Library is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Seattle Parks and Recreation presented three concepts at its Nov. 2 meeting, and collected feedback from meeting attendees and through an online survey. At the Feb. 1 meeting, Cascade Design Collaborative designers will present their current design and gather feedback.

According to the park development website, the timeline has been pushed back a bit because of permitting delays for demolishing the old Bleacher’s Pub and commercial building (they were originally scheduled to be demolished last fall).

The park will fill the entire east side of the Greenwood Avenue block between North 81st and 82nd streets. Funding comes from the Seattle Park District.

A park stewardship group, Friends of Greenwood Library Park, has started a Facebook page.

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‘Secret Life of Pets’ at Greenwood Library today, ‘Make a Friend’ craft project on Thursday

December 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting two family-friendly events this week.

At 1 p.m. today (Tuesday), watch “The Secret Life of Pets” (PG).

From 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, come to the library to “Make-A-Friend” – monster, robot, animal, fairy, etc. — with Seattle ReCreative. For ages 4 and up.

All activities at the library are free.

And just a reminder that all branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Sunday, New Year’s Day. Book drops will remain open, except for the Central Library’s.

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Library news: Toddler music class, Hour of Code, family movies, Museum Pass program adds 2 organizations, auto-renewal signup, and online meeting reservations

December 7th, 2016 by Doree

Our local libraries are busy these days. Here are some things to be aware of.

Illumination Learning Studio is hosting free sessions of its “Little Movers” toddler music class from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and 10-10:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Each class is free but registration is required. Call the library at 206-684-4086 or register in person.

Little Movers is an introduction into the world of music for children ages 15 months to 3 years old. With 20 years of experience, Michael Piper from Illumination Learning teaches participants about echo and sequence, rhythm and movement.

Hour of Code,” an introduction to computer science that is designed for anyone to learn coding basics, is from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N, for anyone ages 8 and up. It’s free, but registration is required. Call the Broadview Library at 206-684-7519 or register in person. Drop-ins welcome if space is available.

The library is hosting free movies for all ages at many libraries in December, including the Greenwood Library. No registration required. “Finding Dory” (PG) at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20; and “The Secret Life of Pets” (PG) at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Two organizations have joined Seattle Public Library’s Museum Pass Program, which now offers free admission to 16 Seattle museums for Library cardholders. Seattle Public Theater and Seattle Architecture Foundation Tours have been added to the list, which also includes: The Burke Museum, The Center for Wooden Boats, EMP Museum, Henry Art Gallery, The Living Computer Museum, The Log House Museum, Museum of Flight, Museum of History & Industry, Nordic Heritage Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Asian Art Museum and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

You can reserve a free pass to an individual museum once every 30 days, and may use one pass per week. All passes are good for up to two people — some passes even include free admission for kids ages 17 and under. Just go the Museum Pass webpage, enter your library card number and PIN, choose a specific date, and print the pass.

Library patrons also can now set their checked out items to auto-renew. The auto-renewal system is through Library Elf, a free online service available that helps track holds and due dates.

Library Elf has recently added an automatic renewal feature. Patrons can set up a free Library Elf account and activate Auto Renew, and Library Elf will attempt to renew items on their behalf when the items are getting close to the due date. Eligible materials will automatically be renewed according to standard renewal limits. Most items can be renewed twice if no one is waiting for them.

The frequency and timing of Auto Renews will depend on what a patron has chosen in the “Advance Notice” settings of their Library Elf account. Patrons can sign up for email notifications that will note if items were renewed or not renewed, or log into their Library account to check their current due dates.

Library Elf also provides notifications for holds waiting, pre-overdue materials and overdue materials for multiple Library accounts in one message. This service is especially useful for families trying to track multiple Library accounts. The service can even combine accounts of other participating library systems, including KCLS.

The Seattle Public Library will continue its existing notice services separate from the Library Elf service, including pre-overdue and holds waiting notifications by email.

Patrons wishing to reserve a library meeting room can now do so online, for dates beginning March 1, 2017. Create a free “Spaces” account to make, edit or cancel meeting room reservations. Reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, and you can book up to 10 hours of meeting room use per month. The “Spaces” service is available at all branch libraries, except the Central Library and the NewHolly Branch.

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