Money Smart Week: It’s Easy to Get Started Investing for Retirement — Really

Most of us are busy, and it’s easy to put off thinking about something that seems a long way in the future – like retirement. And many of us are also intimidated by investing – it seems so complicated.

But saving and investing when you’re young or even in middle-age can give you a much better chance of being able to retire comfortably in your 60s (or maybe even earlier). And with things like employer-sponsored 401(k) plans and broad-based index funds (rather than buying individual stocks) investing is easy and doesn’t take much time at all.

Here’s an example of what saving and investing when you’re young can do. Let’s say you estimate you’ll need $1 million at age 65 to be able retire. Assuming you can earn a 10 percent rate of return by investing your savings: Continue reading “Money Smart Week: It’s Easy to Get Started Investing for Retirement — Really”

Friday the 13th: Stream the Screams

It’s Friday the 13th, which always makes me want to curl up with a good horror flick…or even a bad one. But I’m sure I’m not the only one, and DVD wait lists can sometimes crush those plans…however with our streaming services a horror flick is just a click away with your library card.

Want to get your horror fix without a wait list! Go to Kanopy and Hoopla to stream now!

My favorites from Kanopy:

What We Do In the Shadows – A great little horror comedy mockumentary from New Zealander’s Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi who wrote, directed, and starred in the film.

“Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs. They are just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old roommate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life.”

Continue reading “Friday the 13th: Stream the Screams”

Happy National Bookmobile Day!

The Seattle Public Library Bookmobile Index

Years of continuous Bookmobile service in Seattle:  70

Total vehicles in Seattle Public Library’s Mobile Services’ fleet:  4 (1 walk-on bookmobile, 2 step vans, & 1 little van)

Age in years of oldest vehicle:  11

Number of bubble machines:  1

Total locations served each month:  116

Weight in pounds of the fully-loaded walk-on bookmobile: 9,500

Weight in pounds of a fully loaded book cart brought into assisted living facilities: 340

Items borrowed by Mobile Services patrons in 2017:  101,533

Number of items patrons unable to visit the library may receive by mail each month:  15

Number of homeless encampments the Bookmobile visits each month:  2

Happy National Bookmobile Day!

~ posted by Carrie F.

Stream Oscar-winners from the past

Movie lovers rejoice! The Seattle Public Library recently added a film streaming service called Kanopy. Kanopy offers a collection of over 30,000 films with an emphasis on classic, independent and international films but also includes award-winning documentaries, selections from The Great Courses lecture series, and a wide ranging sample of some of the finest PBS programing. Continue reading “Stream Oscar-winners from the past”

Making a Library Purchase Suggestion

“They have every other book in this 57 volume manga series, how can they not have volume two?!?!”

Sometimes the library doesn’t have what you’re looking for. This can be a frustrating or confusing situation. The library is supposed to have everything, right? Sometimes it’s one part of a book series, or one movie of a particular director you’re binging. What can you do? Go to another library system if you have another card? Interlibrary Loan? Buy the thing? Go into a library branch and complain to the librarian? Yes, these are all things that one might do. But there is another option that should be considered: making a materials purchase suggestion. Continue reading “Making a Library Purchase Suggestion”