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Shop the Pop-Up!

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

Irish-American novelist Joseph O’Neill reads from his new book “The Dog”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Following a bad break-up with his longtime girlfriend, an unnamed American lawyer leaves New York for Dubai to manage the wealth of a rich Lebanese family. Description: In Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la, the protagonist struggles with his new position as the “family officer” of the Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the “doghouse,” a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped. “The Dog” has been longlisted for the Man Booker prize. Joseph O’Neill is the author of five books, including “Netherland” (which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Kerry Gro… View in Catalog: "The Dog" by Joseph O'Neill. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - FriendShop. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The FriendShop at the Central Library appreciates its customers with a monthly discount day of 15% off every first Thursday. Description: The Friends of The Seattle Public Library operate a gift shop on Level 3 of the Central Library. All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Service items are excluded from the discount. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/cen-plan-a-visit/cen-floor-by-floor-highlights/cen-friendshop. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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

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

Seattle Writes: Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer

Seattle Writes Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Do you think you're done? Join us for a self-editing tips at the Ballard Branch with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino. All prospective authors are welcome. Description: You've written draft after draft of your manuscript. But is it time to push the "publish" button? Join us to look at the common mistakes that trip up writers, from plotting problems to grammatical gaffes, boring introductions to floundering organization. We’ll talk about ways for you to identify common issues in your own writing at all three traditional levels of editorial review: developmental, copy editing, and proofreading. And we’ll offer tips for when you should seek the support of a writing gr… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the first of five self-publishing workshops at the Library this fall. Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. To find more writing workshops, click here. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: West Seattle Story Weavers: Short Story Writing

Seattle Writes Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn the basic elements of a great short story, write your own first draft, share feedback and encouragement with fellow writers all in three weeks! Registration is required. Description: Classes are beginner level. Students should plan to attend all 3 classes (Thursday October 2, Thursday October 9, and Thursday October 16, 5:45-7:45 pm). This workshop series is presented in partnership with West Seattle Story Weavers. Visit their Facebook page to find the title of the short story you are required to read: https://www.facebook.com/WestSeattleStoryWeavers Seattle Writes is a program to support local authors and connect them with our large and avid community of readers. It includes wor… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Exhibit sign-up and Artwork drop-off for 23rd Artists Showcase

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Artists must drop off their work between October 2nd and October 4th for inclusion in the 23rd Annual Artists Showcase. Description: The 23nd Annual Southwest Artist Showcase is a non-juried, nonprofit exhibit and artwork will not be offered for sale at the Library. Visitors interested in purchasing artwork will be referred to the artists. View in Catalog: "BOOK TITLE" by AUTHOR NAME. 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. Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Exhibit sign-up and Artwork drop-off for 23rd Artists Showcase

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Artists must drop off their work between October 2nd and October 4th for inclusion in the 23rd Annual Artists Showcase. Description: The 23nd Annual Southwest Artist Showcase is a non-juried, nonprofit exhibit and artwork will not be offered for sale at the Library. Visitors interested in purchasing artwork will be referred to the artists. 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. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Escribiendo cuentos infantiles Parte 1 (Writing stories for children)

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 2 - Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Le gusta contar y escuchar cuentos para niños? Aprenda a crear sus propios cuentos para niños. Description: Si usted quiere escribir para sus hijos o para un público más amplio, este taller le mostrará las técnicas que le ayudarán a crear cuentos para niños. En la primera parte usted aprenderá cómo: - Identificar a su público - Usar un lenguaje apropiado para su público - Identificar temas que son atractivos para un público joven - Identificar elementos básicos de escritura para niños Este es el primer taller de una serie de dos partes. Notes: Los eventos y programas de la Biblioteca son gratuitos. La inscripción no es necesaria. Puede participar en un taller en particular, o en la serie completa. Más información en el 206-684-0849. (Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. For more information call 206-684-0849.). Translation: Do you enjoy telling and listening to stories for kids? Learn how to create your own stories for children. Whether you want to write for your children or a larger audience, this workshop will show you techniques that will help you create stories for children. In part one of the class you will learn how to: - Identify your audience - Use appropriate language for your audience - Identify themes that are appealing to a young audience - Identify basic lelements of children’s writing This is the fi… Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Writing Teen Fiction

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Faye G. Allen Children’s Center. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Are you working on a young adult (YA) novel? Don’t miss this panel discussion for insight from three published YA authors on the writing and publishing process. Description: Seattle authors Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock and Jennifer Longo discuss writing young adult fiction, finding your voice and reaching teen readers. There will be time for questions from the audience. Kevin Emerson is the author of 12 novels for teen and middle grade readers. His two most recent young adult novels are “Exile” and “The Far Dawn,” the third and final book in the Atlanteans series. Kevin is a former elementary science teacher and middle school writing teacher, and has taught for Seattle A… View in Catalog: "Works" by Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock and Jennifer Longo. Notes: Book sales and author signings will follow the moderated discussion and Q&A. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $7. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this panel. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Earthquake Home Retrofit Workshop

Where: West Seattle Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to evaluate your home to determine if it qualifies for the City of Seattle's standard earthquake retrofitting plan.Registration is required. Description: Experienced home retrofit instructors will instruct you on what tools are needed, some building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process. This introductory class provides information on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation (especially for houses built before 1980). The class is designed for all homeowners, whether you're planning to do the work yourself or hire a qualified contractor. Notes: Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Department of Planning and Development. To find other Earthquake Home Retrofit workshops at the Library, click here. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, snap@seattle.gov or 206-233-5076. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Robin Williams Tribute Film Series: Patch Adams

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Please join us in celebrating the life and work of comedic genius Robin Williams. The Northgate branch will be showing a wide range of his films, there’s sure to be something you will love. Description: A medical student in the 70's treats patients, illegally, using humor. -IMDb. View in Catalog: "Patch Adams" starring Robin Williams. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Banned Book Films: 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a Banned Books Movie screening followed by a short discussion at the Rainier Beach Branch. We will be showing "Their Eyes Were Watching God.". Description: This film is adapted from Zora Neale Hurston's novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Covering the first thirty years of the 20th century, the film is set in Eatonville, FL, a largely African American community and the home of free-spirited Janie Crawford. Forced into marriage with a much older and much wealthier man at age sixteen, Janie endures both this unhappy union and a second equally dismal marriage, trapped not only by the bonds of matrimony, but also by the rigid patriarchal society of the period. H… View in Catalog: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Optional: We encourage you to read the book! Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

PoetsWest special prose reading event

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: PoetsWest meets for a special prose reading. Open mic. Description: On Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, PoetsWest features Lyn Coffin and her students from the UW reading from "Green Lake & the Lifeboat Cafe" stories about the diverse community around Green Lake. Emceed by Lyn Coffin. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Preview lecture for Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”. Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova that has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Opening Reception for 23rd Artists Showcase

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. LEAP. Language: English. Summary: As part of the 23rd Annual Southwest Artist Showcase, meet your creative neighbors and see their art on display at the Library! Description: This reception is a chance to discuss art with the artists in a low-key, friendly setting. Artists participating in the Showcase are encouraged to attend the reception. Coffee and dessert will be served at the reception. The 23rd Annual Southwest Artist Showcase is a non-juried, nonprofit exhibit and artwork will not be offered for sale at the Library. Visitors interested in purchasing artwork will be referred to the artists. Art work by Southwest community members will be on display at the Southw… 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. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Ways to Wellness 2

Where: Broadview Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for "Ways to Wellness 2" at the Broadview Branch. Today's program features a discussion of Pain Management through Self-Hypnosis. Description: In this interactive presentation, hypnotherapist Eve Levasseur explains how hypnosis can help manage the pain that is ruining your quality of life.This is the first in a Sunday series at the Library branches in Northwest Seattle. Catch them all! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is a classic Victorian chiller: "The Cold Embrace" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is: "The Cold Embrace" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon Nothing, not even death itself, would release him from her loving arms. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, October 6, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

An Evening of Poetry

Where: Fremont Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a quarterly poetry series where local poets read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience. Tonight's showcase features Danica Ready Kaufman, Christine Johnson-Duell and Jessica Gigot. Description: An Evening of Poetry is a quarterly series for fresh voices in the local poetry scene. Danica Ready Kaufman derives inspiration from the landscapes and authentic human experiences that she has encountered in small mountain communities of the West. She is a mom, an avid trail-user, and she helps operate a cross-country ski area in the Methow Valley for a living. A self-taught poet, Kaufman is grateful that writing found her in the middle of her life, and enjoys how words can unexpectedly connect people.… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Floating Bridge press. Books will be available for purchase. Contact Info: Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Join us for “Practicing Journalism: The Power and Purpose of the Fourth Estate”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Times for an illustrated talk by Paul Steinle and Sara Brown about their recent book “Practicing Journalism”. Description: “Practicing Journalism” is about the varied reasons that journalists remain dedicated to reporting the news. At a time newspapers are under siege and laying off workers, many newspaper professionals soldier on. Why? At what point in their careers did the power and purpose of journalism captivate them? What happened, and what did they learn? Authors Paul Steinle and Sara Brown, Ph.D. decided to find out, interviewing editors and publishers, face-to-face, across America. Their book features profiles and… View in Catalog: "Practicing Journalism" by Paul Steinle and Sara Brown. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, October 6, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra Preview Lecture

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: A preview of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra's upcoming concert, with Music Director Adam Stern. Description: The Seattle Philharmonic's first concert of the 2014-15 season is a celebration of Halloween, and Music Director Adam Stern will present a special preview of the music to be performed. The all-American program will feature works written for the stage, film, and concert-hall. Stern will talk about the composers, what makes each work unique, and what it's like to write a new work (Stern's Spirits of the Dead will have its world premiere at the concert). Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a Ladies Musical Club Concert featuring vocal and instrumental pieces by "banned" composers such as Erwin Schulhoff, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Tokayer and Kurt Weill. Description: Today's program features works by "banned" composers in honor of Banned Books Week (September 21-27). Performers: Katie Hochman, soprano Catherine Treadgold, mezzo-soprano Adrianna Hulscher, violin Johanna Mastenbrook, piano Karin McCullough, piano Music of Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942): from “Jazz-Like” (Partita for Piano) (1925) performed by Karin McCullough III. Tempo di Fox Trot à la Hawaii V. Boston (C’etait dans une petite chambre au quartier latin…) VIII. Shimmy-Jazz (Joli tambou… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the professional and technical training programs available at South Seattle College and in the Seattle area -- including how to pay for your classes. Description: At this workshop, you will learn about: - Medical office professions - Computing technology - Engineering graphics and design technology - Aviation maintenance and aerospace composites - Access to childcare and additional resources while in school You'll also learn what services The Seattle Public Library offers to assist with your educational needs. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: How to Turn Your Manuscript Into a Book

Seattle Writes Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: You typed "The End." Now what? Join us for a self-publishing tips at the Capitol Hill Branch with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino. All prospective authors are welcome. Description: Once the manuscript is written, edited, and proofread, what happens next? This class gets into the nitty-gritty of self-publishing: you'll learn about format decisions -- should you have an e-book? A print book? Both? Learn more about these and other self publishing decisions: DIY e-Book Formatting - Tips and tricks for creating a clean, professional looking e-book design Cover Design - Don’t try this at home. (Or if you’re a DIY artist, follow these guidelines.) Cover Copy - The most importa… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the second of five self-publishing workshops at the Library this fall. Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. To find more writing workshops, click here. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Estate Planning for Women

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center 6535 Ravenna Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Estate planning seminar for women. Registration is required. Description: Regardless of age or marital status, women, on average, live longer, earn less over their lifetimes and carry more of the family care-taking responsibilities than men. Whether your estate plans include a partner or not, this seminar speaks directly to the sensitive issues women face and the tools available to protect dignity and legacy. Our speaker is Mark Reinhardt, an attorney at Rehberg Law Group, P.S. He focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, and small business formations and transactions. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required, please rsvp to foundation@spl.org or call 206-386-4130. Contact Info: Seattle Public Library Foundation 206-386-4130. Contact: Brad Borst. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: West Seattle Story Weavers: Short Story Writing

Seattle Writes Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn the basic elements of a great short story, write your own first draft, share feedback and encouragement with fellow writers all in three weeks! Registration is required. Description: Classes are beginner level. Students should plan to attend all 3 classes (Thursday October 2, Thursday October 9, and Thursday October 16, 5:45-7:45 pm). This workshop series is presented in partnership with West Seattle Story Weavers. Visit their Facebook page to find the title of the short story you are required to read: https://www.facebook.com/WestSeattleStoryWeavers Seattle Writes is a program to support local authors and connect them with our large and avid community of readers. It includes wor… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Estate Planning for Women

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Estate planning for women. Registration is required. Description: Regardless of age or marital status, women, on average, live longer, earn less over their lifetimes and carry more of the family care-taking responsibilities than men. Whether your estate plans include a partner or not, this seminar speaks directly to the sensitive issues women face and the tools available to protect dignity and legacy. Our speaker is Mark Reinhardt, an attorney at Rehberg Law Group, P.S. He focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, and small business formations and transactions. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required, please rsvp to foundation@spl.org or 206-386-4130. Contact Info: Seattle Public Library Foundation 206-386-4130. Contact: Brad Borst. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Greenwood Branch welcomes the 300th meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Claudia Castro Luna, Erin McCoy, Elena Olsen and Billie Swift, with a short lecture by Debby Bacharach on the Writer's Craft. Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person. Note: This month’s presentation is being held at the Greenwood Branch because the Ballard Branch will be closed for an in-service day. 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. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Reading Group Night Out at the Library

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Mix, mingle, hear about books, and meet other readers who love to talk about what they're reading. Bring your whole book group! Description: Looking for new ideas for your book club, or for your own personal To Be Read pile? Join librarians, booksellers and publishers for a fun, fast-paced night of reading suggestions and expert tips to keep your discussions lively and your group alive. We’ll have coffee and cookies, fabulous prizes, and Queen Anne Book Company will be on hand with books for purchase. Mix, mingle, hear about books, and meet other readers who love to talk about what they're reading. Bring your whole book group! Doors open a… 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. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM.

Charles Johnson and Elisheba Johnson Discuss Emery Jones

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Authors Charles Johnson and Elisheba Johnson discuss their character Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder. Description: Emery, a young African-American science wiz, has a fantastic adventure in time travel and deals with more down to earth issues like bullying. Charles Johnson is author of "Middle Passage," winner of the National Book Award in 1990. View in Catalog: "Bending Time" by Charles Johnson and Elisheba Johnson. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Join us for Voyage to “The Origin of Species”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch science and history come alive with “Voyage to ‘The Origin of Species’: Reminiscences of Charles Darwin”. Description: How did Charles Darwin, a failed medical student and unpromising candidate for the priesthood, come to write “The Origin of Species,” one of the most influential books ever published? In this entertaining talk, Darwin himself (with some assistance from evolutionary biologist and lecturer Pepper Trail) will recount how his country childhood, his voyage on The Beagle, and his vibrant circle of friends and colleagues led him, sometimes reluctantly, to the insights that revolutionized our understanding of… Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $7. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Poetry Writing

Seattle Writes Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for writing and reading exercises, craft lectures on structuring poems and developing sensory language, and suggestions for future poetic engagement. Registration is required. Description: Instructor Janée J. Baugher is the author of two collections of poems, holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and teaches at University of Phoenix in Seattle and Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. View in Catalog: "Coordinates of Yes" by Janée J. Baugher. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

PoetsWest

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hear local writers read at PoetsWest, a monthly poetry series featuring an open mic and selected author readings. Description: This month, Reader's Choice features readings by Maya Ganesan, Lauri Langston and Jed Myers. An open mic will follow the featured readers. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. PoetsWest meets regularly on the second Saturday of the month at the Green Lake Branch. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

PoetsWest

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hear local writers read at PoetsWest, a monthly poetry series featuring an open mic and selected author readings. Description: PoetsWest meets the second Saturday of the month from 4 - 5:45 pm. Open mic. On Saturday, Oct. 11th, Reader's Choice features Maya Ganesan, Lauri Langston, Jed Myers. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM.

Writers Read

Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a celebration marking one year of Writers Read. Description: Writers Read is a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. This month, local writers along with other communities' writers will read their diverse repertories of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with the African-American Writers' Alliance on the second Sunday of the month. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Joseph W. Scott Reads from ‘Little Ethiopia of the Pacific Northwest’

Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: "Little Ethiopia of the Pacific Northwest" is a fascinating modern day ethnographic analysis which tells the untold story of the Ethiopian community here in Seattle. Description: The early immigrants came to be students, however, after the Ethiopian revolution of 1974, returning home meant persecution, exile, torture and even execution. Now exiled the stranded students led the way for new settlers to enter the Puget Sound and thus became pioneers who built a micro community in inner-city Seattle. This captivating book is a history of successes and failures—to be sure more successes than failures. It has new information about refugees, asylees, immigrants, and sojourners… View in Catalog: "Little Ethiopia of the Pacific Northwest" by Dr. Joseph W. Scott. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required and refreshments will be provided! Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Ways to Wellness 2

Where: Wallingford Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for "Yoga for Readers" at the Wallingford Branch. Description: Whole Life Yoga therapist and local author Tracy Weber teaches you gentle movements to help stay energized and pain-free. Come prepared to breathe, move, laugh and learn. This is the second in a Sunday series at the Library branches in Northwest Seattle. Catch them all! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Wallingford Branch 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a Ladies Musical Club concert featuring music of Schubert songs set for soprano and guitar in addition to music for handbells and piano. Description: Regina Thomas, soprano - Hilary Field, guitar Franz Schubert settings for voice and guitar Schäfers klagelied, D. 121 Meeres stille, D 216 Hänflings Liebeswerbung, D. 552 Wehmut, D. 772 Nachtstuck, D. 672 Nacht und Träume, D 827 Ave Maria Nancy Kirkner, handbells - Janet Anderson, piano Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Méditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet (1842-1912) Capriccio by Gabriel Fauré The Holy Boy by John Ireland (1879-1962)… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Preview lecture for Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”. Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova that has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Bernadette Pajer reads from her new mystery 'The Edison Effect'

Where: Fremont Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: "The Edison Effect: A Professor Bradshaw Mystery" is the fourth book in the series of University of Washington Professor Bradshaw mysteries set in early 20th Century Seattle. Description: In three earlier books UW electrical engineering professor Benjamin Bradshaw has established a reputation for solving mysteries that involve the science of electricity. Now, Thomas Edison has come to Seattle to try and locate a mysterious and dangerous invention that was lost years earlier in Elliott Bay. When an electrician at the Bon Marché department store is found dead clutching a string of one of Edison’s new Christmas lights, Professor Bradshaw is reluctantly drawn into helping solve the murder. B… View in Catalog: "The Edison Effect" by Bernadette Pajer. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with The Secret Garden Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Contact Info: Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Preview lecture for Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”. Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova that has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Preview lecture for Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”. Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova, that has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece. 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. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Preview lecture for Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”. Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Mozart’s multifaceted portrait of an unrepentant Casanova that has fascinated audiences since its 1787 premiere. To this day it endures as opera’s ultimate cautionary tale about the human cost of unbridled lust. Featuring varied, evocative, and absolutely glorious music from overture to epilogue, a dynamic set of distinctively drawn characters, and a shocking, unforgettable finale, “the Don” stands apart as Mozart’s boldest masterpiece. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Selling Your Self-Published Book

Seattle Writes Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: You've finished your book -- how do you put it in front of readers? Join us for a self-publishing tips at the Ballard Branch with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino. All prospective authors are welcome. Description: Your files are formatted, your cover design is set. Now how do you get your work in front of readers? We'll talk about choosing your self-publishing distributor, pricing, and building the buzz about your book before it releases. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the third of five self-publishing workshops at the Library this fall. Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. To find more writing workshops, click here. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: West Seattle Story Weavers: Short Story Writing

Seattle Writes Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn the basic elements of a great short story, write your own first draft, share feedback and encouragement with fellow writers all in three weeks! Registration is required. Description: Classes are beginner level. Students should plan to attend all 3 classes (Thursday October 2, Thursday October 9, and Thursday October 16, 5:45-7:45 pm). This workshop series is presented in partnership with West Seattle Story Weavers. Visit their Facebook page to find the title of the short story you are required to read: https://www.facebook.com/WestSeattleStoryWeavers Seattle Writes is a program to support local authors and connect them with our large and avid community of readers. It includes wor… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Your Business – Start Smart

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Are you thinking of going into business for yourself? Join entrepreneur and business coach Jeff Levy as he walks you through what it really takes to start and run a business. Description: Whether you are purchasing a company, starting a new venture, or seeking a franchise award, you’ll learn whether starting a business is right for you at this time in your life and in this economic cycle. This seminar covers the fundamentals of starting a business including; incorporation, financing, stakeholder development, and business planning. Jeff shares practical vignettes and stories from his experience as a business owner and manager. You’ll have time to ask questions and get ideas. The semin… View in Catalog: "Making the Jump" by Jeff Levy. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is limited, so please register for your tickets now. This event is cosponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: Jay Lyman. Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Cultural Celebration of the Festival of Diwali

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join our Hindu and Sikh neighbors in this cultural celebration as we learn about the festival of Diwali through stories, treats, crafts and more. Description: This child-friendly event is open to all ages. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. If you celebrate this festival and would like to help create an event that reflects the experience of Diwali in America, please contact librarian Nancy Pew. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Russian Poetry Celebration / Праздник русской поэзии

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: Русский. Summary: Russian poets of Greater Seattle get together and... you guessed it, read poetry. In Russian. Description: The Seattle metropolitan area is a fertile and rich ground for poetry and poets. And whenever there is poetry, you can be sure there are Russian poets working hard on their art, if they are not busy reading, or just reading between the lines. Join us to meet and to hear the word of the Russian poets who reside among us across the street, in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline or in your house. Our guest, Anna Vasilevskaya, will be happy to sing some of her songs, including the songs of Matti Casp… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Translation: Район Большого Сиэтла – плодородная и богатая почва для поэтов и поэзии. Всегда когда говорят о поэзии и поэтах вы можете быть уверены что вспоминают и русских поэтов создающих свои новые произведения если они не заняты чтением или просто не заняты ”чтением между строк". Присоединяйтесь к нам чтобы встретиться и услышать слово русских поэтов проживающих среди нас в Сиэтле Беллевью Киркланде Шорелине через улицу или в вашем доме. Наш гость Анна Василевская будет рада спеть некоторые из… Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: Leszek Chudzinski. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Sound Cycling: Basic Bike Maintenance

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

Seattle Writes: Start Your Novel

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: This class is for anyone who wants to explore the possibility of writing a novel during November (National Novel Writing Month) or at a more leisurely pace. Registration is required. Description: In this two-hour workshop, you’ll lay the groundwork for a novel through writing exercises focusing on plot and character. You will also learn about resources for novel writers in the library and the community. Instructor Waverly Fitzgerald is a writer, writing teacher and writing coach. She has written fourteen novels; eight have been published, most recently, a series of humorous mysteries (starting with "Dial C for Chihuahua") which she writes with a friend under the pen name of Waverly Curtis. Sh… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Steve Griggs Ensemble - A Cup of Joe Brazil

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

Ways to Wellness 2

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

Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking

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

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week, we feature two thrilling tales about family care. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is: "The Dripping" by David Morrell Returning to his childhood home, he finds gruesome horror right where he left it. (Not for the faint of heart!) "He Walked By Day" by Julius Long This ghost broke all the rules to take care of hi… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Seattle Writes: Writing the Picture Book

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

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

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

All Ages Board Game Night

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an all ages board game night at Ballard Branch. Description: Wanna play? Bring your family, friends, or come alone and play our array of board games from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrambled States of America. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

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

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

Jodi Picoult reads from 'Leaving Time'

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

Seattle Writes: Character Development

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

Robin Williams Tribute Film Series: Dead Poets Society

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Please join us in celebrating the life and work of comedic genius Robin Williams. The Northgate branch will be showing a wide range of his films, there’s sure to be something you will love. Description: English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. View in Catalog: "Dead Poets Society" starring Robin Williams. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Ways to Wellness 2

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a panel discussion on "Mental Wellness" courtesy of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Description: This National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) panel discussion takes the mystery and misinformation out of mental illness. Get your questions answered at this last program in the Library's "Ways to Wellness 2" series. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

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

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

Voices from Beyond the Grave: Stories from Seattle Cemeteries

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle is the final resting place for many northwest pioneers, war veterans, criminals, and everyday individuals that all weave together to create the city’s rich story. Description: Come celebrate Halloween week with local taphophile Amber Case who will share the history of burial grounds in Seattle and highlight the stories behind several of those buried within. She will also provide some helpful tips in doing your own cemetery research. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: John LaMont. Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

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

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

Seattle Writes: Start Your Novel

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

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

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 2 - Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: Español. Summary: ¿Le gusta contar y escuchar cuentos para niños? Aprenda a crear sus propios cuentos para niños. (Do you enjoy telling and listening to stories for kids? Learn how to create your own stories for children.). Description: Continuación de la primera parte En esta clase usted aprenderá a: - Organizar el texto en la página (composición) - Organizar una historia (estructura) - Definir el arco de la historia - Desarrollar caracteres - Encontrar su voz - Cultivar diálogos - Proporcionar una solución satisfactoria. Notes: Los eventos y programas de la Biblioteca son gratuitos. La inscripción no es necesaria. Puede participar en un taller en particular, o en la serie completa. Más información en el (206) 684-0849. Translation: Do you enjoy telling and listening to stories for kids? Learn how to create your own stories for children. This is a continuation of part one. In this class you will learn how to: - arrange text on the page (composition) - organize a story (structure) - define your story arc - develop characters - find your voice - cultivate dialogues - provide a satisfying resolution Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM.

SNAP: Store Emergency Drinking Water

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

Robin Williams Tribute Film Series: Good Will Hunting

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Please join us in celebrating the life and work of comedic genius Robin Williams. The Northgate branch will be showing a wide range of his films, there’s sure to be something you will love. Description: Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T. has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. -IMDb Director: Gus Van Sant Country: USA Language: English Year: 1997 Length: 126 minutes Rating: R. View in Catalog: "Good Will Hunting" starring Robin Williams. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

SNAP: Store Emergency Drinking Water

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

Seattle Writes: Character Development

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

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In

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

Bryan Stevenson reads from his new book “Just Mercy”

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

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the professional and technical training programs available at South Seattle College and in the Seattle area -- including how to pay for your classes. Description: At this workshop, you will learn about: - Medical office professions - Computing technology - Engineering graphics and design technology - Aviation maintenance and aerospace composites - Access to childcare and additional resources while in school You'll also learn what services The Seattle Public Library offers to assist with your educational needs. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

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

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

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

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

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

Shop the Pop-Up!

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

2014 Jack Straw Writers Program

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

PoetsWest

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hear local writers read at PoetsWest, a monthly poetry series featuring an open mic and selected author readings. Description: On Saturday, November 8. Reader's Choice features Joanne Clarkson, Kay Mullen, Griffith Williams. PoetsWest meets the second Saturday of the month. Open mic. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 8, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM.

PoetsWest

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

Lego Mania!

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

Writers Read

Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Description: Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In

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

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

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

Short Run & The Seattle Globalist Present International Comics Night

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

SNAP: Store Emergency Drinking Water

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

Library Closed in observance of Veterans Day

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

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 301st meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Janee Baugher, Rita Bresnahan and Deborah Green, with a short lecture by Kathleen Flenniken on the Writer's Craft. Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Seattle Writes: Successful Self-Publishing

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

Lego Mania!

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

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "The Fox and the Forest" by Ray Bradbury. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is: "The Fox and the Forest" by Ray Bradbury In 1938, William and Susan were having such a great time in Mexico that they never wanted to go back... to the future, that is. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Seattle Writes: Memoir Writing

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

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In

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

SNAP: Store Emergency Drinking Water

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

An Evening of Graphic Art on Capitol Hill!

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

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

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) | 860 Terry Ave N. Seattle WA 98109. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us every third Thursday of the month at the Cafe at the Museum of History & Industry for lively a discussion about history. Grab a cup of coffee - or glass of wine - and enjoy learning about the past! Description: Hear about the Olmsted Parks System plans, the trajectory of how they were implemented, and what the Olmsted park and boulevard system means to Seattle today. Our speaker is Jennifer Ott, Staff Historian at HistoryLink.org and President of Seattle Olmsted Parks. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Ballard Poetry Potluck

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join our informal gathering to listen to and read poetry aloud. Description: Bring a few favorite poems, whether classics or new discoveries, and share them around the table. This is a feast of poetry. (Not a food event.). Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

McLellan/O’Donnell Living History Series with Clay Jenkinson

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

Seattle Writes: Memoir Writing

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

Lego Mania!

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

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Write-In

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

All Ages Board Game Night

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an all ages board game night at Ballard Branch. Description: Wanna play? Bring your family, friends, or come alone and play our array of board games from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrambled States of America. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day

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

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

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

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "Markheim" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is: "Markheim" by Robert Louis Stevenson In this strange and dark classic holiday tale, death comes calling on Christmas Day. Eat your heart out, Ebenezer Scrooge! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

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

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

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

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

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Richard Ford returns readers to the world of iconic character Frank Bascombe, reinventing him in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Description: Frank Bascombe, the funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate hero of the Bascombe trilogy, attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include “The Sportswriter” and its sequels, “Independence Day -- the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award -- and “The Lay of the Land,” as well as the short story collections 'Rock Springs' and 'A Multitude of Sin.' This event is supported by The Seattle P… View in Catalog: "Let Me Be Frank With You" by Richard Ford. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

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

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

Steve Griggs Ensemble - Panama Hotel Jazz

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Songs of Unsung Seattle - Enjoy narrated, original jazz music on how Japanese Americans endured injustice during WWII. Description: The Steve Griggs Ensemble's Songs of Unsung Seattle is a jazz residency consisting of a series of performances. The Ensemble performs "Panama Hotel Jazz," which narrates Seattle's history of immigration, discrimination and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Steve Griggs is a Seattle-based jazz saxophonist and composer. View in Catalog: Related resources for “Panama Hotel Jazz”. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 302nd meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Laurie Blauner, Dan Dembiczak and Cari Albert, with a short lecture by Anca Szilagyi on the Writer's Craft. Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

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

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Author, artist and scholar Bill Holm appears in conversation with Burke Museum curators upon the release of the 50th-anniversary edition of his classic, “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form.”. Description: In honor of the release of the 50th-anniversary edition of his work, “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form,” Bill Holm will speak on a panel discussion with the Burke Museum's curators of Native art. Holm is one of the world’s foremost experts on Pacific Northwest Native American arts. The new edition of “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form” includes 100 color illustrations, as well as a discussion by Native artists about Holm’s work and legacy. Holm, who will be turning 90 ye… View in Catalog: "Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form" by Bill Holm. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Haroon Ullah reads from 'The Bargain from the Bazaar'

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

Lego Mania!

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

Writers Read

Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Description: Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday at noon you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings. This week's story is "Crime's Christmas Carol" by Norvell Page. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is: "Crime's Christmas Carol" by Norvell Page During the Depression, Anna is worried that her husband Tom might do something rash to stuff her stocking. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Lego Mania!

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

Library closed December 24 and 25

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25 (Christmas Day). All locations will resume regular hours on December 26. Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – Thursday, December 25, 2014. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Lego Mania!

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