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Share your stories Thursday at Northgate Library

October 8th, 2014 by master

You’re invited to join the Seattle Storytellers Guild from 6-7:45 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 9, at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Cynthia Westby and Patty Zeitlin from the guild will kick-off the open-mic night with a brief introduction to the art of storytelling at 6:30 p.m., then let the storytelling commence.

Refreshments starting at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Listeners and tellers alike are encouraged to attend!

Westby, the Seattle Storytellers Guild’s president, is a storyteller, writer, teacher and coach with a diverse background ideal for creating personal stories. Zeitlin, vice president of the guild, is a songwriter, storyteller, author of two books, a poet and playwright, with many albums of original songs for children, and one for adults.

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Free tax assistance at Northgate Library

February 1st, 2013 by master

Need some help with your taxes but can’t afford to pay for help?

The Seattle Public Library can help! Starting Monday, Feb. 4, free tax assistance will be available at the Northgate Branch, 10458 Fifth Ave. N.E., through Wednesday, April 17. Hours are:

  • 3-7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays

Free tax assistance will be available at various other branches as well. For more information, see the library’s news release.

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All Seattle Public Libraries to open Sundays starting next month

December 12th, 2012 by Mike

Thanks to voter approval of last August’s library levy, all 27 locations of The Seattle Public Library will open Sundays  beginning Jan. 6.

The Northgate branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., will be open seven days a week.

In a press release, the library notes this will be the first time in at least a century that all library locations have Sunday hours, which will be 1-5 p.m. Currently, 15 branches are closed on Sunday, including the Northgate branch and the Green Lake branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

The Green Lake branch remains closed on Fridays, as do several others. Current library hours and locations are here.

The Sunday hours were made possible when voters approved a seven-year, $122 million levy, which also ends the week-long shutdown the library has used since 2009 to save money.

The levy is the first time the library has had a designated source of funding. It passed with 62 percent support from voters.

To celebrate the Sunday openings, all branches with new Sunday hours will host a special celebration on a Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Jan. 6 and May 5. Each celebration will feature a children’s craft activity, refreshments and an opportunity to participate in a Check-Out Sundays Challenge.

The Northgate celebration is April 28. The Green Lake celebration is April 7.

Additional library card designs will also be available in January. One design is especially for children, the other four feature photographs of iconic Seattle sites: the Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Mount Rainier and the Central Library.

Patrons can swap their existing cards for one of the new designs for no charge.

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Last chance Saturday to pick up local library books

August 24th, 2012 by Mike

A reminder that The Seattle Public Library is closed all of next week, and that local branches are closed today and Sunday.

That means if you need to visit a library nearby, Saturday’s the last day to do so until Sept. 4, after the Labor Day holiday.

The good news: This is the end.

Thanks to Seattle voters who earlier this month approved a $123 million library levy, this will be the last year the week-long closure is necessary.

Also, beginning next year all library branches will be open on Sunday, again thanks to the levy money.

This year, though, both the Green Lake  branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., and the Northgate branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., are closed today, open from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday and until after Labor Day.

The main downtown Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., is open today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

More details are available at the library’s website.

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Free tax assistance at the Northgate Library

February 1st, 2012 by master

Need some help with your taxes but can’t afford to pay for help?

The Seattle Public Library can help! Starting Wednesday, Feb. 1, free tax assistance will be available at the Northgate Branch, 10458 Fifth Ave. N.E., through Monday, April 16. Hours are:

  • 4-7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays

Free tax assistance will be available at various other branches as well. For more information, see the library’s news release.

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Praise for Thornton Place from The Atlantic magazine

June 7th, 2011 by Mike

This week The Atlantic magazine posted a piece titled: “How to Turn a Parking Lot Into an Ideal Green Community.”

The author, Kaid Benfield, is full of praise for “possibly the best example of transit-oriented urbanism, natural public space, and green stormwater infrastructure I have ever seen,” and what he’s praising focuses on the daylighting of Thornton Creek at Thornton Place.

He’s not only talking about the swale, seen above (it’s officially called the Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel) but the entire project.

Much of the credit for this accomplishment belongs to a new development called Thornton Place, comprising 109 condos, 278 apartments (20 percent priced below market), a 14-screen cinema, 50,000 square feel of retail, and a very appealing plaza that gives the block a great urban public space in counterpoint to the natural one.

And Benfield, who is director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, also calls out and praises Era Living’s Aljoya at Thornton Place, the Northgate Branch Library and the community center.

I have a feeling that this project is going to start showing up in a lot of case studies and presentations, including my own, and deservedly so.

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Free tax assistance offered at Northgate Library

January 12th, 2011 by master

By Katie Melton

Need help with tax preparation? Avoid the high fees with free help at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.  

From Feb. 2 to April 13, The Seattle Public Library, AARP and United Way are collaborating to offer free tax help from 4-7:30 p.m. Mondays and from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays.  

No appointments are necessary, although assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Other nearby libraries also offering free tax help include the Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays from Feb. 7 to April 11; and the Northeast Library, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., from 2-7 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 3 to April 14.

Katie Melton is the intern for Maple Leaf Life. She is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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Northgate Library, Community Center closed tomorrow

October 7th, 2010 by master

Although Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., isn’t on the chopping block for the 2011-2012 budget, its employees still have to take furlough days because of the current budget gap, including one tomorrow, Oct. 8.

The neighboring Northgate Library, located at 1000 Fourth Ave. N.E., also will be closed Friday as part of its regular hours.

Other services and facilities that won’t be available Friday because of the Seattle Parks and Recreation furlough include grounds maintenance; all community centers (except child care and late-night programs, which will still operate); swimming pools; Environmental Learning Centers; Lifelong Recreation (except Food and Fitness programs, which will still operate); and the Business Service Center.

On Monday, parks  facilities and services that will be closed include administrative offices (communications, correspondence, Park Board support, Web management, public outreach, human resources, finance and administration); the Planning and Development Division; and the Magnuson Park office.

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Lots of closures over Memorial Day weekend

May 27th, 2010 by master

Most Seattle Parks and Recreation workers will be getting an extra-long holiday weekend, albeit not entirely paid because of citywide furloughs throughout the year.

All of the department’s facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day, however furlough days on Friday and Tuesday will result in additional closures, including that of  the Northgate Community Center on Friday. The neighboring Northgate Library also will be closed Friday and Sunday as part of its regular schedule, as well as on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Also Friday, the parks department warns that the city’s parks will be further impacted because there will be no trash pick-up, nor will the bathrooms be cleaned and maintained that day. However, normal park maintenance will resume for the remainder of the weekend, although there will be limited staff on duty Monday to empty trash cans and clean restrooms.

“We’ve done everything we can to limit the impacts of the furlough on our patrons, customers and visitors; however, the public will experience parks with diminished maintenance on Friday, May 28,” said Christopher Williams, acting superintendent of the parks department. “If park patrons encounter overflowing trash cans, we encourage you to pack out your own trash. We are asking the community to help us keep our parks clean on the few days this year that we are not able to clean them ourselves.” [Read more →]

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Another Parks and Rec furlough day tomorrow

May 6th, 2010 by master

Tomorrow is another furlough day for Northgate Community Center as well as other facilities operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

In addition, the neighboring Northgate Library also will be closed Friday as part of its regular hours.

Other parks facilities and services that will be closed Friday include grounds maintenance; community centers (except child care and late-night programs, which will still operate); swimming pools; Environmental Learning Centers; Lifelong Recreation (except Food and Fitness programs, which will still operate); and the Business Service Center.

On Monday, parks  facilities and services that will be closed include administrative offices (communications, correspondence, Park Board support, Web management, public outreach, human resources, finance and administration); the Planning and Development Division; and the Magnuson Park office.

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