April 7th, 2013 by Laura
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.
Our 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!
Tags: library, SPL
April 2nd, 2013 by Laura
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.
- 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.
Tags: book sale, Friends of SPL, SPL
December 15th, 2012 by Laura
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.
Tags: Queen Anne Library, SPL
August 22nd, 2011 by Doree
If you’ve got some library books due for return, or ones you’d like to check out for a little summer reading, you may want to head over the Queen Anne branch this week before the city’s libraries take a week-long furlough. The Seattle Public Library system will be closed from Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 4 due to city budget cuts. All branches also will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.
From the press release:
The week-long closure will help the Library achieve its $3.7 million budget reduction target for 2011. The closure will save approximately $650,000. The closure will mean salary reductions for nearly 640 employees who will not be paid during that week and who are taking cuts in their cost of living adjustments. In addition, the book budget has been reduced, positions have been eliminated and 2010 cuts to branch hours have continued this year. Fifteen branches are only open 35 hours a week.
No materials will be due and no fines will be charged during the one-week closure.
Most library services will be unavailable during the closure, including book drops (the Central Library’s book drop will close at 8 p.m. August 28); Wi-Fi; regular programs and events in library meeting rooms; TeleCirc (the library’s telephone circulation service that provides patrons with information on their library account); and no texting, emailing or chatting with a librarian.
Access to the online catalog will be limited to searching and checking library records, but patrons won’t be able to place holds.
Some online services will remain available, including the calendar of events; the SPL Mobile page; online payment of fines and fees; library podcasts; access to premium online databases, including Britannica Online, ChiltonLibrary.com, Mango Languages, Consumer Reports and Morningstar Investment Research Center; access to downloadable media, such as e-books and audiobooks, songs and movies; and digital collections, such as photos from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Collection, the Northwest Art Collection and The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection; the Seattle City Directory Collection; and the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection.
Tags: budget cuts, furlough days, Queen Anne Library, Seattle Public Library, SPL
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 http://www.spl.org/yournext5. 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.
Tags: book recommendations, Next 5 Books, personalized reading list, Seattle Public Library, SPL
January 12th, 2010 by Thea
The 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).
Tags: comics, Comixtravaganza, Family Toon-In, free events, Queen Anne Library, SPL
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!
Tags: free services, homework tutoring, SAT prep classes, SPL, teens, tweens