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!

All SPL branches closed on Wednesday

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.

Share your SPL photos on Library Snapshot Day

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!

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

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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