10 Things to Do in November Through The Seattle Public Library

It’s almost November, a good time to rediscover the joys of the great indoors. Here is a sampler of interesting and useful things to do through The Seattle Public Library  as we sink deeper into fall and the daylight hours wane. All are free, of course, but some programs do require registration.

For much more, see our giant list of 50+ things to do through the Library, which we recently updated at www.spl.org/50things.

  1. Author Kwame Alexander celebrates the release of his new book at the Hugo House on Friday, Nov. 4.

    Get inspired at an author event. The first week of November brings amazing authors and creators to the Library. On Friday, Nov. 4, Oglala Lakota chef Sean Sherman, who has won several James Beard awards, will talk about the revolution of Indigenous foods at the Central Library. On that same night, Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander will celebrate the release of his latest book, “The Door of No Return” at the Hugo House. And on Monday, Nov. 7, Pulizer Prize winning author and historian Ada Ferrer will give the annual Bullitt Lecture on American History about Cuba.

  1. See live music, watch a movie: The Central Library is once again hosting monthly movies and concerts. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a free screening of two documentaries from the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival. And on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Ladies Musical Club returns with a noontime concert featuring solo works for piano and cello.
  2. Browse the ZAPP zine collection. In conjunction with the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival this weekend, the Library is opening its ZAPP zine collection for the first time in three years this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. Located on Level 7 in the Central Library, ZAPP contains more 30,000 zines, minicomics, self-published and small press titles. Tip: Combine a visit to ZAPP with an event at 1 p.m. with local cartoonist Megan Kelso. (P.S.: Shout-out to The Seattle Public Library Foundation for supporting ZAPP.)

    ZAPP Zine collection
    ZAPP Zine collection
  3. Write on with #NaNoWriMo2022. Get support with your National Novel Writing Month goals with inspiring lectures from local writers on Seattle Writes – YouTube channel. Or join a Virtual Writes session with the Richard Hugo House, which happens on Nov. 9 and Nov. 15 this month. (Note you have to preregister with Hugo House to get the link to the class.)
  4. Role-playing gamesPlay a role-playing game: Learn Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder and Call of Cthulhu and other games by checking out one of the Library’s small collection of tabletop role-playing game books. Browse this BiblioCommons list to get started or go to the catalogue to search. Tip: You can print out character sheets with your 10 free weekly black and white pages at the Library.
  1. Get your ducks in a row: Need to get started on a will? Our “Ducks in a Row” series for older adults is a series of virtual events that shares the nuts and bolts of difficult end-of-life topics, including advanced care directives (Nov.2), funeral planning (Nov. 9), estate planning (Nov. 16) and more.
  2. Improve your personal credit: Our Library to Business program is offering a three-part series in November with all kinds of practical credit tips. Learn how to check your credit, clean up your credit, dispel common myths about credit, and more. Tierra Bonds, CEO of Take Charge Credit Consulting will facilitate free virtual workshops on 15, Nov. 22 and Nov. 29. Tip: The workshops will be live interpreted in Spanish.
  3. Brush up your resume. Want to start a job search in the new year? You can use Tutor.com’s services for adult learners to connect to their career center and get help with resume writing, practice interviews and more. Sign up for a Your Next Job appointment for one-on-one help with your resume, job applications and much more.

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11 New or Unexpected Things to Do at The Seattle Public Library This Fall

Library card

Did you know that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month? It’s a good reminder not just to get or renew your Library card (available in minutes at www.spl.org/Card), but also to brush up on all that a Library card enables you to do.

With that in mind, we put together this sampling of interesting and useful things to do through The Seattle Public Library this fall, many of which don’t even require a card. For much, much, much more, see our giant list of 50+ things to do through the Library, which we’ve just updated at www.spl.org/50things.

  1. Revisit the iconic Central Library. Now that the Central Library’s  public spaces
    Don’t miss a visit to the Central Library’s iconic Red Floor (Level 4) reopened to the public in July 2022.

    are reopened,  it’s a great time to visit: Walk the innovative nonfiction Book Spiral from Levels 6-9, visit the Reading Room on Level 10 and gawk at the views (the Spiral and Reading Room are open Tuesday-Thursday during open hours), find the hidden murals, book a music practice room on Level 9 (Library card needed), and browse with your kids in the light-filled Children’s Center. And don’t forget the Red Floor. on Level 4. Check out this self-guided tour to get started.

2. Get free Homework Help from a trained tutor. After a 2.5-year pandemic pause, the Library’s free, drop-in afterschool tutoring program (www.spl.org/HomeworkHelp) has restarted at six branches: The Columbia, Douglass-Truth, High Point, Lake City, NewHolly and Rainier Beach branches. It’s available for all students in grades K-12, and you don’t need a reservation or a Library card to participate. Check each branch’s schedule on the Homework Help page. (Tip: Virtual tutoring is also available daily at www.spl.org/VirtualTutoring.)

Scan EZ machine for faxing and scanning
A ScanEZ machine for faxing and scanning in the Central Library’s Mixing Chamber

3. Scan and fax for free. The Library offers free high-speed scanning and faxing through ScanEZ kiosks at 16 Library locations (described by one Library staffmember as “Best. Machine. Ever”). You can also print up to 10 black-and-white pages and 3 color pages per week for free (all Library locations have printers).

4. Learn to paint, draw and dance  from your home. The Library partners with Silver Kite to offer virtual arts classes in everything from beginning drawing to essay writing. Explore at www.spl.org/calendar. These classes are geared towards people who are 50 and over, but all are welcome.

The Read-Along collection at the Central Library’s Children’s Center

5. Borrow a picture book that does the reading for you. Here’s a gift for tired parents. You can now borrow from the Library’s new collection of “Read-Along” picture books, which come with an attached (and very compact) MP3 player on the inside front cover that reads the book aloud to your child in a way that allows them to follow along. The Read-Along collection includes 50 titles and 500 copies; look for them in any branch’s children’s section, or ask a staff member.

Jekeva Phillips
Jekeva Phillips brings the page to the stage with Bibliophilia! every night from Sept. 27 to 30.

6. Get inspired by a performance or author reading. The Library has relaunched in-person author events, with many terrific events planned for fall 2022, including Biliophilia! literary / improv festival this week, and three events with Seattle Reads author Jose Luis Urrea from Oct. 19-20. Many events are also now livestreamed to make them more accessible. Find details and how to register at www.spl.org/calendar. Continue reading “11 New or Unexpected Things to Do at The Seattle Public Library This Fall”

50+ Free Things You Can Do Through The Seattle Public Library

The interior of the Central LibraryWant to learn a language, improve your job skills, find free one-on-one tutoring, download new songs, learn web design, or find a read-aloud for your child?

You can do all of these things and much more through The Seattle Public Library. A dozen or so of the activities in this list do not even require a Library card.

Happy exploring, escaping and learning! And yes, this is just a sampling. Find many more programs, services, and, of course, our collections, at spl.org and at our 27 locations. (Note: We will regularly update this list, so check back. Add your favorite thing that we missed in the comments!) Continue reading “50+ Free Things You Can Do Through The Seattle Public Library”

Tenth Annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF). The festival, which shares Asian American independent films with Pacific Northwest audiences, takes place March 3 through March 13.

All 102 films in the SAAFF’s 2022 program (including 13 feature-length films, 12 shorts programs, and 2 free programs) are available for virtual screenings. SAAFF is also offering 5 in-person screenings, including 4 drive-in screening events.

The 2022 SAAFF programming also includes films that commemorate the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the 110th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. Check out the film guide to learn about all the films included in this year’s lineup. Information about tickets, scheduling, FAQs, and more can be found here.

Librarians at The Seattle Public Library have created lists of books, films, and online resources to enhance your experience of the festival:

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Stream Your Own MLK Day Film Fest

As the ongoing pandemic presents challenges for those seeking to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday in ways that are both meaningful and safe, we invite you to stream your own Martin Luther King Jr. film festival. The following documentaries from our collection are all available to stream, right now. (New to streaming movies from your library? Find out more here.) Why not dedicate some time this MLK Day to explore the great man’s legacy, and the enduring cause of civil rights for which he sacrificed so much, and for which so many continue to struggle.

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  • I Am MLK Jr. Following his journey across the mountaintops and valleys while capturing the Civil Rights Movement at large, the film provides intimate, firsthand insights on Dr. King, and an ongoing movement that is as important today as when Dr. King first shone a light on the plight of his fellow African Americans.
  • Black America since MLK : and still I rise. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history, asking profound questions about the state of black America, and our nation as a whole.
  • King in the Wilderness. Drawing on revelatory stories from his inner circle of friends, this documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the volatile last three years of his life, from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in April 1968
  • King: A Filmed Record : Montgomery to Memphis. Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, this monumental 1970 documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968 has been newly restored by the Library of Congress.
  • A Ripple of Hope. On the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Robert F. Kennedy went to Indiana and made one of the great political speeches of the 20th century. The inspiring moment in American history is told through interviews from those who were in the crowd that night.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day : making of a holiday. Paying lip service to Dr. King’s message is one thing, creating a national holiday is quite another. This is the story of how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birthday became a national holiday.
  • Let the Children March. In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. An animated adaptation of Monica Clark-Robinson’s moving and poetic book for young readers and viewers.

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