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Library Closed in observance of Memorial Day

Holiday Closures We are open 24/7 online at www.spl.org. Find shelter at www.spl.org/shelter. Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Monday, May 30, 2022, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

The language of machines: Asian voices on new poetics from tech, robotics, and video games

Where: Online. Address: Registration required. Click here to register. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a reading with Neil Aitken, Betsy Aoki, and Margaret Rhee on speculative poetry, robotics, and more! Description: Using Love, Robot (2017), Babbage’s Dreams (2017) and new arrival Breakpoint (2022), three Asian poets (two from the videogame industry), Neil Aitken, Betsy Aoki, and Margaret Rhee, share insights about crafting award-winning poems from programming languages, video games, AI and robotics. They’ll also explore the tensions of humanity’s history with computers and its love of technology, as well as how race, gender, and sexual identity inform these relationships. This panel is powered by three unique, inte… ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Saturday, June 4, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Quintard Taylor discusses "The Forging of a Black Community"

Where: Central Library. Address: This event is being presented in person at Central Library, with the option to view the livestream from home. Registration required. Click here to register. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to celebrate the release of the second edition of this seminal work. Description: It is presented in partnership with Northwest African American Museum, Elliott Bay Book Company, and University of Washington Press. Books will be available for sale at Central Library on the evening of the event, and signed copies may be available from Elliott Bay Book Company after the program. Dr. Taylor will appear in conversation with Dr. Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The… View in Catalog: The Forging of a Black Community by Quintard Taylor. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Virtual It's About Time Writers' Reading Series

Where: Online. Address: Registration required. Register Here. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: The Ballard Branch welcomes the 391st meeting of the It's About Time Writers' Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. Description: Evolution of a Writing Group. After four years of deepening their support of one another, they present their work to the public as a group for the first time. With Kelly Martineau, Anne Liu Kellor, Mary Pan and Jenne Hsien Patrick. About the authors. Kelly Martineau is an essayist and poet in Seattle. Her work has appeared in Entropy, Little Patuxent Review, Sycamore Review, and The Florida Review, among other journals. Honors include a Pushcart Prize nomination and selection of her prose chapbook,… ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Podcast: This event will be recorded for podcast. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or 206-386-4636. Thursday, June 9, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Virtual Writers Read

Where: Online. Address: Registration required, Click here to register in the event calendar. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Description: Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session. This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers' Alliance on the second Sunday of the month. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Sunday, June 12, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

El Club Latino Virtual

Book Groups Where: Online. Address: Se requiere inscripción. Haga clic aquí para inscribirse. Audience: Adults. Adults 50+. Language: Español. Summary: Únase al Club de Lectura de la Biblioteca Central. El libro de este mes es: "Mamá" de Jorge Fernández Díaz. Description: Una campesina española envía a su hija de quince años a la Argentina de Perón. Quiere sacarla de la miseria y le promete que pronto la seguirá toda su familia. Pero algo falla y nadie viene, y la chica se queda atrapada en un país hostil donde crece, se casa, lucha contra su destino y sufre el destierro más cruel. Luego de muchos años, deja de sufrir y se hace argentina. Entonces sus hijos y nietos le anuncian que quieren irse a vivir a España, huyendo de la depresión económica, y todo vuelve a empezar. View in Catalog: Mamá by Jorge Fernández Díaz. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Sunday, June 12, 2022, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Low Vision Book Group

Book Groups Where: Online. Address: Registration required, Click here to send an email to register. Audience: LEAP. Language: English. Summary: Join The Seattle Public Library's Low Vision Book Group for a discussion of "Blind Man's Bluff" by Geri Taeckens. Description: Geri Taeckens started losing her vision when she was young. She didn't handle it well. Denial and drugs didn't make things any better, but she worked through it to acceptance and recovery. This event is hosted via conference call. To receive access to this call, please contact LEAP. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or 206-386-4636. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Alex Graham and Phoebe Gloeckner discuss "Dog Biscuits"

Where: Online. Address: Registration required. Click here to register. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a conversation about “Dog Biscuits,” Graham’s pandemic-inspired graphic novel and one of the most talked about comics of 2020. Description: This event is being presented digitally. It is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company and Fantagraphics Books. Signed copies may be available from Elliott Bay Book Company after the program. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be recorded, captioned and then posted on the Library's YouTube channel after the event. There will be ASL interpretation and CART transc… View in Catalog: Dog Biscuits by Alex Graham. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Juneteenth

Holiday Closures We are open 24/7 online at www.spl.org. Find shelter at www.spl.org/shelter. Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. Sunday, June 19, 2022, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

The Bullitt Lecture in American History presents Judy Heumann and Jae Kim

Where: Online. Address: Registration required. Click here to register. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a conversation with disability rights icon Judy Heumann, who will discuss her book “Being Heumann” and the disability rights movement. Description: The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from the late Priscilla Bullitt Collins in honor of her father, A. Scott Bullitt. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with the Arc of King County and Elliott Bay Book Company. This event will be pre-recorded, captioned and then posted on SPL's YouTube channel. There will be ASL interpretation and… View in Catalog: Being Heumann by Judy Heumann. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Julie Pham discusses "7 Forms of Respect"

Where: Central Library. Address: Registration required. Click here to register. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to learn more about “7 Forms of Respect” and how your communication can improve when you understand them better. Description: This event is being presented in person at Central Library, with the option to view the livestream from home. Books will be available for sale at Central Library on the evening of the event. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be recorded, captioned and then posted on the Library's YouTube channel after the event. About the book: We grew up thinking you should treat others… ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Ottessa Moshfegh discusses "Lapvona"

Where: Central Library. Address: This event is being presented in person at Central Library, with the option to view the livestream from home. Registration required. Register Here. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us to hear Moshfegh discuss her new novel, in which a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot of a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test. Description: This event is being presented in person at Central Library, with the option to view the livestream from home. It is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for sale at Central Library on the evening of the event, and signed copies may be available from Elliott Bay Book Company after the program. Ottessa Moshfegh will appear in conversation with writer Kim Fu. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundatio… View in Catalog: Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Monday, June 27, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Library Closed in observance of Independence Day

Holiday Closures We are open 24/7 online at www.spl.org. Find shelter at www.spl.org/shelter. Locations: All locations. Summary: All locations of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Monday, July 4, 2022, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Virtual Writers Read

Where: Online. Address: Registration required, Click here to register in the event calendar. Audience: Adults. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Description: Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session. This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers' Alliance on the second Sunday of the month. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Sunday, July 10, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

El Club Latino Virtual

Book Groups Where: Online. Address: Se requiere inscripción. Haga clic aquí para inscribirse. Audience: Adults 50+. Adults. Language: Español. Summary: Únase al Club de Lectura de la Biblioteca Central. El libro de este mes es: "Yo no soy tu perfecta hija Mexicana" de Erika L. Sánchez. Description: Julia no es la hija mexicana perfecta. Ese era el rol de su hermana Olga. Olga no fue a la universidad, se quedó en casa para cuidar a sus padres, limpiar la casa y trabajar a medio tiempo. Julia tiene grandes sueños y no quiere formar parte del camino de su hermana mayor. Pero un solo error, que ocurre mientras enviaba un mensaje de texto al mismo tiempo que cruzaba la calle más concurrida de Chicago, resulta en la muerte de Olga, dejando atrás a Julia para ocuparse de las secuelas. Sus padres, quienes inm… View in Catalog: Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana by Erika L. Sánchez. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Sunday, July 10, 2022, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

El Club Latino Virtual

Book Groups Where: Online. Address: Se requiere inscripción. Haga clic aquí para inscribirse. Audience: Adults. Adults 50+. Language: Español. Summary: Únase al Club de Lectura de la Biblioteca Central. El libro de este mes es: "La bibliotecaria de Saint-Malo" de Mario Escobar. Description: Un corazón puro puede iluminar aun la noche más oscura.Y en el más terrible de los momentos de la historia. Jocelyn es la guardiana de la Biblioteca de Saint-Malo, una mujer huérfana que se aferra a la literatura y a su marido Antoine. Pero ambos corren peligro: la llegada de las tropas alemanas a la ciudad, en especial aquella del comandante Adolf Bauman, empeñado en robar algunos de los incunables que tan celosamente guarda la bibliotecaria, quiere acabar con su felicidad. El capitán Hermann von Choltitz,… View in Catalog: La bibliotecaria de Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar. ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs. Event Information: For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636. Sunday, August 14, 2022, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.