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Drop-in Assistive Technology Open Lab

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - LEAP Assistive Technology Lab. Audience: Adults. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Come to the LEAP Drop-In Lab session for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help in the use of the Library's assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons. Description: LEAP staff members are available to answer questions and assist in the use of the Library's JAWS speech and ZoomText magnification software. Staff is also able to assist patrons in the use of the assistive technology to download eBooks, setup free email accounts, or request books and DVDs, or help with other adaptive equipment. Other help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Computer basics - Internet basics - Microsoft Word Please note: LEAP-staff cannot assist with any kind of h… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for LEAP Drop-In Open-Lab help. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: leap@spl.org. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 5, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Two Mondays a month at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "The Call," by Robert Westall. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is "The Call," by Robert Westall. Midnight on Christmas Eve, and the phone rang. “He’s going to kill me,” a voice said, as certain and as cold as a tombstone. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 5, 2016, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Construction Improvements Open House

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Attend an open house to learn about interior improvements planned for the Beacon Hill Branch. Description: The Beacon Hill Branch is tentatively set to temporarily close effective Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, for refurbishing. Patrons are invited to learn more about the improvements at an open house at the branch. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other Library staff members will be on hand to answer questions and explain alternate services. The refurbished branch is expected to reopen in February. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Beginner ESL 2 & 3 Class - Class Full

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Class type: ESL. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: This is a beginner-level English language class. Class meets October 10 - December 14, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Registration and testing on the first day of class. Description: Students must be able to attend all classes. Students will focus on speaking, listening, vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tinkerlab Academy: Spheros Robots

Where: Delridge Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn to program BB-8™ by Sphero, a small app enabled droid inspired by The Force Awakens, during this two-part Tinkerlab Academy. Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/tinkerlab. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 5, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Poetry Appreciation Group

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 6 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join fellow poetry lovers to read and discuss poems. Poetry selections are provided for readers in the group. Description: This weekly group is for people who love to read, think about and discuss poetry. Drop in and see if it's for you. We read both contemporary poets and the classics. Each week focuses on a different poet selected by group members. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

仁人服務社咨詢服務 (CISC Information & Service)

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Chinese Information and Service Center's Community Information & Service assists low-income, non and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities. Description: CISC Community Information & Service provides short-term help and intervention to meet the needs of low-income, non- and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities, living in Seattle or King County area. Social workers provide information, assistance and advocacy to help adults live healthier and more independent lives. This service meets at the Lake City Branch on the first and third Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: 仁人服務社為年滿55歲或以上之耆老、身障人士、低收入或不懂英語的家庭提供免費諮詢服務,包含協助申請社會褔利、醫療保險、房屋補助等等。每逢第一及第三個星期二下午1時30分至4時30分于湖城圖書館提供服務。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Detective Cookie's Chess Club

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Children and teens, ages 7 and up, are invited to join the group. Family and community members are also welcome. Drop by to learn and play chess! Description: This urban chess club has been ongoing since February 2007. New members are always welcome. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Serie de Talleres: Cómo Hacer Negocios con la Ciudad de Seattle

Where: South Park Branch. Non-Library Location: South Park Neighborhood Center | 8201 10th Ave. S. Seattle WA 98108. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Está interesado en hacer negocios con la Ciudad de Seattle / El Departamento de Transporte de la Ciudad de Seattle? (Learn about how to do business with the City of Seattle). Description: Los talleres cubrirán los siguientes temas: ¿Cuáles son los diferentes productos y servicios adquiridos por la ciudad de Seattle / Ciudad del Departamento de Transportación de Seattle, ¿Cuáles son los procesos a seguir? ¿Cómo empieza el proceso, ¿Cómo se puede preparar, y qué tipo de asistencia está disponible? Notes: Este programa será presentado en español. Los eventos y programas de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos son bienvenidos. Espacio es limitado, por lo tanto, favor de registrarse o unirse a la lista de espera. No es necesario atender a todos los talleres; usted puede elegir cual(es) sesión(es) atender. Este evento es patrocinado por el Departamento de Transportación de la Ciudad de Seattle (SDOT), el Departamento de Compras y Contratos de la Ciudad de Seattle (FAS - CPCS) y la Biblioteca Pública de Sea… Translation: Introduction to Working with SDOT/City of Seattle Workshops Workshop classes cover: what are the different products and services purchased by the City of Seattle / City of Seattle Department of Transportation, what are the processes and how do you start, how can you prepare, what assistance is available. This event is cosponsored by the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, City of Seattle Finance & Administration Central Contract Purchasing Services and The Seattle Public Library. Regist… Contact: Edson I. Zavala edson.zavala@seattle.gov 206-684-7949. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Your Business - Market Smart

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Have a great product or service, but not sure how to connect with new customers? Come to this free workshop and learn how! Registration is recommended. Description: At this free workshop, you’ll find out how to develop a marketing strategy to grow your business and differentiate yourself from competitors. Discover market research available through the library that will help you make informed decisions. You’ll learn how to: Identify customer demographics and spending habits Find the latest trends in your industry How you compare to your competition Resources to develop a marketing strategy. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is limited, so please register for your tickets now. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'La Traviata'

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Preview lecture of Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Verdi's "La Traviata.". Description: Join Theodore Deacon for an entertaining preview lecture of Verdi’s passionate portrait of a Parisian courtesan who gives up the man of her dreams features one of the most emotional scores in opera. The timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice is given added immediacy via a “five star” (Sunday Telegraph) production that brings striking sophistication to the very human story. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Let's Talk About Books

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 5 - PACCAR Inc. Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: A no-pressure book group for people who love to talk about all kinds of books. Book Description: Is your favorite part of a book group when people talk informally about what they're reading and loving? Then this is the group for you! No assigned reading, no pressure. Just a small group of readers who share suggestions for what to read. It's a great place to get ideas for your next book. Fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels ... we talk about it all. Drop in any time! Notes: This group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from noon to 12:50 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

Tech Help

Where: NewHolly Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1905 appointments are scheduled for up to 1 hour. Contact Info: NewHolly Branch 206-386-1905 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

West Seattle Hot Topics for Seniors

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: A brown bag lunch discussion group committed to understanding issues of importance to current and future seniors. Description: Join Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and the Southwest Branch as we create a place for the discussion of current national, state and local issues. The group will select topics, which may include issues such as education, health care, benefit programs, hospice, palliative care, immigration, gun control, transportation and housing. This month's topic: Election de-briefing, getting to know one another, and 2017 topics. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: This service is free and all are welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 min. of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4715. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up for 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4715. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM.

Tinkerlab

Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/all-ages/tinkerlab. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Beginner ESL 2 & 3 Class - Class Full

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Class type: ESL. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: This is a beginner-level English language class. Class meets October 10 - December 14, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Registration and testing on the first day of class. Description: Students must be able to attend all classes. Students will focus on speaking, listening, vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Other Realms Roundtable: a book discussion group for science fiction & fantasy fans

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: City Hall/City Grind Espresso 600 4th Ave. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Do you love science fiction and fantasy? Then this no-pressure book group may be for you! Book Description: Instead of reading one book, we come and share what we have been reading. Feel free to stop by to listen or join in with your recent reads! Notes: This group meets the second Thursday of the month at noon at City Hall's City Grind Espresso. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Hot Topics for Seniors (And Senior Wannabes!)

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Address: Seattle, WA, 98115. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hot Topics for Seniors meets the second Thursday of the month to discuss creative aging, seniors' activist, or library-related topics. Potluck lunch, or just join in. Description: On Thursday, December 8th, Hot Topics for Seniors will meet to celebrate the season and plan topics for 2017. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: International District/Chinatown Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1300. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: International District/Chinatown Branch 206-386-1300 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Beyond Google: Free Market Research at Your Library

Where: non-library location. Address: Small Business Administration (SBA) Training Room 2401 4th Ave Ste. 450 Seattle, WA 98121. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Find out how to easily navigate databases available through your Library to help you make informed decisions in your business planning, marketing, site location and market analysis. Registration is encouraged. Description: Whatever stage your business is at, it’s vital to stay ahead of the competition. Information is key to success, but can be expensive or time-consuming if you don’t know where to look. Find out how to easily navigate various databases available through your local library to help you make informed decisions in your business planning, marketing, site location and market analysis. Also, gain valuable information and insights to better understand local economic conditions, customers, and more. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is encouraged but not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

中文电脑辅导课 (Chinese Computer Practice Lab)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 3 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Adults. Language: 中文. Summary: 请来参加我们的免费电脑辅导课。(Come to our Practice Lab and get your questions about technology and Library services answered.). Description: 辅导课上我们可以帮助您关于电脑或是图书馆服务方面的问题。帮助内容例如:互联网、电子邮件、中文打字、如何开始使用您的笔记本电脑或平板电脑(iPad)、如何下载软件、如何下载图书馆电子、微软办公管理软件或其他软件。. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: In the practice lab, we are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics include: Internet and Email, typing in Chinese, getting started with your laptop or tablet computer, downloading software, downloading e-books and audiobooks, Microsoft Office or other software questions. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-in: Future Fashion Design with eTextiles

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the future of fashion design and tinker with eTextiles. Description: TinkerLab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Housing Is a Human Right: Building Affordability Through Community Ownership

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: What is community ownership? How can we create equitable development and curb displacement? Join us for a conversation with local and national leaders. Description: Join us for a conversation with local and national leaders working to build out a vision for community control that allows neighbors to thrive in place. We will discuss the necessary principles for community ownership, and community led strategies to curb displacement. Hear about specific examples where community ownership is taking root in the form of Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives (LEHCs) and Community Land Trusts (CLTs). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. program starts at 6 p.m. Panelists: • Urban Ho… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Co-hosts: Puget Sound Sage & Councilmember Mike O’Brien Sponsored by: King County and Seattle Foundation- Communities of Opportunity and The Seattle Public Library. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Chess Club

Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come play a game of chess! Children, teens and adults - people of all ages are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction also available. Description: All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Serie de Talleres: Cómo Hacer Negocios con la Ciudad de Seattle

Where: South Park Branch. Non-Library Location: South Park Neighborhood Center | 8201 10th Ave. S. Seattle WA 98108. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Está interesado en hacer negocios con la Ciudad de Seattle / El Departamento de Transporte de la Ciudad de Seattle? (Learn about how to do business with the City of Seattle). Description: Los talleres cubrirán los siguientes temas: ¿Cuáles son los diferentes productos y servicios adquiridos por la ciudad de Seattle / Ciudad del Departamento de Transportación de Seattle, ¿Cuáles son los procesos a seguir? ¿Cómo empieza el proceso, ¿Cómo se puede preparar, y qué tipo de asistencia está disponible? Notes: Este programa será presentado en español. Los eventos y programas de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos son bienvenidos. Espacio es limitado, por lo tanto, favor de registrarse o unirse a la lista de espera. No es necesario atender a todos los talleres; usted puede elegir cual(es) sesión(es) atender. Este evento es patrocinado por el Departamento de Transportación de la Ciudad de Seattle (SDOT), el Departamento de Compras y Contratos de la Ciudad de Seattle (FAS - CPCS) y la Biblioteca Pública de Sea… Translation: Introduction to Working with SDOT/City of Seattle Workshops Workshop classes cover: what are the different products and services purchased by the City of Seattle / City of Seattle Department of Transportation, what are the processes and how do you start, how can you prepare, what assistance is available. This event is cosponsored by the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, City of Seattle Finance & Administration Central Contract Purchasing Services and The Seattle Public Library. Regist… Contact: Edson I. Zavala edson.zavala@seattle.gov 206-684-7949. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Author Readings Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 326th meeting of the It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month’s presentation features Jay Craig, Meg Pasquini and Karen Anderson, with Suzanne Warren on The Writer's Craft. Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Tech help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 9, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 9, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4704. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Positive Behavior Support Series for Somali Families

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Adults. Language: English, Soomaali. Summary: Families with children from birth to 6 years who have developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs can learn how to support behavior and increase communication. Somali language support is provided. Description: This is a series of workshops for parents provided at Rainier Beach Branch by Open Doors for Multicultural Families. ODMF will provide on-site childcare while parents are in the workshop. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Picture Book Author Saturday Series with Toni Yuly

Author Readings Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Anne Marie Gault Story Hour Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the last story time in this series, with guest star, picture book author Toni Yuly! Description: Toni Yuly has been an early bird her whole life and loves to start the day in her studio listening to other early birds sing outside her window. She lives in a small house by the water in Bremerton, WA, a short ferry boat ride from Seattle, where she was born. Toni fell in love with Eastern sensibilities during a year spent in Sendai, Japan when she was just 17 years old. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Painting where she studied with the great American painter, Jacob Lawren… View in Catalog: Works by Toni Yuly. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk 206-386-4675 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble Concert

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Members of the Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble perform holiday favorites at the Ballard Branch. Description: Please join us for a holiday concert performed by a dozen young harp students, under the direction of Susi Hussong. They'll play holiday favorites from around the world and will be joined by violin, cello, flute, bells, drums and voice. The members of this diverse group share a love of the harp and are happy to perform for the Ballard audience again. Don't miss this annual holiday tradition! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Build a Killer Author Platform

Seattle Writes Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Discover strategies to build your author platform via social media, web presence and outreach to get yourself noticed and your book in the hands of readers. Description: What is an “author platform” anyway, and how can you create one? Don’t let the phrase scare you. There are simple strategies you can start right now to build it—without quitting your day job. In this workshop, best-selling author and publishing consultant Jen Worick will demystify the concept of "author platform" and you’ll begin to feel excited about promoting yourself and your work. Learn to leverage the many strengths and attributes you already have and bring to the table as an author. Determine what rea… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to make room for all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper… More...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/seattle-writes. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

El Club Latino

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 8 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: Un grupo cultural latino para las personas que les encanta hablar de todo acerca de la cultura latinoamericana. Book Description: Comparte tus conocimientos acerca de la cultura latinoamericana en un ambiente amistoso y entretenido. Notes: Este grupo se reúne una vez al mes. Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Para más información llame al 206-684-0849 y pregunte por Marcela, o deje un mensaje en español en el 206-615-1662. Translation: Join El Club Latino and spend a pleasant time talking about Latin American culture. El Club Latino meets once a month. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

PoetsWest poetry, prose or public issue events

Author Readings Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: PoetsWest meets the second Saturday of the month for poetry, prose or public issue events and open mic. Description: On Saturday, December 10th, PoetsWest features readings from TBA. Hosted by Art Gomez. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Hour of Code

Where: Broadview Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science for all ages. Registration is required. Description: The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Tutorials are available in over 30 languages using the library's iPads. No experience needed. Ages 8 - adult. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call the branch at 206-684-7519 or register in person at the branch. Drop-ins will be welcomed if space is available. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Remembering Russia / «Воспоминая Россию»

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Русский. Summary: "Remembering Russia" through songs we all knew and sang, and now these songs live in our memories. Description: "We dreamed of the program that would have it all: the witty Russian folklore, the charming romance, the wild fiery Russian gypsy songs, and the touching songs of the Great Patriotic War. We heard them as we grew up, and we want to keep singing them to our children. So here we are, recalling Russia by singing her songs of many different styles and genres!”. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: "Мы мечтали о программе которая будет иметь все: остроумный русский фольклор очаровательный роман дикие зажигательные русские цыганские песни и трогательные песни Великой Отечественной войны мы слышали их как мы росли и мы хотим. продолжать петь их нашим детям. Так вот мы вспоминая Россию распевая свои песни из многочисленных стилей и жанров!". Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'La Traviata'

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Preview lecture of Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.”. Description: Join Norm Hollingshead for an entertaining preview lecture of the irresistible classic Verdi’s “La Traviata.” This passionate portrait of a worldly courtesan forced by bourgeois society to give up the man of her dreams enthralls with a wide range of moods packed into a tautly-constructed story. One of the most perfect scores in opera elevates the timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice. This event is co-sponsored by the Seattle Opera. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Poetry: The Journey of Our Names

Seattle Writes Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: We will learn how to draw on the power of our names to create rich poetry. Description: Names are more than merely labels--they are at once personal, cultural, and political. According the Swampy Cree people, “to say the name is to begin the story.” In this class, we’ll claim our names—given, familial, and nicknames alike—mining them for the imagery and narratives that have come to shape us, and create rich poetry in the process. Aaron Counts is a poet and nonfiction writer with extensive teaching experience. He is the co-author of Reclaiming Black Manhood. His writing has appeared in man… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to make room for all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper… More...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/seattle-writes. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Writers Read

Author Readings Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Description: Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers' Alliance on the second Sunday of the month. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Rainier Beach Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Wild Swans" by Jung Chang. Book Description: A nonfiction account of three generations of Chinese women living in the turmoil of the rapidly changing 20th century: grandmother, a warlord's concubine; mother, an ardent supporter of Mao; Chang herself, a western-educated professor in London. View in Catalog: "Wild Swans" by Jung Chang. Next Month's Title: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon. Notes: This group meets the second Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us when LMC Opera presents scenes from "Falstaff" by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Description: Act I, Part II – “Fulgida Alice, amor t’offro….Quell’otre! quell tino” (Radiant Alice, I offer my love…That wineskin! That tub!) Act II, Part II – “Gaia comari di Windsor” (Merry Women of Windsor) Act II, Part II – “Sarai la Fata Regina delle Fate” “You will be Queen of the Fairies” Act III – “Dal labbro il canto estasiato” (From my lips an ecstatic song flies) “Sul fil d’un soffio estasio” (On the breath of an etesian breeze) Cast of Characters Alice Ford sung by Meg Daly, soprano Meg Pa… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Drop-in Assistive Technology Open Lab

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - LEAP Assistive Technology Lab. Audience: Adults. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Come to the LEAP Drop-In Lab session for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help in the use of the Library's assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons. Description: LEAP staff members are available to answer questions and assist in the use of the Library's JAWS speech and ZoomText magnification software. Staff is also able to assist patrons in the use of the assistive technology to download eBooks, setup free email accounts, or request books and DVDs, or help with other adaptive equipment. Other help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Computer basics - Internet basics - Microsoft Word Please note: LEAP-staff cannot assist with any kind of h… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for LEAP Drop-In Open-Lab help. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: leap@spl.org. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 12, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Beginner ESL 2 & 3 Class - Class Full

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Class type: ESL. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: This is a beginner-level English language class. Class meets October 10 - December 14, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Registration and testing on the first day of class. Description: Students must be able to attend all classes. Students will focus on speaking, listening, vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tinkerlab Academy: Spheros Robots

Where: Delridge Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn to program BB-8™ by Sphero, a small app enabled droid inspired by The Force Awakens, during this two-part Tinkerlab Academy. Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/tinkerlab. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Broadview Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. Book Description: Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver. View in Catalog: "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. Next Month's Title: "Saving Fish from Drowning" by Amy Tan. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Study Room "C." Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Southwest Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "When We Were Orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Book Description: Born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, Banks was orphaned at the age of nine after the separate disappearances of his parents. Now, more than twenty years later, he is a celebrated figure in London society; yet the investigative expertise that has garnered him fame has done little to illuminate the circumstances of his parents' alleged kidnappings. Banks travels to the seething, labyrinthine city of his memory in hopes of solving the mystery of his own, painful past, only to find that war is ravaging Sha… View in Catalog: "When We Were Orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Next Month's Title: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45pm. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the West Seattle Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder. Book Description: The stirring biography of infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul Farmer who transformed healthcare in impoverished Haiti and brought change where it seemed impossible. View in Catalog: "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder. Next Month's Title: "The Other Language" by Francesca Marchiano. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Drop-in for Veteran Services

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a drop-in event with Supportive Services for Veteran Families to see if you qualify for assistance if you have been in the military and are experiencing homelessness. Description: Drop-in and speak with a Veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families to see if you qualify for assistance. Have you ever been in the military? Are you experiencing homelessness? Do you have very low income? We can help you find and keep housing. Services provided: • Rapid access to housing • Counseling • Financial planning • Access to transportation • Access to income resources • Help with expenses • Help with legal issues • Access to medical care. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact: General inquiries, please call 206-545-2344. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Poetry Appreciation Group

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 6 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join fellow poetry lovers to read and discuss poems. Poetry selections are provided for readers in the group. Description: This weekly group is for people who love to read, think about and discuss poetry. Drop in and see if it's for you. We read both contemporary poets and the classics. Each week focuses on a different poet selected by group members. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Low-Vision Readers Book Group

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Join the Central Library's Low Vision Book Group for a discussion of "The Fault in our Stars" by John Green. Description: Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. View in Catalog: "The Fault in our Stars" by John Green. Notes: PLEASE NOTE: The December book group will be meeting in the Microsoft Auditorium. This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at noon. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Books in cartridge form are provided free of charge and delivered to your home by the Washington Talking book and Braille Library; for more information, call Alan Bentson at 206-615-0400. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Detective Cookie's Chess Club

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Children and teens, ages 7 and up, are invited to join the group. Family and community members are also welcome. Drop by to learn and play chess! Description: This urban chess club has been ongoing since February 2007. New members are always welcome. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Greenwood Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Children of the Jacaranda Tree" by Sahar Delijani. Book Description: This novel follows a group of mothers, fathers, children, and lovers affected by the tide of history during Iran's violent summer of 1988. View in Catalog: "Children of the Jacaranda Tree" by Sahar Delijani. Next Month's Title: "Wave" by Sonali Deraniyagala. Notes: This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Wallingford Branch. Room Location: Community meeting room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Wallingford Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Transatlantic" by Colum McCann. Book Description: A tale, spanning 150 years and two continents, reimagines the peace efforts of Democracy, champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan. View in Catalog: "Transatlantic" by Colum McCann. Next Month's Title: "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett. Notes: This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Wallingford Branch 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a Ladies Musical Club concert featuring vocal works by Bellini and piano works by Chopin. Description: The concert will include the following program: Works by Vincenzo Bellini L’abbandono (Romanza) (The abandonment) Malincolnia, Ninfa gentile (Melancholy gentle nymph) Vanne, o rosa fortunata (Go, fortunate rose) "Eccomi . . . O quante volte," (Here I am... o how many times) from I Capuleti e I Montecchi Per pietà bell’idol mio (Have pity, my dearest one) Ma rendi pur contento (Only make her happy) Performed by Emily Riesser, soprano and accompanied by Lucy Wenger, piano Works by Frederick Chop… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: NewHolly Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1905 appointments are scheduled for up to 1 hour. Contact Info: NewHolly Branch 206-386-1905 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: This service is free and all are welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Employment Workshop: Résumé Building

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Class type: Job Skills. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come learn how to build a successful résumé to best showcase your skills, education and experience. Description: This soup to nuts presentation will help you understand what employers are looking for and how to provide it. We will be talking about how to best showcase your skills, education, and experience. Bring your résumé if you have one, as we will be doing hands-on work. Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Pre-registration is not required, but you can reserve your spot. Contact: Amanda See, asee@pacassoc.com, (206) 637-5148. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM.

Tinkerlab

Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/all-ages/tinkerlab. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Beginner ESL 2 & 3 Class - Class Full

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Class type: ESL. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: This is a beginner-level English language class. Class meets October 10 - December 14, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Registration and testing on the first day of class. Description: Students must be able to attend all classes. Students will focus on speaking, listening, vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Drop-in for Veteran Services

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a drop-in event with Supportive Services for Veteran Families to see if you qualify for assistance if you have been in the military and are experiencing homelessness. Description: Drop-in and speak with a Veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families to see if you qualify for assistance. Have you ever been in the military? Are you experiencing homelessness? Do you have very low income? We can help you find and keep housing. Services provided: • Rapid access to housing • Counseling • Financial planning • Access to transportation • Access to income resources • Help with expenses • Help with legal issues • Access to medical care. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: International District/Chinatown Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1300. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: International District/Chinatown Branch 206-386-1300 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

中文电脑辅导课 (Chinese Computer Practice Lab)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 3 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Adults. Language: 中文. Summary: 请来参加我们的免费电脑辅导课。(Come to our Practice Lab and get your questions about technology and Library services answered.). Description: 辅导课上我们可以帮助您关于电脑或是图书馆服务方面的问题。帮助内容例如:互联网、电子邮件、中文打字、如何开始使用您的笔记本电脑或平板电脑(iPad)、如何下载软件、如何下载图书馆电子、微软办公管理软件或其他软件。. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: In the practice lab, we are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics include: Internet and Email, typing in Chinese, getting started with your laptop or tablet computer, downloading software, downloading e-books and audiobooks, Microsoft Office or other software questions. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Collage Friendship Boxes

Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an afternoon of collaging your own friendship box to keep or give to a friend. We've got the boxes, glue and scrap paper. You bring the creativity! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Business Resource Open House

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: An open house to meet community lenders and providers of free business consulting. Description: Whether you are starting or growing a business, there are local assistance organizations that will help you succeed. Maybe you are looking for financial help, counseling on the viability of a business idea, or just advice on next steps. Bring your new ideas or fully formed plans to this free event and meet the experts who will provide the technical and financial assistance to empower you. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-in: Finch Robots

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn the basics of programming with these fun robots. Description: TinkerLab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Chess Club

Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come play a game of chess! Children, teens and adults - people of all ages are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction also available. Description: All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Poetry Potluck

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join our informal gathering to listen to and read poetry aloud. Bring a few favorite poems, whether classics or new discoveries, and share them around the table. This is a feast of poetry. (Not a food event.). Description: Join our informal gathering to listen to and read poetry aloud. Bring a few favorite poems, whether classics or new discoveries, and share them around the table. This is a feast of poetry. (Not a food event.). Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: Lynn Miller. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tech help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 16, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4704. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

CANCELED - All Ages Board Game Day

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an all-ages board game day at the Ballard Branch. Description: Wanna play? Bring your family, friends, or come alone and play our array of board games from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrambled States of America. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Movie Matinee: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a free family movie matinee at the Southwest Branch. Snacks provided. Everyone welcome. Description: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 138 minutes. View in Catalog: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:20 PM.

Southwest Stories

Where: Delridge Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula, and the birthplace of Seattle in a series of monthly presentations with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Description: Join Sheila Brown, Education Program Supervisor, Camp Long, who will discuss “The Diamond Anniversary of Camp Long: Rocking Outdoor Adventures for 75 Years.” Join us on the third Sunday of every month rotating among the five branches of The Seattle Public Library on the Duwamish Peninsula. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This series is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Drop-in Assistive Technology Open Lab

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - LEAP Assistive Technology Lab. Audience: Adults. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Come to the LEAP Drop-In Lab session for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help in the use of the Library's assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons. Description: LEAP staff members are available to answer questions and assist in the use of the Library's JAWS speech and ZoomText magnification software. Staff is also able to assist patrons in the use of the assistive technology to download eBooks, setup free email accounts, or request books and DVDs, or help with other adaptive equipment. Other help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Computer basics - Internet basics - Microsoft Word Please note: LEAP-staff cannot assist with any kind of h… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for LEAP Drop-In Open-Lab help. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: leap@spl.org. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 19, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Two Mondays a month at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "The Burglar’s Christmas," by Willa Cather. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is "The Burglar’s Christmas," by Willa Cather. Christmas Eve on the streets of Chicago, and a hungry man who’s run out of options finds that home is where the heart is. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 19, 2016, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Southwest Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann. Book Description: New York City in the 1970s. A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. A 38-year-old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take ca… View in Catalog: "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann. Notes: This group meets the third Monday of the month at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 19, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 19, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

The Beautiful Struggle, at Gay City

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Gay City, Calamus Auditorium 517 E Pike Street Seattle, WA 98112. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a discussion with Christopher Peguero, Dominique Stephens, Luis Fernando Ramirez, Jacque Larrainzar and Sonj Basha, moderated by Luzviminda Uruzi "Lulu" Carpenter. Description: Local community leaders will lead a talk celebrating and acknowledging the work and lives of people who have survived many different types of violence, from transphobia and bigotry to institutionalized racism. This is an evening celebrating space within our communities where we connect, inspire and build. Join us for a discussion with panelists Christopher Peguero, Dominique Stephens, Luis Fernando Ramirez and Sonja Basha. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 19, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the University Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month we will be reading a play (title to be determined). Book Description: This month we will read and discuss a play (title to be determined). Notes: This group meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 19, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Morning Book Group at the South Park Senior Center

Where: non-library location. Address: South Park Senior Center l 8201 10th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the South Park Senior Center. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan. Book Description: Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her. View in Catalog: "The Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan. Notes: This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Poetry Appreciation Group

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 6 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join fellow poetry lovers to read and discuss poems. Poetry selections are provided for readers in the group. Description: This weekly group is for people who love to read, think about and discuss poetry. Drop in and see if it's for you. We read both contemporary poets and the classics. Each week focuses on a different poet selected by group members. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

仁人服務社咨詢服務 (CISC Community Information & Service)

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Chinese Information and Service Center's Community Information & Service assists low-income, non-and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities. Description: CISC Community Information & Service provides short-term help and intervention to meet the needs of low-income, non- and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities, living in Seattle or King County area. Social workers provide information, assistance and advocacy to help adults live healthier and more independent lives. This service meets at the Lake City Branch on the first and third Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: 仁人服務社為年滿55歲或以上之耆老、身障人士、低收入或不懂英語的家庭提供免費諮詢服務,包含協助申請社會褔利、醫療保險、房屋補助等等。每逢第一及第三個星期二下午1時30分至4時30分于湖城圖書館提供服務。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Montlake Branch. Room Location: Don G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Montlake Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante. Book Description: A rich, intense and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists. View in Catalog: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante. Next Month's Title: "Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Notes: This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Montlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for book group at the Southwest Branch. This group normally meets at High Point. This month’s title is "Truth and Beauty" by Ann Patchett. Book Description: Ann Patchett's brutally candid memoir explores her extraordinarily demanding 20-year friendship with Lucy Grealy, author of "Autobiography of a Face.". View in Catalog: "Truth and Beauty" by Ann Patchett. Next Month's Title: TBD by the Group in Fall 2016. Notes: This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Let's Talk About Books

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 5 - PACCAR Inc. Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Try a different kind of book group -- no assigned reading! Book Description: Let's Talk About Books is an informal group where participants take turns briefly talking about a recently enjoyed book. It's a great place to get ideas for what to read next, and to share your excitement about what you've been reading! There's absolutely no pressure; if you'd rather not share a book, but you want to hear what others are reading, this is still the place for you. Notes: This group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month from noon to 12:50 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: This service is free and all are welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Lake City Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Lake City Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Book Description: Teenagers Hazel and Gus meet in a cancer support group, fall in love and explore life's questions and uncertainties together in this honest, unforgettable story. View in Catalog: "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Next Month's Title: "Euphoria" by Lily King. Notes: This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1pm. , Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 1:00 PM.

All Is Full of Fluff: Internet Cat & Dog Video Fest

Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: It's raining cats and dogs... at the library! Having a "ruff" day? Need some silly "meowvies"? Description: Join us for a festival of short videos starring the cutest cats and dogs the internet has to offer. Make simple puppets to cheer for your favorites. All ages. Rating: Unrated. Run time: Varied. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Hour of Code and Beyond

Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for Hour of Code, then stay for more advanced coding experiences. Registration is required. Description: The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Tutorials are available in over 30 languages using the library's iPads. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104. Attend our of Code from 2-3pm, then experience further programming activities from 3-5pm. Examples include: a JavaScript tutorial from Khan Academy and more. Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for this program. Call the branch for more details. More...: http://www.spl.org/hourofcode. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Broadview Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown. Book Description: Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. View in Catalog: "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown. Next Month's Title: "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. Notes: This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. Events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Capitol Hill Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is the "Buddha in the Attic" by Julie Otsuka. Book Description: Six Japanese mail-order brides tell their stories of early 20th century hardships and assimilation as their expectations meet with the reality of life in working class America. View in Catalog: "Buddha in the Attic" by Julie Otsuka. Next Month's Title: "Climbing the Mango Trees" by Madhur Jaffrey. Notes: This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Evening Book Group at the South Park Senior Center

Where: South Park Branch. Address: South Park Senior Center l 8201 10th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the South Park Senior Center. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Mathematician's Shiva" by Stuart Rojstaczer. Book Description: Alexander 'Sasha' Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela is rumored to have solved the million-dollar, Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize Problem. Rumor also has it that she spitefully took the solution to her grave. To Sasha's chagrin, a ragtag group of socially challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution--even if it means prying up the floorboards for R… View in Catalog: "The Mathematician's Shiva" by Stuart Rojstaczer. Notes: This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: International District/Chinatown Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1300. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: International District/Chinatown Branch 206-386-1300 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

中文电脑辅导课 (Chinese Computer Practice Lab)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 3 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Adults. Language: 中文. Summary: 请来参加我们的免费电脑辅导课。(Come to our Practice Lab and get your questions about technology and Library services answered.). Description: 辅导课上我们可以帮助您关于电脑或是图书馆服务方面的问题。帮助内容例如:互联网、电子邮件、中文打字、如何开始使用您的笔记本电脑或平板电脑(iPad)、如何下载软件、如何下载图书馆电子、微软办公管理软件或其他软件。. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: In the practice lab, we are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics include: Internet and Email, typing in Chinese, getting started with your laptop or tablet computer, downloading software, downloading e-books and audiobooks, Microsoft Office or other software questions. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Chess Club

Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come play a game of chess! Children, teens and adults - people of all ages are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction also available. Description: All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tech help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 23, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 23, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Library closed December 24 and 25

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25 (Christmas Day). All locations will resume regular hours on December 26. Saturday, December 24, 2016 – Sunday, December 25, 2016. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Drop-in Assistive Technology Open Lab

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - LEAP Assistive Technology Lab. Audience: Adults. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Come to the LEAP Drop-In Lab session for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help in the use of the Library's assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons. Description: LEAP staff members are available to answer questions and assist in the use of the Library's JAWS speech and ZoomText magnification software. Staff is also able to assist patrons in the use of the assistive technology to download eBooks, setup free email accounts, or request books and DVDs, or help with other adaptive equipment. Other help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Computer basics - Internet basics - Microsoft Word Please note: LEAP-staff cannot assist with any kind of h… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for LEAP Drop-In Open-Lab help. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: leap@spl.org. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 26, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Poetry Appreciation Group

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 6 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join fellow poetry lovers to read and discuss poems. Poetry selections are provided for readers in the group. Description: This weekly group is for people who love to read, think about and discuss poetry. Drop in and see if it's for you. We read both contemporary poets and the classics. Each week focuses on a different poet selected by group members. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

See the World, Feed Your Mind: Animated Shorts from Children's Film Festival Seattle 2016

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch independent short children's films from around the world, selected by Children's Film Festival Seattle 2016. Description: Zip around the world with this baker’s dozen of high-energy, high-imagination animated shorts. You’ll be dazzled by the light, color and storytelling in this vibrant celebration of creativity. Meet the world’s tidiest mouse, see sushi come to life, fly high in the sky with a flock of birds, watch out for trouble in a wacky barnyard, make music with a jazzy octopus, and see how kindness can change the day. Konigirikun- A Small Rice Ball (Mari Miyazawa, Japan) Pik-Pik-Pik (Smitry Vyotskiy, Russia) Very… Rating: Unrated. Run time: 66 minutes. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum's Children's Film Festival Seattle. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM.

See the World, Feed Your Mind: Live Action Shorts from Children's Film Festival Seattle 2016

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch independent short children's films from around the world, selected by Children's Film Festival Seattle 2016. Description: The characters in this collection of award-winning films are a determined bunch, unafraid to find their own way, create their own futures, search for happiness, and find a way to save the planet and shoot for the stars. Join these amazing kids as they explore the countryside, cities and small towns of four countries, and look up at the skies to explore the worlds beyond. Recommended for ages 7+ Bounce (Rory Lowe and D.C. Barcley, United Kingdom) Mami (Che Espiritu, Philippines- subtitled) Mo's Bows… Rating: Unrated. Run time: 78 minutes. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum's Children's Film Festival Seattle. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk 206-386-4675 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: This service is free and all are welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: International District/Chinatown Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1300. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: International District/Chinatown Branch 206-386-1300 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 29, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

中文电脑辅导课 (Chinese Computer Practice Lab)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 3 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Adults. Language: 中文. Summary: 请来参加我们的免费电脑辅导课。(Come to our Practice Lab and get your questions about technology and Library services answered.). Description: 辅导课上我们可以帮助您关于电脑或是图书馆服务方面的问题。帮助内容例如:互联网、电子邮件、中文打字、如何开始使用您的笔记本电脑或平板电脑(iPad)、如何下载软件、如何下载图书馆电子、微软办公管理软件或其他软件。. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: In the practice lab, we are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics include: Internet and Email, typing in Chinese, getting started with your laptop or tablet computer, downloading software, downloading e-books and audiobooks, Microsoft Office or other software questions. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 29, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 29, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 29, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Chess Club

Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come play a game of chess! Children, teens and adults - people of all ages are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction also available. Description: All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 29, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, December 29, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tech help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Community Resource Specialist Drop-In Hours

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Meet with the Community Resource Specialist to be connected with community resources and social services. Description: The Community Resource Specialist can connect patrons to an array of services, including housing, behavioral health counseling, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. A partnership with DESC, supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 30, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Greenwood Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is This month’s title is "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks. Book Description: In 1666, a bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to an isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to quarantine themselves. View in Catalog: "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks. Next Month's Title: "Circling the Sun" by Paula McClain. Notes: This group meets the last Friday of the month at 2 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, December 30, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4704. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Library Closed in observance of New Year's Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Sunday, January 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Poetry Appreciation Group

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 6 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join fellow poetry lovers to read and discuss poems. Poetry selections are provided for readers in the group. Description: This weekly group is for people who love to read, think about and discuss poetry. Drop in and see if it's for you. We read both contemporary poets and the classics. Each week focuses on a different poet selected by group members. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

仁人服務社咨詢服務 (CISC Information & Service)

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Chinese Information and Service Center's Community Information & Service assists low-income, non and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities. Description: CISC Community Information & Service provides short-term help and intervention to meet the needs of low-income, non- and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities, living in Seattle or King County area. Social workers provide information, assistance and advocacy to help adults live healthier and more independent lives. This service meets at the Lake City Branch on the first and third Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: 仁人服務社為年滿55歲或以上之耆老、身障人士、低收入或不懂英語的家庭提供免費諮詢服務,包含協助申請社會褔利、醫療保險、房屋補助等等。每逢第一及第三個星期二下午1時30分至4時30分于湖城圖書館提供服務。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required by calling or visiting the branch. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Magnolia Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4225 x 3. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7547. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to 1 hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Concert: 'La Traviata'

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera Preview Concert for Verdi's "La Traviata.". Description: Featuring professional singers and accompanist, Seattle Opera offers this hour-long presentation of Verdi's passionate portrait of a worldly courtesan forced by bourgeois society to give up the man of her dreams. This tautly-constructed story enthralls with some of the most incredible music and well-known tunes in all of opera. Join us for a thoroughly entertaining preview concert of Seattle Opera’s upcoming production. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4089. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 5, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Address: 12501 28th Ave. N.E. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7518. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Translation: 欢迎参加一对一中文电脑指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。本活动费用全免。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 5, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

中文电脑辅导课 (Chinese Computer Practice Lab)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 3 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Adults. Language: 中文. Summary: 请来参加我们的免费电脑辅导课。(Come to our Practice Lab and get your questions about technology and Library services answered.). Description: 辅导课上我们可以帮助您关于电脑或是图书馆服务方面的问题。帮助内容例如:互联网、电子邮件、中文打字、如何开始使用您的笔记本电脑或平板电脑(iPad)、如何下载软件、如何下载图书馆电子、微软办公管理软件或其他软件。. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: In the practice lab, we are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics include: Internet and Email, typing in Chinese, getting started with your laptop or tablet computer, downloading software, downloading e-books and audiobooks, Microsoft Office or other software questions. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 5, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Wallingford Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4088. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Wallingford Branch 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 5, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4227. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 5, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 5, 2017, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 5, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tech help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, January 6, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Concert at Rainier Arts Center: 'La Traviata'

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Rainier Arts Center 3515 S. Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98118. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera Preview Concert for Verdi's "La Traviata.". Description: Featuring professional singers and accompanist, Seattle Opera offers this hour-long presentation of Verdi's passionate portrait of a worldly courtesan forced by bourgeois society to give up the man of her dreams. This tautly-constructed story enthralls with some of the most incredible music and well-known tunes in all of opera. Join us for a thoroughly entertaining preview concert of Seattle Opera’s upcoming production. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, January 6, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for music for oboe by Martinů and Colin. Description: Concerto for oboe by Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) I.Moderato II.Poco andante III.Poco allegro Concerto No. 6, No. 46 by Charles Colin (1832-1881) Sharon Jung, oboe & Lucy Wenger, piano. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, January 8, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grown Ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Two Mondays a month at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "The Star" by H.G. Wells. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is "The Star," by H.G. Wells. It was New Year’s Day when the star first appeared in the sky. Many found it beautiful, and presumed it to be a blessing or good omen. The astronomers knew better. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, January 9, 2017, 12:05 PM – 12:55 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Magnolia Branch. Room Location: Jim Thixton and Carol Bennett Thixton Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Magnolia Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The House Girl" by Tara Conklin. Book Description: Follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves. View in Catalog: "The House Girl" by Tara Conklin. Next Month's Title: "China Dolls" by Lisa See. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. , Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at the Magnolia Branch. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Broadview Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Saving Fish from Drowning" by Amy Tan. Book Description: A humorous story of American tourists lost in the Burmese jungle due to cultural misunderstandings is narrated by Bibi Chen, the deceased wry and witty tour leader and art expert. View in Catalog: "Saving Fish from Drowning" by Amy Tan. Next Month's Title: To Be Announced. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Study Room "C." Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Southwest Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown. Book Description: This book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. It traces the story of the team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower. View in Catalog: "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown. Next Month's Title: To be announced. Notes: This group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:45pm. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the West Seattle Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Other Language" by Francesca Marciano. Book Description: Marciano gives us nine incandescently smart stories, funny, elegant, and poignant by turns, that explore the power of change--in relationships, in geographies, and across cultures--to reveal unexpected aspects of ourselves. View in Catalog: "The Other Language" by Francesca Marciano. Next Month's Title: "Annihilation" by Jeff Vandermeer. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:45 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Poetry Appreciation Group

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 6 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join fellow poetry lovers to read and discuss poems. Poetry selections are provided for readers in the group. Description: This weekly group is for people who love to read, think about and discuss poetry. Drop in and see if it's for you. We read both contemporary poets and the classics. Each week focuses on a different poet selected by group members. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4086. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required by calling or visiting the branch. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Magnolia Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4225 x 3. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Greenwood Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Wave" by Sonali Deraniyagala. Book Description: The author was visiting Sri Lanka in 2004 when a powerful tsunami swept away everything along the shore in several countries, claiming the lives of 250,000 people – including Deraniyagala's children, husband, and parents. View in Catalog: "Wave" by Sonali Deraniyagala. Next Month's Title: "Dead Wake" by Erik Larson. Notes: This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a Ladies Musical Club concert featuring music for voice and guitar and piano works for four hands. Description: The concert will include the following program: The dolce duet of voice and guitar 4 Lute songs by John Dowland Come again Flow my tears I saw my Lady weep Can she excuse my wrongs? 2 Traditional Japanese lullabies -- Anonymous, arranged by Hilary Field Edo Komoriuta Takeda no Komoriuta 2 melodies adapted from Les Chansons des Roses by Morten Lauridsen La Rose complete Dirait-on performed by Ya-Li Lee, soprano and Hilary Field, guitar Selections from Waltzes, Opus 39 by Johannes Brahms… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Broadview Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7519. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4715. Appointments are scheduled for 45 minutes. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4715. Appointments are scheduled for 45 minutes in length. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to 1 hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Your Business - Operate Smart

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: You've completed your business plan, sought financing, developed your market strategy - now what? Come to this free workshop to learn more. Registration is recommended. Description: Attend this free workshop to learn about how to operate your business: •Choosing vendors, investors, stakeholders and advisors •Credit and collections •Hiring, firing and employment law •Timely tax reporting sales and B and O •Correct registrations and licensing •Distribution channels •Banking relationships •Preparing, reading and interpreting financial statements. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is limited, so please register for your tickets now. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Columbia Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Bartender’s Tale" by Ivan Doig. Book Description: Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his twelve-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father. View in Catalog: "The Bartender’s Tale" by Ivan Doig. Next Month's Title: "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. Notes: This group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Concert: 'La Traviata'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera Preview Concert for Verdi's "La Traviata.". Description: Featuring professional singers and accompanist, Seattle Opera offers this hour-long presentation of Verdi's passionate portrait of a worldly courtesan forced by bourgeois society to give up the man of her dreams. This tautly-constructed story enthralls with some of the most incredible music and well-known tunes in all of opera. Join us for a thoroughly entertaining preview concert of Seattle Opera’s upcoming production. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 12, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4089. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 12, 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Address: 12501 28th Ave. N.E. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7518. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Translation: 欢迎参加一对一中文电脑指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。本活动费用全免。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 12, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

中文电脑辅导课 (Chinese Computer Practice Lab)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 3 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Adults. Language: 中文. Summary: 请来参加我们的免费电脑辅导课。(Come to our Practice Lab and get your questions about technology and Library services answered.). Description: 辅导课上我们可以帮助您关于电脑或是图书馆服务方面的问题。帮助内容例如:互联网、电子邮件、中文打字、如何开始使用您的笔记本电脑或平板电脑(iPad)、如何下载软件、如何下载图书馆电子、微软办公管理软件或其他软件。. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: In the practice lab, we are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics include: Internet and Email, typing in Chinese, getting started with your laptop or tablet computer, downloading software, downloading e-books and audiobooks, Microsoft Office or other software questions. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 12, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4227. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 12, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Author Readings Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 327th meeting of the It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month’s presentation features Adrienne Ross Scanlon, Matt Schumacher and Mike Hickey, with Suzanne Edison on The Writer's Craft. Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Tech help

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4711. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, January 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Lake City Pioneer Days Past Book Event

Author Readings Where: Lake City Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Vicki Stiles, Director of the Shoreline Historical Museum, will present a talk in honor of the late author Imogene Inglet and her last book about the history of the Lake City neighborhood. Description: Imogene Inglet's second book about the history of Lake City celebrates the seventy plus years of summer festivals in the Lake City neighborhood. Copies of this book are available for purchase. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

El Club Latino

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 8 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: Un grupo cultural latino para las personas que les encanta hablar de todo acerca de la cultura latinoamericana. Book Description: Comparte tus conocimientos acerca de la cultura latinoamericana en un ambiente amistoso y entretenido. Notes: Este grupo se reúne una vez al mes. Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Para más información llame al 206-684-0849 y pregunte por Marcela, o deje un mensaje en español en el 206-615-1662. Translation: Join El Club Latino and spend a pleasant time talking about Latin American culture. El Club Latino meets once a month. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, January 14, 2017, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Southwest Stories

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula, and the birthplace of Seattle in a series of monthly presentations with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Description: Join Greg Lange, King County Archivist, who will discuss "Welcome Home: Searching for the Secret Lives of Houses." What is the history of your house? Join us on the third Sunday of every month rotating among the five branches of The Seattle Public Library on the Duwamish Peninsula. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday, January 16, 2017, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

仁人服務社咨詢服務 (CISC Community Information & Service)

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Chinese Information and Service Center's Community Information & Service assists low-income, non-and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities. Description: CISC Community Information & Service provides short-term help and intervention to meet the needs of low-income, non- and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities, living in Seattle or King County area. Social workers provide information, assistance and advocacy to help adults live healthier and more independent lives. This service meets at the Lake City Branch on the first and third Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: 仁人服務社為年滿55歲或以上之耆老、身障人士、低收入或不懂英語的家庭提供免費諮詢服務,包含協助申請社會褔利、醫療保險、房屋補助等等。每逢第一及第三個星期二下午1時30分至4時30分于湖城圖書館提供服務。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required by calling or visiting the branch. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Magnolia Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4225 x 3. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7547. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Talk Time - Learn English

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, Español, 中文 Tiểng Việt, Soomaali. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Gratis, prácticas de conversación en inglés. Todos los niveles. Inscripción no necesaria. 免费英文对话练习班.所有程度. 不需要报名. Thực hành đàm thoại tiếng Anh miễn phí. Tất cả các trình độ. Không cần đăng ký. Sida Ingiriiska loogu hadlo oo lacag lac’aan ah. Diiwaangelinta ma leh. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the High Point Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. Book Description: A sparely written fictional account of the entrance of Europeans into Nigeria, and their cultural decimation of the native Ibos. View in Catalog: "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. Next Month's Title: "Ten Little Indians" by Sherman Alexie. Notes: This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. , Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: High Point Branch 206-684-7454 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Room Location: Stuart H. Prestrud Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Queen Anne Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" by Kate Atkinson. Book Description: Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets. View in Catalog: "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" by Kate Atkinson. Next Month's Title: "None to Accompany Me" by Nadine Gordimer. Notes: This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.