What I Made: A Treehouse for My Daughter

Seattle is home to a thriving DIY culture.  As part of an occasional series of posts, we feature hand-made items created by staff at The Seattle Public Library and the library books, CDs, and DVDs that showed them how to do it themselves. We hope you’ll draw inspiration from their creations and check some of the many great how-to resources the Library has to offer!

When we moved to Seattle several years ago, my husband asked my daughter (then six years old) if she’d like a tree house in the backyard.  Of course she said yes. When the tree was still bare three years later, I decided this project needed some jump-starting if it was going to get completed before her high school graduation.  So I did what comes naturally to a librarian — I looked for books.  I checked the library catalog under the subject “Tree houses” and reserved several books.  When the books arrived a few days later, I brought them home and placed them strategically on the kitchen table.

My daughter was soon flipping through the books, attracted to Continue reading “What I Made: A Treehouse for My Daughter”

Genealogy Classes coming up at SPL


The Genealogy Staff of The Seattle Public Library are presenting classes and tours this fall designed to assist you with getting started on your family history project. The following genealogy classes, plus tours of the Genealogy Section have been scheduled.


Darlene H working with a genealogy patron, Photo courtesy of Jason Bowen

Are you interested in finding out who your ancestors were and what they did? An introduction to family history research and an overview of resources available for research in the Seattle area will be presented by Darlene Hamilton, Senior Genealogy Librarian. Sample genealogy charts and bibliographies will be provided in the class. Pre-registration is not required.

 These classes are scheduled for:
Thursday, September 3, 2008, 6-7:30 p.m. at the North East Branch
Thursday, October 15, 2008, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Branch
Thursday, November 5, 2008, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Montlake Branch

GENEALOGY: DATABASES AND THE INTERNETJohn L working with genealogy patron, photo courtesy of Jason Bowen
Do you want to learn how to use the electronic databases and Internet resources found on the Seattle Public Library’s Web site to search for your ancestors? HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition are the focus of Continue reading “Genealogy Classes coming up at SPL”