Want to get creative at the library? Join us at these events!
Mighty Powerful Cactus: A 3D Ornament: Learn about the fascinating world of Cacti by making a 3-D felt ornament with local teaching artist Amaranta Sandys. Observe 3 different types of live cactus before as you plan your project. Then create a quick sketch with pencil as a reference as you learn basic embroidery stitches to form a small cactus ornament that will be filled up with fluffy white stuffing. For ages 13+.
Felt Craft Fun: Interested in learning how to make felt crafts? Come to the Library’s free craft workshop! We will provide supplies and patterns. Music will be provided by a local DJ. Best for ages 8 and up.
Art Workshop With Romson Bustillo: How does life begin to change when we get involved with one another? Join Seattle artist Romson Bustillo for his beautiful exploration of togetherness and social change in “Proximity Modifier Project IV,” a community project uniquely designed for select SPL library branches. Bustillo’s art looks at how neighbors and organizations, like libraries, share space together. Drop by to make art with Romson and to find out how libraries can be places where we get to know one another by getting creative!
Art on the Plaza: Get ready! This August the Central Library’s 4th Avenue plaza will have four incredible FREE art programs on select Wednesdays. Don’t miss great music, dance performances, drop-in art making, an exciting selection of summer reading and entertainment. All ages.
Looking for things to do this spring and summer, but you’re on a budget? Well, look no further! In this post you will learn about fun, free (or insanely cheap) things to do on your own or with your kids and family!
Fortunately for Seattleites, there are plenty of recreational activities to do around or near Seattle. If you’re looking to explore nature and get outdoors, we are home to some of the most magnificent hikes. As the weather starts to warm up, you can find unique hiking experiences all around. Here are some early season hikes! Imagine the snow melting away, where you are treated to the beautiful sights of melted snow, the sounds of serene waterfalls and birds flying atop the magnificent trees! I say it’s time for a hike! You can find some wonderful books on hiking in Seattle here.Continue reading “Free and Inexpensive Activities in Seattle”
Seattle is a dynamic city, with enough going on throughout the year to pique anyone’s interest—but when you’re new in town, or have been here a while and want to break out of your routine, it can be a challenge to find just the right show, reading, club gathering, or event to plug into. This can be especially true when you find yourself newly in charge of a small child, a relative of a different generation, or any out-of-town guest with tastes much different from your own.
George Packer has a disconcerting point of view about the United States. The New Yorker journalist, who will be the speaker for The Seattle Public Library’s 2014 A. Scott Bullitt American History Lecture, looks through the lens of individual Americans to see the state of the nation in his book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.
Is the United States a nation on the rise or on the decline? The book’s title tells the conclusion—we are not winding our way up; we are unwinding. Loosely based on the John Dos Passos’ Depression-era classic fiction trilogy, U.S.A., Packer’s nonfiction look at a new America tells the story by giving portraits of people ranging from the working poor to fabulously wealthy and privileged people, stopping off to briefly sketch celebrity icons and give context through cultural markers like headlines, song lyrics and advertising. Continue reading “2014 A. Scott Bullitt American History Lecture presents George Packer”
On Saturday, December 1st, the Douglass-Truth Branch will host a lecture and Q&A session on the Negro Repertory Company in Seattle. The program will be provided by Dr. Barry Witham, emeritus professor of Theatre at the University of Washington.
A federally-funded theater program, the Negro Repertory Company was a project of the Works Progress Administration. The Company offered employment to African-American actors, dancers, musicians and singers during the hard years of the Depression, and entertainment to the citizens of Seattle. Continue reading “Seattle’s Negro Repertory Program”