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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November Author Events: Chef Sean Sherman, Cartoonist Megan Kelso, Historian Ada Ferrer and More

Chef Sean Sherman, photo credit Nancy Bundt
Chef Sean Sherman, author of “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” photo credit by Nancy Bundt

From Oglala Lakota chef Sean Sherman to Newbery Award-winning children’s author Kwame Alexander, The Seattle Public Library’s November author events feature writers and thinkers who will light you up with stories, history and food for thought.

All Library events are free and open to everyone. Most events require registration beforehand, which you can find at the link. Questions? Go to www.spl.org/Ask. Find (many!) more events and programs at www.spl.org/Calendar.

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, by Oglala Lakota Chef Sean Sherman Chef Sean Sherman: “The Revolution of Indigenous Foods of North America.” From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4. Central Library (Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium) and online. Oglala Lakota Chef Sean Sherman, author of “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” will share his journey of discovering, reviving and reimagining Native cuisine. Born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Sherman’s main culinary focus has been on the revitalization and awareness of indigenous foods systems in a modern culinary context, opening The Sioux Chef in 2014. This is the second event in the fall public engagement series guest-curated by Seattle poet Shin Yu Pai. Continue reading “November Author Events: Chef Sean Sherman, Cartoonist Megan Kelso, Historian Ada Ferrer and More”

Fall 2022 Events: Improv-Inspired Lit Fest, Business of Books, Seattle Reads and More

Like us, you have a lot going on this fall. But trust us: You will want to make room in your calendar for at least a few of these inspiring, thought-provoking, community-driven and entertaining events at the Library. (Note: This list covers September and October; stay tuned for November and December!)

All Library events are free and open to everyone. Most events require registration beforehand, which you can find at the link. Questions? Go to www.spl.org/Ask. Find more events at www.spl.org/Calendar.

Ghost BoysBanned: Censorship and Intellectual Freedom. Monday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Online. Seattle-area writers Jewell Parker Rhodes (“Ghost Boys) and Jonathan Evison (“Lawn Boy”), along with librarians Soraya Silverman-Montero, of The Seattle Public Library, and Deb Sica, of Alameda County Library, discuss censorship and intellectual freedom as well as the challenges faced by librarians and schools. Presented with Folio Seattle.

The Business of Books, four-part series.  Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Beacon Hill Branch. Want to start a book-related business but don’t know where to start? This four-part workshop series designed for BIPOC literary entrepreneurs kicks off with an overview of the industry by former Sasquatch Books publisher Gary Luke; and a roundtable discussion with publisher Christina Vega, author and festival founder Jeffrey Cheatham II, and longtime bookseller Karen Maeda Allman. Other workshop dates are Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 6.

Jekeva Phillips of Bibliophilia
Jekeva Phillips, curator of Bibliophilia

Bibliophilia, a four-day festival. Tuesday to Friday, Sept. 27, 28, 29, 30. Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library. Guest curator Jekeva Phillips brings the page to the stage combining poetry and prose with improvisational theater. Themes include “Heathcliff Letters” (Sept. 27), “Bestsellers” (Sept. 28); “Vonnegut” (Sept. 29); and a “Quiz Show” finale (Sept. 30, with games, prize packages and live reading and performance). Continue reading “Fall 2022 Events: Improv-Inspired Lit Fest, Business of Books, Seattle Reads and More”

In Their Own Words: Densho and Japanese Americans making oral history

Join us on Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. for a conversation with Densho’s executive director Tom Ikeda, Michael Shiosaki of Seattle Parks and Recreation, and author Daniel James Brown about writing Facing the Mountain and the importance of oral histories in revealing a legacy of resilience and courage. The event will include a book signing with the author, with books available for purchase in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Check out this list of further reading and resources around the Internment in our library catalog, and see past Shelf Talk posts on this topic here.

If you aren’t familiar with the local nonprofit organization Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, come learn about the incredible work they do collecting and preserving the legacy of Japanese Americans unjustly relocated and incarcerated during World War II. And if you are familiar with Densho, take a second look, because there is so much more to discover, including a podcast, interactive maps, digitized documents from the 1940s and beyond, and over 900 oral histories recorded to date—all available online. The incredible depth, breadth, and accessibility of these sources make books like Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in World War II , by Daniel James Brown possible.

Densho’s work chronicles events leading up to and the 80 years since the spring of 1942, when the United States passed Executive Order 9066 to forcibly remove and incarcerate “all persons of Japanese ancestry, including aliens and non-aliens” from “military zones” on the West Coast. Some 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry, many from Western Washington, were incarcerated in camps across the United States. Entire families, from infants to elders, were taken from their homes and livelihoods, forced to live in poor conditions with no freedom to come or go. Some people, like young University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi, objected to being incarcerated; he refused to board a bus and was taken to King County jail to await legal action that would end up spanning years as he and others challenged Order 9066’s legality. An additional 1,500 Japanese American and Hawaiian men were drafted or volunteered to fight in World War II, such as the all-volunteer 442nd Regimental Combat Team, even as their families were imprisoned by the country they fought for. Continue reading “In Their Own Words: Densho and Japanese Americans making oral history”