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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, April 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'The Tales of Hoffmann'

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a multimedia lecture to preview Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Jacques Offenbach's opéra fantastique, "The Tales of Hoffmann.". Description: Offenbach weaves three stories into one opera, presented by an endlessly-inventive poet who regales his drinking buddies with stories of romancing three fantastic women while a trio of colorful villains foils his efforts at every turn. View in Catalog: Opera resource list. 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. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Pickles and Fermentation

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Do you love pickles, sauerkraut or kimchi? Get started preserving vegetables from your garden or local farm with help from Seattle Tilth! Description: This presentation will include: - a canning demo - the differences between brined and fermented vegetables - ingredients and equipment required for brining or fermenting - food safety - the basics of canning quick pickles in brine The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April and May. Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability in coordination with our local partner organizations. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Seattle Tilth. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Reads 'For All of Us, One Today:' Celebrate Poetry with PechaKucha!

Seattle Reads Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for PechaKucha Seattle, vol. 53: "In Other Words -- An Evening of Poetry by Regional Voices.". Description: Poetry connects us -- across space, time, culture and community -- to each other and to ourselves. PechaKucha Seattle and The Seattle Public Library are pleased to present poets from across our region experimenting with the PechaKucha form. Please note: Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. He will not be in attendance this evening. The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads "For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poe… View in Catalog: "For All of Us, One Today" by Richard Blanco. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Limited parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seattle Reads is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Beacon Press, The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking Info Fair

Where: NewHolly Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy a bicycle rodeo with obstacle courses for kids, and connect with local biking and commuting organizations as you learn about about bike maintenance and future Sound Cycling programs. Description: Already biking regularly? Interested in biking or want to bike more? This event is for you. We’ll also be planning future free Everyday Biking and bike maintenance classes that will be tailored to your needs, so drop by the Library's booth and let us know what you want to learn. Bicycle Rodeo for Kids - 10 a.m. - noon Learn bicycle safety while riding bikes through obstacle courses! Bikes, helmets and instruction will be provided by BikeWorks. Volunteers from Rainier Riders will help keep kids on track,… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: NewHolly Branch 206-386-1905 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Meet Author Richard Blanco

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Richard Blanco and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Blanco’s memoir, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Books will be available for purchase and signing at events. Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 ina… View in Catalog: "<a href="http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/search?custom_query=title:(For+all+of+us)+AND+author:(Blanco)+>For All of Us, One Today" by Richard Blanco. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Limited free parking and street parking are available at the branch. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Note: The Library will open at its regular Saturday time of 11 a.m. The Queen Anne Branch Meeting Room only will open at 10:30 a.m. for this event. More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Seattle's Architectural History, Part I: 1880-1935

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Professor and architectural historian Jeffrey Karl Ochsner presents an overview of Seattle's architectural history in two lectures, beginning in 1880 and extending to the present day. Description: The two lectures will cover the history of Seattle's architecture from 1880 to the present. Ochsner will discuss urban development, building types, stylistic directions and the major architects who shaped the architecture of the city and region. April 26: Part 1, 1880-1935 Explore the development of Seattle's architectural style during the city's early growth. Important early architects, major stylistic directions and a range of building types will also be covered. This lecture includes early… View in Catalog: "Podcasts and Books" by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the first of two lectures co-sponsored by the Seattle Architecture Foundation. Each lecture will run about 90 minutes, allowing time at the end for questions. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

'Ribbon and Rhyme': Create Typewriter Art

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Celebrate Poetry Month by trying out vintage typewriters! Join The Carriage Return Group for "Ribbon and Rhyme," a hands-on art installation with typewriters. For all ages. Description: Try your hand at typing a poem for the Northeast Branch poetry contest, write something for a friend, or make some typewritten art. Vintage typewriters and paper will be supplied -- the only thing you need to bring is your creativity. Volunteer staff from The Carriage Return will be on hand to unstick keys and offer typing advice. 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. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Main Event with Richard Blanco

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from “For All Of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.” Author Richard Blanco joins the director and cast for post-performance discussion. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poe… View in Catalog: "<a href="http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/search?custom_query=title:(For+all+of+us)+AND+author:(Blanco)+>For All of Us, One Today" by Richard Blanco. 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 Saturday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Limited parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Meet Author Richard Blanco

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: High Point Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Richard Blanco and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Blanco’s memoir, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poe… View in Catalog: "<a href="http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/search?custom_query=title:(For+all+of+us)+AND+author:(Blanco)+>For All of Us, One Today" by Richard Blanco. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Limited free parking and street parking are available at the branch. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Note: The Library will open at its regular Saturday time of 11 a.m. The High Point Branch Meeting Room only will open at 10:30 a.m. for this event. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking Info Fair

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Try out the bike blender, make a poster and connect with local biking and commuting organizations as you learn about about bike maintenance and future Sound Cycling programs. Description: Already biking regularly? Interested in biking or want to bike more? This event is for you. We’ll also be planning future free Everyday Biking and bike maintenance classes that will be tailored to your needs, so drop by the Library's booth and let us know what you want to learn. Bike Blender Come try out the bike blender! Bring your favorite ingredients from the farmers market, or use some of ours and try a delicious smoothie made under your very own pedal power. Cycling Information Organizations… 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. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

SNAP: Turn Your Smartphone into a Disaster Tool

Where: Magnolia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: What are the best apps in case of an emergency? With just a few clicks, we’ll share the latest ways to notify loved ones, track power outages, get transit alerts, light your way and more. 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, April 27, 2014, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Noteworthy Films: American Hustle

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Catch up with popular and award-nominated films on Sunday afternoons at the Northgate Branch. This week's movie is "American Hustle," a 2013 crime drama. Description: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power brokers and mafia. Director: David O. Russell Country: USA Language: English Year: 2013 Length: 138 minutes Rating: R. View in Catalog: "American Hustle" directed by David O. Russell. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Want more Noteworthy Films? Northgate Branch is showing them every other Sunday through May. To find more film screenings, click here. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

'Ribbon and Rhyme': Create Typewriter Art

Where: South Park Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Celebrate Poetry Month by trying out vintage typewriters! Join The Carriage Return Group for "Ribbon and Rhyme," a hands-on art installation with typewriters. For all ages. Description: Try your hand at typing a poem for the Northeast Branch poetry contest, write something for a friend, or make some typewritten art. Vintage typewriters and paper will be supplied -- the only thing you need to bring is your creativity. Volunteer staff from The Carriage Return will be on hand to unstick keys and offer typing advice. 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. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Meet Author Richard Blanco

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Richard Blanco and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Blanco’s memoir, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poe… View in Catalog: "<a href="http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/search?custom_query=title:(For+all+of+us)+AND+author:(Blanco)+>For All of Us, One Today" by Richard Blanco. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Limited free parking and street parking are available at the branch. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'The Tales of Hoffmann'

Where: West Seattle Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a multimedia lecture to preview Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Jacques Offenbach's opéra fantastique, "The Tales of Hoffmann.". Description: Offenbach weaves three stories into one opera, presented by an endlessly-inventive poet who regales his drinking buddies with stories of romancing three fantastic women while a trio of colorful villains foils his efforts at every turn. View in Catalog: Opera resource list. 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. Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Poetry Reading by Richard Blanco

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an evening of poetry with Richard Blanco, author of “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.” Blanco reads a selection of poems from his body of work. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poe… View in Catalog: "<a href="http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/search?custom_query=title:(For+all+of+us)+AND+author:(Blanco)+>For All of Us, One Today" by Richard Blanco. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Limited parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Job Search Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library to get free, one-on-one help with your job search plan from Employment Specialists. Description: Employment Specialists from Work Source are available to aid you in your job search. Get answers to specific questions that will help you find employment. Help topics may include: - Résumé - Cover letter - Online job search - Applying for jobs - Interviewing techniques. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Every Tuesday through May 20, drop-in help is available from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is presented in partnership with Work Source. For more information about the Library's job resources, including free résumé proofing, click here. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The Beauty of Bequests

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Rainier Beach Community Center 8825 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98118. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Attend a planned giving seminar on bequests. Registration is required. Description: Simply put, a bequest is a gift you promise in your will or trust to give to a charitable organization at the end of your life. A bequest is easy to understand and perhaps the most common type of planned gift. But what is the difference between a specific, residual and contingent bequest? What is the best kind to make? How do you update a will to include a new charity? Laura Zeman of Zeman Law Group will answer these questions and provide guidance on working with attorneys and other professional advisor… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Space is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP by April 24 to Brad Borst, Director of Advancement at The Seattle Public Library Foundation, at 206-733-9980. Contact: Brad Borst, 206-733-9980. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Meet Author Richard Blanco

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Richard Blanco and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Blanco’s memoir, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poe… View in Catalog: "<a href="http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/search?custom_query=title:(For+all+of+us)+AND+author:(Blanco)+>For All of Us, One Today" by Richard Blanco. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Limited free parking and street parking are available at the branch. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'The Tales of Hoffmann'

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a multimedia lecture to preview Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Jacques Offenbach's opéra fantastique, "The Tales of Hoffmann.". Description: Offenbach weaves three stories into one opera, presented by an endlessly-inventive poet who regales his drinking buddies with stories of romancing three fantastic women while a trio of colorful villains foils his efforts at every turn. View in Catalog: Opera resource list. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

The Beauty of Bequests

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Attend a planned giving seminar on bequests. Registration is required. Description: Simply put, a bequest is a gift you promise in your will or trust to give to a charitable organization at the end of your life. A bequest is easy to understand and perhaps the most common type of planned gift. But what is the difference between a specific, residual and contingent bequest? What is the best kind to make? How do you update a will to include a new charity? Laura Zeman of Zeman Law Group will answer these questions and provide guidance on working with attorneys and other professional advisor… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Space is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP by April 24 to Brad Borst, Director of Advancement at The Seattle Public Library Foundation, at 206-733-9980. Contact: Brad Borst, 206-733-9980. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'The Tales of Hoffmann'

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a multimedia lecture to preview Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Jacques Offenbach's opéra fantastique, "The Tales of Hoffmann.". Description: Offenbach weaves three stories into one opera, presented by an endlessly-inventive poet who regales his drinking buddies with stories of romancing three fantastic women while a trio of colorful villains foils his efforts at every turn. View in Catalog: Opera resource list. 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. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'The Tales of Hoffmann'

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a multimedia lecture to preview Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Jacques Offenbach's opéra fantastique, "The Tales of Hoffmann.". Description: Offenbach weaves three stories into one opera, presented by an endlessly-inventive poet who regales his drinking buddies with stories of romancing three fantastic women while a trio of colorful villains foils his efforts at every turn. View in Catalog: Opera resource list. 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, April 30, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Pollinators in your Garden

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Paul Bryant will present slides and stories about the pollinators you can find in your backyard and how they make their way in the world. Description: You will see close-up photos of the insects you think you know, along with the ones you don't. There will be plenty of room for questions and discussion about bees, wasps and other pollinators hiding in plain sight around your home. You'll learn how to attract them to your garden, and ways to tell them apart. Paul Bryant is a master gardener and backyard beekeeper in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Urban Bee Company. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

The Queer Detective: Discovering LGBTQ Mysteries and Suspense

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy three Pacific Northwest writers as they read from their mystery and suspense novels that celebrate LGBTQ heroes and heroines. Description: Join us for an evening reading with three Northwest authors spotlighting crime solvers who find the culprit and celebrate LGBTQ love and relationships. This reading event will include: - Nicole Kimberling, Lambda Literary winner and author of "Bellingham Mysteries" - Lori L. Lake, Rainbow Award winner and author of "Gun Shy" - Lou Sylvre, author of "Loving Luki Vasquez". View in Catalog: Books by featured authors. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Gay City Health Project and the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up. Contact: Tracy Timmons-Gray, timmonsgray@yahoo.com. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 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, May 1, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'The Tales of Hoffmann'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a multimedia lecture to preview Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Jacques Offenbach's opéra fantastique, "The Tales of Hoffmann.". Description: Offenbach weaves three stories into one opera, presented by an endlessly-inventive poet who regales his drinking buddies with stories of romancing three fantastic women while a trio of colorful villains foils his efforts at every turn. View in Catalog: Opera resource list. 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, May 1, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 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, May 1, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Cook Your Heart Out: Cookbook Sale

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Delancey 1415 N.W. 70th St. Seattle, WA 98117. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join the Friends of The Seattle Public Library for a cookbook sale, May 3-4. Description: If you love cookbooks, don't miss this sale! Browse through hundreds of beautiful donated cookbooks -- some gently used, some like new -- covering a variety of topics and cuisines. All cookbooks will be individually priced starting at $2. Space will be limited; once capacity is reached, sale-goers will experience a wait time. Please bring your own bags for your purchases. Notes: Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library through grants made by Friends of The Seattle Public Library. This event is presented in partnership with Delancey and The Pantry. No scanners will be allowed at this book sale. More...: http://www.friendsofspl.org/. Contact: Friends Book Sale, 206-682-7567 or book.sale@spl.org. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Celebrate Fremont History

Where: Fremont Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join the Fremont Historical Society for a reception celebrating the rich history of the Fremont neighborhood. Description: Learn about the history of Fremont, one of Seattle's most colorful neighborhoods. Historical photos and maps of the "Center of the Universe" will be on display, and light refreshments will be served. Each May the Fremont Historical Society creates a display at the Fremont Branch featuring past and current photos of historic buildings in Fremont, celebrating preservation and adaptive reuse of the buildings as part of this nationwide event put on by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Volunteers… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Earthquake Home Retrofit Workshop

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to evaluate your home to determine if it qualifies for the City of Seattle's standard earthquake retrofitting plan.Registration is required. Description: Experienced home retrofit instructors will instruct you on what tools are needed, some building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process. This introductory class provides information on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation (especially for houses built before 1980). The class is designed for all homeowners, whether you're planning to do the work yourself or hire a qualified contractor. Notes: Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Department of Planning and Development. To find other Earthquake Home Retrofit workshops at the Library, click here. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, snap@seattle.gov or 206-233-5076. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Pollinators in your Garden

Where: Fremont Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Paul Bryant will present slides and stories about the pollinators you can find in your backyard and how they make their way in the world. Description: You will see close-up photos of the insects you think you know, along with the ones you don't. There will be plenty of room for questions and discussion about bees, wasps and other pollinators hiding in plain sight around your home. You'll learn how to attract them to your garden, and ways to tell them apart. Paul Bryant is a master gardener and backyard beekeeper in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Urban Bee Company. Contact Info: Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, May 3, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

SNAP: Manage Household Utilities Before and After a Disaster

Where: Montlake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Find out how to locate and control household electricity, water and natural gas during an emergency. Gain hands-on practice with real equipment, and learn how to prioritize your actions so everyone stays safe. 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, May 3, 2014, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Lectura de poemas por Eugenia Toledo (Poetry Reading by Eugenia Toledo)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4, Room 2 - Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: Español. Summary: La poeta Eugenia Toledo leerá poesía de su libro "Casa de máquinas" y cuentos de "Historias a distancia"; sus más recientes libros publicados en Nicaragua y Francia. Description: Eugenia Toledo, una nativa de Temuco, Chile, tiene un Doctorado en Literatura Latino Americana y Española de la Universidad de Washington. La mayoría de su trabajo es el resultado de la investigación y la experiencia individual y colectiva. Ha publicado libros de poesía como "Arquitectura de ausencias" y "Tiempos de metales y volcanes.". Notes: Los eventos y programas de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Inscripción no necesaria. Translation: Poet Eugenia Toledo will read from her latest books "Casa de máquinas" and "Historias a distancia." 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, May 3, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Cook Your Heart Out: Cookbook Sale

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Delancey 1415 N.W. 70th St. Seattle, WA 98117. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join the Friends of The Seattle Public Library for a cookbook sale, May 3-4. Description: If you love cookbooks, don't miss this sale! Browse through hundreds of beautiful donated cookbooks -- some gently used, some like new -- covering a variety of topics and cuisines. All cookbooks will be individually priced starting at $2. Space will be limited; once capacity is reached, sale-goers will experience a wait time. Please bring your own bags for your purchases. Notes: Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library through grants made by Friends of The Seattle Public Library. This event is presented in partnership with Delancey and The Pantry. No scanners will be allowed at this book sale. More...: http://www.friendsofspl.org/. Contact: Friends Book Sale, 206-682-7567 or book.sale@spl.org. Sunday, May 4, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

LEGO Mania!

Where: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with LEGO bricks! Listen to music and 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, May 4, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Cool Season Gardening

Where: Montlake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Spring is not too early to think about cool-season gardening. Learn tips from Bill Thorness, local author of "The Cool Season Gardener.". Description: It’s a good idea to consider fall and winter needs when planning your summer garden -- some of the longer-season veggies, like overwintering brassicas, should be planted in early summer. Bill Thorness will present a slide show, followed by a Q&A session. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April and May. Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability in coordination with our local partner organizations. View in Catalog: "The Cool Season Gardener" by Bill Thorness. 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, May 4, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 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 "Lighthouse" by S. J. Rozan. 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: "Lighthouse" by S. J. Rozan The voices are urging him to do something very bad, but peace and refuge await atop Lighthouse Hill. 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, May 5, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Job Search Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library to get free, one-on-one help with your job search plan from Employment Specialists. Description: Employment Specialists from Work Source are available to aid you in your job search. Get answers to specific questions that will help you find employment. Help topics may include: - Résumé - Cover letter - Online job search - Applying for jobs - Interviewing techniques. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Every Tuesday through May 20, drop-in help is available from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is presented in partnership with Work Source. For more information about the Library's job resources, including free résumé proofing, click here. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Great Decisions 2014: 'Food and Climate'

Where: Magnolia Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join local facilitator's Cathy Van Dyke and Bill Stern to discuss how climate change is affecting global food production, and what the U.S. can do to lead climate reform. Description: Even as a sixth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger, a changing climate threatens to wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations. As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform? Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. Background information, current data and policy options for e… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring a snack or brown bag lunch. Discussion books are available for purchase from www.fpa.org, but other options are also available. Great Decisions is a national civic-education program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Culinary Herb Gardening

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Whether you are interested in growing basil for pesto, cilantro for salsas or mint for summer iced tea, this workshop from Seattle Tilth will teach you how to grow fresh kitchen herbs all season long! Description: We will go over tips for planning your herb garden, including how to select the best varieties for your site. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April and May. Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability in coordination with our local partner organizations. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Seattle Tilth. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

An evening of poetry with Samuel Green and Sally Green

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Samuel Green reads from his new collection, "All That Might Be Done." Sally Green reads from "Full Immersion," a limited-edition hand-bound chapbook with a letterpress cover. Description: For the past 30 years, Samuel Green has lived off the grid on Waldron Island while pursuing themes that have obsessed him: fidelity to a long and abiding love, the obligations of living in a small community, the demands of right work, the nature of loss and mourning, close observation of the natural world, and the persistent demands of memory. "Stunning, deeply engaging poems [in "All That Might Be Done"] which not only enlarge a reader’s heart, but magically give us our own lives, and the lives we care… View in Catalog: "Podcasts and Books" by Samuel Green. 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 $5 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, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Open Books: A Poem Emporium. 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. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Irish Author Sebastian Barry reads from 'The Temporary Gentleman'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Barry's novel is a heart-breaking portrait of one man's life -- of his demons and his lost love -- about Jack McNulty's last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself. Description: Jack McNulty is an Irishman who lived through a great war and the subsequent peace, and who is haunted by his great love. He is a 'temporary gentleman,' whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story. McNulty has worked and wandered around the world -- as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer -- trying to follow his childhood ambition to better himself. He married and shared his life wit… View in Catalog: "The Temporary Gentleman" by Sebastian Barry. 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 $5 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, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. 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, May 7, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Short Stories 1

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Write a short story in three weeks with the help of West Seattle Story Weavers. At this week's session, you'll learn writing tools to help you get started with your story. Registration is required. Description: Become a part of the West Seattle writing community and write a short story in three weeks! Classes are beginner level, and you're encouraged to bring along inspiration from your own bit of nature. The class will share their creations on our last meeting and vote on candidates for each category: 1. Most Growth 2. Most Colorful 3. Wildest Prose Each winner will receive a plant grown in our own Story Weaving Garden. Session 1 In this workshop we will discuss developing a short story theme, do a… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. This three-part workshop series will meet on May 8, 15 and 22. Please plan to attend all three dates. Registration is required, call 206-684-7455 to sign up. This workshop series is presented in partnership with West Seattle Story Weavers. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Meet FEEST (Food Education and Empowerment Sustainability Team)

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: High school students will prepare food for you as they lead discussions about food security and food-related social justice issues. Description: Get together with people in your community that are passionate about food. We'll discuss food, its impact on our lives and our communities, and how teens can be advocates of change. F.E.E.S.T. started in Seattle in 2006 and is a teen organization that hosts weekly dinner programs. These meals develop interest in change, identify community needs, leadership skills and advocacy campaigns. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with FEEST (Food Education and Empowerment Sustainability Team). Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, May 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. Address: "Writing as a practice of cultivating compassion.". Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 295th meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Susan Rich, Kelli Russell-Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy, with a short lecture by Stephanie Kallos on the Writer's Craft: "Writing as a practice of cultivating compassion." Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person. View in Catalog: Books by Stephanie Kallos. 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, May 8, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

SNAP: Manage Household Utilities Before and After a Disaster

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Find out how to locate and control household electricity, water and natural gas during an emergency. Gain hands-on practice with real equipment, and learn how to prioritize your actions so everyone stays safe. 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. Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle's Architectural History, Part II: 1935 to present

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Professor and architectural historian Jeffrey Karl Ochsner presents an overview of Seattle's architectural history in two lectures, beginning in 1880 and extending to the present day. Description: The two lectures will cover the history of Seattle's architecture from 1880 to the present. Ochsner will discuss urban development, building types, stylistic directions and the major architects who shaped the architecture of the city and region. April 26: Part 1, 1880-1935 Explore the development of Seattle's architectural style during the city's early growth. Important early architects, major stylistic directions and a range of building types will also be covered. This lecture includes early 20th-… View in Catalog: "Podcasts and Books" by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the second of two lectures co-sponsored by the Seattle Architecture Foundation. Each lecture will run about 90 minutes, allowing time at the end for questions. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

'Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard'

Where: Magnolia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Brad Halm, co-author of the edible garden primer "Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard," will guide you through designing and constructing your own organic vegetable garden. Description: Want to grow food in your yard this season? Brad Halm, co-owner of The Seattle Urban Farm Company and co-author of the edible garden primer "Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard," will guide you through designing your own backyard farm. At this workshop, you'll learn how to: - find the best spot on your property for a vegetable garden - lay out the space for maximum production and ease of use - get your soil into condition to grow top quality organic vegetables. - incorporate fruit trees and berry bu… View in Catalog: "Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Crops at Home" by Colin Mccrate and Brad Halm. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 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 Chris Jarmick, Amber Nelson and John Sibley Williams. An open mic will follow the featured readers. 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. Saturday, May 10, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

LEGO Mania!

Where: Montlake Branch. Room Location: Don G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with LEGO bricks! Listen to music and 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: Montlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Noteworthy Films: Dallas Buyers Club

Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Catch up with popular and award-nominated films on Sunday afternoons at the Northgate Branch. This week's movie is "Dallas Buyers Club," a 2013 dramatic historical biography. Description: Dallas 1985. Electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use (primarily cocaine) and casual sex. He is a stereotypical redneck: racist and homophobic. While in the hospital on a work related injury, the doctors discover and inform him that he is HIV+, and that he will most-likely die within thirty days. Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Country: USA Language: English Year: 2013 Length: 117 minutes Rating: R. View in Catalog: "Dallas Buyers Club" by Jean-Marc Vallée. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Want more Noteworthy Films? Northgate Branch is showing them every other Sunday through May. To find more film screenings, click here. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

CANCELED - Writers Read

Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: This event is canceled. Join us next month, on June 8, when Writers Read resumes its regular schedule. Description: Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. 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, May 11, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Dealing with Summer Pests in the Garden

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn from the experts at Seattle Tilth how to identify garden pests and deal with them organically. Description: Now that your garden is growing all you have to do is sit back and watch, right? But hey, who’s eating holes in your broccoli and what about all of those weeds? We will discuss Integrated Pest Management practices to deal with pest, weed and disease control in the vegetable garden. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April and May. Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability in coordination with our local partne… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, May 11, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

All About Adoption and Foster Care

Where: Wallingford Branch. Room Location: Community meeting room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet with Families Like Ours, a Seattle-based adoption exchange, to get all of your questions answered about foster care and adoption! Description: Learn more about placement agencies, types of adoption, the cost of adoption and foster care, and how to get started. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Wallingford Branch 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, May 11, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a Ladies Musical Club concert featuring music of German, Czech and Austrian composers of the mid-20th century. Description: Today's program includes vocal pieces and violin/piano duets by the composers Alfred Tokayer, Erich Korngold, Erwin (Ervín) Schulhoff and Kurt Weill. With performances by: Catherine Treadgold, mezzo-soprano Amelia Stagno, soprano Adrianna Hulscher, violin Karin McCullough, piano Johanna Mastenbrook, 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. Sunday, May 11, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Edible Society: Growing Good Food & Sustainable Communities

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Local chefs, growers, farmers and good food advocates will tell stories about growing, cooking and sharing food in the Puget Sound Region. Description: Eating fresh and local foods builds a more sustainable food community, and a better community through food. Meet John Sundstrom, a 2014 James Beard Award semifinalist chef and author of "Lark: Cooking Againist the Grain," along with a panel of local growers and farmers. They'll tell stories about growing, cooking and sharing food in the Puget Sound Region. Panelists will also include: - Jessica Roundy, landscape designer at Seattle Urban Farm Company - Gail Savino, executive director at City Fruits -… 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. Monday, May 12, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Job Search Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library to get free, one-on-one help with your job search plan from Employment Specialists. Description: Employment Specialists from Work Source are available to aid you in your job search. Get answers to specific questions that will help you find employment. Help topics may include: - Résumé - Cover letter - Online job search - Applying for jobs - Interviewing techniques. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Every Tuesday through May 20, drop-in help is available from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is presented in partnership with Work Source. For more information about the Library's job resources, including free résumé proofing, click here. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Medieval Women's Choir Preview

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy a preview of the Medieval Women's Choir's upcoming concert, "Eleanor of Aquitaine & Her Daughters.". Description: Join Margriet Tindemans and members of the Medieval Women's Choir for a preview of their upcoming concert, "Eleanor of Aquitaine & Her Daughters." The concert features songs from the reign of Eleanor of Aquitaine, as well as the regencies of her daughters: Marie of Champagne, Alix of Blois, Matilda of Saxony, Eleanor of Castile and Joan of Sicily. Listen to troubadour songs by Bernard de Ventadorn and his contemporaries, musical settings of Lais by Marie de Champagne, and sacred music from the Royal C… 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. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 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 lieder by Mahler and selections from Schubert's "Trio in B-Flat Major, Opus 99.". Description: Today's program will include the following performances: In the first half, mezzo-soprano Amber Rose Johnson performs "Rückert-Lieder" by Gustav Mahler. In the second half, an ensemble performs two movements from "Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 99" by Franz Schubert. The ensemble players include: - Ann Rackl, violin - Lawrence Chu, cello - Selina Chu, piano. 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. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Short Stories 2

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Write a short story in three weeks with the help of West Seattle Story Weavers. At this week's session, you'll learn how to polish your short story. Registration is required. Description: Become a part of the West Seattle writing community and write a short story in three weeks! Classes are beginner level, and you're encouraged to bring along inspiration from your own bit of nature. The class will share their creations on our last meeting and vote on candidates for each category: 1. Most Growth 2. Most Colorful 3. Wildest Prose Each winner will receive a plant grown in our own Story Weaving Garden. Session 2 In this workshop, we will talk about how to receive feedback on your… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. This three-part workshop series will meet on May 8, 15 and 22. Please plan to attend all three dates. Registration is required, call 206-684-7455 to sign up. This workshop series is presented in partnership with West Seattle Story Weavers. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, May 15, 2014, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Joshua Prince-Ramus lectures on 'Agency'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Joshua Prince-Ramus, co-architect of the Central Library, discusses the impact that the Library has had on other important buildings and public spaces. Description: Joshua Prince-Ramus grew up on Bainbridge Island and it was his mother who first learned about the Central Library project. She notified her son, then a partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture with Rem Koolhaas in the Netherlands. OMA and LMN Architects of Seattle were selected to design the Central Library. When they unveiled their initial ideas for the Library in late 1999 at Benaroya Hall, television monitors had to be set up outside the hall to accommodate the overflow crowd. Prince-… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Limited parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, BMO Private Bank, Vulcan Inc. Boeing, JPMorgan Chase & Co. AIA Seattle and Design in Public. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/central-library-10th-anniversary. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Books on Bikes: Commute Station for F5 Bike to Work Day

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Stop by the steps of the Green Lake Branch to get a Library card, check out popular media, pick up some swag and see our cool new bike trailer made by Haulin’ Colin! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with F5 and Cascade Bicycle Club. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, May 16, 2014, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Harry and the Potters

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us as Harry and the Potters bring their wizard brand of rock 'n' roll to the Library! For all ages. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. only at the Fourth Avenue entrance. The FriendShop will extend its open hours this evening and stay open during this event. Limited parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m. This event is cosponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, BMO Private Bank, Vulcan Inc. Boeing and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/central-library-10th-anniversary. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, May 16, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Edible Society: Growing Good Food & Sustainable Communities

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Local chefs, growers, farmers and good food advocates will tell stories about growing, cooking and sharing food in the Puget Sound Region. Description: Eating fresh and local foods builds a more sustainable food community, and a better community through food. How does social justice play a role in our food system? A panel of local growers and farmers, tell their stories about growing, cooking and community building through food in Seattle. Panelists will include - Leika Suzumura from Community Kitchen NW, a program of Seattle Tilth - Katie Pencke, program manager at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands - Nate Moxley, program manager at Lettuce Link,… 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. Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Grow Salad in a Container

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Growing salad greens is easy -- and what a payoff! All you need is a little advanced planning, a couple of containers and some potting soil. Description: Gardeners from Seattle Tilth will show you how growing food in containers can be the perfect solution for balconies, windowsills, paved surfaces or poor soil. The Edible Gardening Series includes events and presentations for all ages at neighborhood libraries around the city in April and May on edible gardening, food advocacy, and sustainability in coordination with local partner organizations. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Seattle Tilth. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Authors Gone Wild: A Celebration of Bookish Proportions

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a lively program featuring music, entertainment, performances, author readings, and more by Seattle7Writers and the band The Rejections (and Trailing Spouses). Description: Schedule of Events 7 p.m. - The Rejections (and Trailing Spouses) concert 7:30 p.m. - MCs kick off Seattle7Writers performances 9 p.m. - Book signing Tonight's masters of ceremonies will be Garth Stein, author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and "Raven Stole the Moon," and Erik Larson, author of "In the Garden of Beasts" and "The Devil in the White City." The Rejections (and Trailing Spouses) is a Seattle cover band whose members are published authors and their significant others. Seattle7Wr… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 7 p.m. The FriendShop will extend its open hours this evening and stay open during this event. Limited parking will also be available across the street at the Olympic Garage on Fifth Avenue and Seneca Street for $5 with a parking voucher. Parking vouchers for the Olympic Garage will be available at the event. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, BMO Private B… Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/central-library-10th-anniversary. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, May 17, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:45 PM.

Ways to Wellness: Balancing Blood Sugar and Managing Weight Naturally

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Energy and blood glucose levels naturally fluctuate. Learn how diet and lifestyle changes can help balance blood sugar, keep energy levels stable, and allow you to maintain a healthy weight. Description: In this presentation you will learn how to develop: - well-balanced meals and snacks - eating patterns - exercise routines - stress management - better sleep. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event continues the Library's Ways to Wellness series. Get healthy tips, recipes, lifestyle choices and more. This program is cosponsored by The Safeway Foundation and presented in partnership with Cancer Lifeline. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

SNAP: Manage Household Utilities Before and After a Disaster

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Find out how to locate and control household electricity, water and natural gas during an emergency. Gain hands-on practice with real equipment, and learn how to prioritize your actions so everyone stays safe. 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, May 18, 2014, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

LEGO Mania!

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with LEGO bricks! Listen to music and 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 the next 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, May 18, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Medicare ABCD / 「聯邦醫療保險-Medicare」知多少

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, 中文. Summary: 歡迎參加圖書館與仁人服務社聯合舉辦的免費講座,了解有關聯邦醫療保險方面的信息。/ Join us for a free Medicare workshop where you can learn the basics of Medicare and ask questions. Description: 你是否想多了解聯邦醫療保險?請來參加是次講座,以了解如何參加,收費如何及您是否符合「節省Medicare費用」資格。毋須報名,歡迎踴躍參加!查詢詳情請致電206.624.5633 内綫 4301余小姐。. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Want to know more about Medicare? Come and learn the basics of Medicare: how to enroll, how much it costs and whether you are eligible for the Medicare Saving Program (to save money on Medicare). This workshop is presented in partnership with Chinese Information and Services Center (CISC). For more information, call Clara Yu at 206-624-5633, ext. 4301. Contact: Clara Yu - 206-624-5633, ext. 4301. Monday, May 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Sam Chaltain discusses 'Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Chaltain documents a year in the life of two schools in the nation's capital -- one a new charter school just opening its doors, the other a neighborhood school that first opened in 1924. Description: "Sam Chaltain has thought long and hard about what makes a good school, and how to solve that riddle for as many of our country’s students as possible. In 'Our School,' he describes the year he spent at a traditional public school and a charter school in Washington, D.C. His aim is not to compare -- it’s to find the commonalities that make for success and deploy that wisdom to make school choice a plus for all students, rather than a new dividing line. It’s the worthiest of goals, attained with mastery." --… View in Catalog: Books by Sam Chaltain. 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 $5 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, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. 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. Monday, May 19, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Job Search Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library to get free, one-on-one help with your job search plan from Employment Specialists. Description: Employment Specialists from Work Source are available to aid you in your job search. Get answers to specific questions that will help you find employment. Help topics may include: - Résumé - Cover letter - Online job search - Applying for jobs - Interviewing techniques. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Every Tuesday through May 20, drop-in help is available from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is presented in partnership with Work Source. For more information about the Library's job resources, including free résumé proofing, click here. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

SNAP: Manage Household Utilities Before and After a Disaster

Where: Central Library. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Find out how to locate and control household electricity, water and natural gas during an emergency. Gain hands-on practice with real equipment, and learn how to prioritize your actions so everyone stays safe. 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, May 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Great Decisions 2014: 'China's Foreign Policy'

Where: Magnolia Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join local facilitator's Cathy Van Dyke and Bill Stern to discuss China's rise to political strength, as well as the potential challenges the U.S. may face as it negotiates with another superpower. Description: China has gone to great lengths to emphasize the "peaceful" nature of its meteoric rise. Yet few dispute that China is the dominant regional power in Asia -- and in recent years Beijing began to flex its muscles regionally in order to advance its strategic interests. What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it "pivots" to Asia? Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring a snack or brown bag lunch. Discussion books are available for purchase from www.fpa.org, but other options are also available. Great Decisions is a national civic-education program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Northeast Poetry Contest: Awards Ceremony and Reading

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Everyone is invited to see the Northeast Branch's poetry contest winners receive prizes and read their poems; one grand prize winner will get the coveted Wedgie Award trophy! Description: As time allows, there will also be an open mic where everyone present can read their own original poem. The poem can be the one they entered in our contest, or another original piece. All submitted poems will be bound into booklets. After the winners are announced at the ceremony, these chapbooks will be available for viewing at the Northeast Branch. 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. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Cool Season Gardening

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Spring is not too early to think about cool-season gardening. Learn tips from Bill Thorness, local author of "The Cool Season Gardener.". Description: It’s a good idea to consider fall and winter needs when planning your summer garden -- some of the longer-season veggies, like overwintering brassicas, should be planted in early summer. Bill Thorness will present a slide show, followed by a Q&A session. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April and May. Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability in coordination with our local partner organizations. View in Catalog: "The Cool Season Gardener" by Bill Thorness. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

1, 2, 3 Grow A Garden

Where: Lake City Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Homegrown organic veggies are not as hard to come by as you think. Learn how to prepare your soil, plant the crops and maintain your plot. Description: Join us and see how simple it is to start growing food in your sunny garden. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April and May. Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability in coordination with our local partner organizations. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Seattle Tilth. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Short Stories 3

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Write a short story in three weeks with the help of West Seattle Story Weavers. At this week's session, you'll leave with a finished story or know how to complete one on your own. Registration is required. Description: Become a part of the West Seattle writing community and write a short story in three weeks! Classes are beginner level, and you're encouraged to bring along inspiration from your own bit of nature. The class will share their creations on our last meeting and vote on candidates for each category: 1. Most Growth 2. Most Colorful 3. Wildest Prose Each winner will receive a plant grown in our own Story Weaving Garden. Session 3 In this workshop, we'll share our stories with classmates and any… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. This three-part workshop series will meet on May 8, 15 and 22. Please plan to attend all three dates. Registration is required, call 206-684-7455 to sign up. This workshop series is presented in partnership with West Seattle Story Weavers. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, May 22, 2014, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Raising a Philosophical Child

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Jana Mohr Lone, director of the UW Center for Philosophy for Children, presents a workshop on the importance of children's philosophical thinking and ways to cultivate it. Description: Children are full of philosophical questions -- What does it mean to be good? Why do people die? Are thoughts real? Who am I? All of us, including children, naturally wonder about these kinds of topics. Encouraging children to explore their own questions, and reflecting about these questions along with them, can open a space for children to think critically for themselves about their own experiences. Lone, director of the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children and the author of th… View in Catalog: "The Philosophical Child" by Jana Mohr Lone. 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. Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Panel discussion: 'Building the Central Library'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The people behind the design of the Central Library will talk about their vision, their challenges, and their dawning realization the new building would make history, as well as about the future of libraries. Description: Panelists include Joshua Prince-Ramus, co-architect of the Central Library and principal of REX in New York City; former City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, now head of Global Libraries for the Gates Foundation; Sam Miller, partner at LMN Architects in Seattle; Gilbert W. Anderson, former Library Board member and emeritus member of the Library Foundation board of directors; City Librarian Marcellus Turner. Moderator is Eric Liu, former Library Board member and current member of the Library Foundation board of… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. The FriendShop will extend its open hours this evening and stay open until 7 p.m. Parking: Limited parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, BMO Private Bank, Vulcan Inc. Boeing, JPMorgan Chase & Co. AIA Seattle and Design in Public. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/central-library-10th-anniversary. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Anniversary Day Fun

Where: Central Library. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Central Library! Live music, free cupcakes, totes, stickers, building tours and more. Description: Enjoy mini-cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, listen to live music by the brass band Tubaluba, pick up a free tote bag and a sticker, meet Lulu the Library Book Fairy, or take a docent-led tour of the building. A limited number of items, including jewelry, were created especially for the anniversary and will be for sale in the FriendShop on Level 3 of the Central Library. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, BMO Private Bank, Vulcan Inc. Boeing, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Cupcake Royale and the Friends of The Seattle Public Library. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/central-library-10th-anniversary. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, May 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

申 請 華 州 食 物 券 講 座 2014 / Basic Food Benefits Workshops 2014

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, 中文. Summary: 歡迎來參加圖書館與仁人服務社聯合舉辦的免費講座,了解有關申請華州食物券的信息。/ Join us for a free Basic Food Benefits Workshop presented by the Chinese Information and Services Center and hosted by the Library. Description: 您想更詳細知道何謂糧食券/華州基本食物計劃?請勿錯過仁人服務社耆老服務組在碧近山圖書館 (Beacon Hill Library) 舉行的免費講座。 若您是美國公民或合法居住美國(不包括訪客、非法入境者),符合低收入資格便可申請「華州基本食物計劃」(Washington Basic Food Program,前稱「糧食券」計劃 (Food Stamp Program)。. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Join us for a free workshop on Food Benefits at the Beacon Hill Branch. Food Benefits are not only for citizens! If you meet the income limit, you can apply to the Washington Basic Food Program (formerly named the Food Stamp Program). Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, May 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Noteworthy Films: Gravity

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Catch up with popular and award-nominated films on Sunday afternoons at the Northgate Branch. This week's movie is "Gravity," a 2013 dramatic, science-fiction thriller. Description: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone -- tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. Director: Alfonso Cuarón Country: USA Language: English Year: 2013 Length: 91 minutes Rating: PG-… View in Catalog: "Gravity" directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Want more Noteworthy Films? Northgate Branch is showing them every other Sunday through May. To find more film screenings, click here. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, May 25, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

LEGO Mania!

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with LEGO bricks! Listen to music and 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 the next LEGO Mania! will take place, click here. 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, May 25, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Joseph Brodsky in Exile: Poems and Songs / "Иосиф Бродский в ссылке"

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English, Русский. Summary: Join us for a concert celebrating the life and work of Russian poet, Joseph Brodsky, during his exile to the Arctic Archangelsk Region. Description: Saturday, May 24 marks the birthday of Joseph Brodsky, a Russian poet and Nobel Prize winner. In February 1964, he was sent into exile in the Arctic's Arkhangelsk region for one and a half years. Although it was a difficult time for the poet, it was also a time of maturation for his poetic talent. Enjoy songs based on poems written by Brodsky during his exile, composed and performed by local artist Sergei Zrazhevsky and accompanied by Vidas Svagzdys and Stas Ruvinov. Eugene Zabokritsky will recite som… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Литературно-музыкальная композиция "Иосиф Бродский в ссылке". 24 мая день рождения замечательного русского поэта лауреата Нобелевской премии Иосифа Бродского. В феврале 1964 года он был отправлен в ссылку в Архангельскую областьгде пробыл полтора года. Это было очень трудное время для поэта но это было и время созревания его поэтического таланта. Его жизни и творчеству в этот период мы посвящаем наш концерт. Исполнители: Сергей Зражевский автор музыки песен на стихи Бродского вокал гитара; Ви… Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, May 25, 2014, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Memorial Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. Monday, May 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Ballet Preview: 'Giselle'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a lunchtime lecture and and multimedia preview of the Romantic ballet "Giselle," performed by the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB). Description: Seduction, heartbreak and a passion for dance encompass this dramatic story of a peasant girl and her love for a nobleman. PNB’s production features new 19th century-era costumes and sets by French designer Jérôme Kaplan. This hour-long preview discussion, with audio and video excerpts, will be presented by Doug Fullington, PNB’s educational programs manager and special assistant to artistic director Peter Boal. Audience questions are welcome. View in Catalog: "Dance: A Song of the Body," a ballet resource list. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the last of the Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2013-14 preview series at The Seattle Public Library. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Learn About the Beacon Food Forest

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Volunteers from the internationally-recognized Beacon Food Forest Permaculture Project will discuss their unique, community-powered program. Description: The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April and May. Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability in coordination with our local partner organizations. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with the Beacon Food Forest. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

All About Adoption and Foster Care

Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet with Families Like Ours, a Seattle-based adoption exchange, to get all of your questions answered about foster care and adoption! Description: Learn more about placement agencies, types of adoption, the cost of adoption and foster care, and how to get started. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6:00 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, May 28, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

'What Unions No Longer Do'

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Jake Rosenfeld, associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington, discusses his new book which looks at historical and contemporary influences on wage rates and pay equity. Description: The presence of strong, organized labor has historically been linked with less inequality. From their post-WWII peak to present day, the decline of labor unions has had a concrete effect on economic and political equality. "What Unions No Longer Do" explores this concept, highlighting the positive contributions unions have made over time to society by strengthening the middle class and improving workplace fairness. Rosenfeld emphasizes the negative effects caused by our modern-day lack of unions. Accord… View in Catalog: "What Unions No Longer Do" by Jake Rosenfeld. 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. Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Rebecca Morris discusses 'If I Can't Have You'

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Bestselling true crime author and Greenwood resident Rebecca Morris discusses her new book, "If I Can't Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children.". Description: New York Times best-selling author and Greenwood resident Rebecca Morris reads from and discusses her new book, "If I Can't Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children." Morris will reveal previously-unpublished material in this unresolved case. View in Catalog: "If I Can't Have You" by AUTHOR NAME. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Couth Buzzard Books. Books will available for purchase and signing. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Gamelan Pacifica presents Javanese Ensemble Music

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Immerse yourself in the contemplative sound of the gamelan at a performance of contemporary and classical Indonesian music by Seattle ensemble Gamelan Pacifica. Description: Gamelan Pacifica will perform traditional and contemporary music for the Javanese gamelan. The performance will feature examples of classical "gending" (compositions) from the central Javanese repertoire associated with the cities of Surakarta and Yogyakarta in Indonesia. The gamelan is a gong-chime percussion orchestra that originated in Indonesia. The instruments -- which include a variety of drums, winds and strings -- create both rich and dramatic resonance and contemplative beauty. Gamelan Pac… View in Catalog: Gamelan Resource List. 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, May 29, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

LEGO Mania!

Where: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with LEGO bricks! Listen to music and 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, June 1, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Earthquake Home Retrofit Workshop

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to evaluate your home to determine if it qualifies for the City of Seattle's standard earthquake retrofitting plan.Registration is required. Description: Experienced home retrofit instructors will instruct you on what tools are needed, some building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process. This introductory class provides information on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation (especially for houses built before 1980). The class is designed for all homeowners, whether you're planning to do the work yourself or hire a qualified contractor. Notes: Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Department of Planning and Development. To find other Earthquake Home Retrofit workshops at the Library, click here. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, snap@seattle.gov or 206-233-5076. Sunday, June 1, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Brian Doyle discusses 'The Plover'

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Oregon writer Brian Doyle, author of the acclaimed literary fiction book "Mink River," will discuss his latest novel. Description: Declan O'Donnell has left Oregon aboard his boat, the Plover, to escape the life that’s so troubled him on land. He sets course west into the Pacific in search of solitude. Instead, he finds a crew, each in search of something themselves, and what at first seems a lonely sea voyage becomes a rapturous, heartfelt celebration of life’s surprising paths, planned and unplanned. View in Catalog: "The Plover" by Brian Doyle. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with University Book Store. Books will be available to purchase at the program. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, June 2, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Great Decisions 2014: 'U.S. Trade Policy'

Where: Magnolia Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join local facilitator's Cathy Van Dyke and Bill Stern to discuss America's foreign policy tools and the emerging competition it faces in the free market. Description: America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns -- they also include the sales pitch. The logic behind this pitch, or "economic statecraft," is simple: promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. In so doing, the U.S. will gain valuable and stable partners, both in business and in diplomacy. Now, as China and other emerging nations battle the U.S. for global influence, Secretary Kerry will take the reigns as a free market matchmaker. Great Decisions… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring a snack or brown bag lunch. Discussion books are available for purchase from www.fpa.org, but other options are also available. Great Decisions is a national civic-education program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:00 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, June 5, 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, June 5, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

LEGO Mania!

Where: Montlake Branch. Room Location: Don G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with LEGO bricks! Listen to music and 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: Montlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, June 8, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 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, June 8, 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 "Shipshape Home" by Richard Matheson. 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: "Shipshape Home" by Richard Matheson The rent on their New York apartment was too good to be true, and the views? Out of this world! 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, June 9, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Global Lens Film Series: 'The Parade (Parada)'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of the Serbian film, "The Parade (Parada)." This movie is part of the 2013 Global Lens film series, which includes 10 award-winning narrative feature films. Description: "The Parade (Parada)" In exchange for some wedding-planning expertise, a macho Serbian crime boss recruits a ragtag group of Balkan war-buddies to provide protection for a Pride march in this rollicking yet poignant comedy inspired by real events. Director: Srdjan Dragojević Country: Serbia Language: Serbo-Croatian, with subtitles in English Year: 2011 Length: 115 minutes Rating: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has not rated these films. These films may contain adult the… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins promptly at 6 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with The Global Lens Film Initiative. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 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 Steph Anne Best, Teresa Grabstein and Shankar Narayan. An open mic will follow the featured readers. 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. Saturday, June 14, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

LEGO Mania!

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with LEGO bricks! Listen to music and 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 the next 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, June 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

All About Adoption and Foster Care

Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet with Families Like Ours, a Seattle-based adoption exchange, to get all of your questions answered about foster care and adoption! Description: Learn more about placement agencies, types of adoption, the cost of adoption and foster care, and how to get started. 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, June 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

SNAP: Fire Extinguisher 101

Where: Central Library. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Knowing how to put out small fires after a disaster is an emergency essential. Learn how to choose the right extinguisher, the do's and don'ts of fire, and gain hands-on practice using a (demo) extinguisher. 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, June 17, 2014, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Global Lens Film Series: 'Modest Reception (Paziraie sadeh)'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of the Iranian film, "Modest Reception Paziraie sadeh." This movie is part of the 2013 Global Lens film series, which includes 10 award-winning narrative feature films. Description: "Modest Reception (Paziraie sadeh)" Two sibling-sophisticates from Tehran travel the mountainous northern countryside, maniacally pushing bags of money on locals -- a hilarious and alarming exercise that unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power and corruption. Director: Mani Haghighi Country: Iran Language: Farsi/Persian, with subtitles in English Year: 2012 Length: 100 minutes Rating: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has not rated these films. These fil… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins promptly at 6 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with The Global Lens Film Initiative. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Sound Cycling: Basic Bike Maintenance

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Is fear of a flat keeping you off your bike? Attend this class to demystify changing a flat, maintaining brakes and more. 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. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley 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: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, June 21, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

SNAP: Fire Extinguisher 101

Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Knowing how to put out small fires after a disaster is an emergency essential. Learn how to choose the right extinguisher, the do's and don'ts of fire, and gain hands-on practice using a (demo) extinguisher. 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, June 21, 2014, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

LEGO Mania!

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to play with LEGO bricks! Listen to music and 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 the next LEGO Mania! will take place, click here. 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, June 22, 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 Game" by Thomasina Weber. 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 Game" by Thomasina Weber Little Betty really shouldn’t talk to strangers or get into their cars. It isn’t safe... for the strangers, anyway. 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, June 23, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

All About Adoption and Foster Care

Where: South Park Branch. Room Location: The Satterberg Foundation Children's Area. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet with Families Like Ours, a Seattle-based adoption exchange, to get all of your questions answered about foster care and adoption! Description: Learn more about placement agencies, types of adoption, the cost of adoption and foster care, and how to get started. 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. Monday, June 23, 2014, 6:30 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, June 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

SNAP: Fire Extinguisher 101

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Knowing how to put out small fires after a disaster is an emergency essential. Learn how to choose the right extinguisher, the do's and don'ts of fire, and gain hands-on practice using a (demo) extinguisher. 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. Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Global Lens Film Series: 'Cairo 678'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of the Egyptian film, "Cairo 678." This movie is part of the 2013 Global Lens film series, which includes 10 award-winning narrative feature films. Description: "Cairo 678" An Iranian state official, his driver and a young guide race across a troubled but magnificent landscape to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Director: Mohamed Diab Country: Egypt Language: Arabic, with subtitles in English Year: 2012 Length: 100 minutes Rating: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has not rated these films. These films may contain adult themes and content that may no… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins promptly at 6 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with The Global Lens Film Initiative. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, June 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

SNAP: Fire Extinguisher 101

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Knowing how to put out small fires after a disaster is an emergency essential. Learn how to choose the right extinguisher, the do's and don'ts of fire, and gain hands-on practice using a (demo) extinguisher. 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. Thursday, June 26, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

All About Adoption and Foster Care

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet with Families Like Ours, a Seattle-based adoption exchange, to get all of your questions answered about foster care and adoption! Description: Learn more about placement agencies, types of adoption, the cost of adoption and foster care, and how to get started. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, June 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 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, July 3, 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, July 3, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Independence Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

SeaFair Stories: 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? Join us each Monday in July for Seafair stories and nautical tales! This week's story is "The Ghost Ship" by Richard Middleton. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Every Monday this July, Thrilling Tales gives way to Seafair Stories: oceangoing tales of nautical adventure and suspense. This week's story is: "The Ghost Ship" by Richard Middleton. It was during the great storm, in the spring of '97, when the phantom brig blew fifty miles inland to look for recruits. 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, July 7, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Global Lens Film Series: 'Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of the Indian film, "Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights." This movie is part of the 2013 Global Lens film series, which includes 10 award-winning narrative feature films. Description: "Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights" An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is determined to get the streetlights turned off after sunrise, but finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo. There will be a Q&A session after the film. Director: Suman Ghosh Country: India Language: Bengali, with subtitles in English Year: 2012 Length: 65 minutes Rating: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has not rated these… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins promptly at 6 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with The Global Lens Film Initiative. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 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 Dennis Caswell, Carrington MacDuffie and Cathy Ross. 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, July 12, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 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, July 13, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seafair Stories: 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? Join us each Monday in July for Seafair stories and nautical tales! This week's story is "A Matter of Fact" by Rudyard Kipling. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Every Monday this July, Thrilling Tales gives way to Seafair Stories: oceangoing tales of nautical adventure and suspense. This week's story is: "A Matter of Fact" by Rudyard Kipling. True story: three newspapermen aboard a tramp steamer encounter unspeakable strangeness from the depths -- and you haven’t heard about it until now. 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, July 14, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Global Lens Film Series: 'About 111 Girls'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of the Iraqi film, "About 111 Girls." This movie is part of the 2013 Global Lens film series, which includes 10 award-winning narrative feature films. Description: "About 111 Girls" An Iranian state official, his driver and a young guide race across a troubled but magnificent landscape to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Directed by: Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira Country: Iraq Language: Farsi/Persian and Kurdish, with subtitles in English Year: 2012 Length: 79 minutes Rating: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has not rated these films. These films… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins promptly at 6 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with The Global Lens Film Initiative. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, July 17, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Sound Cycling: Basic Bike Maintenace

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Is fear of a flat keeping you off your bike? Attend this class to demystify changing a flat, maintaining brakes and more. 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: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family 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: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Seafair Stories: 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? Join us each Monday in July for Seafair stories and nautical tales! This week's story is "Song for a Lady" by Charles Beaumont. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Every Monday this July, Thrilling Tales gives way to Seafair Stories: oceangoing tales of nautical adventure and suspense. This week's story is: "Song for a Lady" by Charles Beaumont Welcome aboard the final voyage of the Lady Anne, it's a romantic cruise that will be the trip of your lifetime. 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, July 21, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.