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Let's Talk About Books

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

Talk Time

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: A preview lecture of Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman.". Description: Join us for an entertaining preview lecture on Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Wagner’s stirring fable which recounts the stormy romance between a supernatural sea captain and a young woman obsessed with his legend. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Commons: Invent with littleBits

Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: During this month's Tinkerlab Commons, join staff and make amazing creations with our littleBits inventor kits. Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

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

Lecture and dance performance: “Illuminatio: Yo Soy”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English, Español. Summary: Spanish playwright Antonio Delgado and choreographer Amanda Goodwin discuss their new dance theatre work, followed by a live preview performance. Description: Spanish playwright Antonio Delgado and choreographer Amanda Goodwin speak on the origins and inspiration of their collaborative work, “Illuminatio: Yo Soy,” touching on the economic crisis in Spain, as well as Antonio´s acting technique for personal growth. Performers from Seattle dance troupe The Illuminatio Project, will add their reflections on the collaboration and perform excerpts from the show. This program will be in Spanish and English. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Charla y exposición de fragmentos sobre “Illuminatio: Yo Soy” Autor teatral Antonio Delgado y coreógrafa Amanda Goodwin, hablan sobre su nueva obra de danza-teatro seguido por una muestra de fragmentos. Autor teatral Antonio Delgado y coreógrafa Amanda Goodwin hablan sobre los orígenes e inspiraciónes de su obra colaboratoria, “Illuminatio: Yo Soy,” tocando la crisis económica en España, la técnica actoral de Antonio para el auto-desarollo. Bailarinas del grupo The Illuminatio Project añadirán sus re… Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Spanish Circle

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Talk Time Summary: ¡Hola! Want to become fluent in Spanish or maintain your skills? Come to a free 10-week language conversation program to practice Spanish. Talk Time Description: This program is for intermediate to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Practique su español en la biblioteca. Para niveles intermedio y avanzado. Programa gratuito. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Central Library. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: A preview lecture of Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman.". Description: Join us for an entertaining preview lecture on Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Wagner’s stirring fable which recounts the stormy romance between a supernatural sea captain and a young woman obsessed with his legend. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with basic technology and Library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 or sign up in person at the Level 5 Reference Desk. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. The Central Library also offers Tech Help in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese -- call 206-684-0849 for more information or to register. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4089. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes on Thursdays from 12-3 p.m. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4089. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tecno Ayuda (Spanish Tech Help)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Necesita ayuda personal con las computadoras o en la búsqueda de información? ¡La Biblioteca de Seattle puede ayudarlo! Inscripción necesaria. Description: El personal de la biblioteca está disponible para contestar a sus preguntas acerca de tecnología y servicios de la Biblioteca. Aprenda computación básica, cómo utilizar un lector electrónico, como obtener una dirección de correo electrónico gratuito o reservar libros y DVDs. Los tópicos pueden incluir: - Como utilizar el catálogo de la biblioteca - Descargar libros electrónicos y audio libros - Enseñarle computación básica, iPads, etc. - Utilizar Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. - Obtener una… Notes: Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Inscripción necesaria. Las citas son limitadas a 1 hora. Para obtener más información o para concertar una cita llame al 206-386-4636 ó inscríbase en persona en la mesa de referencia del 5to. Piso. Translation: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4636. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. (欢迎参加电脑/互联网免费一对一指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。). Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Examples of help topics include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Email - Microsoft Word. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Schedule an appointment by phone or in person. Mandarin-speaking staff is available upon request. Translation: 欢迎参加电脑/互联网免费一对一指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4227. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: High Point Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Eve's Bayou'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: A young girl learns some difficult lessons about truth, love, and fidelity in this critically-acclaimed Southern gothic drama. Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett) is a ten-year-old girl whose father Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) is a successful and well-liked doctor in an African-American community in Louisiana....Eve's Bayou was the first project as writer-director for actress Kasi Lemmons; leading man Samuel L. Jackson also co-produced. Rating: R - Restricted. Run time: 110 minutes. View in Catalog: "Eve's Bayou". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/aafs. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Book Sale: Members-Only Preview Night at the Seattle Center

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center 299 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Friends of The Seattle Public Library will hold a book sale May 6-8. Get a sneak-peek at all the items before the sale opens tomorrow -- join the Friends and come to this member-only preview night! Description: Friends of The Seattle Public Library members will now be able to purchase up to 35 items at the members-only sale. New memberships are $20 in advance online or at the Friend-Shop and $40 at the door (cash or check only). The members-only preview sale will be scanner free this year. No scanners, cell phones or any other electronic devices used to seek information about books are allowed during this time. Over 100,000 items will be for sale starting at $1 each. Kid’s books, old books, foreign language… Notes: Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library through grants made by Friends of The Seattle Public Library. The sale will kick off with a Members-Only preview night on Friday, May 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Memberships may be purchased in person at the FriendShop at the Central Library, or by going online to http://www.friendsofspl.org/membership.php. The sale is open to the general public on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items will be 50% off on Sunday. More...: http://www.friendsofspl.org/booksales.php. Contact: Friendshop, 206-733-9015 or visit www.friendsofspl.org/booksales.php. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Design Lecture Series presents Karel Martens with special guest Doug Wadden

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Please join graphic designer Karel Martens for a free lecture at the Central Library. Description: Dutch designer Karel Martens is co-founder of the renowned graphic design program, Werkplaats Typografie. His deliberate misuse of media in his print and typographic work over the last 50 years has made him one of the world's most influential designers. Immediately following the lecture Karel Martens will be joined in conversation by Doug Wadden, Professor Emeritus of Visual Communication Design at the University of Washington. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Doors at 6:30 p.m. lecture at 7 p.m. Please be prompt - standby tickets become available at 6:50 p.m. The Design Lecture Series is brought to you by CIVILIZATION, a design practice. Tickets are now SOLD OUT. Free standby tickets will be available the night of the event. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Book Sale at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center 299 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Friends of The Seattle Public Library will hold a book sale May 6-8. Description: Over 100,000 items will be for sale starting at $1 each. Kid’s books, old books, foreign language books, all sorts of nonfiction and fiction books, graphic novels, every kind of book (except eBooks), plus DVDs and CDs! Most items are priced at $1 - $2. We accept every form of payment at the Book Sale. Please bring your own bags, boxes or suitcases for your purchases. Notes: Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library through grants made by Friends of The Seattle Public Library. The sale will kick off with a Members-Only preview night on Friday, May 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Memberships may be purchased in person at the FriendShop at the Central Library, or by going online to http://www.friendsofspl.org/membership.php. The sale is open to the general public on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items will be 50% off on Sunday. More...: http://www.friendsofspl.org/booksales.php. Contact: Friendshop, 206-733-9015 or visit www.friendsofspl.org/booksales.php. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Reception for National Preservation Month

Where: Fremont Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join the Fremont Branch and the Fremont Historical Society for a reception celebrating the rich history of the Fremont neighborhood! Description: View historical "then and now" photos of Fremont buildings and learn interesting facts about the neighborhood. Light refreshments will be served. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

African American Films Series: Selma

Where: Lake City Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of "Selma" part of the African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964. Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 128 minutes. View in Catalog: "Selma". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/aafs. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM.

Seattle Writes: How to Write a Personal Essay

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Instructor Kathleen Alcalá who has published numerous essays as well as fiction and nonfiction books, will teach an introduction to personal essay writing, including tips on sharing your essay with the world. Description: The personal essay is a window into many worlds, starting with your own. Branch out to share your discoveries in a flexible and beautiful form. We will explore the basic components of a personal essay as well as variations of the form. We will discuss editing for brevity and impact. This class will include examples and exercises. Finally, we will look at options of what you can do with a personal essay (submit for publication, blogs, collections, etc.). Kathleen Alcalá is the author of a short story co… Class Notes: Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and… Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: World-Building in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Seattle Writes Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to build the world of your story and integrate the details of setting into plot, description, and action with award-winning author Nancy Kress. Description: Setting is a vital part of science fiction and fantasy. It lets your reader SEE your story unfold. It also creates plausibility, interest, and even plot development. Consider the detailed and vibrant settings of George R.R. Martin’s "Game of Thrones," Andy Weir’s "The Martian," Suzanne Collins’s "The Hunger Games," or Ursula Le Guin’s "The Dispossessed." But how do you create a future or fantasy setting that both feels convincing and will help develop your story? This workshop will provide tools to help… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or… Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

El Club Latino

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Books Spiral 8 - Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: Un grupo cultural latino para las personas que les encanta hablar de todo acerca de la cultura latinoamericana. Book Description: Comparte tus conocimientos acerca de la cultura latinoamericana en un ambiente amistoso y entretenido. Notes: Este grupo se reúne una vez al mes. Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Para más información llame al 206-684-0849 y pregunte por Marcela, o deje un mensaje en español en el 206-615-1662. Translation: Join El Club Latino and spend a pleasant time talking about Latin American culture. El Club Latino meets once a month. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Spilled Ink: Music & Art Night

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch will host a community celebration of “Spilled Ink: Ballard High School Music and Art Night.". Description: Students, parents, staff and the public are all invited to a free celebration of music, art, literature and video at the Ballard Branch. The is event co-sponsored by Ballard High School Ink Club and Ballard Teen Service Learning Group. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Book Sale at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center 299 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Friends of The Seattle Public Library will hold a book sale May 6-8. All items will be 50% off on Sunday. Description: Over 100,000 items will be for sale starting at $1 each. Kid’s books, old books, foreign language books, all sorts of nonfiction and fiction books, graphic novels, every kind of book (except eBooks), plus DVDs and CDs! Most items are priced at $1 - $2. We accept every form of payment at the Book Sale. Please bring your own bags, boxes or suitcases for your purchases. Notes: Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library through grants made by Friends of The Seattle Public Library. The sale will kick off with a Members-Only preview night on Friday, May 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Memberships may be purchased in person at the FriendShop at the Central Library, or by going online to http://www.friendsofspl.org/membership.php. The sale is open to the general public on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items will be 50% off on Sunday. More...: http://www.friendsofspl.org/booksales.php. Contact: Friendshop, 206-733-9015 or visit www.friendsofspl.org/booksales.php. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Pride Asia and Three Dollar Bill Cinema present "Deconstructing Zoe."

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the World Premiere screening of Rosa Fong’s film “Deconstructing Zoe,” presented by Pride Asia and Three Dollar Bill Cinema. Description: Zoe is a performance artist—of the stage, of identity, and now of the big screen. Zoe is also Chowee Leow, a Malaysian Chinese immigrant living in the UK. While Chowee endures racist remarks, Zoe is fetishized. Navigating gender professionally, politically, and personally—unpinning the binaries between man and woman, trans and cis—Zoe finds authenticity in fluidity. Using segments of Zoe’s semi-autobiographical play, An Occasional Orchid, DECONSTRUCTING ZOE untangles the interconnections of Asian life in th… Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 54 min. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Free Angela and All Political Prisoners'

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners," part of the Library's African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the African American experience. Description: The high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom. Rating: Unrated. Run time: 102 minutes. View in Catalog: "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners". 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Writing the City - Poetry

Seattle Writes Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle’s Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, will teach beginning poets how to use the city – and its rich mix of sensory experiences and social interactions – as an inspiration and launch pad for writing poetry. Description: Our daily engagement with the city is full of sensory experiences, social interactions, memories. What we love and fear, what we dread and long for, the city is witness to it all. We’ll write poems inspired by the place we live in. Claudia Castro Luna is Seattle’s first Civic Poet, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning and an MFA in poetry. She is a certified K-12 teacher and has t… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or… Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a free Mother's Day concert. Description: A Tribute to Cole Porter (1891-1964) Anything Goes (Anything Goes) So in Love (Kiss Me Kate) It’s De-Lovely (Red, Hot, and Blue and subsequently Anything Goes) My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Leave it to Me) In the Still of the Night (Rosalie) Friendship (Anything Goes) Love for Sale (The New Yorkers) Make it Another Old Fashioned (Panama Hattie) Let’s Do it, let’s fall in love (Paris and subsequently Can-Can) Katie was a Lady (DuBarry was a Lady) Night and Day (Gay Divorcee) Well, did you Evah? (D… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Drop-in Assistive Technology Open Lab

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - LEAP Assistive Technology Lab. Audience: Adults. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Come to the LEAP Drop-In Lab session for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help in the use of the Library's assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons. Description: LEAP staff members are available to answer questions and assist in the use of the Library's JAWS speech and ZoomText magnification software. Staff is also able to assist patrons in the use of the assistive technology to download eBooks, setup free email accounts, or request books and DVDs, or help with other adaptive equipment. Other help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Computer basics - Internet basics - Microsoft Word Please note: LEAP-staff cannot assist with any kind of h… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for LEAP Drop-In Open-Lab help. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: leap@spl.org. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1906. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Genealogy Databases: Ancestry Library Edition

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 4 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to use the electronic databases and Internet resources found on The Seattle Public Library's Web site to search for your ancestors. Description: Ancestry Library Edition is the focus of this workshop presented by John LaMont, Genealogy Librarian. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Send an email using the library’s Ask-A-Librarian service or call 206-386-4636 and ask for the genealogy desk to register. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Monday, May 9, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: Delridge Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Thomasine & Bushrod'

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a free screening of "Thomasine & Bushrod," part of the Library's African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the African American experience. Description: A unique entry in the blaxploitation genre of the 1970s, the western "Thomasine & Bushrod" follows the titular couple, a bounty hunter and wanted man, as they rob the rich to the benefit the downtrodden. The film was directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. (most well-known for "Superfly") and was written by star Max Julien. Featuring a magnificent performance by Vonetta McGee as Thomasine. Rating: PG - Parental Guidance Suggested. Run time: 95 minutes. View in Catalog: "Thomasine & Bushrod". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/aafs. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:40 PM.

Your Business -- Market Smart

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Have a great product or service, but not sure how to connect with new customers? Come to this free workshop and learn how! Registration is recommended. Description: At this free workshop, you’ll find out how to develop a marketing strategy to grow your business and differentiate yourself from competitors. Discover market research available through the library that will help you make informed decisions. You’ll learn how to: Identify customer demographics and spending habits Find the latest trends in your industry How you compare to your competition Resources to develop a marketing strategy. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is limited, so please register for your tickets now. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Broadview Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Book Description: The multi-generational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with an utopian artist against a backdrop of the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. View in Catalog: "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Next Month's Title: "The Bartender's Tale" by Ivan Doig. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Study Room "C." Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with basic technology and Library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 or sign up in person at the Level 5 Reference Desk. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. The Central Library also offers Tech Help in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese -- call 206-684-0849 for more information or to register. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tecno Ayuda (Spanish Tech Help)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Necesita ayuda personal con las computadoras o en la búsqueda de información? ¡La Biblioteca de Seattle puede ayudarlo! Inscripción necesaria. Description: El personal de la biblioteca está disponible para contestar a sus preguntas acerca de tecnología y servicios de la Biblioteca. Aprenda computación básica, cómo utilizar un lector electrónico, como obtener una dirección de correo electrónico gratuito o reservar libros y DVDs. Los tópicos pueden incluir: - Como utilizar el catálogo de la biblioteca - Descargar libros electrónicos y audio libros - Enseñarle computación básica, iPads, etc. - Utilizar Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. - Obtener una… Notes: Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Inscripción necesaria. Las citas son limitadas a 1 hora. Para obtener más información o para concertar una cita llame al 206-386-4636 ó inscríbase en persona en la mesa de referencia del 5to. Piso. Translation: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4636. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Fremont Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4084. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. Contact Info: Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1906. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4063. Appointments are scheduled for up to 1 hour. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7539. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Magnolia Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books, audiobooks, and movies. - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word - Library databases Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at the Magnolia Branch. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Lecture and dance performance: “Illuminatio: Yo Soy”

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English, Español. Summary: Spanish playwright Antonio Delgado and choreographer Amanda Goodwin discuss their new dance theatre work, followed by a live preview performance. Description: Spanish playwright Antonio Delgado and choreographer Amanda Goodwin speak on the origins and inspiration of their collaborative work, “Illuminatio: Yo Soy,” touching on the economic crisis in Spain, as well as Antonio´s acting technique for personal growth. Performers from Seattle dance troupe The Illuminatio Project, will add their reflections on the collaboration and perform excerpts from the show. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program will be in Spanish and English. Translation: Charla y exposición de fragmentos sobre “Illuminatio: Yo Soy” Autor teatral Antonio Delgado y coreógrafa Amanda Goodwin, hablan sobre su nueva obra de danza-teatro seguido por una muestra de fragmentos. Autor teatral Antonio Delgado y coreógrafa Amanda Goodwin hablan sobre los orígenes e inspiraciónes de su obra colaboratoria, “Illuminatio: Yo Soy,” tocando la crisis económica en España, la técnica actoral de Antonio para el auto-desarollo. Bailarinas del grupo The Illuminatio Project añadirán sus re… Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7547. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Chris Cleave reads from his new novel “Everyone Brave Is Forgiven”

Author Readings Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: 'Everyone Brave Is Forgiven,' based loosely on Chris Cleave’s grandparents’ lives, is the story of young people thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in World War II London. Description: War breaks out in 1939 London, and Mary leaves finishing school to volunteer for the war effort. But rather than a glamorous war job, she is assigned to be a teacher working with children left behind when others are evacuated. Her lover, the school administrator Tom, decides to give the war a pass; his flatmate Alistair enlists. When Mary and Alistair meet, love and war will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passions, friendship and deception, inexorably… View in Catalog: "Everyone Brave Is Forgiven" by Chris Cleave. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking in the Central Library garage is available for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Broadview Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7519. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Spanish Circle

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Talk Time Summary: ¡Hola! Want to become fluent in Spanish or maintain your skills? Come to a free 10-week language conversation program to practice Spanish. Talk Time Description: This program is for intermediate to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Practique su español en la biblioteca. Para niveles intermedio y avanzado. Programa gratuito. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Discover Special Collections: Seattle's People and Cultures

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 10 - The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Tour Summary: Take a tour of the Library's Special collections. This month: Seattle's People and Cultures. Registration required. Tour Description: Ever wonder just what’s so special about the Library’s Special Collections? Meet the diverse peoples that have made Seattle the unique and vibrant city it is today. Join us for a peek into the Seattle Room and tour the Library’s Special Collections, This tour will last approximately one hour. Take a peek into the Seattle Room and a part of the Library’s Special Collections through six exciting tours during May - October. Come to one or join us for all six! Tour Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Tour Information Line: Central Library - 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. More Tour Information: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/cen-plan-a-visit/central-library-tours. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

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

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

Tech Help

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with basic technology and Library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 or sign up in person at the Level 5 Reference Desk. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. The Central Library also offers Tech Help in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese -- call 206-684-0849 for more information or to register. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Hot Topics for Seniors (and Senior Wannabes!)

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hot Topics for Seniors meets every second Thursday of the month between noon and 1:30 pm in the Green Lake Branch meeting room. Description: On Thursday, May 12th the topic will be: "Re-Imagined Spaces at Seattle Public Library," co-facilitated by Darth Nielsen and Rebecca Crichton. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Tecno Ayuda (Spanish Tech Help)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Necesita ayuda personal con las computadoras o en la búsqueda de información? ¡La Biblioteca de Seattle puede ayudarlo! Inscripción necesaria. Description: El personal de la biblioteca está disponible para contestar a sus preguntas acerca de tecnología y servicios de la Biblioteca. Aprenda computación básica, cómo utilizar un lector electrónico, como obtener una dirección de correo electrónico gratuito o reservar libros y DVDs. Los tópicos pueden incluir: - Como utilizar el catálogo de la biblioteca - Descargar libros electrónicos y audio libros - Enseñarle computación básica, iPads, etc. - Utilizar Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. - Obtener una… Notes: Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Inscripción necesaria. Las citas son limitadas a 1 hora. Para obtener más información o para concertar una cita llame al 206-386-4636 ó inscríbase en persona en la mesa de referencia del 5to. Piso. Translation: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4636. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. (欢迎参加电脑/互联网免费一对一指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。). Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Examples of help topics include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Email - Microsoft Word. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Schedule an appointment by phone or in person. Mandarin-speaking staff is available upon request. Translation: 欢迎参加电脑/互联网免费一对一指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Job Search One-On-One

Where: NewHolly Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Get free one-on-one help with your job search plan from employment specialists. Help topics may include: resume, cover letter, online job search, applying for jobs and interviewing techniques. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Wallingford Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4088. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Wallingford Branch 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4227. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Commons: Stop Motion Animation

Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: During this month's Tinkerlab Commons, join staff and create your own stop motion animations using toys, props, our iPads and your imaginations! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: High Point Branch 206-684-7454 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: High Point Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Jimi Hendrix'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Jimi Hendrix was one of the most prodigiously gifted electric guitarists in rock music history, leaving behind a remarkable body of work after his death in 1970. Jimi Hendrix combines live footage of Hendrix in concert with interviews with Hendrix's friends and contemporaries. Also known as A Film About Jimi Hendrix. Rating: R - Restricted. Run time: 102 minutes. View in Catalog: "Jimi Hendrix". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/aafs. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Author Readings Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: We welcome the 319th meeting of the It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Sandra Noel, Lyn Coffin, Anne McDuffie and Judith Roche, with Carolyne Wright, lead editor of "Raising Lilly Ledbetter" on the Writer’s Craft: "Women Write About Work: Assembling the Workspace Anthology." Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person. Notes: This is the Ballard It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, which has been temporarily relocated to the Greenwood Branch while the Ballard Branch is closed for improvements. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Books on Bikes - Reading and Riding Rodeo

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Northwest African American Museum 2300 S Massachusetts St. Seattle, WA. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Head to the Northwest African American Museum for the 2016 Reading and Riding Rodeo! Youth ages 6-12 can get a Library card, create DIY spoke cards, and learn safe riding tips from local bike organizations. Description: Join members of The Seattle Public Library's Books on Bikes team in the parking lot of the Northwest African American Museum for their annual Reading and Riding Rodeo. Learn safe riding tips from local bike organizations like Cascade Bicycle Club, Bikeworks, Family Bikes and more! Books on Bikes team members will be present with our book trailer to check out books, sign up kids and families for library cards, and make DIY spoke cards. Please join us for this FREE, fun, and family-friendly event! View in Catalog: Reading and Riding Rodeo. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. This event is presented in partnership with the Northwest African American Museum, Cascade Bicycle Club, Bikeworks and Family Bikes. Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes and Hugo House Present: Screenwriting

Seattle Writes Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join Ramon Isao to discuss the fundamentals of writing and pitching scripts. Description: Got a story you want to tell on the big screen, but don't know how to get it there? Join us to discuss some of the fundamentals of writing and pitching scripts in a fun, yet rigorous setting. This class is presented in partnership with Hugo House. Ramon Isao is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and author whose feature films include "Dead Body," "Zombies of Mass Destruction," and "Junk" (in which he co-stars). Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or… Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Barbershop'

Where: Delridge Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop. Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 102 minutes. View in Catalog: "Barbershop". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes and Hugo House Present: Young Adult Fiction

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about creating compelling characters, plots, and story worlds for teen readers plus the current market for young adult novels with author Stephanie Kuehnert. Description: An introductory exploration of Young Adult fiction including the history and current market and the basics of creating multi-dimensional teenage characters and compelling plots and story worlds for teen readers. We'll brainstorm book ideas and try exercises to shape them. This class is presented in partnership with Hugo House. Stephanie Kuehnert wrote the young adult novels "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone" and "Ballads of Suburbia." She has a young adult memoir forthcoming. Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or… Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

Seattle Writes Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Beth Jusino, an award-winning writer and former literary agent, will help writers evaluate the range of publishing options. Description: You’ve written a book—now what? This workshop takes an unbiased and unvarnished look at what big, traditional publishers offer; what oft-overlooked small and independent presses bring; and the opportunities and realities of self-publishing. We’ll examine pros and cons of each choice, and look at how all of this affects your own publishing goals. Beth Jusino is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and former literary agent who has a passion for helping writers. Her latest book, The Author’s Guide to Ma… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or… Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

The Poet is In: The Neighborhood We Remember

Where: Southwest Branch. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join Claudia Castro Luna Seattle’s Civic Poet for a series of poetic explorations about your neighborhood. Come read, talk and write poetry inspired by your corner of the city. Description: The neighborhood we remember – whether you have lived in your corner of the city all your life or just moved here what are the things you remember? What was it like growing up here? What did you like? What do you miss? If you just moved, what was your first week in your neighborhood like? This week we will take off on our poetic exploration looking at historic photographs. These are low-key sessions. No previous poetry writing experience necessary. Poems are all around us, in tree branches, at the bus st… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

PoetsWest Poetry

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The PoetsWest open mic night meets the second Saturday of the month. Description: PoetsWest features readings from Nancy Dahlberg, John Gorski, Bruce Taylor. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 14, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM.

Sunday Matinee: 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens'

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us at the Northgate Branch to watch the newly released "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the 7th chapter in George Lucas' epic "Star Wars" saga. Feel free to bring pillows, blankets, snacks and your lunch! Description: Thirty years have passed since Luke Skywalker defeated Darth Vader and the evil Empire, restoring peace to the galaxy. Now the sinister First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire, and Luke has mysteriously vanished. Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 136 minutes. View in Catalog: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Crooklyn'

Where: Fremont Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Director Spike Lee and his siblings Cinqué Lee and Joie Lee co-wrote this nostalgic but unglamorized look at a family growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, inspired by their own childhood. As her teacher mother, Carolyn (Alfre Woodard), and her jazz musician father, Woody (Delroy Lindo), worry over monthly bills, grade-schooler student Troy Carmichael (Zelda Harris) banters and bonds with her four brothers. Against her will, Troy is sent to her aunt's southern home for a summer visit, but when she returns to… Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 114 minutes. View in Catalog: "Crooklyn". 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

话剧《毕业生之漂亮衣裳》(Chinese Play "Graduate" at the Central Library)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: 中文. Summary: 图书馆与西雅图中文电台联合承办,由电影《智取威虎山》执行导演袁卫东执导、电视剧《七剑下天山》编剧张馨月担任编剧,由来自中央戏剧学院、上海戏剧学院、中国传媒大学等的原班专业演员出演的先锋话剧《毕业生之漂亮衣裳》,将在图书馆总管率真开演。. Description: 《毕业生之漂亮衣裳》是一部关注艾滋、关注同性恋题材、关注所有人群平等权益的话剧。2015年12月北京首演,反应强烈,并不断应邀加演,目前已经演出14场,场场爆满,口碑爆棚,在北京话剧市场上成为现象级话剧。各大媒体新华网、凤凰网、北京晨报等争相报道,专家和观众给出高度评价。微博话题一天的阅读量冲到20万,更有知名高校的博士、教授们自愿组织粉丝团,为本剧作推广支持,被观众称为“话剧界学历最高的粉丝团”。并被大学生评为 “小剧场优秀剧目”,获得“大学生小剧场戏剧节最佳编剧奖”。 性爱、同性恋、艾滋病,这些在华人社会属于隐秘区的话题,被话剧大胆细腻地表现出来。这是一部温暖而充满感恩的话剧,故事的走向和演员们的呈现,不经意地触动着人们内心的最深处。那是一种无言的力量,是一份有心的感怀。无论你是爱是恨是喜是恶,这个世界上总有人和我们不一样,但是他们同样美丽炫目。. Notes: 本次活动无需报名,欲知详情请电:206-684-0849。. Translation: Join us for a performance of the play “Graduate” in Mandarin Chinese. “Graduate” tells the story of a young gay couple who go through struggles after they graduate from college. It is the first public play in China that deals with the topics of homosexuality and equal rights. Spreading the message of love and understanding, this play has received rave reviews since it debuted in Beijing in December 2015. The original cast members will bring this play to Seattle audience as part of their U.S. tour. This p… Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Medicare Made Clear Workshop with Jean Cormier

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Room Location: Stuart H. Prestrud Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: New to Medicare? Become informed with this Medicare overview. Description: This workshop will give an overview of the different parts of Medicare, what each part covers and how they work. Learn the different ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros and cons of each and approximate costs. Enrollment and eligibility guidelines will be covered. The presenter is not connected with the Federal Medicare Program. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Mysterious May: 'Clue'

Where: Wallingford Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. Rating: PG - Parental Guidance Suggested. Run time: 96 minutes. View in Catalog: "Clue". 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

African American Film Series: 'The Pursuit of Happyness'

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Chris Gardner is bright and talented but is struggling to make ends meet. When he and his five-year-old son are evicted from their apartment Gardner takes a chance with a prestigious stock brokerage firm. Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 117 minutes. View in Catalog: "The Pursuit of Happyness". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/aafs. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Marketing Tips for Self-Publishing Authors

Seattle Writes Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Beth Jusino, author of The Author’s Guide to Marketing, will share best practices for marketing in both traditional and social media for self-published authors. Description: You’ve published a book—now how do you get it into readers’ hands? Like it or not, marketing has become part of every author’s job. But marketing doesn’t have to make you miserable. We’ll explore best practices for pricing, packaging, and distribution, and talk about how to sell more books using social and traditional media, giveaways, events, influencers, affiliates, contests, and more. Beth Jusino is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and former literary agent who has a passion for helping writer… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or… Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Southwest Stories

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: You are invited to join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for a monthly series that features presentations on the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula, and the birthplace of Seattle. Description: Carol-Ann Thornton, counselor and advocate, will present “Culture Shock: The Awakening of Alki and West Seattle in 1962 and Beyond.” This series is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library and the Southwest Seattle Historical society. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 15, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Drop-in Assistive Technology Open Lab

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - LEAP Assistive Technology Lab. Audience: Adults. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Come to the LEAP Drop-In Lab session for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help in the use of the Library's assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons. Description: LEAP staff members are available to answer questions and assist in the use of the Library's JAWS speech and ZoomText magnification software. Staff is also able to assist patrons in the use of the assistive technology to download eBooks, setup free email accounts, or request books and DVDs, or help with other adaptive equipment. Other help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Computer basics - Internet basics - Microsoft Word Please note: LEAP-staff cannot assist with any kind of h… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for LEAP Drop-In Open-Lab help. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: leap@spl.org. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1906. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Two Mondays a month at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "Like a Bug on a Windshield," by Lawrence Block. 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 "Like a Bug on a Windshield," by Lawrence Block. Long nights hauling heavy loads among idiot drivers: is it any wonder that sometimes a trucker just snaps? Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 3 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Class type: Microsoft Office. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Washington State Library to offer the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams free of charge - a value of more than $125. Registration is required. Description: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications are an industry recognized certification demonstrating one's proficiency in a Microsoft application to an employer or prospective college. For a limited time, The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Washington State Library to offer the MOS exams free of charge - a value of more than $125. Certification exams are available for: • Microsoft Access 2013 • Microsoft Excel 2013 • Microsoft Excel Expert 2013, part 1 • Microsoft Excel Expert 2013, part… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required on Eventbrite. Registration for each session opens one month in advance. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: Sarah Castaldo. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Southwest Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Animal Dreams" by Barbara Kingsolver. Book Description: "Animals dream about the things they do in the daytime just like people do. If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life." So says Loyd Peregrina, a handsome Apache trainman and latter-day philosopher. But when Codi Noline returns to her hometown, Loyd's advice is painfully out of her reach. Dreamless and at the end of her rope, Codi comes back to Grace, Arizona, to confront her past and face her ailing, distant father. What she finds is a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe,… View in Catalog: "Animal Dreams" by Barbara Kingsolver. Next Month's Title: "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe. Notes: This group meets the third Monday of the month at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Monday, May 16, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: Delridge Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Join Steve Olson for “Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens”

Author Readings Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Award-winning science writer Steve Olson shows images and discusses his recent book “Eruption" with Seattle Times former book critic Michael Upchurch. Description: Olson explains why the blast happened and recounts the untold stories of the 57 people who were killed. Some thought that these individuals had foolishly entered the danger zone, but of the 57, only three were in the designated danger zone and two had permission to be there. A major contributor to the death toll on May 18, 1980, was that the danger zone was much too close to the mountain. “This first-class, meticulously crafted piece of reportage was as exciting as it was informative and will long stand… View in Catalog: "Eruption" by Steve Olson. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking in the Central Library garage is available for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 16, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with basic technology and Library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 or sign up in person at the Level 5 Reference Desk. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. The Central Library also offers Tech Help in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese -- call 206-684-0849 for more information or to register. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tecno Ayuda (Spanish Tech Help)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Necesita ayuda personal con las computadoras o en la búsqueda de información? ¡La Biblioteca de Seattle puede ayudarlo! Inscripción necesaria. Description: El personal de la biblioteca está disponible para contestar a sus preguntas acerca de tecnología y servicios de la Biblioteca. Aprenda computación básica, cómo utilizar un lector electrónico, como obtener una dirección de correo electrónico gratuito o reservar libros y DVDs. Los tópicos pueden incluir: - Como utilizar el catálogo de la biblioteca - Descargar libros electrónicos y audio libros - Enseñarle computación básica, iPads, etc. - Utilizar Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. - Obtener una… Notes: Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Inscripción necesaria. Las citas son limitadas a 1 hora. Para obtener más información o para concertar una cita llame al 206-386-4636 ó inscríbase en persona en la mesa de referencia del 5to. Piso. Translation: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4636. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Fremont Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4084. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. Contact Info: Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

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

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Chinese Information and Service Center's Community Information & Service assists low-income, non-and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities. Description: CISC Community Information & Service provides short-term help and intervention to meet the needs of low-income, non- and limited English-speaking adults who are aged 55 years old or above, as well as those with disabilities, living in Seattle or King County area. Social workers provide information, assistance and advocacy to help adults live healthier and more independent lives. This service meets at the Lake City Branch on the first and third Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: 仁人服務社為年滿55歲或以上之耆老、身障人士、低收入或不懂英語的家庭提供免費諮詢服務,包含協助申請社會褔利、醫療保險、房屋補助等等。每逢第一及第三個星期二下午1時30分至4時30分于湖城圖書館提供服務。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1906. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Drop-in Digital Petting Zoo

Where: Magnolia Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Try out a variety of digital devices and Library resources. Description: Want to try out digital devices that are compatible with The Seattle Public Library's online resources? Test drive a variety of popular devices, ask questions and learn more about what digital resources the library has to offer. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 3:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Restaurant Success Orientation

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: An introduction to learn about resources available for restaurant and mobile food business owners. Registration is recommended. Description: Whether you are starting or expanding your restaurant or mobile food business, the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) offer resources that will help you succeed. Whether you are looking for help navigating the regulatory requirements for getting your restaurant or mobile food business started, looking for financial help, counseling on various aspects of your restaurant business, or advice on how to trouble shoot an issue or figure out next… View in Catalog: "BOOK TITLE" by AUTHOR NAME. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is recommended. For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Tam or Cathy Fox. Contact: Jennifer Tam or Cathy Fox: jennifer.tam@seattle.gov, 206-684-3436; or cathyf@warestaurant.org, 253-277-1586. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7539. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Magnolia Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books, audiobooks, and movies. - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word - Library databases Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at the Magnolia Branch. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

We Are Seattle

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Hear stories from families, immigrants, refugees, and the agencies that serve them. RSVP is encouraged. Description: What is it like to be an immigrant or refugee in Seattle? How do we address their needs and celebrate their strengths? How have world events and national politics impacted our communities? Join us to share your perspective, hear from our panel, and explore images of Seattle’s changing populations. Featuring Broadcast Journalist Enrique Cerna as moderator. Light refreshments provided. Interpretation available upon request. This program is presented by Neighborhood House, The Henry M. Jackson School of… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. RSVP recommended to hanann@nhwa.org or 206-461-8430 ext.2096. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Bilingual Rent Smart

Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English, Español. Summary: Drop in for 1-on-1 assistance and information from tenants from Solid Ground. Description: Solid Ground will be available to answer questions about tenant rights and be able to provide renters will information about: • Best practices and tips for renters • What to consider when you want to rent • How to protect yourself from eviction • How to get back your deposit Drop in for assistance in English or Spanish. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Event Title - Inquilinos Inteligentes! Informacion para inquilinos Description: CLINICA SIN CITA PREVIA Una consejera de inquilinos estará disponible para contestar preguntas sobre la ley de propietario e inquilino y aportar ideas sobre la manera de abordar algunos de las problemas de la vivienda. Tendrá información para inquilinos sobre: • Mejores prácticas y consejos para inquilinos • Qué considerar cuando se desea alquilar y el criterio para los propietarios para chequear su pasado • Como… Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Discussion by ArtsWest Artistic Director on the production "Death of a Salesman"

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: You are invited to a discussion with ArtsWest artistic director, Mathew Wright, on the production of "Death of a Salesman.". Description: "Death of a Salesman" tells the story of the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul- searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the "American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theat… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM.

Let's Talk About Books

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 5 - PACCAR Inc. Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Try a different kind of book group -- no assigned reading! Book Description: Let's Talk About Books is an informal group where participants take turns briefly talking about a recently enjoyed book. It's a great place to get ideas for what to read next, and to share your excitement about what you've been reading! There's absolutely no pressure; if you'd rather not share a book, but you want to hear what others are reading, this is still the place for you. Notes: This group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month from noon to 12:50 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Broadview Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "I Heard the Owl Call My Name" by Margaret Craven. Book Description: Vicar Mark Brian travels to a remote native village in British Columbia to convert the native inhabitants but soon becomes enamored with and protective of the dying culture. View in Catalog: "I Heard the Owl Call My Name" by Margaret Craven. Next Month's Title: "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See. Notes: This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Spanish Circle

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Talk Time Summary: ¡Hola! Want to become fluent in Spanish or maintain your skills? Come to a free 10-week language conversation program to practice Spanish. Talk Time Description: This program is for intermediate to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Practique su español en la biblioteca. Para niveles intermedio y avanzado. Programa gratuito. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 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 booklets 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Housing Is a Human Right: Frontlines of the Housing Crisis

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: A community talk highlighting the voices of people affected by Seattle's housing crisis. Description: Join us for the second installment of the year-long series HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT. This community talk highlights the voices of people affected by Seattle's housing crisis. This series is created in conjunction with the New Foundation exhibition by artist Martha Rosler "If You Lived Here.". 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Drop-In for Veteran Services

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a drop-in event with Supportive Services for Veteran Families to see if you qualify for assistance if you have been in the military and are experiencing homelessness. Description: Drop-in and speak with a Veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families to see if you qualify for assistance. Have you ever been in the military? Are you experiencing homelessness? Do you have very low income? We can help you find and keep housing. Services provided: • Rapid access to housing • Counseling • Financial planning • Access to transportation • Access to income resources • Help with expenses • Help with legal issues • Access to medical care. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Medieval Women's Choir Preview

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a preview of the Medieval Women's Choir's upcoming concert, "Visions in the Cloister.". Description: It is hard for us to imagine the intense spiritual life of the medieval cloister, where mystical visions were commonplace. “Sister Books,” collections of short biographies of the cloister’s former residents, were assembled to provide an example and inspiration for younger nuns; visions figure in many of the accounts and are often associated with particular pieces of music. Join us for a preview of the Medieval Women’s Choir’s upcoming concert that explores the ecstatic inner lives of medieval nuns. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with basic technology and Library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 or sign up in person at the Level 5 Reference Desk. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. The Central Library also offers Tech Help in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese -- call 206-684-0849 for more information or to register. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tecno Ayuda (Spanish Tech Help)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Necesita ayuda personal con las computadoras o en la búsqueda de información? ¡La Biblioteca de Seattle puede ayudarlo! Inscripción necesaria. Description: El personal de la biblioteca está disponible para contestar a sus preguntas acerca de tecnología y servicios de la Biblioteca. Aprenda computación básica, cómo utilizar un lector electrónico, como obtener una dirección de correo electrónico gratuito o reservar libros y DVDs. Los tópicos pueden incluir: - Como utilizar el catálogo de la biblioteca - Descargar libros electrónicos y audio libros - Enseñarle computación básica, iPads, etc. - Utilizar Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. - Obtener una… Notes: Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Inscripción necesaria. Las citas son limitadas a 1 hora. Para obtener más información o para concertar una cita llame al 206-386-4636 ó inscríbase en persona en la mesa de referencia del 5to. Piso. Translation: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4636. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. (欢迎参加电脑/互联网免费一对一指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。). Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Examples of help topics include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Email - Microsoft Word. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Schedule an appointment by phone or in person. Mandarin-speaking staff is available upon request. Translation: 欢迎参加电脑/互联网免费一对一指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4227. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Rent Smart: Tenant Rights and Housing Search Workshop

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Having trouble finding an affordable place to rent? While there is no easy, quick answer, this 90-minute workshop will provide you with valuable tips for navigating the housing search. Description: Topics include: • How to look for housing • Tips on navigating Craigslist • What to search besides Craigslist • How to handle barriers to housing (eviction record, criminal history, low credit score, etc.) • Tenant screening • Tenant rights and responsibilities to protect yourself from eviction • Subsidized housing • How 2-1-1 can help • Other resources This class is taught by a Tenant Counselor from the local nonprofit organization Solid Ground. Please note that Solid Ground staff are not a… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by Solid Ground and Seattle Public Library. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Business Resource Open House

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: An open house to meet community lenders and providers of free business consulting. Description: Whether you are starting or growing a business, there are local assistance organizations that will help you succeed. Maybe you are looking for financial help, counseling on the viability of a business idea, or just advice on next steps. Bring your new ideas or fully formed plans to this free event and meet the experts who will provide the technical and financial assistance to empower you. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: High Point Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Bamboozled'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Writer and director Spike Lee casts his satiric gaze on racism in American television and how America's racist past still impacts the present in this biting comedy. Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) is an astute, Harvard-educated African-American writer working for an independent television network who is assigned to brainstorm a new show for the African-American audience. Delacroix is the only black writer on the network's staff, and the longer he works under Dunwitty (Michael Rapaport), the loudmouthed exec… Rating: R - Restricted. Run time: 136 minutes. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/aafs. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

History Cafe Wing Luke: Champion of Civil Rights

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) | 860 Terry Ave N. Seattle WA 98109. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: History buffs of Seattle unite! Every third Thursday of the month, we gather to discuss fascinating insights on history with expert speakers and novice history fans, alike. All are welcome! Description: Join panelists Bettie Luke, Ron Chew, and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for a discussion of the life and legacy of Wing Luke (1925-1965), the first Asian American elected to office in the Pacific Northwest. In his positions as an Assistant Attorney General and Seattle City Councilmember, Wing Luke had a powerful and lasting impact on the advancement of civil rights in our region. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Books on Bikes: Celebration Station for F5 Bike Everywhere Day

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop by the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station on your morning bicycle commute and get a Library card, check out popular media & score some free swag! Description: In celebration of F5 Bike Everywhere Day 2016, members of the Library's Books on Bikes team are hosting a Celebration Station for morning bicycle riders. Stop by the South East Corner of Beacon Avenue South and Lander Street to get a Library card, check out popular media, pick up some swag and see our newest bike trailer, painted with a design by local artist Eroyn Franklin. Enjoy light snacks along with coffee donated by local coffee shops. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM.

The Poet Is In: The Neighborhood We Love

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join Claudia Castro Luna Seattle’s Civic Poet for a series of poetic explorations about your neighborhood. Come read, talk and write poetry inspired by your corner of the city. Description: The neighborhood we love - What is it about your neighborhood you most like? Is it a particular building? A tree? A kindly neighbor? The smell of lilacs in the spring? We will take a virtual walk around our respective blocks and think of the particular things that make it home. You can also come and continue writing about last week’s topic or bring a poem you love that you want to share with the rest of us. These are low-key sessions. No previous poetry writing experience necessary. Poems are all around… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/all-ages/poetry-is-happening-here. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, May 20, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”: Meet Author Karen Joy Fowler

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Karen Joy Fowler and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Fowler’s novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in 2016 Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Karen Joy Fowler visits Seattle May 20-22. Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her si… View in Catalog: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Notes: Seattle Reads is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Penguin Random House Library Marketing. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 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… More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”: Meet Author Karen Joy Fowler

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Karen Joy Fowler and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Fowler’s novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in 2016 Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Karen Joy Fowler visits Seattle May 20-22. Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her si… View in Catalog: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Notes: Seattle Reads is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Penguin Random House Library Marketing. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 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… More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Transgender Children's Book Reading with Local Author Tobi Hill-Meyer

Author Readings Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Faye G. Allen Children’s Center. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join author and Gender Justice League board chair, Tobi Hill-Meyer, as she reads from her children's book "A Princess of Great Daring," which follows a young transgender girl's adventures with her friends. Description: When Jamie is ready to tell people that she's really a girl inside, she becomes a princess of great daring in a game she plays with her best friends to gather her courage. She's pleased (but not surprised) that her questing friends turn out to be just as loyal and true as any princess could want. This reading will include an audience Q&A, and books will be available for purchase. This event is part of the programming for Trans Arts Month, a month long series of events celebrating the beauty and divers… View in Catalog: "A Princess of Great Daring by Tobi Hill-Meyer. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Shop the FriendShop Pop-Up!

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The FriendShop is coming to the West Seattle Branch! Description: Join the Friends of The Seattle Public Library for our Pop-up Shop. Pop in to purchase: - Pre-owned paperbacks and children's books for $1 - Goodies from the FriendShop, including tote bags, mugs and jewelry - Gifts for readers Members will receive two free hard cover fiction books as a member benefit. Renew or join today! Your support helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library. Notes: All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library. For more information, visit www.friendsofspl.org. More...: http://www.friendsofspl.org/. Contact: FriendShop 206-733-9015. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”: Meet Author Karen Joy Fowler

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Karen Joy Fowler and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Fowler’s novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in 2016 Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Karen Joy Fowler visits Seattle May 20-22. Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her si… View in Catalog: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Notes: Seattle Reads is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Penguin Random House Library Marketing. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 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… More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: Capitol Hill Branch 206-684-4715 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Straight Outta Compton'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Entrenched in the racial tumult of Los Angeles in the mid-1980's, a group of aspiring rappers banded together to revolutionize the global consumption of hip-hop and popular culture. NWA was born out of racial frustration and the disadvantaged economics of their South Central neighborhood. F. Gary Gray directs this biopic about the rise to stardom for the act that earned the moniker of "The World's Most Dangerous Group" featuring Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing the role of his father, Corey Hawkin… Rating: R - Restricted. Run time: 167 minutes. View in Catalog: "Straight Outta Compton". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/aafs. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'The Princess and the Frog'

Where: NewHolly Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: New Orleans. Arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana cross paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician. Tiana follows suit when she decides to kiss the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams. Rating: G - General Audiences. Run time: 95 Minutes. View in Catalog: "The Princess and the Frog". 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Write your Neighborhood with Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna

Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna for an afternoon of poetry exploration. Description: Castro Luna will lead participants through a fun and interactive afternoon reading and writing poetry. Castro Luna will kick things off with a poetry reading inspired by city life, then invite participants to let their memory and imagination wander and capture the people, the sights and sounds of the neighborhood they live in. Everyone has stories about the place they live in – come and share yours! We encourage anyone who has written a poem before the workshop to bring it and share it with the whole g… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: High Point Branch 206-684-7454 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Akeelah and the Bee'

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Room Location: Stuart H. Prestrud Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which she hopes will take her to the National Spelling Bee. Despite her mother's objections, Akeelah doesn't give up on her goal. She finds help in the form of a mysterious teacher, and along with overwhelming support from her community, Akeelah might just have what it takes to make her dream come true. Rating: PG - Parental Guidance Suggested. Run time: 112 minutes. View in Catalog: "Akeelah and the Bee". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.spl.org/aafs. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Mastering Murder (Mystery Writing)

Seattle Writes Where: Wallingford Branch. Room Location: Community meeting room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The dos, don’ts and lessons learned from a life of crime writing are shared by bestselling mystery novelist Ingrid Thoft. For all levels of mystery authors. Description: Want to demystify the process of writing a mystery? We’ll examine the guts of the modern mystery and help you make progress on your idea or manuscript. How do you craft a suspenseful plot? Create memorable characters? Make it realistic? And knock your readers dead? Join Ingrid Thoft and find out! Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ingrid Thoft is the author of the critically acclaimed Fina Ludlow series. “Loyalty,” “Identity” and “Brutality” feature the Boston private investigator who tangles with the city’s… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper… Contact Info: Wallingford Branch 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: When Someone Speaks, A Workshop in the Art of Dialogue

Seattle Writes Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn to effectively use dialogue when writing novels, plays, screenplays, and poems with writer Nancy Rawles. Description: Dialogue often captures what description alone cannot. Plays, screenplays, novels, short stories, poems – any form of writing can be enriched by well-crafted dialogue. When is dialogue necessary? What happens to a quiet piece of writing when someone speaks? This workshop invites participants to both read and write short scenes that use dialogue to advance a story, illuminate a character, establish a conflict, or enliven an everyday interaction. By using dialogue, writers give voice to what is often left… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or… Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Friends 75th Anniversary Tote Giveaway

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Pick up a free 75th Anniversary celebration tote bag! Description: The Friends of The Seattle Public Library will be visiting all of the library branches this calendar year to give away 75th Anniversary tote bags. Join us in celebrating 75 years and pick up a free bag to carry your library books! Bags will be given away on a first come, first serve basis. The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting our Library as an essential institution of society and supporting its mission and vision. Our volunteer memb… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: http://www.friendsofspl.org. Contact: FriendShop 206-733-9015. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”: Main Event!

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.” Karen Joy Fowler joins adapter, director, and cast for a post-performance discussion. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in 2016 Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Karen Joy Fowler visits Seattle May 20-22. Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Fern, one of the children being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the nar… View in Catalog: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Notes: Seattle Reads is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Penguin Random House Library Marketing. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 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… 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”: Meet Author Karen Joy Fowler

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Karen Joy Fowler and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Fowler’s novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in 2016 Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Karen Joy Fowler visits Seattle May 20-22. Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her si… View in Catalog: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Notes: Seattle Reads is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Penguin Random House Library Marketing. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 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. Note: The Library w… More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Dear White People'

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: A group of African-American students navigate campus life and racial boundaries at a predominately white college. Rating: R - Restricted. Run time: 109 minutes. View in Catalog: "Dear White People". 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM.

The XI Baltic Rites of Spring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: The annual welcoming of spring by exuberant and full of joy of Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian dance groups. Join us for one of the most popular and vivacious Library events 10 years running. Description: The Seattle Central Library invites you to the XI Baltic Rites of Spring festival. This is a joyful musical celebration of the new season with dances and music from the Baltic countries. The program features local Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian dance bands and brief but unforgettable slide show. Join the accomplished dance groups of "Thousand Winds," "Lietutis" and "Trejdeksnitis" for the celebration of spring, for the joy of dancing and singing. Be part of a great event that, like spring, springs… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

African American Film Series: '42'

Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a free screening of "42" part of the Library's African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the African American experience. Description: History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. This is the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 128 minutes. View in Catalog: "42". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: High Point Branch 206-684-7454 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:10 PM.

Coffee with Seattle LGBT Commissioners

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join the Seattle LGBT Commission for coffee and light refreshments for the first in a series of library events providing an opportunity for you to get to know the Commission and the work that they do. Description: The Commissioners will provide a panel presentation and then open the floor up to Q-and-A. The Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Commission advises the Mayor, Council and departments about issues of concern affecting the LGBTQ community, recommend policies and legislation, bring the LGBTQ communities and the larger Seattle community together through long-range projects, and ensure that City departments fairly and equitably address issues affecting and involving Seattle's LGBTQ communit… 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”: Meet Author Karen Joy Fowler

Seattle Reads Featured Author Where: Queen Anne Branch. Room Location: Stuart H. Prestrud Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet Karen Joy Fowler and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Fowler’s novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”. Description: The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in 2016 Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Karen Joy Fowler visits Seattle May 20-22. Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her si… View in Catalog: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Notes: Seattle Reads is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Penguin Random House Library Marketing. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 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… More...: http://www.spl.org/seattlereads. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Drop-in Assistive Technology Open Lab

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - LEAP Assistive Technology Lab. Audience: Adults. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Come to the LEAP Drop-In Lab session for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help in the use of the Library's assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons. Description: LEAP staff members are available to answer questions and assist in the use of the Library's JAWS speech and ZoomText magnification software. Staff is also able to assist patrons in the use of the assistive technology to download eBooks, setup free email accounts, or request books and DVDs, or help with other adaptive equipment. Other help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Computer basics - Internet basics - Microsoft Word Please note: LEAP-staff cannot assist with any kind of h… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for LEAP Drop-In Open-Lab help. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: leap@spl.org. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 23, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1906. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Monday, May 23, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 23, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Tinkerlab Commons: Stop Motion Animation

Where: Delridge Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: During this month's Tinkerlab Commons, join staff and create your own stop motion animations using toys, props, our iPads and your imaginations! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Mastering Murder (Mystery Writing)

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The dos, don’ts and lessons learned from a life of crime writing are shared by bestselling mystery novelist Ingrid Thoft. For all levels of mystery authors. Description: Want to demystify the process of writing a mystery? We’ll examine the guts of the modern mystery and help you make progress on your idea or manuscript. How do you craft a suspenseful plot? Create memorable characters? Make it realistic? And knock your readers dead? Join Ingrid Thoft and find out! Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ingrid Thoft is the author of the critically acclaimed Fina Ludlow series. “Loyalty,” “Identity” and “Brutality” feature the Boston private investigator who tangles with the city’s… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper… Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with basic technology and Library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 or sign up in person at the Level 5 Reference Desk. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. The Central Library also offers Tech Help in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese -- call 206-684-0849 for more information or to register. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tecno Ayuda (Spanish Tech Help)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Necesita ayuda personal con las computadoras o en la búsqueda de información? ¡La Biblioteca de Seattle puede ayudarlo! Inscripción necesaria. Description: El personal de la biblioteca está disponible para contestar a sus preguntas acerca de tecnología y servicios de la Biblioteca. Aprenda computación básica, cómo utilizar un lector electrónico, como obtener una dirección de correo electrónico gratuito o reservar libros y DVDs. Los tópicos pueden incluir: - Como utilizar el catálogo de la biblioteca - Descargar libros electrónicos y audio libros - Enseñarle computación básica, iPads, etc. - Utilizar Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. - Obtener una… Notes: Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Inscripción necesaria. Las citas son limitadas a 1 hora. Para obtener más información o para concertar una cita llame al 206-386-4636 ó inscríbase en persona en la mesa de referencia del 5to. Piso. Translation: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4636. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Fremont Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4084. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. Contact Info: Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English, Tiểng Việt. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1906. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-4063. Appointments are scheduled for up to 1 hour. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7539. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Magnolia Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books, audiobooks, and movies. - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word - Library databases Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at the Magnolia Branch. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7547. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Dope'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American film series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, California, filled with gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an only-in-Los Angeles, gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can perse… Rating: R - Restricted. Run time: 103 minutes. View in Catalog: "Dope". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Jo Baker reads from 'A Country Road, A Tree'

Author Readings Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Jo Baker, best-selling author of “Longbourn,” reads from her new novel “A Country Road, A Tree” about the writer Samuel Beckett. Description: From the best-selling author of “Longbourn,” a stunning new novel that follows an unnamed writer--Samuel Beckett--whose life and extraordinary literary gift are permanently shaped in the forge of war. When war breaks out in Europe in 1939, a young, unknown writer journeys from his home in neutral Ireland to conflict-ridden Paris and is drawn into the maelstrom. With him we experience the hardships yet stubborn vibrancy at the heart of Europe during the Nazis' rise to power; his friendships with James Joy… View in Catalog: Books by Jo Baker. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Spanish Circle

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Talk Time Summary: ¡Hola! Want to become fluent in Spanish or maintain your skills? Come to a free 10-week language conversation program to practice Spanish. Talk Time Description: This program is for intermediate to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Practique su español en la biblioteca. Para niveles intermedio y avanzado. Programa gratuito. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with basic technology and Library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 or sign up in person at the Level 5 Reference Desk. Appointments are scheduled for up to one hour. The Central Library also offers Tech Help in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese -- call 206-684-0849 for more information or to register. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tecno Ayuda (Spanish Tech Help)

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 5 - Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Necesita ayuda personal con las computadoras o en la búsqueda de información? ¡La Biblioteca de Seattle puede ayudarlo! Inscripción necesaria. Description: El personal de la biblioteca está disponible para contestar a sus preguntas acerca de tecnología y servicios de la Biblioteca. Aprenda computación básica, cómo utilizar un lector electrónico, como obtener una dirección de correo electrónico gratuito o reservar libros y DVDs. Los tópicos pueden incluir: - Como utilizar el catálogo de la biblioteca - Descargar libros electrónicos y audio libros - Enseñarle computación básica, iPads, etc. - Utilizar Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. - Obtener una… Notes: Los programas y eventos de la biblioteca son gratuitos y todos están invitados. Inscripción necesaria. Las citas son limitadas a 1 hora. Para obtener más información o para concertar una cita llame al 206-386-4636 ó inscríbase en persona en la mesa de referencia del 5to. Piso. Translation: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4636. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. (欢迎参加电脑/互联网免费一对一指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。). Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Examples of help topics include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Email - Microsoft Word. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Schedule an appointment by phone or in person. Mandarin-speaking staff is available upon request. Translation: 欢迎参加电脑/互联网免费一对一指导活动。请来电或面洽Lake City分馆报名。. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Job Search One-On-One

Where: NewHolly Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Get free one-on-one help with your job search plan from employment specialists. Help topics may include: resume, cover letter, online job search, applying for jobs and interviewing techniques. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-4227. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tinkerlab Drop-In

Where: High Point Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Drop in and work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Description: Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges, join staff and mess around with cool inventor kits at monthly Tinkerlab Commons, and let us show you how to create amazing things using digital technology during occasional Tinkerlab Academies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

The Poet Is In: The Neighborhood We Dream Of

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join Claudia Castro Luna Seattle’s Civic Poet for a series of poetic explorations about your neighborhood. Come read, talk and write poetry inspired by your corner of the city. Description: The neighborhood we dream of – What makes an ideal neighborhood for you? What do you imagine your neighborhood to look like in 5 years? 10 years? Is there anything you wish were different about the place you live in? Let’s talk –and write - about our little corner of the map, what is here now and what we imagine it could be. These are low-key sessions. No previous poetry writing experience necessary. Poems are all around us, in tree branches, at the bus stop, in the supermarket checkout line. Everyone ha… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Friday, May 27, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Talk Time

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Talk Time Summary: Come to a free English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group to practice speaking English. Talk Time Description: This program is for beginning to advanced level learners. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More ESL Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/literacy-and-esl/esl-calendar. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Adult Education Tutoring

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Get help with English language skills; job readiness; GED preparation and high school equivalency; citizenship interview preparation; college placement test preparation; and life skills. Description: Drop in anytime to work one-on-one with a tutor. Books and materials are provided. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Coloring Staycation

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy a casual morning of coloring at the Library. Description: Come to the Green Lake Branch for a casual morning of coloring, music, and snacks in our meeting room. Coloring sheets and pens will be provided, you may also bring your own. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Free Tax Help

Tax Help Where: Central Library. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Tax Help Summary: Extended tax help will be provided at Central Library through May 28, in partnership with United Way of King County. Trained volunteers will be available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns. Tax Help Description: This service is free and available to individuals. Reservations are not required. The free service is not available for business tax returns. Due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online at www.irs.gov. You may make black-and-white prints of the forms from Library computers for $.15 per page. Drop-in tax help is offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early enough to… Tax Service Provider: United Way. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. More Tax Help...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/tax-help. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Malcolm X'

Where: Fremont Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Anchored by a powerful performance from Denzel Washington, writer-director Spike Lee's biography of the legendary civil rights leader brings Malcolm X's story to life with an epic sweep and a nuanced message. Rating: PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Run time: 202 minutes. View in Catalog: "Malcolm X". 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Gifted Hands'

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for the African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the rich and varied African American experience. Description: Follows the life of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, who overcame problems in school and obstacles in life to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon. His lifelong journey led him to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a bestselling author, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rating: Unrated. Run time: 90 minutes. View in Catalog: "Gifted Hands". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Medicare Made Clear

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Have questions about Medicare? Get answers at this free program. Description: Get your questions about Medicare answered at one of these free community meetings with Jean Cormier of Cormier Insurance Agency. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

African American Film Series: 'Straight Outta Compton'

Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a free screening of "Straight Outta Compton," part of the Library's African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the African American experience. Description: The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. Based on the true story, with music by Ice Cube, Dr Dre, and other great artists. Rating: R - Restricted. Run time: 147 minutes. View in Catalog: "Straight Outta Compton". 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Clarinet, Horn, Piano Trio Concert

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a free concert with Maryanne Lacaille (clarinet), Kestrel Wright (French horn), and Jason Kuo (piano). Description: Local musicians Maryanne Lacaille (clarinet), Kestrel Wright (French horn), and Jason Kuo (piano) will perform Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata, John Verrall’s Horn Sonata, Franz Strauss’ Nocturne, and ShaoYing Low’s Reflections for Horns, clarinet, and piano. Clarinetist Maryanne Lacaille has garnered international attention for her virtuosity, creativity and command of her instrument producing rich lush phrasing and dynamic programming. Her travels to over 26 countries including Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Me… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 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 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Monday, May 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.