News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Summer reading program for students begins at library branches

July 1st, 2014 by Mike

This year’s summer reading program at The Seattle Public Library has started and lasts 10 weeks, to Sunday, Aug. 31st.

On this, the 95th year the library has offered free summer activities to mitigate the summer slide in academics, it has partnered with the Pacific Science Center for a special emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

A lot of information is available online, in addition to news releases about the programs for children and for teens/tweens .

Here are specific links to neighborhood branches and programs:

Northgate Branch events for children:

In addition, an “Aesop’s Fables” children’s program is being held at the Northgate Community Center rather than at the Northgate Branch.

Northgate Branch events for teens:

Green Lake Branch events for children:

Green Lake Branch events for teens:

NOTE that all libraries are closed for Independence Day, Friday, July 4th.

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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

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 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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Free job skills/career planning classes at the Northgate Library

October 23rd, 2013 by Mike

Eight free job skills/career planning classes are planned through the end of the year at the Northgate branch of The Seattle Public Library.

Classes are held at the branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., on Fridays. They include:

• The New Job Search in the New Economy

• Effective Networking for Employment

• Online Job Search

• Effective Resumes for the New Economy

• Effective Interviewing for the New Economy

• Mid-Life Career Changing in the New Economy

• The Role of Social Media; LinkedIn & Twitter in the New Job Search

The branch also has two laptop computers that patrons can use for job searching/career development for two hours a day in addition to their usual 90 minutes on Internet computers.

For details click here or check out our events listings.

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Libraries offer Obamacare advice…and story times with books and DOGS!

October 2nd, 2013 by Mike

When Seattle Public Libraries reopen after today’s shutdown, two new programs will be on tap at the Northgate branch.

Trained staff from community agencies will offer assistance in signing up for the new Affordable Care Act – Obamacare –  on Wednesday afternoons beginning next week at the branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.

“Please bring your Social Security number and information about your current income,” the Library notes.

The times are 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Wednesday, Dec. 18th.

The assistance will also be offered at seven other library locations. For more information click here.

In a distinctly different program, the library is offering “Bow-wows and Books” story times for kids.

Coupling young readers and certified therapy dogs (and their humans), the program is offered at the Northgate branch on Mondays from 6:30 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. No registration is necessary. For more information click here.

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Finding public art in Maple Leaf

September 27th, 2013 by Mike

There’s some unlikely public art in our neighborhood, though it takes a little looking to find it.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story today, with an interactive map citywide.

Art in Maple Leaf includes:

* The gazebo in the Maple Leaf park playground.

* Buoys in the swale at Thornton Place.

* Glass art at the Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

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