Firefighter Story Time at the Queen Anne Library this Thursday

halloween-14-qa-fire-mainA favorite Seattle Public Library program is coming back to Queen Anne. October is fire prevention month, and Seattle Fire Department firefighters will hold story times with books on fire safely for local children. Plus, they will have firefighting equipment and trucks on display to inspire all future firefighters.

Firefighter Story Times is free and everyone is welcome, no registration required. In addition, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available.

Mark your calendars for this Thursday, October 6th from 11am to 11:30am at the Queen Anne Branch, 400 W Garfield St for Firefighter Story Time. Especially timely or those little ones who plan to be firefighters this Halloween (like the photo above from a couple Halloweens ago) or beyond.

SPL building nominated for Landmark Status in advance of sale

SPL Telephone todayThe 1920s brick building directly across the street from the Queen Anne library branch has been nominated for Landmark Status. The Seattle Public Library owns the former Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building and it’s planning to sell the building. As part of the sale preparation, it has submitted a landmark nomination to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board.

Built in 1921 and 1929 (two phases), the building at 1529 4th Ave W sits on a 12,000 square foot lot. After a third story was added in the 1930s, bringing the total square footage to just over 23, 000 square feet. SPL acquired the building in the 1970s, converting it to a warehouse.

Per the nomination:

“If a property is designated as a city landmark, it comes under the jurisdiction of the LPB [Landmark Preservation Board] for design reviews and approval of proposed changes to specific historic features. Typical designated features include a building’s exterior and site, and significant public interior spaces. However, a property owner may still develop the property.”

The nomination includes a detailed history of the building, courtesy of the Queen Anne Historical Society. It’s an interesting write-up that is required reading for any history buffs – it covers the history of the building and the early days of telephone and telegraph industry on Queen Anne. Plus, it has several historic photos of the building, including this one from 1936:

SPL Telephone bldg 1936

If you have comments for the nomination, you can attend a public meeting:

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board meeting
Wednesday, March 16 at 3:30pm
Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060)

If you can’t make the meeting, you can submit written comments. Comments must be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by March 15 at 3:00pm:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

There’s no indication yet of what type of development could happen at the site, but if the building is approved for Landmark Status, the exterior would likely remain intact – or at least have a chance at remaining as-is (with some earthquake retrofitting), as any design reviews would include approval from the Landmark Preservation Board.

Friendshop pops up at the Queen Anne library on Saturday

Library PlaqueAttention bibliophiles and Seattle Public Library fans: the Queen Anne library branch is hosting a pop up FriendShop tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd.

The popular FriendShop is the cool gift shop at the Central Library downtown, and the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is taking it on the road with pop ups at neighborhood branches.

SPL FriendshopWhat can you find at tomorrow’s pop up? Gifts like tote bags, mugs and jewelry, as well as pre-owned paperbacks for $2 and children’s books for $1. All proceeds from the pop up benefit The Seattle Public Library.

Stop by the Queen Anne library tomorrow, January 23, from 11:30am to 3:30pm, and stock up on books and SPL swag.

Saturday is International Games Day at the Queen Anne Library

ALA Games DayThe American Library Association has declared November 21st “International Games Day” for libraries across the country. Seattle is no exception, and you can celebrate board and card games at the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library this Saturday.

From 1pm to 5pm, the library is hosting a free classic board games event that’s free and open to all – kids, teens, and adults are all welcome. The library will have board games on hand, and you can bring your own to share with other gamers.

Sorry piecesThe library has limited space, so arrive early to secure your spot in the celebration of games. Since the event is 4 hours, you may also be able to drop in during the 1pm-5pm timeslot to pick up game of classic board games like Clue or Sorry, Chinese checkers, chess, Uno, and more.

Game on!

Get free tax help this season at the Queen Anne Library

AARP Tax HelpThis year, the IRS is short-staffed and that means the upcoming tax season could be a little more daunting for some taxpayers. According to Forbes, IRS budget cuts will mean refund delays, correspondence delays, fewer resolutions, and unanswered calls.

But, don’t fret just yet. AARP is offering free tax-preparation at libraries across Seattle, including our own Queen Anne Library branch. The AARP Tax-Aide is free and open to all taxpayers.

QALibraryThe AARP’s tax-certified volunteers on hand at the sessions can answer 2014 filing questions, including changes based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and help prepare your tax returns.

The Queen Anne Library tax-prep sessions begin Wednesday, February 4th and run through April. Sessions will run from noon-5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. No appointments, walk-ins only (and welcome).

Independent bookstore owner panel at the Queen Anne Library branch this Sunday

SPLFriendsThe Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a panel discussion with independent bookstore owners this Sunday, October 6th at the Queen Anne Library branch. The panel is part of the Friends of SPL 72nd Annual Meeting, and will be moderated by SPL City Librarian Marcellus Turner.

From 2pm to 4pm, Turner will moderate the discussion with independent bookstore owners from Mercer Street Books, Secret Garden Books, Ada’s Technical Books, and Book Larder: A Community Cookbook Store. Key topics on tap are the culture of indie bookselling and community spaces in Seattle.

The Friends of SPL invites everyone to bring ideas and questions about the unique space of libraries and independent bookstores to the Queen Anne Library branch this Sunday. Read a book!