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

 

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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‘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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Seattle Public Library asking for feedback to improve its website

October 12th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is asking for feedback through an online survey to improve its website to make it easier for patrons to find resources.

The website was last redesigned in 2003. The revamped website is tentatively scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

The survey is available now through Oct. 25, and is available in English, Amharic, Chinese (Simplified), Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Celebrate Seattle Public Library’s ‘Booktoberfest’ at local bars and pubs

September 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is celebrating Oktoberfest in its own special way, with Booktoberfest events at bars and pubs.

Readers can join in for literary happy hours, librarian-hosted trivia nights, spooky stories in bars and libraries, a “Stranger Things” ’80s film fest, literary mixology and more. All library events are free, although you’ll need to buy your own drinks. Registration is not required. Most events are for ages 21 and over.

The only Booktoberfest event in our neighborhood is “Bookish Happy Hour” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. Buy a drink and chat with fellow book lovers about what you’re reading, as well as your favorite books and authors.

See the Booktoberfest website for the full schedule of events citywide.

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