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Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Live -- A Novel Performance

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Combining literary and performance art, Seattle writer Gabriela Frank works on her novel in public view each day of the month during National Novel Writing Month. Description: The first of its kind, NaNoWriMo Live is a blend of literary art, performance and installation where the public is invited to watch the creative process of drafting a book-length work. Gabriela's work-in-progress will be visible via monitor as she writes, heading toward the goal of a 50,000-word draft of a novel in 30 days. Gabriela will have quiet "Novelist at Work" times, as well as informal chat breaks and scheduled chats. Signs near her public writing office will let viewers know when she is availab… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available at the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $7. NaNoWriMo Live is funded by a 4Culture grant and is presented in conjunction with Seattle Writes, the Library's program to support local writers through classes, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 23, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 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.

Startup Weekend EDU Seattle - Team Demos and Judging

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come see the changing face of education! Startup Weekend EDU Seattle teams will demo their new products/services to the public and you can be there to watch the judges evaluate their success. Description: At Startup Weekend EDU Seattle, participants form teams around the best ideas focused on education, and spend the entire weekend developing a business idea together. Professional coaches are on hand to guide them through the process. Library staff will support the information needs of event participants throughout the weekend, assisting the teams as they turn innovative ideas into action throughout the weekend. Join us on Sunday for the culmination of the weekend’s efforts, as teams demo the products and… Notes: This Startup Weekend EDU Seattle event is hosted by the Library. The public is invited to attend the demos of the event for free. Registration for the Sunday demos is not required. Startup Weekend EDU Seattle is a broader 3-day event and registration is required. For more information, visit Startup Weekend EDU Seattle. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Live -- A Novel Performance and Chat

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle writer Gabriela Frank works on her novel in public view Monday evenings as part of National Novel Writing Month. A chat with the writer is scheduled for 5 p.m. Description: The first of its kind, NaNoWriMo Live is a blend of literary art, performance and installation where the public is invited to watch the creative process of drafting a book-length work. Gabriela's work-in-progress will be visible via monitor as she writes, heading toward the goal of a 50,000-word draft of a novel in 30 days. Gabriela will lead a chat on writing and the creative process from 5 to 6 p.m.; from 6 to 8 p.m. she will be busy writing. Nearby, other participants in National Novel Writing Month… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. NaNoWriMo Live is funded by a 4Culture grant and is presented in conjunction with Seattle Writes, the Library's program to support local writers through classes, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 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.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Live -- A Novel Performance

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Combining literary and performance art, Seattle writer Gabriela Frank works on her novel in public view each day of the month during National Novel Writing Month. Description: The first of its kind, NaNoWriMo Live is a blend of literary art, performance and installation where the public is invited to watch the creative process of drafting a book-length work. Gabriela's work-in-progress will be visible via monitor as she writes, heading toward the goal of a 50,000-word draft of a novel in 30 days. Gabriela will have quiet "Novelist at Work" times, as well as informal chat breaks and scheduled chats. Signs near her public writing office will let viewers know when she is availab… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. NaNoWriMo Live is funded by a 4Culture grant and is presented in conjunction with Seattle Writes, the Library's program to support local writers through classes, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, November 26, 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 Live -- A Novel Performance

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Combining literary and performance art, Seattle writer Gabriela Frank works on her novel in public view each day of the month during National Novel Writing Month. Description: The first of its kind, NaNoWriMo Live is a blend of literary art, performance and installation where the public is invited to watch the creative process of drafting a book-length work. Gabriela's work-in-progress will be visible via monitor as she writes, heading toward the goal of a 50,000-word draft of a novel in 30 days. Gabriela will have quiet "Novelist at Work" times, as well as informal chat breaks and scheduled chats. Signs near her public writing office will let viewers know when she is availab… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. NaNoWriMo Live is funded by a 4Culture grant and is presented in conjunction with Seattle Writes, the Library's program to support local writers through classes, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Live -- A Novel Performance

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Combining literary and performance art, Seattle writer Gabriela Frank works on her novel in public view each day of the month during National Novel Writing Month. Description: The first of its kind, NaNoWriMo Live is a blend of literary art, performance and installation where the public is invited to watch the creative process of drafting a book-length work. Gabriela's work-in-progress will be visible via monitor as she writes, heading toward the goal of a 50,000-word draft of a novel in 30 days. Gabriela will have quiet "Novelist at Work" times, as well as informal chat breaks and scheduled chats. Signs near her public writing office will let viewers know when she is availab… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $7 for all day. NaNoWriMo Live is funded by a 4Culture grant and is presented in conjunction with Seattle Writes, the Library's program to support local writers through classes, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, November 29, 2014, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: NaNoWriMo Live -- A Novel Performance

Seattle Writes Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle writer Gabriela Frank wraps up drafting a 50,000-word novel in public view on the final day of National Novel Writing Month. Description: NaNoWriMo Live is a blend of literary art, performance and installation where the public is invited to watch the creative process of drafting a book-length work. Gabriela's work-in-progress will be visible via monitor as she writes. The clock is ticking, and participants in National Novel Writing Month are working to meet the 50,000-word goal by midnight on November 30. Gabriela will be working on her novel until 6 p.m. at the Central Library. Other NaNoWriMo writers will be participating in a noon to… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $7. NaNoWriMo Live is funded by a 4Culture grant and is presented in conjunction with Seattle Writes, the Library's program to support local writers through classes, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, November 30, 2014, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

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

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

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

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

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Concert: Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra, featuring soprano Julie Finch, returns for a free annual concert of holiday favorites. Bring your family to listen or sing along! Description: Christmas and Hanukkah tunes from America and around the world will be featured, played by mandolins of all sizes in this unique orchestra. Coloratura soprano Julie Finch will sing songs featured on the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra's new holiday CD, "Rejoice." Finch has appeared as a soloist with Orchestra Seattle, the Seattle Chamber Singers, the Bellevue Chamber Singers and Ballet Bellevue, and has been heard live on Classic KING FM Radio. 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. Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Fred Poyner discusses 'The First Sculptor of Seattle'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 2 - Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Author Fred Poyner discusses his new book "The First Sculptor of Seattle: The Life and Art of James A. Wehn.". Description: Author Fred Poyner talks about the life and art of James A. Wehn (1882-1973), Seattle's first sculptor. Wehn designed the statue of Chief Seattle in Denny Park and the City of Seattle Seal, in additon to over 200 other monuments, sculptures, historical plaques and public artworks. Over two dozen of the sculptor’s plaques, statues and other sculptures are still found today in Seattle and the surrounding area. Fred Poyner IV is an art historian and author, whose work as a collections curator at the Washin… 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. Notes: None. Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Film Screening: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: One journey started it all! Catch a screening of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" before "The Battle of the Five Armies" hits theaters. Description: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. (IMDb) For teens and adults. This film is rated PG-13. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. This is a ticketed event. Free tickets will be available at the Circulation Desk 30 minutes before the movie starts. Please arrive early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity of 60 people for our meeting room. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:00 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. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. 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. Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Earthquake Home Retrofit Workshop

Where: Montlake 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 Info: Montlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, snap@seattle.gov or 206-233-5076. Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: West Seattle Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera offers a preview lecture on their upcoming production of Puccini’s "Tosca.". Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Puccini’s crackling melodrama of a fiery prima donna who struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and terrific musical moments highlight this thrilling score that grabs hold from the get-go, making "Tosca" ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. 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, December 7, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 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.

Evening Book Group

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Northeast Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins. Book Description: In the first modern English detective story, several narrators recount the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine. View in Catalog: "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins. Next Month's Title: "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan. Notes: This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

An Evening with Award-Winning Playwright Robert Schenkkan

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Robert Schenkkan will speak about his experience writing “All the Way” and “The Great Society” and the plays’ journey from pen to stage. Description: Schenkkan’s lecture is presented in conjunction with “All the Way” and “The Great Society,” a two-part dramatization of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency, running at Seattle Repertory Theatre from Nov. 14, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015. Robert Schenkkan is an American playwright, screenwriter and actor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “The Kentucky Cycle” and Tony Award for “All the Way.” He is the author of 13 plays and a collection of one-act plays, “Conversations with the Spanish Lady.” The 2014 Br… Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Seattle Repertory Theatre. Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Morning Book Group

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: South Park Neighborhood Center | 8201 10th Ave. S. Seattle WA 98108. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the South Park Neighborhood Center. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan. Book Description: Egan portrays the life and quest of mountaineer, adventurer and passionate photographer, Edward Curtis, whose famous photographs of over 80 Native American tribes epitomize a time tragically lost. View in Catalog: "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan. Next Month's Title: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante. Notes: This group meets the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, December 11, 2014, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

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, Caroline Albert and Dan Dembiczak, 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.

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.

Learn about Northwest Coast Native Art

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Burke Museum curators present a slideshow and discussion on Northwest Coast Native Art. Description: Drs. Robin K. Wright and Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, co-editors of the recent title, “In the Spirit of the Ancestors: Contemporary Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum,” present a slideshow and discussion on Northwest Coast Native Art. Robin K. Wright is curator of Native American art at the Burke Museum, director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art, and professor of art history at the University of Washington. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse is assistant director of the Bill Holm Center for… View in Catalog: "In the Spirit of the Ancestors ". Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company and the University of Washington Press. Books will be available for purchase. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Hour of Code

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 4 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for Hour of Code! Hour of Code is gives everyone the opportunity to explore computer science in through fun, engaging activities. Description: Explore computer science and coding with hands-on computer science activities led by staff from Pacific Science Center. For ages 10 and up. Computer science provides the foundation for virtually any career -- everybody can benefit from learning the basics. 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. Saturday, December 13, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 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. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. 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. Saturday, December 13, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble Concert

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Members of the Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble return to the Ballard Branch to perform holiday favorites. Description: Thirteen young harpists, ages 6 and up, will be directed by Susi Hussong. The ensemble will perform with flute, violin, bells and voice. Don't miss this annual holiday tradition! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, December 13, 2014, 2:30 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.

免费华语电影欣赏《非诚勿扰2》(Film Screening: 'If You Are the One II: Love and Marriage')

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English, 中文. Summary: 请带上您的家人朋友来欣赏电影《非诚勿扰2》。(Join us for the film "If You Are the One II: Love and Marriage," in Chinese with English subtitles.). Description: 本片是一部贺岁喜剧片,以轻松幽默的基调,续写了海归秦份回国征婚的故事。 导演:冯小刚 编剧:王朔 冯小刚 主演:葛优 舒淇 孙红雷 姚晨. View in Catalog: "If You Are the One II". Notes: 本次活动为免费,不需要预订或购买门票。联系电话:206-684-0849。. Translation: This movie follows the comedic courtship saga of wealthy, middle-aged retiree Qin Fen and serious-minded young air hostess Xiaoxiao. After an amusing prelude in which Qin presides over a lavish divorce ceremony for an amicably splitting married couple, he and Xiaoxiao decide to address their own relationship barriers by entering into a trial marriage and living together full-time in a secluded, tropical villa. On the island of Hainan, Qin and Xiaoxiao begin their daily life together, learning more about… Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 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 readings from local writers. This month features local author Georgia S. McDade who will teach a Memoir Writing workshop. Description: The workshop answers the question, "What do I do to tell my story my way?" You will be briefly introduced to some well-known and not-so-well-known autobiographies and biographies. Then you will be asked questions: Why do you want to tell your story? What should you include? What do you do next? We’ll make lists of what we want to include. We should have a chance to listen to some short autobiographical stories as examples. Finally, we will take about ten to fifteen minutes to write a page. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers' Alliance. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera offers a Preview Lecture on their upcoming production of Puccini’s "Tosca.". Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Puccini’s crackling melodrama of a fiery prima donna who struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and terrific musical moments highlight this thrilling score that grabs hold from the get-go, making "Tosca" ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. 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, December 14, 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 "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.

Join Bushwick Book Club for “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Bushwick Book Club Seattle is not your run-of-the-mill book club. When Bushwick members read books, they also write songs about them, and they like to perform their songs for an audience. Description: Much like any book club, Bushwick acts on the urge to read books and discuss what they read. Join us for a performance of original music inspired by Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. The program features the Bushwick Book Club Seattle’s band, Read and Destroy, whose members are longtime Bushwick performers Wes Weddell, Moe Provencher, Aimee Zoe, and Geoff Larson. Everyone is invited to read and revisit “A Christmas Carol” and join in a musical evening. This event is supported by The Seattle Public… View in Catalog: "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Notes: Library events are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available 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, December 15, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: South Park Neighborhood Center | 8201 10th Ave. S. Seattle WA 98108. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the South Park Neighborhood Center. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Ten Little Indians" by Sherman Alexie. Book Description: A collection of hilarious and heartfelt stories -- reflections of alienation and assimilation in pawnshop windows, basketball courts, forgotten poetry and miraculous salvation. View in Catalog: "Ten Little Indians" by Sherman Alexie. Notes: This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: South Park Branch 206-615-1688 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Medieval Women's Choir Preview

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Medieval Women's Choir present a preview of their upcoming holiday concert "Fountain of Life.". Description: Join Margriet Tindemans and members of the Medieval Women’s Choir for a preview of their upcoming concert “Fountain of Life,” featuring songs by St. Hildegard of Bingen as well as the famous Christmas sequence Laetabundus. 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 18, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Book Group for Seniors

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Northeast Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Book Description: This book is a classic British comedy of upper class manners and romance, and one of the most popular novels of all time. A splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennett answers the question of whether or not Mr. Darcy is the perfect catch. View in Catalog: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Next Month's Title: "The Troubled Man" by Henning Mankell. Notes: This group meets the third Friday of the month at 10 a.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

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.

See the World With Animated Short Films

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch independent short films for children from around the world, selected by Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014. Description: Hop aboard a celluloid magic carpet to celebrate the best in international children's cinema. With films from Europe, Asia and the USA, this program offers everything from dancing pastries to edible rocks to a beautiful fish made out of sand. Filled with whimsical creatures, stunning animation and heartwarming stories about what it means to be a family, these short films will take you to the moon and back. Twins in Bakery (Mari Miyazawa, Japan) Edible Rocks (Stefan Gruber, USA) The Whale Story (Tess M… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with Children's Film Festival Seattle of the Northwest Film Forum. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk 206-386-4675 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, December 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

See The World With Live Action Short Films

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch independent short films for children from around the world, selected by Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014. Description: In these films, kids face off against the odds by making decisions that are sometimes wise, sometimes brash, sometimes brave but always full of imagination. See the world and feed your mind with this international collection celebrating the indomitable spirit of the child. While You Weren't Looking (Jeremy Mackie, USA) I Spy with My LIttle Eye (Alexandra Nebel, Germany) AMAR (all great achievements require time) (Andrew Hinton, India) I'm going to mum's (Lauren Jackson, New Zealand) The Raining Tree… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014 of the Northwest Film Forum. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk 206-386-4675 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, December 26, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

See the World With Animated Short Films

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch independent short films for children from around the world, selected by Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014. Description: Hop aboard a celluloid magic carpet to celebrate the best in international children's cinema. With films from Europe, Asia and the USA, this program offers everything from dancing pastries to edible rocks to a beautiful fish made out of sand. Filled with whimsical creatures, stunning animation and heartwarming stories about what it means to be a family, these short films will take you to the moon and back. Twins in Bakery (Mari Miyazawa, Japan) Edible Rocks (Stefan Gruber, USA) The Whale Story (Tess M… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with Children's Film Festival Seattle of the Northwest Film Forum. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk 206-386-4675 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

See The World With Live Action Short Films

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch independent short films for children from around the world, selected by Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014. Description: In these films, kids face off against the odds by making decisions that are sometimes wise, sometimes brash, sometimes brave but always full of imagination. See the world and feed your mind with this international collection celebrating the indomitable spirit of the child. While You Weren't Looking (Jeremy Mackie, USA) I Spy with My LIttle Eye (Alexandra Nebel, Germany) AMAR (all great achievements require time) (Andrew Hinton, India) I'm going to mum's (Lauren Jackson, New Zealand) The Raining Tree… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is presented in partnership with Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014 of the Northwest Film Forum. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk 206-386-4675 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:30 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, December 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7444. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

Library closes at 6 PM

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

Library Closed in observance of New Year's Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Thursday, January 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Tech Help

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7455. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, January 2, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera offers a Preview Lecture on their upcoming production of Puccini’s "Tosca.". Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Puccini’s crackling melodrama of a fiery prima donna who struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and terrific musical moments highlight this thrilling score that grabs hold from the get-go, making "Tosca" ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. 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, January 6, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Northeast Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera offers a Preview Lecture on their upcoming production of Puccini’s "Tosca.". Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Puccini’s crackling melodrama of a fiery prima donna who struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and terrific musical moments highlight this thrilling score that grabs hold from the get-go, making "Tosca" ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Film screening: 'In the Land of the Head Hunters' by Edward S. Curtis

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of the recently released restored version of photographer Edward Curtis’s 1914 feature-length film about Pacific Northwest first-nations culture. Description: Anthropologist Aaron Glass, of the Bard Graduate Center, will introduce the film and moderate a post-film discussion. “In the Land of the Head Hunters,” starring an all-indigenous cast and with an original orchestral score, was an intercultural product of Curtis's encounters and collaboration with the Kwakwaka'wakw of British Columbia. The film premiered in 1914 with gala openings in New York and Seattle but was a commercial failure and was lost and forgotten for years. After a single copy arrived at th… Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at Burke Museum, Town Hall Seattle, and The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and s… Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Let's Talk About Books

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 5 - PACCAR Inc. Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: A no-pressure book group for people who love to talk about all kinds of books. Book Description: Join us for a non-traditional book group where we talk about fiction and nonfiction books. Share a bit about something you've read recently and get ideas for what to read next. Brown bag lunches are welcome. This is a perfect downtown lunch break for book lovers. Notes: This group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at noon. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7444. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera offers a Preview Lecture on their upcoming production of Puccini’s "Tosca.". Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Puccini’s crackling melodrama of a fiery prima donna who struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and terrific musical moments highlight this thrilling score that grabs hold from the get-go, making "Tosca" ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. 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, January 7, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Opera offers a Preview Lecture on their upcoming production of Puccini’s "Tosca.". Description: Join us for an engaging preview lecture on Puccini’s crackling melodrama of a fiery prima donna who struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and terrific musical moments highlight this thrilling score that grabs hold from the get-go, making "Tosca" ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. 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, January 8, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7455. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:45 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, January 11, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Ladies Musical Club Concert

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Join us for music for oboe, mezzo-soprano and piano. Description: Gail Perstein, oboe Amber Rose Johnson, mezzo-soprano - Johanna Mastenbrook, piano. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Southwest Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Ginger Tree" by Oswald Wynd. Book Description: In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attaché in Peking. But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community. Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter. View in Catalog: "The Ginger Tree" by Oswald Wynd. Next Month's Title: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, January 12, 2015, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Greenwood Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Book Description: Rosemary the girl and Fern the chimpanzee grew up as sisters in Indiana until Fern suddenly disappeared and Rosemary was cast adrift. View in Catalog: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. Next Month's Title: "The Uncoupling" by Meg Wolitzer. Notes: This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7444. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Green Lake Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Marbles" by Ellen Forney. Book Description: Cartoonist Forney candidly protrays her experiences with bipolar disorder and how it has influenced her art in this deeply moving yet surprisingly humorous graphic novel. View in Catalog: "Marbles" by Ellen Forney. Next Month's Title: "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins. Notes: This group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 pm. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7455. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:45 PM.

Morning Book Group

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Ballard Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce. Book Description: Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance. View in Catalog: "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce. Next Month's Title: "Just Kids" by Patti Smith. Notes: This group meets the third Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Lego Mania!

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

Library Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday, January 19, 2015, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Evening Book Group

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Room Location: Stuart H. Prestrud Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Queen Anne Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Buddha in the Attic" by Julie Otsuka. Book Description: Six Japanese mail-order brides tell their stories of early 20th century hardships and assimilation as their expectations meet with the reality of life in working class America. View in Catalog: "The Buddha in the Attic" by Julie Otsuka. Next Month's Title: "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving" by Jonathan Evison. Notes: This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Let's Talk About Books

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 5 - PACCAR Inc. Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Try a different kind of book group -- no assigned reading! Book Description: Let's Talk About Books is an informal group where participants take turns briefly talking about a recently enjoyed book. It's a great place to get ideas for what to read next, and to share your excitement about what you've been reading! There's absolutely no pressure; if you'd rather not share a book, but you want to hear what others are reading, this is still the place for you. Notes: This group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at noon. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7444. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Lake City Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Lake City Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. Book Description: A diary is Nao's only solace -- and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. View in Catalog: "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. Next Month's Title: "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan. Notes: This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7455. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:45 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, January 25, 2015, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the University Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "What It Is Like To Go To War" by Karl Marlantes. Book Description: Drawing on the author's background as a decorated Vietnam War veteran, this personal narrative offers insight into the combat experience and raises awareness of how troops are inadequately prepared for battle-related psychological and spiritual trauma. View in Catalog: "What It Is Like To Go To War" by Karl Marlantes. Next Month's Title: "Philoctetes" by Sophocles. Notes: This group meets the third Monday of the month (4th Monday in January and February) at 6:30 pm. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, January 26, 2015, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Ballet Preview: 'Don Quixote'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Pacific Northwest Ballet presents a talk on its upcoming program, “Don Quixote.”. Description: Enjoy a free lunchtime lecture about The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s upcoming program, “Don Quixote.” This classic story-ballet features choreography by Marius Petipa set to an exciting score by Ludwig Minkus. The hour-long discussion, with audio and video, will be presented by Doug Fullington, PNB’s Educational Programs Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Director. Audience questions and brown bag lunches are welcome. This program is part of The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2014-15 preview series at… View in Catalog: Materials to accompany the 2014-15 PNB preview series. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7444. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

TEXTure

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Curator Mary Coss leads a discussion with artists and poets featured in the exhibit TEXTure at METHOD Gallery. The poets will read work that inspired the artwork as well as new poetry responding to the work. Description: The evening features artists and poets: Sherman Alexie with Lia Yaranon Hall and Cedar Mannan Jeannine Hall Gailey with Carol Milne Daemond Arrindell with Maura Donegan The program moves to the METHOD Gallery in Pioneer Square after the discussion and readings. 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, January 29, 2015, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7455. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:45 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Greenwood Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton. Book Description: Fifty years after witnessing a shocking crime and learning terrible family secrets, Laurel returns home and is overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. View in Catalog: "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton. Next Month's Title: To be decided. Notes: This group meets the last Friday the month at 2:00 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, January 30, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Let's Talk About Books

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 5 - PACCAR Inc. Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: A no-pressure book group for people who love to talk about all kinds of books. Book Description: Join us for a non-traditional book group where we talk about fiction and nonfiction books. Share a bit about something you've read recently and get ideas for what to read next. Brown bag lunches are welcome. This is a perfect downtown lunch break for book lovers. Notes: This group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at noon. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7444. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7455. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, February 6, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:45 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, February 8, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Broadview Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month's selection is "The Light Between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman. Book Description: On a secluded island off the coast of Australia, the lighthouse keeper and his wife find a baby washed ashore. Will they keep it? And what will be the toll on their marriage and consciences? View in Catalog: "The Light Between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman. Next Month's Title: "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Broadview Branch 206-684-7519 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: Irene Haines. Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Southwest Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Bookshop" by Penelope Fitzgerald. Book Description: In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop - the only bookshop - in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors' lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence's warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a to… View in Catalog: "The Bookshop" by Penelope Fitzgerald. Next Month's Title: "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole. Notes: This group meets the second Monday of the month. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Greenwood Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Uncoupling" by Meg Wolitzer. Book Description: When a high school stages the classic anti-war play “Lysistrata,” life mimics art as women withhold sex from men. Wolitzer impishly modernizes a classic, exploring female sexuality and the relationship between war and sex. View in Catalog: "The Uncoupling" by Meg Wolitzer. Next Month's Title: Heft by Liz Moore. Notes: This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7444. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7455. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, February 13, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:45 PM.

Afternoon Book Group

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Green Lake Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins. Book Description: In the first modern English detective story, several narrators recount the theft of an enormous diamond oringinally stolen from an Indian shrine. View in Catalog: "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins. Next Month's Title: "Americanah" by Chinamand A. Adichie. Notes: This group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Contact: Maryte Racys. Saturday, February 14, 2015, 3:30 PM – 4:45 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, February 15, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Presidents Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Feb. 16 in observance of Presidents Day. Monday, February 16, 2015, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Evening Book Group

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Room Location: Stuart H. Prestrud Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Queen Anne Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving" by Jonathan Evison. Book Description: Benjamin, a former stay-at-home dad, takes a job as caregiver to teenaged Trev, who has Muscular Dystrophy. Their road trip to visit Trev's estranged father in Salt Lake City is both hilarious and moving. View in Catalog: "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving" by Jonathan Evison. Next Month's Title: "Dear Life" by Alice Munro. Notes: This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Let's Talk About Books

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4 - Room 5 - PACCAR Inc. Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Try a different kind of book group -- no assigned reading! Book Description: Let's Talk About Books is an informal group where participants take turns briefly talking about a recently enjoyed book. It's a great place to get ideas for what to read next, and to share your excitement about what you've been reading! There's absolutely no pressure; if you'd rather not share a book, but you want to hear what others are reading, this is still the place for you. Notes: This group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at noon. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-386-1908. Appointments are scheduled for up to an hour. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Tech Help

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7444. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:00 PM – 3:45 PM.

Tech Help

Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. ESL. Language: English. Summary: Come to the Library for up to 45 minutes of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required. Description: Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Help topics may include: - Using the Library's catalog - Downloading e-books and audiobooks - Computer basics - Internet basics - Email - Microsoft Word Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-684-7455. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, February 20, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:45 PM.

Morning Book Group

Where: Ballard Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Ballard Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "Just Kids" by Patti Smith. Book Description: An artist and musician recounts her romance, lifetime friendship, and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in a memoir that includes such influential artists as Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and William Burroughs. View in Catalog: "Just Kids" by Patti Smith. Next Month's Title: "In One Person" by John Irving. Notes: This group meets the third Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, February 20, 2015, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

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, February 22, 2015, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.