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The Rise & Fall of Prohibition @ Mohai, Check Out a FREE Museum Pass @ SPL

AS teal text only logo with dates horizontal Step back in time to the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation!  Created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and making its West Coast premiere at MOHAI, American Spirits brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life through a re-created speakeasy, films, photos, multimedia, and more that 100 rare artifacts. -MOHAI


PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection, MOHAI

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In Washington State, Prohibition lasted from 1916 until 1933. Local police and federal agents made regular raids and arrests. Circa 1921. 






At the new MOHAI show, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” Maria Lunder, 10, of Seattle, tries to do the “Charleston” dance, using the foot prints on the dance floor.




At the new MOHAI show, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition”, a wall displays vintage police photos of bootleggers. 





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The Museum Pass allows you to use your Seattle Public Library card to reserve and print out an admission pass to participating Seattle museums at no charge.

Visit the Star Wars Costume Exibit @ EMP & Check Out a FREE Museum Pass from SPL

IMG_1502The exhibit marks a 12-city national tour that begins at EMP, where it will be on view January 31 through October 4, 2015

Explore the trials and triumphs in dressing the Star Wars™ universe in this special behind-the-scenes look at the costumes that shaped the identities of the most iconic characters of our time.

Presenting nearly 60 hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume uncovers the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of George Lucas, the concept artists, and designers—and reveals the powerful connection between character and costume.

bnr_museum_pass (1)The Museum Pass allows you to use your Seattle Public Library card to reserve and print out an admission pass to participating Seattle museums at no charge.

Spilled Ink: Today @ Ballard

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Live music! Art! Literature! Videos!

Ballard Branch Teen Advisors and Ballard High School Ink Club invite you Spilled Ink, a community celebration of fresh artwork in many guises from INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online journal.

Where? The Ballard Branch 

When? Today Saturday May 2nd @ 6-8 p.m. (You’ll get to be in the library after hours! The Ballard Branch closes at 6 p.m. and will re-open especially for Spilled Ink attendees. )

This event will showcase student works including art and photography, along with a screening of student-produced videos at 6:30 p.m. Live music and spoken word will be performed throughout the evening by local artists Roy Street, Golden Years, Dragon & Android, Ternbern Quertet, Eli Goldberg, Noah Forslun and Sophia Hermann.

There will also be a ukulele jam with members of the Ballard Ukulele Club that all are welcome to join. Players are invited to bring their own instrument to the jam, or play one of the limited number of ukuleles that will be available.

For more info call the Ballard Branch @ 206-684-4089


NFFTY showing at Central Library

NFFTY_LOGOThe National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY for short) was founded by three Washingtonians shortly after their high school graduations. What started as a one-day showing of young filmmakers’ work has now grown into the largest international festival for filmmakers under 25 years of age. It’s currently an annual three-day showing at the SIFF Uptown and Cinerama theaters in downtown Seattle.

The Central Branch Library recently had a showcase of some of the best pieces from last year’s NFFTY lineup. Works ranged from the highly comical “Iceberg” about Marcus, a teenage thespian, cast as the iceberg in his school’s production of “Titanic”, to a hard-hitting visual story about terrorism in Egypt titled “Trapped”. In addition to other comedic and dramatic shorts, they screened music videos, a documentary, and the 2015 NFFTY trailer (which can be seen here) that alluded to the same high quality of work to come in this year’s festival.

NFFTY this year takes place the weekend of April 23-26. There are panels with professional filmmakers and a variety of films to see, all grouped by common themes. A Day pass gets you access to all of the sections of events/showings on that day. You can see all of them, or just go to the few that pique your interest the most. There are some sections of family-friendly shorts (all noted on the festival website as “Family”), selections of historical dramas, thrillers, animation, a feature-length film, and so much more! It’s a perfect opportunity to see young people make beautiful, meaningful, intelligent work and it is always a blast.
The full festival line-up, tickets, and more information on the festival can be found on NFFTY’s website.

GWD–PJ, Greenwood teen blogger

My Summer of Volunteering: Jesse

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library. This is Jesse’s second summer volunteering for the library.  Now he tells us what he really thought about his volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians!


Jesse, what did you think about volunteering at the library this summer?

When I volunteered last summer, I was, for the most part, just an extra pair of hands. I was someone who catered to the odds and ends of the library whenever I happened to be around. While that was a great experience that I do not regret at all, it never really felt like I was part of the library. This year, I had the chance to a part of a larger project. Me and a small group of other volunteers organized and executed an event that we knew people of our age group would enjoy and be excited about. Alas, I was not able to see the final product first hand due to my unfortunate vacation schedule. But I still feel a strong sense of gratification knowing that I was a part of an organized event that hopefully made a small impression on the library and community. Continue reading

Event: Teen Space The World of Divergent

Divergent-at-SWTDo you love Divergent, personality quizzes, games, snacks, or PRIZES?  If so, then come to the Teen Space: The World of Divergent program at the Southwest Branch.  Take the faction-quiz, participate in the choosing ceremony, try to become Divergent, and win some FABULOUS prizes.  Here are the details:

  • When: Today!  Friday 3/21 3-5 PM
  • Where: The Southwest Branch Meeting Room
  • Why: Connect with other teens, create your own Divergent world, eat snacks, win prizes. . . need I say more?

Are You Blue? So are we!

SPL Hawk Crazy_by_tweetsbytwito_on_TwitterThe Seahawks amazing Super Bowl win has made Seattle come down with Blue Fever! Are you one of the anticipated 500,000+ attending the parade through Seattle?  If so, leave a comment about your experience or tweet us @SPLBuzz.

Win Forever_bookFor those of you who went to school or work today, you can watch the parade and celebrations at the Seahawks website starting at 10 AM Pacific.

Also, thanks for tweeting your reads for the #ReadingBowl! Seattle won the 2014 Reading Bowl.  Seattleites tweeted 1153 reads and Denver 861!  For more stats and post (reading) game highlights check out SPL’s other blog Shelf Talk.

Are you still mad about football, the Seahawks, or Pete Carroll?  The Seattle Public Library has books, videos, and more for you!


Calling All Teens: Community Conversations with the City Librarian

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a Community Conversation at the Greenwood Branch Library. These meetings, which are hosted by the City Librarian, Marcellus Turner, take place at different locations and are designed to connect each neighborhood community more closely with the Library. They not only allow members of the community to share ideas but also help keep them informed with news on what’s happening within the Library itself. Continue reading

Teen Space: Duct Mania

Teen SpaceCreate your very own duct tape wallet, jewelry, portfolios, boats, purses, and more at the monthly Teen Space program at the Southwest Branch. We have two bins of duct tape filled with various colors and patterns that are just waiting to be made into projects.  Come ready to have some fun being creative.  We’ll also have snacks, board games, hang-out time, conversation, and books! 

  • When: Friday 12/20/13 from 2:30-4:30 PM 
  • Where: Southwest Branch
  • Who: 6th – 12th graders

College Application & Scholarship Completion Event

College_Application_Events_from_RoadMapProjectCollege deadlines are approaching! 12th graders and their families can get help completing applications and essays for community, technical and four-year colleges at the Southwest Branch today.  Representatives from Scholarship Junkies will show a short presentation at 1 PM and will be on hand to help students learn about and apply for scholarships.  Feel free to drop in anytime during the program.  This program is presented in partnership with the Road Map Project.

Here are the details:

Want more information? Check out our calendar of events.