Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo NW 2022 Starts TODAY!

Today is the day–Wednesday, May 18th is the start of our 8th Year of Summer Book Bingo with our amazing partner Seattle Arts & Lectures!

The bingo card artwork by local artist Jorge Villavicencio highlights the Library’s Year of Wonder theme with vibrant, whimsical balloons, kites, and reading aliens from outer space to help set the tone of your reading adventure!

Between now and Tuesday, September 6th, you can keep track of your summer reading with the goals of either getting a line of Bingo (a line across, down, or diagonal) or Blackout (filling every square on the board) and submit your entry by September 6th to be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to a local independent book store, provided by a generous donation from the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, or to enter into the Blackout drawing for a chance to win a subscription to the 2022/2023 SAL series of your choice!

Whether you enter for a chance to win or just love a chance to read more widely, Summer Book Bingo is a great way to explore your summer reading with more intentionality while reading for pleasure, joy, and wonder!

Every year, we share three categories early to pique your interest and to help you plan your reading.

This year, we did a sneak peek of the categories A book about books, Healthcare or health care workers, and LGBTQ+ love story.

You will find this year’s bingo sheet, together with more book lists, articles, and ideas on our Book Bingo page!

While staff across the system contribute to book lists with ideas in most categories and create some fantastic displays, we are always eager to help you with reading ideas. Let staff know if you are looking for Book Bingo inspiration and take advantage of our Your Next 5 Books personalized reading list service.

Summer Book Bingo is also available in Spanish, so feel free to try both!

As a reminder, here is how you enter the drawing:

When you’ve filled the front and back of your bingo card for either bingo (one line) or blackout (filling out all 25 squares), you can submit the card to enter drawings for prizes in the following ways:

1. Drop off your card (or a copy) at any branch of The Seattle Public Library.

2. Email an image of the front and back of your card to

3. Post a photo of the front of your card to Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures, @SPLBuzz) or Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures, @SeattlePublicLibrary). Be sure to tag #BookBingoNW2022.

Entries must be received by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. This contest is for readers ages 18 and up, and you are only allowed to enter once. Blackout card entrants will be entered in the drawing for one of three grand prizes, including a subscription to the 2022/23 SAL series of your choice. Both blackout card and bingo entrants will be entered to win a gift card from one of Seattle’s independent bookstores. You must be able to pick up your prize in person at a library location.

We always love to hear from you about your Book Bingo category ideas and creative approaches! Do you challenge your friends, family, or co-workers to do Book Bingo with you? Do you share your reading discoveries with others? Let us know! Tag us in posts with #BookBingoNW2022 so we know what you are up to or can help you along the way.

Happy reading!

~ posted by Misha S.


“We Hereby Refuse” – Sharing the History of Japanese American Resistance, 80 Years Ago

We Hereby Refuse

Just over 80 years ago, on March 30, 1942, more than 200 Bainbridge Island residents were expelled from their homes and forcibly relocated and incarcerated in American concentration camps. They were among the first of the 120,000 Japanese Americans – according to a recent story in the Seattle Times – who were incarcerated during World War II solely on the basis of race.

In May 2021, a groundbreaking graphic novel was published that shared a lesser-known story of that mass injustice: resistance. Published by the Wing Luke Museum and Chin Music Press, “We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration,” authored by Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura and illustrated by Ross Ishikawa and Matt Sasaki, wove together an epic narrative of three Japanese Americans who refused to submit to imprisonment in American concentration camps without a fight.

Want to learn about this remarkable graphic novel and the story behind it? Watch the YouTube recording of the Library event that celebrated its publication, hosted in partnership with the Wing Luke Museum, Densho and Elliott Bay Book Company.

Moderated by Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, this must-see event gathered panelists including “We Hereby Refuse” authors Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura, and artist Ross Ishikawa, as well as Wing Luke Museum board member Diane Sugimura. Continue reading ““We Hereby Refuse” – Sharing the History of Japanese American Resistance, 80 Years Ago”

May Author Events: Douglas Stuart, Angela Garbes, Claudia Castro Luna and More

From Douglas Stuart’s story of working-class families and queer love to Seattle writer Angela Garbes’ memoir about the power and potential of mothering to reshape society, the Library’s May author programs feature a wide range of authors and topics.

And you can see some of these amazing authors in person! Four May events will be held at the Central Library’s Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium; the events will also be livestreamed via Zoom. Registration is required for both in-person and online attendance; check the event description at for registration and links. All events are free and open to the public.

Douglas Stuart discusses “Young Mungo”Central Library and online

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 3

Douglas Stuart, the Booker Prize-winning writer of “Shuggie Bain,” will be at the Central Library to discuss his new novel “Young Mungo,” a story of queer love and working-class families, in conversation with Rick Simonson. “Shuggie Bain,” Stuart’s first book, was one of the most successful literary debuts of the century. The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. It is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. “Young Mungo” is a Peak Picks title.

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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”

Hit the Reading Trail: 4 Earth Week StoryWalks at Seattle Parks

StoryWalk at Herring House ParkWant a fun way to celebrate Earth Week with the children in your life? Hit the trail at four Seattle parks while reading amazing picture books that are installed along the way.

From Tuesday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 26, StoryWalks® will be installed at Herring’s House Park (Tualtwx) in the Duwamish industrial area; Lincoln Park in West Seattle, Green Lake Park in north Seattle and Genesee Park in south Seattle.

If you’re not familiar with StoryWalks®, get ready to experience reading in a new and active way. A picture book is installed on signposts along a path, which allows children and their caregivers to read along as they walk and enjoy the outdoors. A StoryWalk® encourages reading, imagination, fitness and exploring your community. Continue reading “Hit the Reading Trail: 4 Earth Week StoryWalks at Seattle Parks”