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VOTING: Kids’ ballot-box parade, park vote planned on Puget Ridge

)(WSB file photo)

Next weekend doesn’t just bring Halloween – it’ll also be the last weekend before Election Day. A unique celebration is planned on Puget Ridge. The announcement is from Stu Hennessey:

Following a harvest festival and crafts party where kids will vote on the future of their world within our neighborhood, we will be having a kids’ parade to our local ballot box at South Seattle College, at Puget Ridge Edible Park, 5265 18th Ave. SW, West Seattle, Sunday, November 1st. Kids’ parade to the ballot box starts at 1 pm.

This event is our effort to introduce children to the democratic process, giving them some voice in real decision-making that will affect a child’s view of their own neighborhood. In replacement of the traditional Halloween activities that will be curtailed due to Covid-19 we are offering a harvest festival and crafts party at Puget Ridge Edible Park. From 11 am to 1 pm, the children can do crafts and activities as well as vote for future activities and events at their local edible park. At 1 pm they will parade a short walk to the ballot box at South Seattle College to celebrate participation in democracy and take photos. A separate and smaller ballot box will be placed beside the official box.

The event is planned, Stu adds, “with wide separation and required mask wearing to comply with COVID-19 CDC and state guidelines. Any groups formed will be separated within their group and far away from any other group.”

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: Pier 18 bearing release expected this week; Community Task Force meets Wednesday

Two key notes about the week ahead for the West Seattle Bridge, now in its 8th month of closure:

PIER 18 BEARING RELEASE: SDOT says the stabilization crew plans to release this stuck bearing – originally explained here – this week. Above is an SDOT photo of the temporary brace for that pier. It’s noted in this week’s stabilization update, published today. Once the stuck bearing is released, contractor Kraemer NA moves on to building a new one. More carbon-fiber wrapping is ahead, too.

COMMUNITY TASK FORCE MEETING WEDNESDAY: Now that they’ve had a week to review the Cost-Benefit Analysis, this volunteer advisory group is expected to share its thoughts with the mayor as she prepares to decide on repair now/replace later vs. replace now. The meeting is at noon Wednesday (October 28th), and the viewing link is here. (If there’s any last-minute change, as there was last week, you can check the streaming service’s YouTube channel.)

TRAFFIC ALERT: Delridge/Edmunds mishap

1:57 PM: The photo is from.a texter who reports, “Construction crews knocked down a pole at Edmunds and Delridge just now and there are live wires in the street. They are having cars turn around.”

2:07 PM: Our texter updates that some traffic is now getting by.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Fauntleroy/Edmunds shooting followup; 35th SW gunfire

We obtained the SPD report narratives today on two Friday night/early Saturday incidents:

FAUNTLEROY/EDMUNDS SHOOTING: The report doesn’t shine much light on the shooting that happened just before midnight Friday night (here’s our original coverage). It says the victim was shot in the left shoulder, lower abdomen, and left leg, and “was extremely uncooperative and refused to give any information about the suspect or where the shooting took place.” Police spoke with people who reported hearing the shots but no one who actually saw the gunfire; some said they saw/heard a vehicle speed away and gave differing descriptions of the vehicle – including the “red F-250” noted in our report, but also a “dark SUV” – as well as differing descriptions of a possible suspect. Police checked the area but did not find any shell casings.

35TH SW GUNFIRE: We only heard a bit about this at the time but later found an incident number so we could request the report today. Just before 2 am Saturday, police got a call from a couple who said someone in another car had fired shots at theirs near 35th/Barton. The shooter’s car had passed theirs westbound on SW Barton at “extremely high speed,” they said, and they flipped its driver off, doing that again when they caught up with the other car at the 35th/Barton stoplight. After they turned northbound onto 35th, the other driver followed them, they said, and someone in that car shot at theirs, breaking out the rear window and causing other damage, with what police eventually counted as evidence of 24 hits. No projectiles were found, and no one was hurt. The car from which the shots were fired was described only as a silver sedan missing its rear plate.

2 more ways to help local students

From the WSB inbox, two more school-support-group fundraisers:

BUTTER BRAIDS: From the West Seattle Booster Club: “Stock up on delicious Butter Braids for the holidays and support WSHS Booster Club! These mouth-watering pastries come frozen. Simply thaw the butter braid overnight, pop it in the oven the next morning, layer on the pre-made icing and enjoy! Each butter braid will easily serve 4-6 people. Order online through this link by Friday, October 30th.” Contact Melanie at melanetheilen@msn.com for more information.

DISCOUNT CHINOOK BOOKS: The Lafayette Elementary PTA is selling digital subscriptions to Chinook Book for $10 (usually $15) to support the students of Lafayette. Get yours here.

Let us know about your school/nonprofit fundraiser, if it’s something the wider community can help with! westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you.

WEST SEATTLE MONDAY: It’s Hallo-week!

(Giant spider in The Junction, part of Harvest Fest)

Here’s what’s up today/tonight, as Hallo-week continues:

HARVEST FEST SCAVENGER HUNT: Get the map from participating businesses and wander The Junction through Saturday. Go here to see who’s in, and what else is happening during this year’s fall celebration.

SPOOKY TRIVIA: In conjunction with Harvest Fest, Pegasus Book Exchange is presenting this online at 7:30 pm tonight. Prizes, as previewed here Register by emailing pegasusbookexchange@gmail.com.

SHOPPING EVENT: Received from Doll Parts Collective:

Join us at Doll Parts Collective this evening (10/26) for our first Manic Monday shopping event! We know y’all need an excuse to dress up for Halloween this year that *isn’t* a Zoom social hour, so we are opening our doors for a little spooky fun! We will be open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with Halloween-themed treats, creepy jams, and lots of great vintage! Come in costume and receive 10% off your purchase.

Note: we are following necessary safety practices to help prevent the spread of COVID. Please wear your face covering and do not come to our event if you’re feeling unwell. We hope to make our Manic Monday event a monthly series, so you can always catch the next one!

hALLOWEEN DECORATIONS: Thanks to everyone continuing to send them – we’ve added more to the list on the WSB Halloween page, listed by neighborhood!

ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Monday 10/26 watch

6:16 AM: Welcome to Monday – the 217th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.

ROAD WORK, ETC.

*Delridge project: Starting today, SW Alaska closes east of Delridge. Here are details for the week ahead.

CHECK THE TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO

New cameras! In addition to the West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way cameras we mentioned Friday, there’s now a Highland Park Way/Holden camera too – see it here:

Meantime – here’s the 5-way intersection camera (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Here’s the restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:

The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:

The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:

Going through South Park? Don’t speed.

Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about any of those bridges opening for marine traffic.

You can see all local traffic cams here (we’re adding the new Highland Park Way cameras later today); locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

TRANSIT

MetroFare collection has resumed.

Water Taxi – Also no longer free.

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 10/25 roundup

Wrapping up our weekend, here are tonight’s pandemic notes:

KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: First, the cumulative totals from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*26,341 people have tested positive, up 160 from yesterday’s total

*789 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total

*2,537 people have been hospitalized, up 10 from yesterday’s total

*529,204 people have been tested, up 3,083 from yesterday’s total

One week ago, the King County totals were 25,097/785/2,480/485,294.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 42.9 million cases and 1,152,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.

STILL NEED A FLU SHOT? Health authorities say it’s more important than ever this year. so the respiratory illness that’s preventable doesn’t put you more at risk for the one that’s not. Three more drive-up/walk-up clinics outside West Seattle schools are scheduled this week – and they’re open to everyone, free if you’re uninsured. See the list, and how to get your appointment, here.

PANDEMIC-STYLE HALLOWEEN: From decorations you can enjoy while driving by or walking by, to no-contact trick-or-treat events, here’s our West Seattle Halloween guide (and check it daily as we continue adding decoration locations!).

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT? OR? westseattleblog@gmail.com or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!

Local PE legends Sue and Bud Turner get an artistic tribute along a busy West Seattle street

That photo is the inspiration for the newest signal-box portrait painted by West Seattle artist Desmond Hansen – this time, commissioned as a surprise for the couple in the photo.

That’s Sue Turner, retired Sanislo Elementary School PE teacher, who worked at the school for more than 30 years. She “touched a lot of lives,” according to the group of Sanislo alumni who gathered Saturday morning to surprise her with the box, which is on 16th SW just north of SW Holden, just half a mile from Sanislo:

The portrait depicts Sue with her husband Bud Turner (who was not well enough to be there Saturday). He is a retired educator too and led the Seattle Public Schools PE department until the early 2000s. Together the Turners founded SCATS, a legendary program described this way by The Seattle Times in 2002:

… a child acrobatic team featuring the most skilled tumblers, jump-ropers, unicyclists, jugglers, and handwalkers at Seattle’s Sanislo and Dearborn Park elementary schools. You may have seen them at Sonics and Husky halftimes. Little kids juggling toilet plungers, zooming on unicycles tall as basketball backboards, leapfrogging through each other’s legs (upside-down) while jumping double-Dutch rope.

The Turners’ influence spread beyond Seattle, too – they wrote six well-regarded books for PE teachers.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire ‘full response’ in 5000 block of Delridge Way SW

7:11 PM: A “full response” from Seattle Fire is headed to the 5000 block of Delridge Way SW for a reported building fire. Updates to come.

7:16 PM: Firefighters have radioed that it was a small kitchen fire, extinguished by the apartment’s occupant, so they’re downsizing the response.

7:23 PM: Though they’re wrapping up, firefighters radioed that Delridge will be blocked in the area (map) for another 15 minutes or so.

WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 10 avians in autumn

We have a mini-tradition going – if the Seahawks are on TV, we feature birds on WSB. So here’s the latest edition, with 10 views of your feathered neighbors, photographed by WSB readers. Above, Jerry Simmons‘ photo of a Steller’s Jay enjoying peanuts. He also photographed this Anna’s Hummingbird:

Another hummingbird view – video as one tried to ride out the wind for a while, recorded by Troy Sterk:

Mark Wangerin caught one in flight:

He also photographed a Townsend’s Warbler:

And this Northern Flicker:

Here’s a Chestnut-backed Chickadee with a Douglas Fir seed, photographed by Robin Sinner:

Mark MacDonald found a Wilson’s Warbler going after a spider in Arbor Heights:

And a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Lincoln Park:

Finally, a Gull undaunted by the size of its potential prey, photographed by Stewart L.

And if you haven’t seen the eagle photos featured in today’s daily preview – go here. Thanks to everyone for sharing what they’re seeing – westseattleblog@gmail.com or 206-293-6302, from birds to breaking news!

SURVEY: Your annual chance to comment on community crime, safety, policing

For the sixth year, Seattle University is conducting the annual Public Safety Survey citywide. As explained here, the goal is to collect “qualitative and quantitative data about perceptions of crime and safety from those who live and/or work in Seattle.” (Here’s how local 2018 results were described in 2019, for example.) While the survey is conducted independently of SPD, the department does get a report on the results, which are used to help shape micro-community policing plans, among other things. The survey is available in 11 languages, linked here. If you don’t have time for it today, it’ll be open until the end of November.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen motorcycle; another apartment-garage break-in; found red Razor scooter

Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

STOLEN MOTORCYCLE: The photo and report are from Michelle in Pigeon Point:

During the late Monday, early Tuesday hours of October 20th, at least two people are involved in the theft of a motorcycle from our driveway, where it was parked approximately 6ft from the front door of our home. We live in a small subdivision off of Andover and 22nd, the bike had to be pushed uphill past the doors and windows of 4 surrounding apartments to reach Andover and moved elsewhere. It is a 2005 Honda XR 650L, red and white, plate # 1G1910. It has a missing passenger peg, handwarmers, aftermarket side mirrors and a small cargo platform on the back with several bungee cords attached. When it was stolen it had a full tank of gas, making it weigh around 400lbs, hence our assumption that two people would be needed to push it uphill to the street. We filed a police report.

If you see it, call 911.

ANOTHER APARTMENT GARAGE BREAK-IN: From Alyssa at 40th/Edmunds:

Woke up Tuesday morning (10/20/20) to find my lock cut by bolt cutters on my storage unit. Over 50 pounds of collectible coins and baseball cards inherited from my deceased grandfather were taken along with DSLR cameras with extra lenses. They broke into the secure parking garage of Broadstone Sky and took from multiple storage units. Also broke into bike storage and took lots of bikes. Keep an eye on your stuff, by the amount they took it seems like more than one person.

FOUND RAZOR SCOOTER: From the “likely stolen and dumped” file – Lori sent the photo and report:

This red Razor scooter has been sitting under some trees on the corner of Erskine Way SW and 46th Ave. SW for over a week.

Rotary Club of West Seattle: Anniversary ahead, and a global-health fight

(WSB photo, 2014 West Seattle Grand Parade)

For the Rotary Club of West Seattle, “End Polio Now” isn’t just a slogan. The club sends this progress report on the weekend of World Polio Day, plus news of an anniversary ahead:

The Rotary Club of West Seattle will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world while urging the community to help end the paralyzing disease

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain\ committed to the end.

With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising $50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million.

The Rotary Club of West Seattle will be celebrating 73 years of service to the community on November 6th. Join us as we all work to eradicate Polio for good!

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world. Visit endpolio.org to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.

West Seattle Rotary meets on Tuesdays at noon via Zoom. Email amyleed@soundgenerations.org if you’d like to join as a guest.

DELRIDGE PROJECT: Another street closure this week

Following this weekend’s closure of SW Edmunds at Delridge, another closure is ahead for the ongoing project (re)paving the way for RapidRide H Line. As announced by SDOT:

Temporary street closure at SW Alaska St and Delridge Way SW

Beginning Monday, October 26, we will be fully closing the east side of SW Alaska St at Delridge Way SW to rebuild the roadway. This closure is expected to last through the end of next week. Please contact us if you have any concerns about accessibility during this work. People wishing to access Delridge Way SW are encouraged to detour to SW Edmunds St via Cottage Pl SW.

Another major work site in the week ahead:

Upcoming night work near SW Brandon St on Tuesday, October 27

We are scheduled to work overnight on October 27 in collaboration with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to complete underground pipework. SPU will coordinate timing and residents will be notified in advance of impacts to water service. Please contact Seattle Public Utilities’ 24/7 service line at (206) 389-1800 if you experience any issues with your water service. This overnight work is scheduled to last one night.

You can see the full weekly bulletin for the project by going here.

WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY: Here’s what’s happening

(Photo by Gary Jones)

What’s ahead for your Sunday, accompanied by three of the photos we’ve received in recent days showing Bald Eagles at Alki Point:

ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Updated listings and links for 23 West Seattle churches – find them here.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; pickups for online orders are at California/Oregon)

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION: 10 am-1:30 pm near the market’s entrance/exit, look for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. (California/Alaska)

ALKI UCC DONATION DRIVE: Alki UCC is having another of its periodic donation drives, 10 am-3 pm outside the church , food and clothing:

Food and basic supplies such as toilet paper and diapers are distributed through the White Center Food Bank. We’re accepting school supplies for all grades on behalf of one or more local schools to be distributed when students are back at in-person learning. Donations of clean, new, or used men’s casual/work clothing are distributed through the Westside Interfaith Network’s hot lunch program for people experiencing homelessness, The Welcome Table. Thank you again for supporting our most vulnerable neighbors in this challenging time.

(6115 SW Hinds)

(Photo by Jim Borrow)

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)

FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center. (9600 15th Ave SW)

HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS: The growing list is on our Halloween page.

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

Anything else happening? Let us know – text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

UPDATE: Crash at West Marginal/Highland Park Way

1:46 AM: Seattle Fire has a rescue-extrication response headed to a crash at West Marginal/Highland Park Way. SFD says it’s a three-car collision. Avoid the area.

1:54 AM: SFD says two people are trapped in a vehicle.

2:10 AM: Reported over emergency radio, everyone’s been extricated; SFD says they will be taken to the hospital.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: We asked SFD about the patients’ conditions. Spokesperson David Cuerpo replied, “First patient sustained no injuries and did not require medical treatment. Second patient was a 19 year old female in stable condition and was transported to HMC by our crews.”

UPDATE: Alki Avenue crash atop the seawall, and aftermath

12:47 AM: The reader who texted these photos says this crash happened in the vicinity of 1238 Alki Avenue SW, and that the driver took out a “garden, bench, fire hydrant, light pole … hitting the light pole probably saved the car from going into the water.”

No SFD medical dispatch, so apparently no injuries.

10:26 AM: Tweets by Beat confirms this is being investigated as DUI. Meantime, Stewart L. sends photos of the aftermath:

The texter last night mentioned that the driver also took out “Siriya’s garden.” Siriya is a neighborhood resident who tends a path of planting strip there. Stewart sent before/after photos:

Stewart says, “I say hi to Siriya all the time as I stroll past her garden that she lovingly tends to, and to see all of her work plowed over in a second was really upsetting. She works so hard on this to beautify the neighborhood.”

CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 10/24 roundup, including the weekly West Seattle trend check

We’re in our 8th month of bringing you nightly news and notes related to the virus crisis:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: First, here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:

*26,181 people have tested positive, 212 more than yesterday’s total

*789 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total

*2,527 people have been hospitalized, 2 more than yesterday’s total

*526,121 people have been tested, 2,854 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 24,992/785/2,478/501,711.

WEST SEATTLE TREND: Here’s our weekly check of this stat, with numbers accessible in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, combining the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” In the past 2 weeks, 43 positive test results were reported; 60 in the 2 weeks before that; 50 in the two weeks before that – so we have a downward trend going, which was also the case when we checked this trend last Saturday night.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 42.5 million people have tested positive, and more than 1,149,000 people have died; U.S. deaths have passed 224,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Russia, Brazil, France (which passed Argentina this week to become #5). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

DONATION DRIVES TOMORROW: First – the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is at California/Alaska every Sunday, by the Farmers’ Market entrance, continuing tomorrow, 10 am-1:30 pm, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. … Second, Alki UCC is having another of its periodic donation drives, 10 am-3 pm outside the church (6115 SW Hinds), food and clothing:

Food and basic supplies such as toilet paper and diapers are distributed through the White Center Food Bank. We’re accepting school supplies for all grades on behalf of one or more local schools to be distributed when students are back at in-person learning. Donations of clean, new, or used men’s casual/work clothing are distributed through the Westside Interfaith Network’s hot lunch program for people experiencing homelessness, The Welcome Table. Thank you again for supporting our most vulnerable neighbors in this challenging time.

CONTACT-FREE HALLOWEEN: Local events – and decorations you can enjoy while walking or driving by – are listed on our newly launched Halloween page.

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? westseattleblog@gmail.com or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!

GRATITUDE: Here’s what the West Seattle High School senior-class dine-out fundraiser dished up

Last Wednesday, 10 West Seattle food businesses donated part of their proceeds to the West Seattle High School Class of 2021 – and tonight, class president Ella Richardson tells us how it went:

The West Seattle High School Senior ASB wants to thank everyone who supported us by participating in our Dine-Out Day this past Wednesday! We raised $2,788, almost three times our original goal. We are so grateful for the support in our community.

We would to like to give a special thanks to the following local businesses who supported us: Circa, Arthur’s, Lady Jaye, Mission, The Westy, Peel and Press, Bebop Waffle Shop, The Admiral Pub, Ampersand Cafe, Dream Dinners, Vain Salon, and Cre8 Contracting. We would also like to shoutout Gretchen, the owner of Circa, for rallying restaurants to join the fundraiser.

For those who are interested in directly donating to the Senior Class, here is the link to donate . Another way to support us is by purchasing a delicious pre-made frozen meal from Dream Dinners, who will be continuing our partnership until November 14th. Click this link for more information.

EARLY VOTING: Seattle passes 50% turnout with 10 days to go

The collage is by Ruthi Winter of Beach Drive Art Studio, who’s been making art to encourage early voting, and tonight we have word of another milestone – Seattle has passed 50% turnout with 10 days to go until Election Day. Tonight’s tally from King County Elections – 254,593 of 496,224 Seattle ballots already received. That includes ballots from KCE drop boxes (here’s the list/map) and USPS mail. In the drop-box counts – which lag to some degree, only updated in the morning – West Seattle’s leader is The Junction’s drop box (SW Alaska, south side, between California and 44th), with 10,648, followed by High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond) with 7,983, and South Seattle College (6000 16th SW, the illuminated signboard points you to the entrance) with 1,385.

HALLOWEEN: Decoration locations & more on our seasonal page

(By Christopher Boffoli)

If you missed the mention in today’s event list — this year’s WSB Halloween page is now live. Though many of the traditional seasonal events have been canceled because of the pandemic, some no-contact celebrations are on, so they’re listed, as are the decoration locations suggested by readers. Still plenty of time to add more; email westseattleblog@gmail.com if you have (or have seen) fun decorations or if you know of a distanced event we don’t have yet!

Seattle Public Library bringing back due dates

In case you missed the announcement this past week – the Seattle Public Library is bringing back due dates. Here’s the announcement:

That stack of books and DVDs you’ve had since March? We’re ready for them to come back! Starting Nov. 1, staggered due dates will be applied to all physical materials currently checked out from The Seattle Public Library. Due dates were suspended when Library buildings were closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Now that Curbside Pickup and book return services are in full swing, it’s important we get books and other materials back to ensure a well-stocked collection for patrons who are ready to check out new items,” said Bo Kinney, managing librarian for the Library’s Circulation Services.

Loan periods will remain the same as they were prior to the Library’s COVID-19 closure: three weeks for most materials and two weeks for DVDs and Peak Picks titles. Patrons will be contacted individually about specific due dates and return options.

BOOK DROPS OPEN DAILY

The Library is now accepting returns at 13 Library locations [in West Seattle – High Point and Southwest]. No appointment is necessary to return materials. Book drops are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until they are full.

Two weeks before a patron’s due date, a one-time email notice will be sent asking for materials to be returned and providing information about return options. We will also be sending regular due date reminders and other notices, available by email, phone, and text message. See spl.org/notifications for more detail. To pick up new holds while returning books, visit the Library’s Curbside Service page for locations, hours and appointment options.

NO MORE LATE FINES

The Library no longer charges daily late fines for overdue items, thanks to the 2019 Library Levy, and, if no one else is waiting, an item may be renewed up to three times. However, patrons are still responsible for returning items on time. If an item is kept 31 days past the due date, a patron’s Library account will be temporarily suspended and some digital media services will not be accessible until all overdue items are returned. (Normally, a patron’s account would be suspended if an item is kept 14 days past its due date, but that rule has been relaxed during this time.)

As for when SPL will reopen for in-building service – they’re still working on that.