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Sound Cycling: Basic Bike Maintenance

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Is fear of a flat keeping you from riding? Bring in your bike to get expert advice and gain hands on experience with basic bike maintenance. Description: Get an overview of basic bike parts and learn some easy essentials, like fixing a flat or adjusting and maintaining your brakes. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with RideSavvy. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Start Your Novel

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: This class is for anyone who wants to explore the possibility of writing a novel during November (National Novel Writing Month) or at a more leisurely pace. Registration is required. Description: In this two-hour workshop, you’ll lay the groundwork for a novel through writing exercises focusing on plot and character. You will also learn about resources for novel writers in the library and the community. Instructor Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist, teacher and editor. Her two young adult novels are “Starbird Murphy and the World Outside” and “The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door.” She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Steve Griggs Ensemble - A Cup of Joe Brazil

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Songs of Unsung Seattle - Enjoy narrated, original jazz music highlighting jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil's community development through music. Description: The Steve Griggs Ensemble's Songs of Unsung Seattle is a jazz residency consisting of a series of performances. The Ensemble presents "A Cup of Joe Brazil," an original narration and music program about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil’s community development through music in the face of civil rights injustice during the 1960s and 1970s. Steve Griggs is a Seattle-based jazz saxophonist and composer. View in Catalog: Related resources for “Cup of Joe Brazil”. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Ways to Wellness 2

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for "Ways to Wellness 2" at the Greenwood Branch. This week's topic is "Alzheimer's - Prevention and Early Detection. Description: The Alzheimer's Association of Western Washington and Bastyr naturopath Emily Lesnka discuss approaches to preventing and detecting Alzheimer's. This is the third in a Sunday series at the Library branches in Northwest Seattle. Catch them all! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Want to ride more but find that life gets in the way? Learn how to integrate everyday biking into your everyday life. Description: Learn how to integrate everyday biking into your everyday life. From lights to foul weather gear, we’ll cover your questions and more. This workshop will be tailored by survey responses from the Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking info fairs in April. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with RideSavvy. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week, we feature two thrilling tales about family care. 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 Dripping" by David Morrell Returning to his childhood home, he finds gruesome horror right where he left it. (Not for the faint of heart!) "He Walked By Day" by Julius Long This ghost broke all the rules to take care of hi… 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 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Seattle Writes: Writing the Picture Book

Seattle Writes Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to write a picture book story for children! Registration is required. Description: This interactive workshop will look at how to create a memorable character, structure your story and examine the trends in publishing a picture book. Instructor Mindy Hardwick holds an MFA in Writing and teaches classes for educators at Seattle Pacific University. Her picture book, "Finders Keepers," is published with MeeGenius as a picture book app. View in Catalog: "Stained Glass Summer" by Mindy Hardwick. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, October 20, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Secrets to Long-Term Self-Publishing Sales

Seattle Writes Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Want to learn some marketing strategies that actually work? Join us for a self-publishing tips at the Capitol Hill Branch with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino. All prospective authors are welcome. Description: The more attention you give to your self-published book, the more likely readers are to notice. We’ll talk about strategies for marketing success using social and traditional media, book giveaways and promotions, events, charities and affiliates, contests and awards, and more. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the fourth of five self-publishing workshops at the Library this fall. Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. To find more writing workshops, click here. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

All Ages Board Game Night

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 night at 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. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Eric Liu discusses his latest book “A Chinaman’s Chance”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: "A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream" combines personal essay, searching history, and provocative commentary on contemporary, politics, and culture. Description: Liu asks, “What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment of China and America?” In essays that range from the meaning of Confucius, to the role of Chinese Americans in shaping how we read the Constitution, to why he dislikes the hyphen in "Chinese-American," Liu pieces together a sense of the Chinese American identity in these auspicious years for both countries. Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and the author of “The Accidental Asian,” “Guiding Lights” and “The Gardens of… View in Catalog: "A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream" by Eric Liu. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Jodi Picoult reads from 'Leaving Time'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Best-selling author Jodi Picoult will read from her latest novel, "Leaving Time," and talk about the research that went into her work. Description: Jenna Metcalf's mother, a scientist who studied elephants, disappeared more than a decade ago and Jenna has not stopped trying to search for her. Jenna uses all the tools available to her -- searching online, poring over her mother's journals -- until she realizes she needs help in the search. In "Leaving Time," Picoult weaves her research on elephants into a story about love and loss. The novel examines family bonds, grief among elephants and a daughter trying to discover the truth about her mother's m… View in Catalog: Books by Jodi Picoult. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. NOTE: The Library will close at its regular Friday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $6. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will b… Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Character Development

Seattle Writes Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to create characters that jump off the page and imprint themselves in the reader’s memory. Registration is required. Description: Characters are the key to an unforgettable story. But how do you create characters who are heroic, sympathetic, and human all at once? Learn tips and tricks in this workshop with novelist Rebecca Agiewich. Rebecca Agiewich is a novelist, essayist, writing teacher and adventurer. Her novel, "BreakupBabe," was drafted during the inaugural National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). View in Catalog: "BreakupBabe" by Rebecca Agiewich. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Robin Williams Tribute Film Series: Dead Poets Society

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Please join us in celebrating the life and work of comedic genius Robin Williams. The Northgate branch will be showing a wide range of his films, there’s sure to be something you will love. Description: English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. View in Catalog: "Dead Poets Society" starring Robin Williams. 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. Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Ways to Wellness 2

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a panel discussion on "Mental Wellness" courtesy of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Description: This National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) panel discussion takes the mystery and misinformation out of mental illness. Get your questions answered at this last program in the Library's "Ways to Wellness 2" series. 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. Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Azar Nafisi reads from “The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: “The Republic of Imagination” is about the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the bestselling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran". Description: Ten years ago, "Reading Lolita in Tehran" told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, Nafisi taught "The Great Gatsby" and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this follow-up, Nafisi writes an impassioned and original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What “Reading Lolita in Tehran" was for Iran, "The Republic of Imagination "is for America. Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader… View in Catalog: "The Republic of Imagination" by Azar Nafisi. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, October 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Voices from Beyond the Grave: Stories from Seattle Cemeteries

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle is the final resting place for many northwest pioneers, war veterans, criminals, and everyday individuals that all weave together to create the city’s rich story. Description: Come celebrate Halloween week with local taphophile Amber Case who will share the history of burial grounds in Seattle and highlight the stories behind several of those buried within. She will also provide some helpful tips in doing your own cemetery research. 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. Contact: John LaMont. Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Polio Then and Now: From Salk’s Game-Changing Vaccine to Today’s Resurgence

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: A colleague of Salk’s will discuss the legacy of vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, and an expert on current polio eradication efforts worldwide will discuss the challenges that still face us in eliminating polio. Description: Jonas Salk was born 100 years ago, into a world in which polio was a widespread and fearful possibility in the mind of every parent. Salk’s successful polio vaccine was a revolutionary advance in medicine, and he became an international hero. Yet despite the vaccine, the money, and the will to eliminate polio over the last six decades, polio has not been eradicated. In fact, polio eradication has proven to be more challenging and complex than anticipated. What are the factors behind this paradox? Kath… View in Catalog: Polio Then and Now. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Start Your Novel

Seattle Writes Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: This class is for anyone who wants to explore the possibility of writing a novel during November (National Novel Writing Month) or at a more leisurely pace. Registration is required. Description: In this two-hour workshop, you’ll lay the groundwork for a novel through writing exercises focusing on plot and character. You will also learn about resources for novel writers in the library and the community. Instructor Waverly Fitzgerald is a writer, writing teacher and writing coach. She has written fourteen novels; eight have been published, most recently, a series of humorous mysteries (starting with "Dial C for Chihuahua") which she writes with a friend under the pen name of Waverly Curtis. Sh… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Escribiendo cuentos infantiles - Parte 2 (Writing stories for children)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 2 - Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Le gusta contar y escuchar cuentos para niños? Aprenda a crear sus propios cuentos para niños. (Do you enjoy telling and listening to stories for kids? Learn how to create your own stories for children.). Description: Continuación de la primera parte En esta clase usted aprenderá a: - Organizar el texto en la página (composición) - Organizar una historia (estructura) - Definir el arco de la historia - Desarrollar caracteres - Encontrar su voz - Cultivar diálogos - Proporcionar una solución satisfactoria. Notes: Los eventos y programas de la Biblioteca son gratuitos. La inscripción no es necesaria. Puede participar en un taller en particular, o en la serie completa. Más información en el (206) 684-0849. Translation: Do you enjoy telling and listening to stories for kids? Learn how to create your own stories for children. This is a continuation of part one. In this class you will learn how to: - arrange text on the page (composition) - organize a story (structure) - define your story arc - develop characters - find your voice - cultivate dialogues - provide a satisfying resolution 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. Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM.

SNAP: Store Emergency Drinking Water

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Satisfy your thirst on how to secure and maintain potable water. We’ll demystify the pros and cons of all the ways people store emergency drinking water to help you make smart choices for yourself. Description: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness. Notes: Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. To find other SNAP workshops at the Library, click here. More...: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5076. Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

免费华语电影欣赏《一九四二》(Film Screening: 'Back to 1942')

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: 请带上您的家人朋友来欣赏电影《一九四二》。(Join us for the film "Back to 1942" in Chinese with English subtitles.). Description: 本片讲述了1942年中国抗日战争背景下的一场悲剧。1942年河南大旱,此时战争正处于僵持阶段,数百万民众忍受饥荒的痛苦,展开背井离乡逃荒的旅程。本片荣获第32届香港电影金像奖最佳两岸华语电影。 导演:冯小刚 主演:张国立 陈道明 李雪健 张涵予. View in Catalog: "Back to 1942. Notes: 本次活动为免费,不需要预订或购买门票。联系电话:206-684-0849。. Translation: The Henan province disaster was one of the darkest moments in 20th-century Chinese history -- a humanitarian crisis first sparked by drought, then compounded by a combination of windstorms, government corruption, and a war with Japan. In the midst of the devastation, an American journalist (Adrian Brody) searches for answers, and slowly comes to understand that there may be a greater connection between these tragedies and his political theories than he once thought. Starring Brody, Zhang Guoli, and Tim… Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Robin Williams Tribute Film Series: Good Will Hunting

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Please join us in celebrating the life and work of comedic genius Robin Williams. The Northgate branch will be showing a wide range of his films, there’s sure to be something you will love. Description: Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T. has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. -IMDb Director: Gus Van Sant Country: USA Language: English Year: 1997 Length: 126 minutes Rating: R. View in Catalog: "Good Will Hunting" starring Robin Williams. 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. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

SNAP: Store Emergency Drinking Water

Where: Fremont Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Satisfy your thirst on how to secure and maintain potable water. We’ll demystify the pros and cons of all the ways people store emergency drinking water to help you make smart choices for yourself. Description: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness. Notes: Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. To find other SNAP workshops at the Library, click here. More...: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5076. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Character Development

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to create characters that jump off the page and imprint themselves in the reader’s memory. Registration is required. Description: Characters are the key to an unforgettable story. But how do you create characters who are heroic, sympathetic, and human all at once? Learn tips and tricks in this workshop with novelist Rebecca Agiewich. Rebecca Agiewich is a novelist, essayist, writing teacher and adventurer. Her novel, "BreakupBabe," was drafted during the inaugural National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). View in Catalog: "BreakupBabe" by Rebecca Agiewich. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Are you writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month? Come to the Central Library on Monday evenings in November! Description: Join other writers at our weekly NaNoWriMo write-ins for fiction writers. We'll have a quiet area for you to work alongside other novelists, plenty of outlets to keep that hard-working laptop fully charged, free Wi-Fi for your research, and caffeine to fuel your brilliance. This is your first 5K of the 2014 NaNoWriMo season, and we want to help you reach that 5,000 word goal for November 3. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a month-long writing adventure where people all around the world write… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Be sure to join us on November 30 for an extended write-in -- from noon to 6 p.m.! Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 3, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Bryan Stevenson reads from his new book “Just Mercy”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: “Just Mercy” is an account of Stevenson’s work as founder of a legal practice dedicated to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Description: After graduating from Harvard Law School, Stevenson traveled to Alabama, where speeded-up executions were threatening the concept of justice, as many of those condemned were too poor or disempowered to secure legal representation. To help such people, he founded the Equal Justice Initiative. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The Equal Justice Initiative has won major legal challenges eliminating e… View in Catalog: "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the professional and technical training programs available at South Seattle College and in the Seattle area -- including how to pay for your classes. Description: At this workshop, you will learn about: - Medical office professions - Computing technology - Engineering graphics and design technology - Aviation maintenance and aerospace composites - Access to childcare and additional resources while in school You'll also learn what services The Seattle Public Library offers to assist with your educational needs. 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. Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - FriendShop. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The FriendShop at the Central Library appreciates its customers with a monthly discount day of 15% off every first Thursday. Description: The Friends of The Seattle Public Library operate a gift shop on Level 3 of the Central Library. All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Service items are excluded from the discount. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/cen-plan-a-visit/cen-floor-by-floor-highlights/cen-friendshop. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, November 6, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

免費醫療保險諮詢會 / Free Health Care Counseling Session

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: 免費醫療保險諮詢會 / Free health care counseling in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Description: 您是否對您的醫療保險項目有任何問題? 我們的諮詢員將於我們的諮詢員將於 (星期四)召開一對一的諮詢會 諮詢員可以說國語、粵語、越南語和英語。 無需預約,歡迎隨時前來參加! 題目可以包括:  - 醫療保險項目  - 醫療帳單  - 聯邦醫療保險、醫療補助 或基本醫療保險  - 私人保險的問題  - 有關支付醫療保險費的其他問題. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Do you have questions about your health care options? A counselor who speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English will be available for one-on-one meetings on the first Thursday of the month. No appointment required, drop-in only! Topics can include: - Health care options - Medical billing - Medicare, Medicaid or Basic Health - Issues with private insurance - Other issues related to paying for health care. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Art Wolfe presents an illustrated talk about his new book “Earth Is My Witness”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: World-renowned photographer Art Wolfe shows images from “Earth Is My Witness: The Photography of Art Wolfe” -- the most definitive collection of Wolfe photography ever created. Description: “Earth Is My Witness” spans the globe, bringing the beauty of the planet’s landscapes, wildlife, and cultures to life. The largest collection of unpublished Art Wolfe work ever assembled from throughout his well-documented and widely celebrated career, this volume is as comprehensive as it is inspirational. Wolfe writes, “At nearly 400 pages with over 475 photos, it’s my magnum opus, an encyclopedic project of my best work over the last four decades. Its design is unique as well, with twelve multi-page… View in Catalog: Books by Art Wolfe. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. NOTE: The Library will close at its regular Friday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $6 after 5 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Shop the Pop-Up!

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The FriendShop is coming to the Ballard Branch! Description: Join the Friends of The Seattle Public Library for our Pop-up Shop. Pop in to purchase: - Pre-owned paperbacks and children's books for $1 - Goodies from the FriendShop, including tote bags, mugs and jewelry - Gifts for readers Your support helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library. Notes: All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library. For more information, visit www.friendsofspl.org. More...: http://www.friendsofspl.org/. Contact: FriendShop 206-733-9015. Saturday, November 8, 2014, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

2014 Jack Straw Writers Program

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for readings by 12 local writers in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Program. Description: Join the Washington Center for the Book and Jack Straw Productions for readings by 12 literary artists who were selected for the program by curator Felicia Gonzalez This event will feature readings by Laurel Albina, Claudia Castro Luna, Margot Kahn, Loreen Lilyn Lee, Susan Meyers, John Mullen, Michelle Peñaloza, Gigi Rosenberg, Raúl Sánchez, Anastacia Tolbert, Jane Wong, and Kristen Millares Young. The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded au… Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for the regular weekend rate of $7. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

PoetsWest

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hear local writers read at PoetsWest, a monthly poetry series featuring an open mic and selected author readings. Description: This month, Reader's Choice features readings by Joanne Clarkson, Kay Mullen and Griffith Williams. An open mic will follow the featured readers. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. PoetsWest meets regularly on the second Saturday of the month at the Green Lake Branch. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 8, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Lego Mania!

Where: Montlake Branch. Room Location: Don G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with Lego bricks! Create something super fantastic from your own imagination. For all ages. Description: Can't get enough of Lego Mania! at the Library? To find out where this week’s Lego Mania! will take place, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Montlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 9, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Writers Read

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: If you are a reader who enjoys female characters with attitude and the ability to match wits with anyone, or if you are a writer interested in the process of creating strong and vivid characters of either gender, join this month’s featured mystery authors Jeanne Matthews, Susan Schreyer and Joyce Yarrow for a lively conversation and Q&A. This event features short readings by the authors. 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. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Bring your novel-in-progress, your laptop and your big creative brain to the second of our weekly write-ins during National Novel Writing Month! Description: Join other fiction writers for a three-hour work session downtown at the Central Library. We'll have a quiet area for you to work on Level 3, plenty of outlets to keep that hard-working laptop fully charged, free Wi-Fi for your research, and caffeine to keep you fueled. By the end of the day, you'll be at 16,669 words, if you stick to the NaNoWriMo target word counts. Getting closer every day to your 50,000 word goal! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a month-long writing adventure where peop… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Be sure to join us each Monday evening (5 to 8 p.m.) as well as on Sunday, November 30 for an extended write-in -- from noon to 6 p.m.! Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Richard Blanco reads from “The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood”

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Broadway Performance Hall | Seattle Central College 1625 Broadway Seattle WA 98122. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to welcome back 2014 Seattle Reads author Richard Blanco to read from his full-length memoir about growing up in Miami as the gay son of Cuban immigrants. Description: “The Prince of los Cocuyos” is a poignant, funny, and inspiring memoir from the first immigrant, Latino, and openly gay poet to read at a presidential inauguration. In it Blanco explores his coming-of-age in a Cuban immigrant family and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities. Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the c… View in Catalog: "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood" by Richard Blanco. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in nearby commercial lots and on the street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Short Run & The Seattle Globalist Present International Comics Night

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a panel discussion and slideshow featuring comics artists from South Africa, Finland and the United Kingdom. Description: Short Run and The Seattle Globalist present a night of international comics, featuring a slideshow and panel discussion by the following artists and publishers: Jean De Wet, South Africa Anna Sailamaa, Finland Alex Spiro, United Kingdom Jean de Wet is a freelance illustrator and artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Often involving large complex drawings with loose interweaving narrative structures, his work has been exhibited and published locally and internationally, including Nobrow, the New Y… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is part of the annual Short Run Comix and Arts Festival. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

SNAP: Store Emergency Drinking Water

Where: University Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Satisfy your thirst on how to secure and maintain potable water. We’ll demystify the pros and cons of all the ways people store emergency drinking water to help you make smart choices for yourself. Description: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness. Notes: Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. To find other SNAP workshops at the Library, click here. More...: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5076. Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Veterans Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 301st meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Janee Baugher, Rita Bresnahan and Deborah Green, with a short lecture by Kathleen Flenniken 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. Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Seattle Writes: Successful Self-Publishing

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Are you working on a book? Have you considered independent publishing? Join us for a panel discussion with publishing professionals, who will share how to successfully navigate the self-publishing world. Description: Learn about the editing process (developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading), what you need to know about book/cover design, various platforms for digital publishing, and options for printing your book. We'll also cover distribution (getting your book into bookstores and libraries) and marketing -- two areas crucial to your book’s success yet often overlooked in the self publishing process. Panelists will include an editor, marketing professional, media escort, distributor and novelist -- all… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Limited parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m. This is the last of five self-publishing workshops at the Library this fall. Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. To find more writing workshops, click here. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Lego Mania!

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with Lego bricks! Create something super-fantastic from your own imagination. For all ages. Description: Can't get enough of Lego Mania! at the Library? To find out where this week’s Lego Mania! will take place, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "The Fox and the Forest" by Ray Bradbury. 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 Fox and the Forest" by Ray Bradbury In 1938, William and Susan were having such a great time in Mexico that they never wanted to go back... to the future, that 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 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Seattle Writes: Memoir Writing

Seattle Writes Where: Queen Anne Branch. Room Location: Stuart H. Prestrud Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Turn your memories and adventures into a compelling memoir. Registration is required. Description: Memoir Writing topics include: - how and where to begin - developing a story arc - creating characters from real people - how to use dialogue Instructor Janice Harper is a cultural anthropologist, ghostwriter of memoirs and nonfiction books and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or call any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for our third evening write-in for people taking the 50,000-word challenge to finish a novel during National Novel Writing Month. Description: We've reserved an area on Level 3 for "novelists at work." You'll have the quiet camaraderie of working side by side other NaNoWriMo "wrimos." We have plenty of power outlets, free coffee and Wi-fi. Word count goal for end of day on November 17: 28,338. You're almost there! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a month-long writing adventure where people all around the world write a draft of a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Be sure to join us again on Monday, November 24 (5 to 8 p.m.) as well as on Sunday, November 30 for an extended write-in -- from noon to 6 p.m.! Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 17, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Guardians of the Gaylaxy: Exploring LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us and five Washington State writers who boldly explore star systems and fantasy realms while spotlighting LGBTQ main characters and relationships. Description: Join us on Monday, November 17 for Guardians of the Gaylaxy, for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world evening of readings by local writers Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, Langley Hyde and Nicole Kimberling. From Lambda Literary-winning fantasies to rollicking steampunk stories to racy space romps, each author takes the reader on an exciting, imaginative journey. About the Authors: Astrid Amara, author of the Lambda Literary-nominated fantasy "The Archers Heart," and the new fantasy novel set… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is co-hosted by the Seattle Public Library, Gay City Health Project, and Gay Romance Northwest. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

SNAP: Store Emergency Drinking Water

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 2 - Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Satisfy your thirst on how to secure and maintain potable water. We’ll demystify the pros and cons of all the ways people store emergency drinking water to help you make smart choices for yourself. Description: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness. Notes: Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. To find other SNAP workshops at the Library, click here. More...: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5076. Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

An Evening of Graphic Art on Capitol Hill!

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Graphic artists Jamie Coe, Joe Garber and Robyn Jordan will speak about their art and careers, then take questions from audience members. Description: Hear from three graphic artists about their work and careers. Jamie Coe, Joe Garber and Robyn Jordan will be speaking and taking audience questions. If you've ever considered a career as an artist, or are one and would like to hear from fellow practicioners, here's your chance! Jamie Coe is an illustrator and recent graduate from Central Saint Martins, London. He is the author of the graphic novel "Art Schooled" and has worked on commissions for Foyles bookshop and illustrated political cartoons for Th… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, and is a follow-up to the festival itself. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: Catherine Hilles. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

History Cafe: A Parks System for All, The Olmsted Vision

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) | 860 Terry Ave N. Seattle WA 98109. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us every third Thursday of the month at the Cafe at the Museum of History & Industry for lively a discussion about history. Grab a cup of coffee - or glass of wine - and enjoy learning about the past! Description: Hear about the Olmsted Parks System plans, the trajectory of how they were implemented, and what the Olmsted park and boulevard system means to Seattle today. Our speaker is Jennifer Ott, Staff Historian at HistoryLink.org and President of Seattle Olmsted Parks. 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. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Ballard Poetry Potluck

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join our informal gathering to listen to and read poetry aloud. Description: 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. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

McLellan/O’Donnell Living History Series with Clay Jenkinson

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Town Hall | 1119 Eighth Ave. (8th & Seneca) Seattle WA 98101. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch history come alive in an afternoon with Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and the Saint Michael Trio. Description: Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by award-winning humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson, joins the Saint Michael Trio for dialogue and a performance of chamber music that was popular during Jefferson’s lifetime. Jenkinson has dedicated the better part of his life to researching the historical characters he portrays and to bringing back and defining the “living theatre” of Chautauqua. He is one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson. He has performed before Supreme Court justices, presidents, sta… Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in adjacent pay lots. Discounted parking is available in the main Convention Center garage, two blocks north of Town Hall, with voucher obtained from Town Hall staff. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Memoir Writing

Seattle Writes Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Turn your memories and adventures into a compelling memoir. Registration is required. Description: Memoir Writing topics include: - how and where to begin - developing a story arc - creating characters from real people - how to use dialogue Instructor Janice Harper is a cultural anthropologist, ghostwriter of memoirs and nonfiction books and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or call any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Lego Mania!

Where: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch. Room Location: Children's Area. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with Lego bricks! Create something super fantastic from your own imagination. For all ages. Description: Can't get enough of Lego Mania! at the Library? It happens every week through June 30. To find out where this week’s Lego Mania! will take place, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch 206-684-4705 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: If you're participating in National Novel Writing Month, stop by our downtown write-in after work and join other writers as we head into the last week of NaNoWriMo! Description: We'll have a quiet area for you to work alongside other novelists, plenty of outlets to keep that hard-working laptop fully charged, free Wi-Fi for your research (or occasional diversion), and caffeine to fuel your brilliance. If you've been steadily writing 1,667 words each day, you'll be at 40,007 by the end of the day November 24. That means you have LESS than 10,000 to go! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a month-long writing adventure where people all around the world write a draft of… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Be sure to join us on November 30 for an extended write-in -- from noon to 6 p.m.! Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

All Ages Board Game Night

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 night at 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. Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In -- The Final Countdown

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Finish writing your novel at the Library! It's our final write-in (and the final countdown!) on the last day of National Novel Writing Month. Description: Join other NaNoWriMo writers (wrimos) in the final sprint to get to 50,000 words. We have a quiet space to work where you’ll know you’re not alone as you write those last chapters. It’s Novelists Only on the purple carpet area of the Library Living Room on Level 3. For sustenance: we'll have light snacks, coffee and tea – and our Chocolati coffee shop/café will be open until 5 p.m. You’re also welcome to bring your own lunch and/or snacks. We’re so excited for you to finish your novel at Seattle Public… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library parking garage for the $7 weekend rate. This write-in is part of our Seattle Writes series of free workshops and programs. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 30, 2014, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "Markheim" by Robert Louis Stevenson. 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: "Markheim" by Robert Louis Stevenson In this strange and dark classic holiday tale, death comes calling on Christmas Day. Eat your heart out, Ebenezer Scrooge! 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 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - FriendShop. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The FriendShop at the Central Library appreciates its customers with a monthly discount day of 15% off every first Thursday. Description: The Friends of The Seattle Public Library operate a gift shop on Level 3 of the Central Library. All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Service items are excluded from the discount. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/cen-plan-a-visit/cen-floor-by-floor-highlights/cen-friendshop. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, December 4, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

免費醫療保險諮詢會 / Free Health Care Counseling Session

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: 免費醫療保險諮詢會 / Free health care counseling in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Description: 您是否對您的醫療保險項目有任何問題? 我們的諮詢員將於我們的諮詢員將於 (星期四)召開一對一的諮詢會 諮詢員可以說國語、粵語、越南語和英語。 無需預約,歡迎隨時前來參加! 題目可以包括:  - 醫療保險項目  - 醫療帳單  - 聯邦醫療保險、醫療補助 或基本醫療保險  - 私人保險的問題  - 有關支付醫療保險費的其他問題. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Do you have questions about your health care options? A counselor who speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English will be available for one-on-one meetings on the first Thursday of the month. No appointment required, drop-in only! Topics can include: - Health care options - Medical billing - Medicare, Medicaid or Basic Health - Issues with private insurance - Other issues related to paying for health care. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Richard Ford reads from his new novel 'Let Me Be Frank With You'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Richard Ford returns readers to the world of iconic character Frank Bascombe, reinventing him in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Description: Richard Ford returns readers to the world of iconic character Frank Bascombe, reinventing him in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. View in Catalog: "Let Me Be Frank With You" by Richard Ford. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Frances McCue and Mary Randlett show images from “Mary Randlett Portraits”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join Seattle writer Frances McCue and Northwest photographer Mary Randlett for a conversation about “Mary Randlett Portraits,” a collection of 90 portraits of local luminaries. Description: Mary Randlett has been photographing notable local figures since her iconic 1963 images of poet Theodore Roethke -- the last before he died. “Mary Randlett Portraits” includes portraits of renowned artists Jacob Lawrence, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, and George Tsutakawa; writers Tom Robbins, Henry Miller, and Colleen McElroy; arts patrons Betty Bowen and Richard Fuller; and more. The portraits are accompanied by biographical sketches written by Frances McCue, which blend life stories and reflections on th… View in Catalog: "Mary Randlett Portraits" by Mary Randlett. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $7. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Steve Griggs Ensemble - Panama Hotel Jazz

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Songs of Unsung Seattle - Enjoy narrated, original jazz music on how Japanese Americans endured injustice during WWII. Description: The Steve Griggs Ensemble's Songs of Unsung Seattle is a jazz residency consisting of a series of performances. The Ensemble performs "Panama Hotel Jazz," which narrates Seattle's history of immigration, discrimination and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Steve Griggs is a Seattle-based jazz saxophonist and composer. View in Catalog: Related resources for “Panama Hotel Jazz”. 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. Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 302nd meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Laurie Blauner, Dan Dembiczak and Cari Albert, with a short lecture by Anca Szilagyi 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. Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Bill Holm in Conversation on “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Author, artist and scholar Bill Holm appears in conversation with Burke Museum curators upon the release of the 50th-anniversary edition of his classic, “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form.”. Description: In honor of the release of the 50th-anniversary edition of his work, “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form,” Bill Holm will speak on a panel discussion with the Burke Museum's curators of Native art. Holm is one of the world’s foremost experts on Pacific Northwest Native American arts. The new edition of “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form” includes 100 color illustrations, as well as a discussion by Native artists about Holm’s work and legacy. Holm, who will be turning 90 ye… View in Catalog: "Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form" by Bill Holm. 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. Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Haroon Ullah reads from 'The Bargain from the Bazaar'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Haroon Ullah discusses his recent book 'The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore' a portrait of a middle class family in Pakistan. Description: Awais Reza, a shopkeeper in the Anarkali Bazaar, and his wife have three sons who take different paths. The eldest helps his father run the shop in the bazaar, the middle son is swept up in radical Islamist politics, and the youngest is a law student at university, who believes that a secular future is Pakistan’s last and only hope. The family’s lives unfold against an increasingly turbulent and violent background, where radical Islam is confronted not only in distant mountain passes by the armed forces… View in Catalog: "The Bargain from the Bazaar" by Haroon Ullah. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $7. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, December 13, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Lego Mania!

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with Lego bricks! Create something super-fantastic from your own imagination. For all ages. Description: Can't get enough of Lego Mania! at the Library? To find out where this week’s Lego Mania! will take place, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Writers Read

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. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "Crime's Christmas Carol" by Norvell Page. 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: "Crime's Christmas Carol" by Norvell Page During the Depression, Anna is worried that her husband Tom might do something rash to stuff her stocking. 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 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Lego Mania!

Where: Montlake Branch. Room Location: Don G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with Lego bricks! Create something super fantastic from your own imagination. For all ages. Description: Can't get enough of Lego Mania! at the Library? To find out where this week’s Lego Mania! will take place, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Montlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 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. Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – Thursday, December 25, 2014. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Lego Mania!

Where: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch. Room Location: Children's Area. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with Lego bricks! Create something super fantastic from your own imagination. For all ages. Description: Can't get enough of Lego Mania! at the Library? It happens every week through June 30. To find out where this week’s Lego Mania! will take place, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch 206-684-4705 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, December 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Library closes at 6 PM

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will close at 6 PM on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day. All locations will observe regular hours on Jan. 2. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

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. Thursday, January 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Lego Mania!

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with Lego bricks! Create something super-fantastic from your own imagination. For all ages. Description: Can't get enough of Lego Mania! at the Library? To find out where this week’s Lego Mania! will take place, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, January 11, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Lego Mania!

Where: Montlake Branch. Room Location: Don G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with Lego bricks! Create something super fantastic from your own imagination. For all ages. Description: Can't get enough of Lego Mania! at the Library? To find out where this week’s Lego Mania! will take place, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Montlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, January 18, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.