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Apr
30
Sat
2016
Seattle Writes: Writing the City – Poetry @ Southwest Library
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

At the Southwest Library Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2–4 pm:

Seattle’s Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, will teach beginning poets how to use the city – and its rich mix of sensory experiences and social interactions – as an inspiration and launch pad for writing poetry.

Our daily engagement with the city is full of sensory experiences, social interactions, memories. What we love and fear, what we dread and long for, the city is witness to it all. We’ll write poems inspired by the place we live in.

Claudia Castro Luna is Seattle’s first Civic Poet, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning and an MFA in poetry. She is a certified K-12 teacher and has taught writing in the schools through Jack Straw. She writes because the flesh remembers even when the mind forgets and moving the hand across a page is a measure of resistance. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Riverbabble, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art and City Arts among others. She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civil War; an excerpt of it appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to accommodate all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or fully-charged laptop to each class.

Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. Find more Seattle Writes programs and resources here.

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Local Author Jack Lewis Reads ‘Head Check’ @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Author Jack Lewis Reads at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble Saturday, April 30 at 4 pm.

Local author Jack Lewis will be reading from his book ‘Head Check, What it Feels Like to Ride Motorcycles’ at the Westwood Village Barnes & Noble on Saturday, April 30 at 4 pm.

Head Check invites readers to take in the color and detail of a rider’s life vividly realized, richly observed, and transcendently described.

During his tenure at Motorcyclist magazine, Jack Lewis has touched readers around the world not only through his incandescent prose riffs and self-effacing humor, but also through a consistent and deeply felt humanity.

This collection of magazine features and columns alongside personally published web pieces and new material may be populated by motorcycles, but it centers around the varied experiences of riders (and their tolerant keepers) in a world where risk is a bet you make with yourself for purposes that must always transcend mere recreation.

More Information available at http://litsam.com/jack-lewis-returns-to-seattle/.

May
6
Fri
2016
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Judy Bentley @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Local author, hiker, historian and professor, Judy Bentley, about her new book, ‘Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities’ at Barnes & Noble (Westwood Village) for “Words, Writers & West Seattle” First-Friday Book Talk on May 6th, 2016. Her book features walks in ten cities in Washington State, narrating a period when the city was significant to the history of Washington. Her presentation will be supported by many “then and now” photographs from all ten cities, including an interactive “Can you guess which city?” part.

This free book-talk will be the 32nd installment of the monthly “Words, Writers & West Seattle” series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. It will take place at 5 pm Friday, May 6th, 2016, at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities, a follow-up to Bentley’s bestselling Hiking Washington’s History, showcases the state’s engaging urban history through guided walks in ten major cities. Using narrated walks, maps, and historic photographs, Bentley reveals each city’s aspirations. She begins in Vancouver, established as a fur trade emporium on a plain above the Columbia River, and ends with Bellevue, a bedroom community turned edge city. In between, readers crisscross the state, with walks through urban Olympia, Walla Walla, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Yakima, and Spokane. Whether people pass through these cities as tourists or set out to explore their home terrain, they will discover both the visible and invisible markers of Washington history underfoot.

Judy Bentley writes hiking guides, history, and biography and is emeritus faculty at South Seattle College. She is the author of Hiking Washington’s History, and (with Lorraine McConaghy) Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master. Bentley has written 17 books, including hiking and walking guides to Washington State, biographies, and books for young adults on contemporary issues. She has also led history walks and bike rides for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society in Alki, Delridge, Pigeon Point, Riverside, and Me-Kwa-Mooks Park.

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next First Friday book-talk is scheduled for June 3rd and will feature Lisa Richesson and her memoir, White Mother, Black Sons. For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum.info/events/words-writers-and-west-seattle.

Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” by phone at 206-280-9983 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

May
9
Mon
2016
Seattle Reads ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ book group @ Southwest Library
May 9 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us at the Southwest Branch Library for a discussion of the 2016 Seattle Reads featured work, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler.

Book Description: A smart, funny, heartbreaking novel about a middle-class American family – ordinary in every way except one – that explores what it means to be human.

View in Catalog: “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

Next Month’s Title: “Just Kids” by Patti Smith

This group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless otherwise noted.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Seattle Reads ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ book group @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
May 9 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us at the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library for a discussion of the 2016 Seattle Reads featured work, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler.

Book Description: A smart, funny, heartbreaking novel about a middle-class American family – ordinary in every way except one – that explores what it means to be human.

View in Catalog: “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

Next Month’s Title: “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” by Sherman Alexie

This group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless otherwise noted.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

May
16
Mon
2016
Afternoon book group @ Southwest Library
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon book group at the Southwest Library. This month’s title is “Animal Dreams” by Barbara Kingsolver.

Book Description: “Animals dream about the things they do in the daytime just like people do. If you want sweet dreams, you’ve got to live a sweet life.” So says Loyd Peregrina, a handsome Apache trainman and latter-day philosopher. But when Codi Noline returns to her hometown, Loyd’s advice is painfully out of her reach. Dreamless and at the end of her rope, Codi comes back to Grace, Arizona, to confront her past and face her ailing, distant father. What she finds is a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe, some startling clues to her own identity, and a man whose view of the world could change the course of her life.

Blending flashbacks, dreams, and Native American legends, Animal Dreams is a suspenseful love story and a moving exploration of life’s largest commitments.

View in Catalog “Animal Dreams” by Barbara Kingsolver

Next Month’s Title: “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe

This group meets the third Monday of the month at 2 pm, except during months with a Monday holiday.

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.

Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

May
17
Tue
2016
Evening book group @ High Point Library
May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us for a book group at the High Point Library, 6:30–7:45 pm. Join us for a discussion of the 2016 Seattle Reads featured work, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler.

Book description: A smart, funny, heartbreaking novel about a middle-class American family – ordinary in every way except one – that explores what it means to be human.

View in Catalog: “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

Next month’s title: “Wild Swans” by Jung Chang

This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

May
21
Sat
2016
The Friendshop Pop Up @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
May 21 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

The FriendShop will be popping up on the front steps of the West Seattle Branch Library Saturday May 21, 2016 from 11:30 am–3:30 pm. The FriendShop Pop Up is a sampling of items from the Central Library gift shop including book totes, mugs and gifts for book lovers. There will also be a selection of children’s previously-read books and adult fiction all for sale at $1 each. Please join us for a book-loving afternoon.

Members will receive two free hard cover fiction books as a member benefit. Renew or join today!

Your support helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library.

All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library. Additional information and photo are available at http://www.friendsofspl.org/friendshop.php

May
22
Sun
2016
Seattle Reads: Meet Author Karen Joy Fowler @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Come meet Karen Joy Fowler and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Fowler’s novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in 2016 Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Karen Joy Fowler visits Seattle May 20-22.

Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her sister. Then something happens and Fern disappears from the family. The novel explores memory, family life, childhood, child rearing, what it means to be human.

View in Catalog: “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

Seattle Reads is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Penguin Random House Library Marketing. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Limited free parking and street parking are available at the branch. Note: The Library will open at its regular Sunday time of 1 p.m. The West Seattle Branch Meeting Room only will open at 11:30 a.m. for this event.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Jun
25
Sat
2016
Friends of SPL’s 75th Anniversary Tote Giveaway @ Delridge Library
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library will be visiting all of the library branches this calendar year to give away 75th Anniversary tote bags.

Join us in celebrating 75 years and pick up a free bag to carry your library books! Bags will be given away on a first come, first serve basis on June 25th, 2–3 pm at the Delridge Library.

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting our Library as an essential institution of society and supporting its mission and vision. Our volunteer members advocate for, educate about, and raise funds on behalf of The Library.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

More at www.friendsofspl.org

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