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Changes in Push To Talk

push-to-talk1Hey Teens!  The Seattle Public Library is working on new ways to connect with you using technology.   Want to get involved in this exciting project?  Email Juan Rubio, or ask a librarian at your local branch.


Starting June 1, our Push to Talk and Tumblr blogs will no longer be updated, but stay tuned for news about our next project!  We hope you’ll join us!​


Greenwood Branch Celebrates 10 Years!

On January 29, Greenwood Library turned 10, and last Sunday, 2/8/15, we celebrated its 10th birthday with a time capsule, cake, and City Librarian Marcellus Turner. ???????????????????????????????

Did you know that the first location of the Greenwood Library was at 7020 Greenwood Ave and opened in 1928? This location was open until 1953, when it moved to the current location. Construction began to renovate the building in 2003, and it opened two years later.

As people came through and enjoyed a piece of cake, we asked that they write down what they thought the library was going to be like in 15 years. Here are some highlights:

-Everything electronic
-Planning to build a new one that has a garden
-Will look like a spaceship
-Will not have may physical books, except for beautiful Children’s books with gorgeous illustrations
-Meeting room used as drop-in center
-Night shelter for the homeless
-Library will be more of a media center than a place for books
-Robots instead of humans helping patrons- I HOPE NOT (his words)
-5x bigger, with every book ever publishedDinosaurLibrary

We also asked for drawings of the library, and this is one of my favorites.

It felt like a proper birthday party for everyone’s favorite library! ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????







It’s interesting to see the divide of people on what the library will be like. Which side are you on; all electronic, or much, much bigger & full of books?

–Sophie Adams, Greenwood Library

Win $150! 2015 Teen Video Challenge

Teen-video-challenge-bannerThe Washington State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) have launched the 2015 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.

Teens are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 teen slogan “Unmask” in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve teens in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience. The winning video will be named one of the CSLP 2015 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide.

$150 will be awarded to the creators of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes worth at least $50 from CSLP and Demco/Upstart. Winners will be announced by CSLP in April 2015.

For full details about the CSLP 2015 Teen Video Challenge and to find out how to enter Washington’s competition, please visit

Want to see the 2012 winner, representing Tacoma Public Library?  Teeler won $150 – why not you?


Free money: Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship


Write about civic courage.

Win a $5,000 scholarship.

Who is your local hero?

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition. High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate.

The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

Essays must be submitted online between January 1 – March 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in May 2015. Winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at The Seattle Public Library and will be given directly to the participant’s school on their behalf.

1st Place: $5,000 scholarship

2nd Place: Two $2,500 scholarships

Thanks to our many leading historians and authors who have agreed to act as judges and evaluate submissions, including our blue ribbon scholarship judges:

Research Assistance
Research assistance is available from librarians at The Seattle Public Library at all 27 library locations.

Other resources:
Special Collections at The Seattle Public Library
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

College Entrance Essay Clinic for Juniors and Panicking Seniors

Want to get a jumpstart on applying for college but aren’t sure how to write a college entrance essay that admissions staff will notice? Not sure where to start? Let us help! We invite you to attend our first College Essay Clinic for juniors and desperate seniors. Come with whatever work you’ve done–or haven’t yet begun–on your personal statement, and our expert mentors will guide you through the next steps. Bring just yourself, or bring your essay on paper, laptop, flash drive, or in your head. We promise the entire college application process will be much less scary afterward.

Saturday, March 7th / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm / Grades 9 – 12 / at Fearless Ideas

(it may be months away, but spots are limited, so register soon!)

This two-hour event will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 4-6pm here at The Bureau of Fearless Ideas. It is free and open to juniors and seniors from all high schools. Students can come with something written or just bring themselves and learn about the college entrance essay process from our many skilled tutors.

Please print or pass the attached poster around. Spots are limited to 20 students, so please register soon at

Free money for college: Scholarship Junkies

scholarshipjunkiesHS Seniors in the Seattle area: Want to apply for a last dollar* scholarship to college?

Come work one-on-one with Gates Scholars and Alumni as well as the Scholarship Junkies team to work on and complete your GMS application, no matter if you are just starting or finishing your application. We strongly encourage you save any files via Dropbox or email your files to yourself.

Apply for the 2014-15 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship program, awarded annually to 1,000 high school seniors nationwide for their academic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. For more, visit and read our #1 GMS blog with tips, suggestions, and sample essays on the GMS.

Date/Time: Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Sunday, January 11, 2015, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 (Bus Tunnel: University Street Station)

Questions: Email
*If you don’t know what this means, send us a note and ask! gatesmilleniumscholarship

Ebola: Not the only epidemic

ebolaworkersWhat did you do last Wednesday evening? Well, I went to a presentation about HIV and vaccine research at my school sponsored by our Global Health Club. Personally, I’ve been interested in infectious diseases and global/public health for some years, and it was interesting to talk with students and researchers who share this interest.

Right now is an interesting time for global health and infectious disease because of – you guessed it – the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. This epidemic has infected 13,268 people and killed 4,960 and has caused infections in countries outside of Africa. This has caused a great panic among citizens of these countries because of the terrifying symptoms that Ebola causes. But it’s important to remember that it is quite challenging for an ordinary person living in the US to contract Ebola and that not all Ebola cases will result in the extreme symptoms that the media focuses on. Here in the US we have access to excellent health care that is supported by strong infrastructure that will prevent an outbreak here. Continue reading