How to Evaluate and Select a Franchise

Today’s guest post is by Jeff Levy. Levy is a nationally recognized consultant and coach to individuals interested in exploring self-employment. Jeff shares from his wealth of business experience as a founding member of Windswept Capital, President and COO of Spider Staging Corporation, an officer at Flow International, and Executive VP and principal of SafeWorks LLC.

As a business coach, Jeff has helped several hundred people begin their first business. He serves on several college entrepreneurial advisory boards and is a regular guest speaker at SCORE and the Women’s Business Center. He is also the co-author of Making the Jump Into Small Business Ownership.

Levy has led a number of small business seminars with the Library, and we are thrilled to host him again for two exciting business seminars in October and November:

Your Business – Start Smart: October 11, 6-8 pm, Rainier Beach Branch
Your Business – Franchise Smart
: November 8, 6-8 pm, Delridge Branch

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Freedom Through Franchising

Today’s guest post is by Jeff Levy. Levy is a nationally recognized consultant and coach to individuals interested in exploring self-employment. Jeff shares from his wealth of business experience as a founding member of Windswept Capital, President and COO of Spider Staging Corporation, an officer at Flow International, and Executive VP and principal of SafeWorks LLC.

As a business coach, Jeff has helped several hundred people begin their first business. He serves on several college entrepreneurial advisory boards and is a regular guest speaker at SCORE and the Women’s Business Center. He is also the co-author of Making the Jump Into Small Business Ownership.

Levy has led a number of small business seminars with the Library, and we are thrilled to host him again for two exciting business seminars in October and November: Continue reading

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Tears and Fears: Making Sense of Emotions with Kids

Helping your little one recognize and respond to the tumult of emotions they may be experiencing at any given time is no easy task, especially during the full wrath of a grocery-store tantrum! Taking time to name your child’s feelings or, better yet, providing them the space to name their feelings themselves, is just one aspect of your child’s emotional literacy development. These recently-published picture books for young kids can help you talk with your child about all those valid and complex feelings bouncing around inside.

My Heart Fills with Happiness
by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
Recommended for ages 0+
This is beautiful board book that teaches the very youngest to cherish those everyday moments that bring joy to our lives. It may very well be a welcome reminder for older readers, too.

When the Anger Ogre Visits
by Andrée Salom, illustrated by Ivette Salom
Recommended for ages 3+
We can all recall a moment of anger when something didn’t go our way, and it was probably more recent than we’d like to admit. That anger ogre can quickly grow out of control unless we know how to tame it. You’ll enjoy this book for more than just the cute story because it introduces practical calming strategies to help kids reshape their anger into something more gentle. Continue reading

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Know Your Rights: Intellectual Freedom & Libraries

The public library as an institution is charged with providing access to information, regardless of content. In doing so, the library stands firm in upholding the First Amendment and the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights. This is why, as Jo Godwin famously stated, “A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”

The Seattle Public Library strives to meet the widest range of information needs through the careful and intentional selection of physical and digital items by librarians, by borrowing resources from a network of library systems throughout the country, and with purchase requests from you, our library patrons. If there is some piece of information that we don’t have, library staff will try to find it with you.

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New nonfiction roundup – October 2017

There is so much good nonfiction coming out in October, we had to split it up into categories! Continue reading

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New fiction roundup – October 2017

October sees a new releases by big name authors as well as a selection of debuts.

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Spooky Stories in Libraries and Bars, all October!

Turn down the lights, get yourself a drink and gather round while we take you on a little trip down a dark and twisted road to the place where your fears like buried. This month we have extra spooky story times for grown ups in store, at the library and coming soon to a pub near you as a part of our celebration of Booktoberfest. Each October, our regular twice-monthly Thrilling Tales: Story Time for Grown Ups (Mondays at 12:05 at the Central Library: lunches welcome) turns to weekly Chilling Tales Spooktoberfest. Here’s what’s in store: Continue reading

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