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Only 15 days left for kids to pick up free zoo tickets!

August 26th, 2015 by Mike

For the thousands of kids and teens who have participated in The Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning, it’s time to pick up free tickets to the Woodland Park Zoo.

From the library:

Just by filling out a simple survey, children and teens (ages 0-18) who participated in Summer of Learning can receive two free tickets to an end-of-summer party at the zoo on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 or Sunday, Sept. 13.

The surveys, which will help us improve next year’s program, are located in the back of the Summer of Learning activity booklets and on the fliers for early learners and teens (all available at your local Library branch) or online on the Library’s Summer of Learning Web page. Turn surveys in to your local Library branch by Thursday, Sept. 10 for zoo tickets.

Tickets provide free admittance to the zoo for one person 18 or under and one guest. There will be a welcome program at noon every day, followed by free music in the North Meadow.

The 2015 Summer of Learning program is designed to keep students reading and learning while school is out. This year’s program features the theme “Wild Science!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The program is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, U.S. Bank and Woodland Park Zoo.

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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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Seattle Public Library announces scholarship essay competition

January 15th, 2014 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site My Ballard.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is inviting Seattle high school seniors and undergraduates to enter an essay scholarship competition in honor of civic leader Stimson Bullitt.

The foundation are looking for essay submissions exploring the subject of civic courage. Local youth are asked to write about an individual or group from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

The Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition was created to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who took a stand to better the world and their willingness to go against public opinion.

“This civic courage essay contest is a most fitting tribute to his legacy,” said Jonna Ward, executive director of the Library Foundation. “Stim’s commitment and generosity helped build and sustain important Seattle institutions like the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and the Library Foundation and we are happy to honor his contributions to the Seattle community.”

Essays can be submitted online until February 28 and six scholarships will be awarded for the essays chosen by the blue ribbon scholarship judges. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winning essay; two $2,500 scholarships for second place and three $1,000 scholarships for third place.

The winners will be announced in May and the winning essays will be added to the collection in Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library.

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

The Seattle Public Library is offering two workshops to support students in their research from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, February 10 at the Central Library (1000 Fourth Ave, Level 10, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Room).

Click here to learn more about the competition.

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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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All Seattle city libraries closed on Wednesday

October 1st, 2013 by Mike

All branches of The Seattle Public Library will be closed Wednesday for a staff in-service day.

Regular service, including at the Northgate and Green Lake branches, will resume Thursday.

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Library spring book sale comes to North Seattle Community College this weekend

April 4th, 2013 by Mike

The Seattle Public Library’s spring book sale is this weekend, and it’s nearby – just across the freeway at North Seattle Community College.

The sale runs Saturday and Sunday, April 6th and 7th. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday’s are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This extensive sale will feature thousands of books and other items, including:

– Hardback & paperback fiction

– Nonfiction

– Better books

– Children’s & Teen books

– CDs & DVDs

– Old & rare books

Items will be restocked continually throughout the sale. Prices are $2 for hardback books and $1 for paperback and children’s books, DVDs and CDs. A section of “better books” will be priced individually.

For more information, call the Friends of The Seattle Public Library Book Sale at 206-682-7567 or e-mail

The sale is in the college cafeteria. Enter from the south end of the campus at 9600 College Way N. (that’s the side that  Northeast 92nd runs along). Admission is free.

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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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Crowd-sourced Voters Guide gets librarian fact-checkers

November 3rd, 2012 by Mike

By Sarah Elson, UW News Lab

Most voters’ guides simply aim to inform. But the Living Voters Guide, which was created in 2010 by the University of Washington’s Engage Project and the Seattle civic nonprofit CityClub, strives to start discussions between voters to help them make sense of the major initiatives on the ballot. This year they’ve added librarian fact-checkers to make the crowd-sourced voters guide more trustworthy.

“The guide is kind of what people thought about these ballot measures,” explained Travis Kriplean, the developer of the Living Voters Guide. “The ballot measures are often controversial and also a bit hard to understand, so it seemed like a good way to get people to talk about them, because there are surprisingly few places for that to happen.”

The website summarizes each of the eight statewide initiatives and lists pros and cons from other users on either side, so voters can create their own list in the middle compiled of the factors that are most important to them.

Anyone can post on the guide as long as they have an account on the site. Kriplean estimated that about one out of every three people who visit the site actually contribute to it.

Kriplean said the guide’s strength is in showing what people are thinking about across the political spectrum. However, it doesn’t have a strong informational base, so it’s hard for users to discern which points are true.

To make the guide more trustworthy, he’s enlisted the help of Seattle Public Library librarians to fact-check claims that other users want verified. The librarians spend a maximum of two hours researching the claim and then write a report about whether the claim appears to be accurate. The report is posted within 48 hours.

“Our approach is not to say, ‘This person is right or wrong,’ or ‘This is true or false,’ but to say if it’s an accurate statement,” said Chance Hunt, Seattle library partnerships and government relations director. “We then provide citations and additional information for people (who) want to do their own level of comparison with the information that’s available.” [Read more →]

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Heads Up: Seattle Public Libraries Closed Thursday, September 27th

September 22nd, 2012 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site Queen Anne View.

Thanks to a tweet from our neighbors in West Seattle, we were alerted to an upcoming library closure. Mark your calendars, all Seattle Public Library branches will be closed next Thursday, September 27th for a staff in-service day. Plan accordingly!

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