Every Day Is Small Business Saturday at The Seattle Public Library

Library to Business programsComing up just after Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, Small Business Saturday is a day to support local businesses and entrepreneurs and celebrate what they do for communities while (possibly) getting some holiday shopping done.

If you’re interested in not just supporting small businesses but starting one of your own, it’s also a good time to learn about and start using the Library’s many free business programs and services, which are available all year long.

We offer our business programs in partnership with dozens of community-based organizations and all are free and open to the public. Check them out, and if you have any questions, you can email the Library’s business team using this Ask a Librarian form. Here are some highlights. 

One-on-one help with business, law, credit

  • Ask a Business QuestionBusiness and nonprofit help: As a core service, we offer virtual one-on-one help sessions with business librarians. Sign up for a 60-minute appointment and we can help you access the information, resources, and skills you need to succeed, from market research to developing a business plan.  
  • Legal consults: The Library also partners with the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic to offer free legal consults with professionals specializing in intellectual property and corporate law. Sign up for a 30-minute virtual appointment and you can ask a lawyer about issues related to incorporation, contract issues, patents, copyright and more. (Let’s repeat that: A 30-minute business consult with a lawyer, for free.)

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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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Library Staff to Be Authorized to Voluntarily Administer Naloxone

Over the last few months, The Seattle Public Library has examined the legal and safety issues around allowing staff to administer naloxone (Narcan) to Library visitors who appear to be opioid overdose victims.

After a careful review process, which included updated guidance on liability from the City Attorney’s Office and an examination of other City departments’ practices, the Library has decided to allow trained staff volunteers to administer Library-supplied naloxone to patrons in need.

The medicine is not yet available. The Library has ordered naloxone doses, which will be placed in first aid kits for staff use only. The Library is also securing training sessions for staff who are interested in volunteering. We expect these steps to be completed in the next few months.

Because staff will only administer naloxone on a volunteer basis, the availability of the medicine at Library locations will be dependent on volunteer availability. In other words, there is no guarantee that a patron who overdoses on Library grounds will receive naloxone.

The Library will continue to rely on the expertise of the Seattle Fire Department as our primary means of addressing patron medical issues. The first step for a Library staff member will still be to call 911. Providing naloxone through staff volunteers will potentially offer an added layer of emergency assistance once that call has been placed.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is the prescription medication used to rapidly counteract opioid drug overdoses. It can be used in the absence of trained medical personnel to address an overdose situation. Additional legal analysis determined that Library employees are protected by  existing state law concerning its use.

The review was prompted in part by Library staff who expressed interest in having access to this tool to help patrons in emergency situations.

– Elisa M., Communications

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”

Free Homework Help Returns, Virtual Tutoring Continues

The school year is in full swing for some families, while others are still waiting to start. Either way, The Seattle Public Library is here to help.

Starting the week of Sept. 12, the Library’s free afterschool tutoring service, Homework Help (spl.org/HomeworkHelp), is returning to the Columbia, Douglass-Truth, High Point, Lake City, NewHolly and Rainier Beach branches.

At Homework Help, trained volunteer tutors help students in kindergarten through grade 12 with their homework and academic coaching. If you don’t have homework, you can read and play learning enrichment games with a tutor. It’s engaging, educational and absolutely free.

Here’s the Homework Help schedule, which is also listed on the Library’s calendar at spl.org/calendar:

  • Columbia Branch: Tuesdays, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908
  • Douglass-Truth Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 2300 E. Yesler Way, 206-684-4704
  • High Point Branch: Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454
  • Lake City Branch: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 12501 28th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7518.
  • NewHolly Branch: Tuesdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905
  • Rainier Beach Branch: Mondays, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 9125 Rainier Ave S., 206-386-1906

No reservations are needed although students and volunteers will be limited to a number safe for each space. Just come to the Library during Homework Help hours and bring your homework assignment and textbook. If our volunteers do not know an answer, they will help you find it.

COVID safety protocols: Homework Help volunteers are required to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Free virtual tutoring

tutor.comStudents can also continue to access free one-on-one virtual tutoring through the Library’s Tutor.com service. Live English and Spanish tutors are available from 2 to 10 p.m. daily. Vietnamese tutors are available from 4 to 7 p.m.

Students in Seattle can sign in to Tutor.com with a Library card or Library Link number and PIN. Find more about the Tutor.com schedule and information at www.spl.org/VirtualTutoring.

If you have questions these resources, just ask! Stop in at your nearest Seattle Public Library branch, or call 206-386-4636. You can also email or chat with a Library staff member at www.spl.org/Ask.

More free learning and entertainment

BookflixAlso, if you are among those waiting for school to start, don’t forget that you can find all kind of free learning and entertainment through the Library, from reserving museum passes to reading along to virtual kids’ books to learning a new skill.

Our list of “50 Free Things to Do Through the Library” includes links to all these and many more programs and resources.

Elisa M., Communications