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

 

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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All branches of Seattle Public Library will be closed on March 29 for staff in-service day

March 7th, 2017 by Doree

All branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, March 29, 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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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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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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Library news: Housing Choice Voucher help, Civic Courage Scholarship, 100-year-old issues of ‘Bungalow Magazine’ now online

February 2nd, 2017 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of news from our public libraries:

Low-income residents of Seattle can receive help registering for a “Housing Choice Voucher” (formerly called Section 8) throughout February at nine library branches. The program provides a housing subsidy to help rent an apartment in the private market.

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is holding a lottery to place 3,500 households on a new Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist. Households can register for the lottery online Feb. 6-24. SHA staff will be on hand at various Library locations to help with registration.

Applications for the program will be accepted from 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. During this three-week period, the application process will only be available online through seattlehousing.org/waitlist.

You can get registration help at these libraries:

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7519.
  • 12-3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Ballard Library.
  • 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Broadview Library.

Seattle high school seniors and college undergraduates can enter the fourth annual Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship, created by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Essays may be submitted online through March 15. Three scholarships will be awarded. The winning essay author will receive $5,000; the two second-place essays will each receive $2,500.

The competition is open to high school seniors and college undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.

Winners will be announced in June 2017, and winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library. Blue ribbon scholarship judges include authors Sherman Alexie, Paula Becker, Jon Krakauer and Jonathan Raban.

The Library Foundation created the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who were willing to go against public opinion and take a stand to better the world.

Bullitt, who died in 2009, was a lawyer, decorated soldier, outdoorsman, civil rights activist, developer, philanthropist, broadcaster, environmentalist and community leader in Seattle. He believed that courageous civic leadership could improve the lives of people in our community now and in the future.

Seattle Public Library now has issues from 1912-1918 of Bungalow Magazine on its website.

Bungalow Magazine was an illustrated monthly magazine published in Seattle between 1912 and 1918 and devoted “exclusively to artistic bungalow homes.” The magazine contains articles about historic Seattle homes, accompanied by exterior and interior shots of the homes, as well as architectural plans and advertising. A map of the Seattle-area homes featured in the magazine is also available.

The magazine’s founder and editor was an entrepreneur named Jud Yoho. Yoho also served as the architect behind some of Bungalow’s featured designs. This magazine popularized the bungalow house form and the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts Style as it was interpreted in the Northwest. Articles about particular houses in Seattle were regular features as well as measured drawings for inglenooks, sideboards, stools and other furniture. Some issues also include photographs taken by Webster and Stevens, a prominent local photography firm.

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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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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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Free tax assistance at libraries and senior centers

January 17th, 2017 by Doree

Taxpayers can receive free tax preparation services at many Seattle Public Library locations, senior centers and other community sites. The service is a collaboration between SPL, United Way of King County and AARP, with no age, job or retirement requirements to receive free help.

Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns (not available for business tax returns). Some sites offer drop-in assistance, others are appointment-based, others provide assistance for individuals filing online but who have a few questions (no appointment necessary).

See the Tax Help webpage for a list of all free tax sites and documents required.

Federal taxes this year are due by Tuesday, April 18 (the deadline has been extended because Monday, April 17, is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.)

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., offers tax help by appointment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 2. Call 206-297-0875 for an appointment.

The Ballard Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, offers appointments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 1. Call 206-297-0403 for an appointment.

The following are the drop-in sites closest to our neighborhood, with help offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., from 2:30-7 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 2 through April 17 (closed Feb. 20 for Presidents Day).
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, from Feb. 3 through April 15.
  • Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays, from Feb. 7 through April 18.
  • Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St. in Wallingford, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, now through April 18.

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