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Get free tax help this season at the Queen Anne Library

January 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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).

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

October 3rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

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!

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All SPL branches closed on Wednesday

September 30th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

SPL Closed 1013Per both a Facebook post from the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and a sign on the local Queen Anne Branch door, take note that all SPL branches and book drops will be closed this Wednesday, October 2.

SPL is hosting a staff in-service day, so plan your trips to the Library accordingly. And, remember, our Queen Anne Branch is closed on Fridays, so for a weekday trip this week, try for Tuesday or Thursday.

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Share your SPL photos on Library Snapshot Day

April 7th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Tuesday, April 9th is Library Snapshot Day, a day to share photos of libraries to highlight their value and importance to the community. The Seattle Public Library (SPL) Snapshot Day will be done exclusively via Twitter this year, and everyone can participate.

QALibraryOur local Queen Anne branch has some really beautiful architectural elements, but you don’t have to limit yourself to the building itself. SPL invites library visitors to submit their photograph of events, displays, or anything else that catches their eyes at any SPL location on Tuesday, April 9th to celebrate Library Snapshot Day.

The photographs will make up a “day in the life of your library” – an effort led by the Washington Library Association to raise awareness about the value of libraries.

SPL will tweet selected photos from its Twitter account – just tweet your photos with the hashtag #splsnapshotday to @SPLbuzz, and SPL will do the rest!

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Pick up some new reads this weekend at the Friends of the Seattle Public Library Spring Sale

April 2nd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library Spring Sale is this weekend, April 6th and 7th at North Seattle Community College’s cafeteria. This go-around, there’s no Member Preview night due to time constraints with the venue, instead, both days of the sale are open to the public with free admission. The Member Preview will return in the Fall with the September sale.

The prices are unbeatable – hardback books for $2, children’s books for $1, and paperbacks, DVDs, and CDs are all only $1 apiece. The sale will also feature “better and rare” books that will be individually priced. All books and media items will be at these prices throughout the weekend.

Key Details:

  • What: Friends of SPL Book Sale
  • When: Saturday, April 6th, 9am-5pm; Sunday, April 7th, 9am-4pm
  • Where: North Seattle Community College cafeteria in the College Center bldg.

9600 College Way N: enter the College Center Building (orange building in the map on the right) on the 1st floor; take an immediate right and walk down the long hallway to the cafeteria.

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All SPL Branches Open Sundays in 2013, Sunday Celebration at Queen Anne Branch and More

December 15th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

I’ve all too often walked to the Queen Anne Library on a Friday or Sunday to be foiled by a “closed” sign. But now, thanks to the library levy approved by voters in August, I’ll only need to remember to plan around Fridays. Starting in January, all Seattle Public Library branches will be open on Sundays; the Queen Anne Library branch will be open 1pm-5pm every Sunday.

You may recall taking an SPL survey a few months ago – if you took it and asked SPL to have more accessible hours, your voice has been heard! (I asked for both Sundays and more consistent hours, but I’ll take Sundays).

In an SPL press release, City Librarian Marcellus Turner stated:

“At community meetings and through patron surveys, we heard that Sunday hours were important. Particularly for families, working people and students, having Library service available in every neighborhood on Sunday will be a huge benefit.”

To celebrate the new Sunday hours, all libraries with new Sunday hours will participate in special celebrations on Sundays. The “Sundays are Special” events will be held from 2pm-3:30pm, featuring a children’s craft activity and refreshments.

The Queen Anne branch will host Sundays are Special on Sunday, March 3rd.

Other noteworthy SPL news:

  • Check-Out Sundays Challenge: just visit any SPL branch on Sundays and get your Check-Out Challenge card stamped. Once you get 15 stamps, you can enter to win prizes such as Booklovers Baskets and lunch with City Librarian Marcellus Turner.
  • Sundays Survey: Complete a survey about the types of services and activities you’d like to see on Sundays. Surveys are available at the library through January.
  • New Library Cards: 5 new Library cards will be available in 2013, you can swap out your old card for a new one at no charge. The new cards include a special design for kids, and four different Seattle images – Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Mount Rainier and the Central Library.

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Seattle Public Library launches “Next 5 Books” program, creating personalized reading list for you

July 1st, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Public Library has launched a new service called “Next 5 Books,” designed to provide personalized reading lists for patrons. All you have to do is fill out a short form (which takes five to ten minutes to complete), and a few days later the SPL staff will send you a list of five books recommended specially for you.

From the press release:

To get your list, go to Fill out a brief form on what you like to read, including favorite genres, preferred format (book on CD, e-book, large print, etc.) and books that you haven’t liked.

In a day or two you will receive a list of five recommended books just for you.

This service is made possible in part by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation with help from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

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Family Toon-In at the QA library tomorrow night

January 12th, 2010 by Thea

Comixtravaganza, courtesy of the Seattle Public LibraryThe Queen Anne library is hosting a Family Toon-In tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 13, as part of SPL’s citywide Comixtravaganza series of free event and programs celebrating cartoons, cartoonists, comics, and graphic novels! The Toon-In kicks off at 6 p.m. at the 400 W. Garfield St. All ages are welcome to drop by, eat snacks and watch classic cartoons at the library. For a list of other Comixtravaganza events, check SPL’s website.

(Image courtesy of Hayden Bass and the Seattle Public Library).

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Seattle Public Library offers free SAT prep classes

January 5th, 2010 by Thea

Do you have a teen who will soon be applying to college and needs to take the SATs? In the coming months the Seattle Public Library will be offering free SAT prep classes, in addition to their existing live chat homework tutoring program available seven days a week. And to get the word out, this months SPL is creating an electronic newsletter highlighting the free resources, programs and services available for teens and tweens citywide. Interested parties can sign up to receive the newsletter here (don’t worry, you won’t be bombarded with emails – the newsletter will come out just three to four times a year). For more information on teen and tween programs, contact Teen Services Librarian Jennifer Bisson at the SPL Central Library at (206) 615-1410. Happy studying! Go ace that test!

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