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Celebrate the end of Ramadan at the Library

Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Ramadan Kareem! Eid Mubarak! Join the Library for a cultural celebration of Eid Al-Fitr -- the end of Ramadan. Learn about Ramadan and Eid. Make Eid cards for friends or family. Engage in fun activities! Description: Many neighbors in the High Point community observe the month of Ramadan, culminating in the holiday Eid Al-Fitr. This program is a cultural celebration and is open to all who want to learn about or celebrate this holiday with our local community. The celebration will include crafts, henna and activities for all ages. Bring your family! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 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, July 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Global Lens Film Series: 'Beijing Flickers'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of the Chinese film, "Beijing Flickers." This movie is part of the 2013 Global Lens film series, which includes 10 award-winning narrative feature films. The movie has not been rated. Description: "Beijing Flickers" A young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth experiences moments of euphoria amid despair as he roams the city with other misfit dreamers in this darkly funny, gorgeously gritty portrait of disaffected youth. Director: Zhang Yuan Country: China Language: Mandarin, with subtitles in English Year: 2012 Length: 96 minutes Rating: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has not rated these films. These films may contain adult themes and content that m… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins promptly at 6 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with The Global Lens Film Initiative. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Family Movies: 'Rio 2'

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a movie over summer break! Bring your own pillows, we’ll supply the popcorn. Today we're showing "Rio 2," a 2014 animated film. This movie is rated G. Description: "It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law." -- IMDb Director: Carlos Saldanha Country: USA Language: English Year: 2014 Length: 101 minutes Rating: G. View in Catalog: "Rio 2" directed by Carlos Saldanha. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Arrive early or on time -- seating space is limited. Please note: "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" was originally scheduled at this date & time; "Rio 2" has replaced that showing. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, July 25, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Celebrate the end of Ramadan at the Library

Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Ramadan Kareem! Eid Mubarak! Join the Library for a cultural celebration of Eid Al-Fitr -- the end of Ramadan. Learn about Ramadan and Eid. Make Eid cards for friends or family. Engage in fun activities! Description: Many neighbors in the Lake City community observe the month of Ramadan, culminating in the holiday Eid Al-Fitr. This program is a cultural celebration and is open to all who want to learn about or celebrate this holiday with our local community. The celebration will include crafts, henna and activities for all ages. Bring your family! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Open Air at Warren G. Magnuson Park

Where: non-library location. Address: Warren G. Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA 98115. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Library joins you outside this summer with pop-up locations across the city. Check out books and DVDs, sign up for a Library card and more. Today, Open Air will be on Kite Hill at Magnuson Park. Description: The Seattle Public Library is headed outdoors! Choose from our selection of awesome summer reads and DVDs. Get a Library card. Talk to Library staff for reading ideas or e-book help. Or just grab a magazine, take a seat and enjoy the scene! Look for us around town this summer as Open Air pops up at a location near you. To find the full schedule and more, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Daniel James Brown reads from 'The Boys in the Boat'

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hear Daniel James Brown read from "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics," the inspiring story of the 1936 University of Washington crew team. Description: New York Times bestseller "The Boys in the Boat" is the dramatic and poignant story behind one man's quest -- and the triumph of his team, the University of Washington rowing crew -- that stunned the world in 1936. The team, made up of sons of loggers, farmers and shipyard workers, faced elite rivals first from eastern U.S. and British universities and finally from Adolf Hitler's German crew rowing in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memor… View in Catalog: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Seating is limited. This event is presented in partnership with Secret Garden Books. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM.

Noteworthy Films: 'Monuments Men'

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Catch up with popular films this summer at the Northgate Branch. This week's movie is "Monuments Men," a 2014 drama. This movie is rated PG-13. Description: An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements. "Monuments Men" star… View in Catalog: "Monuments Men" directed by George Clooney. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, July 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Celebrate the end of Ramadan at the Library

Where: NewHolly Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Ramadan Kareem! Eid Mubarak! Join the Library for a cultural celebration of Eid Al-Fitr -- the end of Ramadan. Learn about Ramadan and Eid. Make Eid cards for friends or family. Engage in fun activities! Description: Many neighbors in the NewHolly community observe the month of Ramadan, culminating in the holiday Eid Al-Fitr. This program is a cultural celebration and is open to all who want to learn about or celebrate this holiday with our local community. The celebration will include crafts, henna and activities for all ages. Bring your family! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: World Languages 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Seafair Stories: A Story Time for Grown-ups

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Need a mid-day break? Join us each Monday in July for Seafair stories and nautical tales! This week, we feature two thrilling tales about the eerie nature of the high seas. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Every Monday this July, Thrilling Tales gives way to Seafair Stories: oceangoing tales of nautical adventure and suspense. This week's stories are: "Letters from the Samantha" by Mark Helprin After a tornado, a ship finds an ape floating in the sea and brings it aboard. "One for the Islands" by Patricia Highsmith On strange tides, be careful what you wish for... like being the last passenger o… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. Thrilling Tales is presented by The Seattle Public Library's Reader Services Department. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Hitchcock by the Decade: 'Rear Window'

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: James Stewart and Grace Kelly star in Hitchcock's 1954 suspense thriller "Rear Window." The movie is rated Approved. Description: An injured photographer becomes obsessed with spying on his Greenwich Village neighbors during a heat wave, and is convinced that a murder has taken place. This film received four Academy Award nominations, and is considered by many to be Hitchcock's best film. Director: Alfred Hitchcock Country: USA Language: English Year: 1955 Length: 112 minutes Rating: Approved (Films released prior to 1968 were rated either "Approved" or "Not Approved."). View in Catalog: "Rear Window" directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the fourth of six films in Hitchcock by the Decade. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

The Emotional Aspects of Caregiving

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4, Room 2 - Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Family caregivers and adults with aging parents are invited to learn about the emotional aspects of caregiving and coping techniques. Description: Caregiving is on the top ten list of most stressful jobs. The emotional aspects of caregiving are often the most difficult to manage. This presentation will explore the emotions of caregiving, as well as those of the care receiver. Topics to be covered include grief, sadness, anger, guilt and fear. Techniques to better manage emotions will be provided. Speaker Karen Kent, sponsored by the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, is a licensed mental health therapist with a specialty in geriatrics. She has work… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. This is the last of three lectures sponsored by the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. Each lecture will run about 60 minutes, allowing ample time at the end for questions. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Detective Cookie's Urban Youth Chess Club

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Children and teens, ages 7 and up, are invited to join the group. Family and community members are also welcome. Drop by to learn and play chess! Description: This urban chess club has been ongoing since February 2007. New members are always welcome. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Clarion West presents John Crowley

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Author John Crowley -- writer of science fiction, fantasy and literary mainstream fiction and a 2014 Clarion West Writers Workshop instructor -- will be reading from a work in progress. Description: Crowley is the author of ten novels and three collections of short fiction. He has been honored with the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel ("Little, Big") in 1980, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992, and in 2006 received the World Fantasy Convention's Lifetime Achievement Award. His work for film and television has been shown at international film festivals. Since 1993, Crowley has taught creative writing at Yale University. Clarion West Writers Workshop is dedica… View in Catalog: Books by John Crowley. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with University Book Store. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Stories of Regional Fishing Vessels: An Evening with James A. Cole

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an author reading as local writer and illustrator, James A. Cole, discusses his book "Drawing on Our History: Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.". Description: Cole uses his background as a naval architect to capture the ships' characteristics; in addition to the 18 watercolors in "Drawing on Our History," you'll also find 120 pen and ink drawings and designs. His extensive marine knowledge and skills with a paintbrush have enabled him to tell the stories of regional fishermen and the boats they sailed. Each chapter begins with a rendering of a vessel, followed by stories and histories of the vessels he has chosen to depict. "Drawing on Our History" is a Benja… View in Catalog: "Drawing on Our History: Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska" by James A. Cole. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Secret Garden Books. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Global Lens Film Series: 'The Fantastic World of Juan Orol'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a screening of the Mexican film, "The Fantastic World of Juan Orol." It is part of the 2013 Global Lens series, which includes 10 award-winning narrative feature films. The movie has not been rated. Description: "The Fantastic World of Juan Orol" Move over Ed Wood! The story of Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, "involuntary surrealist" Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to life, the movies and a self-made man of showbiz. Director: Sebastián del Amo Country: Mexico Language: Spanish, with subtitles in English Year: 2012 Length: 90 minutes Rating: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has not rated these films. These films may conta… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins promptly at 6 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with The Global Lens Film Initiative. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Open Air at the KEXP Concerts at the Mural

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre 305 Harrison Street Seattle,WA 98109. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Library joins you outside this summer with pop-up locations across the city. Check out books and DVDs, sign up for a Library card and more. Today, Open Air will be at KEXP's Concert at the Mural. Description: The Seattle Public Library is headed outdoors! Choose from our selection of awesome summer reads and DVDs. Get a Library card. Talk to Library staff for reading ideas or e-book help. Or just grab a magazine, take a seat and enjoy the scene! Look for us around town this summer as Open Air pops up at a location near you. To find the full schedule and more, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: 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: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, August 3, 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 "The Best of Everything" by Stanley Ellin. Description: Love a good story? Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read -- and well-calculated to keep you in suspense! This week's story is: "The Best of Everything" by Stanley Ellin When Arthur falls for a girl beyond his social sphere, he learns that you can't buy class... but maybe you can borrow it. 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, August 4, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Hitchcock by the Decade: 'Psycho'

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Based on the novel by Robert Bloch, Hitchcock's 1960 horror film "Psycho" features a secretary with embezzled money who is murdered at the secluded Bates Hotel. The movie is rated Approved. Description: Now considered one of Hitchcock's best films, when “Psycho” was released in 1960 it was controversial because of its overt portrayal of sexuality and violence. Director: Alfred Hitchcock Country: USA Language: English Year: 1960 Length: 109 minutes Rating: Approved (Films released prior to 1968 were rated either "Approved" or "Not Approved."). View in Catalog: "Psycho" directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the fifth of six films in Hitchcock by the Decade. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Amy Bloom reads from 'Lucky Us'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Best-selling author Amy Bloom reads from her latest novel, "Lucky Us," where two half-sisters -- Iris, a would-be movie star, and Eva, her sidekick -- journey across 1940s America in search of fame & fortune. Description: Iris' ambitions take the two from small-town Ohio to the scandalous parties of Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island, from Brooklyn to London’s West End. Meeting irresistible characters along the way, Iris and Eva invent and re-invent their unlikely families and navigate the pleasures, perils, and hard choices of adult life. "Lucky Us" tells a story of success and failure, good luck and bad, and the pleasures and inevi… View in Catalog: "Lucky Us" by Amy Bloom. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, August 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Detective Cookie's Urban Youth Chess Club

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Children and teens, ages 7 and up, are invited to join the group. Family and community members are also welcome. Drop by to learn and play chess! Description: This urban chess club has been ongoing since February 2007. New members are always welcome. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4, Room 4 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the professional and technical training programs available at South Seattle College and in the Seattle area -- including how to pay for your classes. Description: At this workshop, you will learn about: - Finding your next career path - In-demand careers related to each training - Funding resources - Campus support services for professional & technical training - Campus support services for your employment needs You'll also learn what services The Seattle Public Library offers to assist with your educational needs. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the professional and technical training programs available at South Seattle College and in the Seattle area -- including how to pay for your classes. Description: At this workshop, you will learn about: - Medical office professions - Computing technology - Engineering graphics and design technology - Aviation maintenance and aerospace composites - Access to childcare and additional resources while in school You'll also learn what services The Seattle Public Library offers to assist with your educational needs. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 3 - FriendShop. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: The FriendShop at the Central Library appreciates its customers with a monthly discount day of 15% off every first Thursday. Description: The Friends of The Seattle Public Library operate a gift shop on Level 3 of the Central Library. All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Service items are excluded from the discount. More...: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library/cen-plan-a-visit/cen-floor-by-floor-highlights/cen-friendshop. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, August 7, 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, August 7, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Open Air at the KEXP Concerts at the Mural

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre 305 Harrison Street Seattle,WA 98109. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Library joins you outside this summer with pop-up locations across the city. Check out books and DVDs, sign up for a Library card and more. Today, Open Air will be at KEXP's Concert at the Mural. Description: The Seattle Public Library is headed outdoors! Choose from our selection of awesome summer reads and DVDs. Get a Library card. Talk to Library staff for reading ideas or e-book help. Or just grab a magazine, take a seat and enjoy the scene! Look for us around town this summer as Open Air pops up at a location near you. To find the full schedule and more, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, August 8, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Jet City Improv presents: Live Theatre at the Library

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle’s own Jet City Improv will perform live comedy vignettes based on suggestions from the audience. Description: Come and contribute to a lively, rollicking comedy show where your participation is key! Jet City Improv’s talented performers will collect ideas from audience members to create short-form, unique sketches in a style similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" This show is highly participatory and fast-paced -- in order to enjoy a lively and energetic performance, Jet City Improv strongly recommends that you eat a meal before the show. Created in 1992 by Mike Christensen and Andrew McMasters, Jet City Impro… View in Catalog: The Art and Techniques of Writing Comedy. 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. Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Noteworthy Films: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Catch up with popular films this summer at the Northgate Branch. This week's movie is "The Grand Budapest Hotel," a 2014 comedic drama. This movie is rated R. Description: "The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend." -IMDb Featuring large cast, including Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray and Edward Norton, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a 2014 comedy drama Director: Wes Anderson Country: USA Language: English Year: 2014 Length: 100 minutes Rating: R. View in Catalog: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" directed by Wes Anderson. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, August 9, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

PoetsWest

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hear local writers read at PoetsWest, a monthly poetry series featuring an open mic and selected author readings. Description: This month, Reader's Choice features readings by David Horowitz, David Mathews and Francine Walls. An open mic will follow the featured readers. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. PoetsWest meets regularly on the second Saturday of the month at the Green Lake Branch. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, August 9, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy narrated, original jazz music highlighting jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil's community development through music. Description: The Steve Griggs Ensemble's Songs of Unsung Seattle is a jazz residency consisting of a series of performances. The Ensemble presents "A Cup of Joe Brazil," an original narration and music program about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil’s community development through music in the face of civil rights injustice during the 1960s and 1970s. Steve Griggs is a Seattle-based jazz saxophonist and composer. View in Catalog: Related resources for “Cup of Joe Brazil”. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

CANCELED - Writers Read

Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Description: Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Family Movies Sing-Along: 'Mary Poppins'

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a movie sing-along at the Library! Bring your own pillows, we’ll supply the popcorn. Today we're showing the Disney classic "Mary Poppins," with a chalk-drawing extravaganza beforehand. Description: In this classic family musical, a magical nanny takes charge of the Banks family and turns their unhappy lives upside down. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins was nominated for 13 Academy Awards in 1964. Director: Robert Stevenson Country: USA Language: English Year: 1964 Length: 100 minutes Rating: Approved (Films released prior to 1968 were rated either "Approved" or "Not Approved."). View in Catalog: "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Please arrive on time -- space is limited. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Hitchcock by the Decade: 'Frenzy'

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Considered by many to be Hitchcock’s last great film, 1972's "Frenzy" combines elements and obsessions from throughout the director’s career, including the plight of a wrongly accused man. The movie is rated R. Description: "Frenzy" is set in 1970s London where a serial killer is on the loose. While revered, the film remains controversial due to its explicit depiction of rape and murder. Director: Alfred Hitchcock Country: USA Language: English Year: 1972 Length: 116 minutes Rating: R. View in Catalog: "Frenzy" directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This is the last of six films in Hitchcock by the Decade. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Edan Lepucki reads from 'California'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an evening with Sherman Alexie and Edan Lepucki, author of the novel Alexie championed recently on The Colbert Report. Description: Cal and Frida have left behind a decaying Los Angeles to try to live off the land. But when Frida discovers she’s pregnant, the need to connect with other survivors becomes more imperative. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust. “California” imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect t… View in Catalog: "California" by Edan Lepucki. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Janice Steinberg Reads from 'The Tin Horse'

Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Award-winning writer Janice Steinberg reads from her novel "The Tin Horse" and chats about writing, obsession, persistence and luck. Description: "The Tin Horse" is a multigenerational immigrant family saga, in which an elderly woman following a clue to the disappearance of her twin sister many years ago reminisces about their coming of age in a Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood in the years before World War II. View in Catalog: "The Tin House" by Janice Steinberg. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with Secret Garden Books. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Contact Info: Northeast Branch 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Amy Pennington reads from 'Fresh Pantry: Eat Seasonally'

Where: Lake City Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come meet local author, cook and urban farmer, Amy Pennington as she discusses her new book and shares the bounty of tomatoes fresh from the farmers market with cooking demonstrations. Description: Amy Pennington is a Seattle author of several books on urban gardening and cooking. Her newest book is "Fresh Pantry: Eat Seasonally, Cook Smart and Learn to Love Your Vegetables." The event will take place during the Lake City Farmers Market! View in Catalog: "Fresh Pantry: Eat Seasonally, Cook Smart and Learn to Love your Vegetables" by Amy Pennington. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, August 14, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 298th meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Karen Gamble, Billy Phillips and Anne Phyfe Palmer, with a short lecture by Leonard Orr 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, August 14, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Open Air at the KEXP Concerts at the Mural

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre 305 Harrison Street Seattle,WA 98109. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Library joins you outside this summer with pop-up locations across the city. Check out books and DVDs, sign up for a Library card and more. Today, Open Air will be at KEXP's Concert at the Mural. Description: The Seattle Public Library is headed outdoors! Choose from our selection of awesome summer reads and DVDs. Get a Library card. Talk to Library staff for reading ideas or e-book help. Or just grab a magazine, take a seat and enjoy the scene! Look for us around town this summer as Open Air pops up at a location near you. To find the full schedule and more, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, August 15, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Open Air at Cal Anderson Park

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Cal Anderson Park 1635 11th Ave Seattle, WA 98122. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Library joins you outside this summer with pop-up locations across the city. Check out books and DVDs, sign up for a Library card and more. Today, Open Air will be at Cal Anderson Park. Description: The Seattle Public Library is headed outdoors! Choose from our selection of awesome summer reads and DVDs. Get a Library card. Talk to Library staff for reading ideas or e-book help. Or just grab a magazine, take a seat and enjoy the scene! Look for us around town this summer as Open Air pops up at a location near you. To find the full schedule and more, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Noteworthy Films: 'Lone Survivor'

Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Catch up with popular films this summer at the Northgate Branch. This week's movie is "Lone Survivor," a 2013 action drama. This movie is rated R. Description: "Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare." -IMDb "Lone Survivor" stars Mark Wahlberg and is based on the book "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10" by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Director: Peter Berg Country: USA Language: English Year… View in Catalog: "Lone Survivor" directed by Peter Berg. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, August 17, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: International District/Chinatown Community Center | 719 Eighth Ave. S.Seattle WA 98134. Address: 719 8th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: 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. Sunday, August 17, 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 "Fifty Minutes" by Joe Donnelly and Harry Shannon. 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: "Fifty Minutes" by Joe Donnelly and Harry Shannon That’s how long his session with the psychiatrist would be. That’s how long the psychiatrist had to live. 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, August 18, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

Family Movies Sing-Along: 'The Little Mermaid'

Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a movie sing-along at the Library! Today we're showing the Disney classic "The Little Mermaid" and providing goody bags with props for interactive sing-along fun. This movie is rated G. Description: A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Disney classic with us! Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker Country: USA Language: English Year: 1989 Length: 83 minutes Rating: G. View in Catalog: "The Little Mermaid" directed by Ron Clements & John Musker. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Please arrive on time -- space is limited. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Open Air at the KEXP Concerts at the Mural

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre 305 Harrison Street Seattle,WA 98109. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Library joins you outside this summer with pop-up locations across the city. Check out books and DVDs, sign up for a Library card and more. Today, Open Air will be at KEXP's Concert at the Mural. Description: The Seattle Public Library is headed outdoors! Choose from our selection of awesome summer reads and DVDs. Get a Library card. Talk to Library staff for reading ideas or e-book help. Or just grab a magazine, take a seat and enjoy the scene! Look for us around town this summer as Open Air pops up at a location near you. To find the full schedule and more, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Friday, August 22, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Susan Carr Reads & Performs Songs from 'The Ballad of Desiree'

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Room Location: Stuart H. Prestrud Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hear Susan Carr read and perform songs from her novel "The Ballad of Desiree.". Description: In the early 1970s, Desiree, a 22-year-old free spirit travels the logging roads of Idaho and Washington where she meets a gypsy man named Ruby. Ruby awakens her sexuality but then disappears, leaving Desiree behind to return to her log cabin in the gorgeous and largely untouched Huckleberry Mountains. On the way she meets Big Paul Skinny, a L.A. songwriter who discovers at once that Desiree has a beautiful singing voice, but despite her rare talents, her heart and mind stay with Ruby. When he reappears… View in Catalog: "The Ballad of Desiree" by Susan Carr. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Open Air at Lake Union Park

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Other. Address: Lake Union Park 860 Terry Ave N Seattle, WA 98109. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Library joins you outside this summer with pop-up locations across the city. Check out books and DVDs, sign up for a Library card and more. Today, Open Air will be at Lake Union Park. Description: The Seattle Public Library is headed outdoors! Choose from our selection of awesome summer reads and DVDs. Get a Library card. Talk to Library staff for reading ideas or e-book help. Or just grab a magazine, take a seat and enjoy the scene! Look for us around town this summer as Open Air pops up at a location near you. To find the full schedule and more, click here. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy narrated, original jazz music highlighting jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil's community development through music. Description: The Steve Griggs Ensemble's Songs of Unsung Seattle is a jazz residency consisting of a series of performances. The Ensemble presents "A Cup of Joe Brazil," an original narration and music program about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil’s community development through music in the face of civil rights injustice during the 1960s and 1970s. Steve Griggs is a Seattle-based jazz saxophonist and composer. View in Catalog: Related resources for “Cup of Joe Brazil”. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch 206-386-4227 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Family Movies Sing-Along: 'Frozen'

Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: It’s your chance to "Let It Go" at the Library! We’ll be showing Disney's smash hit "Frozen," a 2013 animated film, and enjoying icy treats. Bring your own pillows and we’ll supply the ice pops. For all ages. Description: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Directors: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Country: USA Language: English Year: 2013 Length: 102 minutes Rating: PG. View in Catalog: "Frozen" directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Please arrive on time -- space is limited. Contact Info: Northgate Branch 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, August 25, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Detective Cookie's Urban Youth Chess Club

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Children and teens, ages 7 and up, are invited to join the group. Family and community members are also welcome. Drop by to learn and play chess! Description: This urban chess club has been ongoing since February 2007. New members are always welcome. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

All Ages Board Game Night

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an all ages board game night at Ballard Branch. Description: Wanna play? Bring your family, friends, or come alone and play our array of board games from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrambled States of America. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Robert Cantwell

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a conversation between Jess Walter and T.V. Reed, author of “Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left: A Northwest Writer Reworks American Fiction”. Description: Robert Cantwell -- a writer who ran in the same New York literary circles as Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos -- wrote “The Land of Plenty,” a book many consider to be the first modern novel of the Pacific Northwest. Reed’s new book “Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left” attempts to reclaim Cantwell’s place in the canon of 20th-century American literature. The book also serves as a biography of Cantwell, who gave up his career as a novelist due, in part, to McCarthy-era politics that branded him as… View in Catalog: "Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left" by T.V. Reed. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Labor Day

Holiday Closures Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. Monday, September 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4, Room 4 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the professional and technical training programs available at South Seattle College and in the Seattle area -- including how to pay for your classes. Description: At this workshop, you will learn about: - Finding your next career path - In-demand careers related to each training - Funding resources - Campus support services for professional & technical training - Campus support services for your employment needs You'll also learn what services The Seattle Public Library offers to assist with your educational needs. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the professional and technical training programs available at South Seattle College and in the Seattle area -- including how to pay for your classes. Description: At this workshop, you will learn about: - Medical office professions - Computing technology - Engineering graphics and design technology - Aviation maintenance and aerospace composites - Access to childcare and additional resources while in school You'll also learn what services The Seattle Public Library offers to assist with your educational needs. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

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

Seattle Cooks: South Lake Union Pike Place Express Market

Where: non-library location. Address: South Lake Union Express Market 410 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98109 On the Amazon Campus. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Browse the market specials, watch express demonstrations, try a sample, then check out a cookbook! Description: Watch Seattle Culinary Academy students demonstrate various recipes, then taste the results and get answers to your questions. The Seattle Public Library will have a range of books, available for check out right in the market, to inspire both novice and experienced cooks. From June through November, Seattle Cooks takes cooking demonstrations and tailored cookbook collections to community events around the city. Learn about cooking and canning with seasonal produce, as well as pairing food with wine… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program series is supported by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and presented in partnership with the Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central College and Capitol Hill Farmers Market. More...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/seattle-cooks. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, September 4, 2014, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

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

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

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Where: University Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy narrated, original jazz music highlighting jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil's community development through music. Description: The Steve Griggs Ensemble's Songs of Unsung Seattle is a jazz residency consisting of a series of performances. The Ensemble presents "A Cup of Joe Brazil," an original narration and music program about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil’s community development through music in the face of civil rights injustice during the 1960s and 1970s. Steve Griggs is a Seattle-based jazz saxophonist and composer. View in Catalog: Related resources for “Cup of Joe Brazil”. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: University Branch 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Morning Book Group at the South Park Neighborhood Center

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 "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessl. Book Description: Blue van Meer, daughter of an itinerant academic, is on the edge of a murder mystery in this darkly comic coming-of-age novel structured like a literature course syllabus, with each chapter connected to a literary work. View in Catalog: "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessl. Next Month's Title: "Blood, Bones & Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton. 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, September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

Seattle Cooks: South Lake Union Pike Place Express Market

Where: non-library location. Address: South Lake Union Express Market 410 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98109 On the Amazon Campus. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Browse the market specials, watch express demonstrations, try a sample, then check out a cookbook! Description: Watch Seattle Culinary Academy students demonstrate various recipes, then taste the results and get answers to your questions. The Seattle Public Library will have a range of books, available for check out right in the market, to inspire both novice and experienced cooks. From June through November, Seattle Cooks takes cooking demonstrations and tailored cookbook collections to community events around the city. Learn about cooking and canning with seasonal produce, as well as pairing food with wine… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program series is supported by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and presented in partnership with the Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central College and Capitol Hill Farmers Market. More...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/seattle-cooks. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, September 11, 2014, 11:00 AM – 1:00 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 299th meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Brent Schaeffer, Eli Briskin and Amanda Baker-Patterson, with a short lecture by Esther Alschul Helfgott 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, September 11, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Seattle Writes: Short Story Symbolism

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn to identify the themes of your short stories and build them using symbolism subtly. Description: This workshop starts with a scavenger hunt (inside the library) to find symbols and thematic content within your stories. In groups, participants follow a short series of instructions that lead them to a line in a book, a place on a map, or a headline from an old newspaper as the prompt for the writing exercise. Generate new material, workshop, and examine texts that use symbolism masterfully. Chelsea Werner-Jatzke received her MFA from Goddard College, was a 2013 Jack Straw Writer, and is a 2014 EDGE A… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Earthquake Home Retrofit Workshop

Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to evaluate your home to determine if it qualifies for the City of Seattle's standard earthquake retrofitting plan.Registration is required. Description: Experienced home retrofit instructors will instruct you on what tools are needed, some building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process. This introductory class provides information on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation (especially for houses built before 1980). The class is designed for all homeowners, whether you're planning to do the work yourself or hire a qualified contractor. Notes: Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Department of Planning and Development. To find other Earthquake Home Retrofit workshops at the Library, click here. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, snap@seattle.gov or 206-233-5076. Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

PoetsWest

Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Hear local writers read at PoetsWest, a monthly poetry series featuring an open mic and selected author readings. Description: This month, Reader's Choice features readings by Pongo writing mentors. Pongo Teen Writing is a Seattle non-profit that teaches poetry to teens who are leading difficult lives. An open mic will follow the featured readers. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. PoetsWest meets regularly on the second Saturday of the month at the Green Lake Branch. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

CANCELED - Writers Read

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

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Where: Green Lake Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: 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: Green Lake Branch 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, September 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 "Truth or Consequences" by Carole Nelson Douglas. 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: "Truth or Consequences" by Carole Nelson Douglas Miss Purdy had always been the safest of drivers, but the white sand desert was so vast and strange... was that a hitchhiker up ahead? 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, September 15, 2014, 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM.

A Conversation with Award-Winning Authors Daniel James Brown and David Laskin

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn moderates a conversation with Daniel James Brown, author of “The Boys in the Boat,” and David Laskin, author of “The Family”. Description: Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat” tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans at the Berlin Olympics. Laskin’s “The Family” traces the history of the 20th century through the story of an extraordinary Jewish family, recounting how the author’s 19th-century ancestors were separated by period upheavals in western Russia and went on to become the founders of the… Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

SNAP: Prepare Your Pets for Disaster

Where: Central Library. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: You've got a plan, you've got a kit, you know who to call during emergencies. How about your furry, scaled or feathered friends? We’ll provide tips and resources to make sure your pets stay safe, too. Description: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness. Notes: Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. To find other SNAP workshops at the Library, click here. More...: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5076. Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Laila Lalami reads from her new novel 'The Moor’s Account'

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: “The Moor’s Account” is the imagined memoir of the first black explorer of America -- an educated slave and Moroccan Muslim who was left out of the history books. Description: In 1527, Panfilo de Narvaez sailed from Spain with a crew of 500, intending to claim for the Spanish crown what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States. But the expedition met with storms, disease, starvation, hostile natives, and within a year there were only four survivors, including the young explorer Andres Dorantes and his slave, Estebanico. After six years of enslavement by Native Americans, the four men escaped and wandered through what is now Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Lalami ca… View in Catalog: "The Moore's Account" by Laila Lalami. Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Seattle Cooks: South Lake Union Pike Place Express Market

Where: non-library location. Address: South Lake Union Express Market 410 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98109 On the Amazon Campus. Class type: Other. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Browse the market specials, watch express demonstrations, try a sample, then check out a cookbook! Description: Watch Seattle Culinary Academy students demonstrate various recipes, then taste the results and get answers to your questions. The Seattle Public Library will have a range of books, available for check out right in the market, to inspire both novice and experienced cooks. From June through November, Seattle Cooks takes cooking demonstrations and tailored cookbook collections to community events around the city. Learn about cooking and canning with seasonal produce, as well as pairing food with wine… Class Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program series is supported by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and presented in partnership with the Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central College and Capitol Hill Farmers Market. More...: http://www.spl.org/audiences/adults/seattle-cooks. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Easy Fermenting: Why, How and Where to Begin

Where: Lake City Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about fermenting vegetables with a certified instructor at the Lake City Farmers Market and the Lake City Library. Description: Fermented foods are pungent, probiotic powerhouses, and are quick and easy to prepare. A Seattle Tilth-certified instructor, Ellie Cohan will demonstrate how immensely fun, satisfying and safe it is to create fermented veggies in your own kitchen. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Ballard Poetry Potluck

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join our informal gathering to listen to and read poetry aloud. Description: Bring a few favorite poems, whether classics or new discoveries, and share them around the table. This is a feast of poetry. (Not a food event.). Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Sound Cycling: Basic Bike Maintenance

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Is fear of a flat keeping you from riding? Bring in your bike to get expert advice and gain hands on experience with basic bike maintenance. Description: Get an overview of basic bike parts and learn some easy essentials, like fixing a flat or adjusting and maintaining your brakes. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with RideSavvy. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Want to ride more but find that life gets in the way? Learn how to integrate everyday biking into your everyday life. Description: Learn how to integrate everyday biking into your everyday life. From lights to foul weather gear, we’ll cover your questions and more. This workshop will be tailored by survey responses from the Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking info fairs in April. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is presented in partnership with RideSavvy. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

SNAP: Prepare Your Pets for Disaster

Where: Broadview Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: You've got a plan, you've got a kit, you know who to call during emergencies. How about your furry, scaled or feathered friends? We’ll provide tips and resources to make sure your pets stay safe, too. Description: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness. Notes: Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. To find other SNAP workshops at the Library, click here. More...: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5076. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Banned Book Films: 'Bless Me Ultima'

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a Banned Books Movie screening followed by a short discussion at the Beacon Hill Branch. We will be showing "Bless Me Ultima.". Description: This adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's controversial novel is about a young boy and the enigmatic healer who opens his eyes to the wonders of the spiritual realm. New Mexico: the early forties. As the entire world is plunged into war for a second time, Antonio Márez grapples with the harsh realities all around him. His life is forever changed by the sudden arrival of Ultima, a woman with supernatural healing powers, who has come to his family on a mission of kindness. As Ultima inspires Antonio to question auth… View in Catalog: "Bless Me Ultima" by Rudolfo Anaya. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Optional: We encourage you to read the book! Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

SNAP: Prepare Your Pets for Disaster

Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: You've got a plan, you've got a kit, you know who to call during emergencies. How about your furry, scaled or feathered friends? We’ll provide tips and resources to make sure your pets stay safe, too. Description: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness. Notes: Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. To find other SNAP workshops at the Library, click here. More...: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5076. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

SNAP: Prepare Your Pets for Disaster

Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: You've got a plan, you've got a kit, you know who to call during emergencies. How about your furry, scaled or feathered friends? We’ll provide tips and resources to make sure your pets stay safe, too. Description: Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. Each 30-minute workshop will focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness. Notes: Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. To find other SNAP workshops at the Library, click here. More...: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/. Contact: Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 206-233-5076. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Voices Up - The Stories of Our Lives

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4, Room 1 - Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: This workshop explores short nonfiction, personal essays and “flash memoir” with an optional emphasis on LGBTQ writing. Description: Students will be invited to publish their short personal essays on the Shelf Talk blog in conjunction with “Out at the Library” programming. Instructor Ann Teplick is a playwright, poet and young adult author. She has taught with Writers in the Schools (WITS), Hugo House and the Pongo Teen Writing Project, which works with incarcerated and at-risk youth to help them express their thoughts and emotions through the written/spoken word. Teplick has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College. Seattle W… View in Catalog: "Podcast" by AUTHOR NAME. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any Library branch. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Where: West Seattle Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy narrated, original jazz music highlighting jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil's community development through music. Description: The Steve Griggs Ensemble's Songs of Unsung Seattle is a jazz residency consisting of a series of performances. The Ensemble presents "A Cup of Joe Brazil," an original narration and music program about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazil’s community development through music in the face of civil rights injustice during the 1960s and 1970s. Steve Griggs is a Seattle-based jazz saxophonist and composer. View in Catalog: Related resources for “Cup of Joe Brazil”. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

All Ages Board Game Night

Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for an all ages board game night at Ballard Branch. Description: Wanna play? Bring your family, friends, or come alone and play our array of board games from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrambled States of America. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: What's So Funny? Writing Humor for Kids

Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: This hands-on workshop will examine how to use humor effectively in crafting children's novels. Description: We'll examine the theories of why people find humor in what they do, how child development affects the reader's sense of humor, and how anybody can learn different humor techniques to ease tension, convey character, move a story along, and make readers laugh (in a good way). Before becoming a children's book writer, Instructor Kim Baker worked as a children's crisis counselor and elementary school teacher. Her middle grade novel debut, PICKLE (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's Publishing) was one… View in Catalog: "PICKLE" by Kim Baker. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seattle Writes: Poetry Writing

Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Whether you’re a new or seasoned poet, join us for writing and reading exercises, craft lectures on structuring poems and developing sensory language, and suggestions for future poetic engagement. Description: Instructor Janée J. Baugher is the author of two collections of poems, holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and teaches at University of Phoenix in Seattle and Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. View in Catalog: "Coordinates of Yes" by Janée J. Baugher. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636, or any SPL branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: 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: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Writing the Picture Book

Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn how to write a picture book story for children! Description: This interactive workshop will look at how to create a memorable character, structure your story and examine the trends in publishing a picture book. Instructor Mindy Hardwick holds an MFA in Writing and teaches classes for educators at Seattle Pacific University. Her picture book, "Finders Keepers," is published with MeeGenius as a picture book app. View in Catalog: "Stained Glass Summer" by Mindy Hardwick. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call 206-386-4636 or any branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, September 29, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

George Packer presents the 2014 A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History

Where: non-library location. Non-Library Location: Town Hall | 1119 Eighth Ave. (8th & Seneca) Seattle WA 98101. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: George Packer discusses his award-winning book “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” an unsettling history of the past three decades in the U.S. Description: Packer tells of the new America by journeying through the lives of several Americans, including a son of tobacco farmers who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money, and a Silicon Valley billionaire who arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these stories with sketches of public figures, from Newt… View in Catalog: "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America" by George Packer. Notes: Library events are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. First come, first seated. Parking is available in adjacent pay lots. Discounted parking is available in the main Convention Center garage, two blocks north of Town Hall, with voucher obtained from any Town Hall staff. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Monday, September 29, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Voices Up: The Story of Our Lives

Where: Wallingford Branch. Room Location: Community meeting room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: This workshop explores short nonfiction, personal essays and flash memoir. Description: Instructor Ann Teplick is a playwright, poet and young adult author. She has taught with Writers in the Schools (WITS), Hugo House and the Pongo Teen Writing Project, which works with incarcerated and at-risk youth to help them express their thoughts and emotions through the written/spoken word. Teplick has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College. View in Catalog: "Books and Podcast" by Ann Teplick. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or any SPL branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Shop the Pop-Up!

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

Customer Appreciation Discount Day

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

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

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

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

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

Seattle Writes: West Seattle Story Weavers: Short Story Writing

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

Earthquake Home Retrofit Workshop

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

Banned Book Films: 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'

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

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

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

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

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

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 4, Room 4 - Boeing Technology Training Center. Audience: Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn about the professional and technical training programs available at South Seattle College and in the Seattle area -- including how to pay for your classes. Description: At this workshop, you will learn about: - Finding your next career path - In-demand careers related to each training - Funding resources - Campus support services for professional & technical training - Campus support services for your employment needs You'll also learn what services The Seattle Public Library offers to assist with your educational needs. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Short-Term to Two-Year College Training Programs

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

Seattle Writes: How to Turn Your Manuscript Into a Book

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

Seattle Writes: West Seattle Story Weavers: Short Story Writing

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

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Greenwood Branch welcomes the 300th meeting of the "It's About Time Writers' Reading Series," featuring author readings and open mics. Description: This month's presentation features Claudia Castro Luna, Erin McCoy and Billie Swift, with a short lecture by Debby Bacharach on the Writer's Craft. Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person. Note: This month’s presentation is being held at the Greenwood Branch because the Ballard Branch will be closed for an in-service day. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM.

Join us for Voyage to “The Origin of Species”

Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Watch science and history come alive with “Voyage to ‘The Origin of Species’: Reminiscences of Charles Darwin”. Description: How did Charles Darwin, a failed medical student and unpromising candidate for the priesthood, come to write “The Origin of Species,” one of the most influential books ever published? In this entertaining talk, Darwin himself (with some assistance from evolutionary biologist and lecturer Pepper Trail) will recount how his country childhood, his voyage on The Beagle, and his vibrant circle of friends and colleagues led him, sometimes reluctantly, to the insights that revolutionized our understanding of… Notes: Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for the weekend rate of $6. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Recorded for Podcast: This event will be recorded for future podcast. Contact Info: *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Poetry Writing

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Whether you’re a new or seasoned poet, join us for writing and reading exercises, craft lectures on structuring poems and developing sensory language, and suggestions for future poetic engagement. Description: Instructor Janée J. Baugher is the author of two collections of poems, holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and teaches at University of Phoenix in Seattle and Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. View in Catalog: "Coordinates of Yes" by Janée J. Baugher. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call Quick Information at 206-286-4636 or any SPL branch. Contact Info: Quick Information 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

PoetsWest

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

Writers Read

Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Description: Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Evening Book Group

Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a book group at the Beacon Hill Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout. Book Description: In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in stories, retired seventh-grade math teacher and lifelong Maine resident Olive Kitteridge is a unique heroine. View in Catalog: "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout. Next Month's Title: “Howard’s End” by E.M. Forster. 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: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seattle Writes: Selling Your Self-Published Book

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

Seattle Writes: West Seattle Story Weavers: Short Story Writing

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

Sound Cycling: Basic Bike Maintenance

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

Seattle Writes: Start Your Novel

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

Songs of Unsung Seattle with the Steve Griggs Ensemble

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

Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking

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

Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups

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

Seattle Writes: Writing the Picture Book

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

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

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

All Ages Board Game Night

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