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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Winter Break Boredom Busters: 12 Family-Friendly Streaming Picks at the Library

When it comes to raising kids, the years might be short, but the days are very long during winter break, especially when it’s pouring rain outside, and you’re trying to get work done or handle last-minute holiday hassles.

Streaming entertainment to the rescue! Through your Library card, you can access hundreds of family-friendly films, TV shows and programs through services such as Hoopla and Kanopy Kids – many of which are educational.

Because it can be overwhelming to sort through the offerings, we asked our Library staff to name a few of their family-friendly streaming picks.

In general order of age recommendation, here they are. Add your streaming picks in the comments! And if you need to get a Library card, go to spl.org/card or your closest Library branch, or call 206-386-4636 to get started.

Ernest & CelestineErnest & Celestine cover mage: Based on the classic Belgian book series, this cozy movie takes you deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, where a civilization of hardworking mice live. Celestine the mouse is an artist and a dreamer, and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for a bear named Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. On Kanopy and Hoopla. Ages 3 and older. Continue reading “Winter Break Boredom Busters: 12 Family-Friendly Streaming Picks at the Library”

Horror movies to stream this Halloween weekend

Halloween weekend is upon us! If you’re looking to cozy up with a frightful movie marathon, we’ve got you covered with some streaming scaries – all free to access with your library card, no need to even leave home. (Audience note: most of these films are for adult audiences; please use discretion if watching with younger folks.)

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