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Free tax help at Northgate Library through April 14

February 6th, 2014 by Mike

(Portions of this post courtesy of our sister site PhinneyWood.com)

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax help and electronic filing at several locations, including at the Northgate Branch Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.

You don’t have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use the free service.

AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle most common tax returns for employed or retired individuals, which include earned and retirement income, investment income (Schedule D), and various education, child and earned income credits.

AARP Tax-Aide sites are not able to prepare returns with rental income or depreciation, but do prepare Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses. Taxpayers utilizing the free service can receive their tax refunds rather quickly as all AARP Tax-Aide sites will be using electronic filing.

Foreign students who need help with their 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843 can visit sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library for assistance.

For more information and to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).

At Northgate tax help is available February 3 through April 14 on:

1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mondays

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesdays

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Library now has 15,000 more digital books, more Seattle Times archives

November 30th, 2010 by master

The Seattle Public Library has greatly increased its online offerings with an additional 15,000 digital E-books, as well as free access to The Seattle Times historical archives from 1900-1984.

The archive is in addition to the Library’s subscription to digitized copies of the Seattle Times from 1985 to the present. NewsBank, publisher of the Seattle Times Historical Archives, is in the process of digitizing the years 1896 through 1899, with completion expected in January 2011.

The archive is fully searchable and users can print, magnify and save digital copies of the Seattle Times.

To view digital copies of newspapers in the Seattle Times Historical Archives, go to www.spl.org and click on “Library Collection,” then “Databases & Web Sites,” and select “Magazines & Newspapers.” Scroll down the page to find the “Seattle Times Historical Archives.”

As for the 15,000 new digital books, they are public domain titles whose copyrights expired. Volunteers from Project Gutenberg have been digitizing public domain books. The Library now has more than 70,000 files in seven digital formats.

The e-books can be downloaded to a PC or Mac, and transferred to some electronic reading devices.

The 15,000 public domain e-book titles are separate from the main OverDrive collection and all files have DRM-free access. The public domain titles are always available and since downloads do not expire, so there are no due dates or late fees to worry about!

To browse and download public domain e-books available via OverDrive, go to www.spl.org and click on “Library Collection,” then select “Digital Books & Media.” Scroll down to the OverDrive section and click the “Go to OverDrive Project Gutenberg e-books” link. A Library card and PIN number are not required to download public domain items.

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Friends of Seattle Public Library holiday book sale is this weekend

November 18th, 2010 by master

Magnuson Park’s Building 30, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., will once again be the site of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s holiday book sale.  It take place this Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll find books, CDs, DVDs and gift items.

The sale comes just a few days after word that Friends may not be able to use Building 30 for the event beyond 2011.  The building doesn’t meet city standards and budget woes may prevent further improvements.  You can read more on the Friends website and a more detailed story from our news partners in The Seattle Times.

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Seattle Public Library donors overwhelm computer system

September 22nd, 2010 by Mike

So many people gave money to The Seattle Public Library this morning that the library foundation’s website couldn’t keep up.

“The overwhelming amount of traffic to the gift processing part of our website caused it to crash.  We are so sorry for this inconvenience,” wrote Jonna Ward, executive director of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

That’s good. It means the public is supporting the library at a time of deep budget cuts.

Because of citywide budget shortages, the library’s 2010 budget was cut by $1.17 million (2.4 percent). Next year the library faces cuts that could range from a low of 9.5 percent ($4.9 million), to a high of 14.5 percent ($7.4 million).

So it was great news when an anonymous donor offered the library foundation a grant of $500,000 if donors can match it, for $1 million in all. Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story on that announcement today.

The foundation has set up an alternate way to give, here. Or call 206-386-4130 to make a gift by phone

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Library closes next Monday for one week

August 23rd, 2010 by master

This is the last week to get things done at The Seattle Public Library before budget cuts force the entire library system to shut down until after Labor Day.

The Northgate Branch (10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.), the Green Lake Branch (7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.) and all other Seattle Public Libraries will close on Monday, August 30th and reopen Tuesday, September 7th.

During the closure most library services will be unavailable:
* No materials will be due and no fines will be accrued.
* The last day to check out library items before the closure is Sunday, Aug. 29, but neither local branch is open on Sunday. So for those branches the last chance to check out items is 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
* No book drops will be open. Do not leave books and materials outside library locations during the closure.
* Limited access to the online catalog. Patrons will be able to search the catalog and check their library record but will not be able to place holds on items. No staff will be working to process the thousands of books and materials that customers normally put on hold.
* Limited access to the website (www.spl.org). The online calendar, databases, downloadable books and media, digital special collections, podcasts, SPL Mobile app and blogs will be available, but other online information and features will not be available. No staff members will be working to maintain the site or troubleshoot problems.
* No library computers will be available. You will not be able to reserve a computer for the week the Library system is closed.
* No access to Wi-Fi.
* No book group kits will be sent, received or returned during the one-week closure. Kits will be sent to libraries as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, Aug. 25. Kits not available then will be sent as soon as possible after Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.
* No programs or events in library meeting rooms.
* No TeleCirc, the library’s telephone circulation service.
* No Quick Information telephone service.
* No Text a Librarian, e-mail a librarian or chat with a librarian.
* No Mobile Services.

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Library fines could go up

July 27th, 2010 by master

That overdue library book may soon cost you a little more. The Seattle Public Library is considering a hike in fines to help offset its budget woes. Here’s a look at some of the proposed fines:

  • The daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD would change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) would change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue reference resource would change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day.

The Library Board will take public comment on the proposed changes at its 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 meeting at the Central Library on 4th Avenue.


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“An awesome celebration of life” in Maple Leaf

June 15th, 2010 by Mike

Dozens of children and parents crowded into the Northgate Community Center just before noon Tuesday to celebrate life with members of the Adefua Music & Dance Co.

The call-and-response drumming, singing and dancing was part of The Seattle Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. The group brought extra drums and invited kids to play along with the music.

The performance was at the community center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.. The next Summer Reading Program event in Maple Leaf is a “Hands-On Henna Workshop for Teens” at the Northgate Branch library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., right next to the community center. It’s for ages 12-18 at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. Please register with the branch.

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"An awesome celebration of life" in Maple Leaf

June 15th, 2010 by Mike

Dozens of children and parents crowded into the Northgate Community Center just before noon Tuesday to celebrate life with members of the Adefua Music & Dance Co.

The call-and-response drumming, singing and dancing was part of The Seattle Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. The group brought extra drums and invited kids to play along with the music.

The performance was at the community center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.. The next Summer Reading Program event in Maple Leaf is a “Hands-On Henna Workshop for Teens” at the Northgate Branch library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., right next to the community center. It’s for ages 12-18 at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. Please register with the branch.

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Summer reading, jobs programs at The Seattle Public Library

June 6th, 2010 by master

There’s a lot happening at The Seattle Public Library these days, including a new online career resource center and the Summer Reading Program.

SPL’s new Workplace911 is an online career resource covering all aspects of work, from finding a job to handling a difficult boss.

Workplace911 is a joint partnership between author and work expert Bob Rosner, Brainfuse and The Seattle Public Library. The resource is free and will be available from the Library’s website at www.spl.org by selecting the “Job hunting resources” Quick Link.

Rosner is a Seattle-based (Queen Anne) bestselling author and award-winning journalist. He is author of “The Boss’s Survival Guide” and “Working Wounded: Advice that Adds Insight to Injury.” Rosner has a unique perspective on today’s workplace, having personally responded to over 50,000 e-mails from employees and employers. He is a regular contributor to the Today Show and CNBC, and has been featured in People, the Wall Street Journal and Fortune.

Rosner also will facilitate a series of workshops about employment and the workplace at several local libraries.

The Library also has a program that provides personalized reading lists for teens.

To get your list, go to www.spl.org and then to the “Teens” page under “Audiences.” Use the “Ask a Librarian” e-mail form to tell us about a few books you love or ones that have put you to sleep. Tell us your favorite genres. Fantasy, horror, romance? What else?

In a day or two you will receive a list of five recommended books just for you. You can use the personalized list service as many times as you want, and it’s always free!

For more information, call the Teen Center at 206-615-1410.

The Library system also just kicked off its Summer Reading Program, with the theme “Where Does Reading Take You?” The annual program encourages everyone to read during summer, especially children. You can sign up in person at any of the 27 Library locations or online.

Children can track books online, or get a reading log from any Library location and collect a sticker for each book read. Teens and adults can also track books online or in-person at their local branch.

Children who participate in the Summer Reading Program will receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum after reading 10 books. Children who read 10 books by Monday, July 26 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Sheraton Hotel in August. One winner from each Library location will be selected.

This year’s Summer Reading Program includes hundreds of free programs for families at Library locations. Here are the programs scheduled for the Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980. Some programs are held next door at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-4283.

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Library lets you check out home's energy usage

May 5th, 2010 by master

You can borrow a lot more than just books at the Seattle Public Library these days.

Starting tomorrow, the system is adding the “Kill A Watt” home energy monitor to the list of items you can check out, through a partnership with Seattle City Light.

That’s right, before you decide to watch that DVD from the library, you can find out just how much energy your TV is using.

The home energy monitors are available to all library cardholders at all library locations, including Maple Leaf’s closest at Northgate, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.

From the library’s news release:

Beginning May 6, Library patrons can borrow a Kill A Watt device with a Library card, just like a book or DVD. Plug it into an electrical outlet and find out how much it’s costing to run refrigerators, computers, TVs and other home appliances. The Kill A Watt monitor measures the electric consumption of small to medium household electronic devices and appliances, and can even help discover which appliances use electricity even when turned off.

For more information, call 386-4636. To learn more about how to save energy, contact Seattle City Light’s Conservation Help Line at 684-3800, or visit seattle.gov/light/conserve.

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