Bring Your Senses to an Inclusion Festival and StoryWalk® at the Seattle Sensory Garden

The Thing About BeesBring your five senses to the Seattle Sensory Garden this Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to experience a special milestone: The Seattle Public Library’s first in-person Inclusion Festival in two years. Caregivers and kids of all abilities can explore, enjoy a Braille-enhanced StoryWalk® about bees, an ASL-interpreted story time, a pollinator puppet show and more.

Held in partnership with The Arc of King County and Northwest Center, an Inclusion Festival is a program that is inclusive of children and families of all abilities. The Library hosts monthly festivals online, and we’re thrilled to host this outdoor program at the Seattle Sensory Garden, which is located in the northeast corner of Woodland Park Zoo’s Rose Garden at 700 N. 50th St. in Seattle, and is always free to visit.

At 11 a.m., children’s librarian Miss Erin will host a story time featuring “The Thing about Bees: A Love Letter,” by Shabazz Larkin, as well as fun songs, and some bubble-blowing. ASL interpretation will be provided.

At noon, Woodland Park Zoo will present a Pollinator Puppet Show, also with ASL interpretation.

After the puppet show, stop by Woodland Park Zoo’s table to make a seed ball, and visit the accessible, Braille-enhanced StoryWalk® in the Sensory Garden also featuring “The Thing about Bees.” Children and caregivers can wander the trail and enjoy this outdoor reading experience. Continue reading “Bring Your Senses to an Inclusion Festival and StoryWalk® at the Seattle Sensory Garden”

For the Dads

There are lots of feelings for people around Father’s Day – for me having lost my dad six years ago I can find it a little hard emotionally, but there is also a new way for me to celebrate this day and that’s for my husband and son. Rather then focus too much on dad themed stuff to buy I decided to get a few books from the library for bedtime with dad this weekend.

A Father’s Love by Hannan Holt, illustrated by Yee Von Chan and Wild About Dads by Diana Murray, illustrated by Amber Alvarez –  Focusing on the animal kingdom, these two books highlight and celebrate fatherhood showing its many forms of love. They also both give us more in-depth information at the end of the story about the animals themselves. Continue reading “For the Dads”

First Ukrainian Books Added to The Seattle Public Library’s Collections

Ukrainian books

Responding to requests from patrons, The Seattle Public Library has added the first books in Ukrainian to its collection, approximately 120 physical books for adults and children that comprise 95 titles. We will add more titles in Ukrainian this summer.

The Ukrainian books include picture books and chapter books for children and a mix of fiction, nonfiction and poetry books for adults.

“We are delighted to add books that will serve our Ukrainian patrons,” said Rachel Martin, acquisition manager for Collection Services at The Seattle Public Library. “By providing titles in the languages our community speaks, we hope that Library users see themselves reflected in books in the Library and have support maintaining their home language skills.”

Alina Kalian, a Library patron who moved to Seattle from Ukraine in 2018, said her family was very happy to hear about the Ukrainian books. “My son said ‘Let’s order all of them!’” she said. “We want our kids to know, read and learn our melodic, beautiful language, and the Library’s kind help and support is so important.”

Kalian had corresponded with the Library about the need for physical Ukrainian books, especially for seniors and children who might not be used to reading on electronic devices. She said that because of travel restrictions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it is more difficult to access books in Ukrainian, yet very important to her community.

The Ukrainian books for adults are shelved at the Central Library in downtown Seattle on Level 1 in the Literacy, ESL and World Languages department. Children and their caregivers can find titles in the Faye G. Allen Children’s Center. Ukrainian language patrons can also browse and place holds in the Library’s online catalog.

Happy After All in Dari and EnglishThe Library has also added a small selection of children’s picture books that are bilingual in Pashto/English, and Dari/English, responding to requests from Afghan patrons. The picture books are shelved in the children’s areas at the Central Library and the Beacon Hill Branch, and can be found in the online catalog.

TWho Are We in Pashto and Englishhe Library actively collects books in 17 languages as part of its World Language Collections. Books in Chinese, Japanese and Spanish are the highest circulating of the Library’s World Languages collections.

Elisa M., Communications

Gardening with Toddlers

We made a small garden space for my kiddo to play in to get him involved in the growing of things. It’s still mostly dirt play and mud making, which is a delight, but by planting that seed I hope his love for gardening grows as he gets older. Here are a few books in our collection that we’ve added to storytime at home to get him thinking and reading about the garden.

Dig In! by Cynthia L. Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Mary Peterson
What kid doesn’t LOVE dirt?! This book is all about your child getting their hands dirty and what they will find as they play in the garden.

Green Green: a Community Gardening Story by Marie and Baldev Lamba, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
Highlights the growth of community and reclaiming green spaces. Told through quick rhymes and colorful pictures. Continue reading “Gardening with Toddlers”

Día Is Here! Celebrate Children’s Day / Book Day with The Seattle Public Library

Children’s Day/Book Day, commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, families and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. It emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This nationally recognized initiative was founded in 1997 by author and children’s author and poet Pat Mora.

You can celebrate Día this week with activities from The Seattle Public Library in English and Spanish. Find bilingual descriptions of the events and how to register at Here is the lineup. Continue reading “Día Is Here! Celebrate Children’s Day / Book Day with The Seattle Public Library”