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
Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times
Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times
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.
The 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.
Greenwood Library is celebrating a very special birthday this year. It’s turning a decade old! To celebrate this fantastic achievement, the library is throwing a special celebration.
On the 8th of February, many fun activities will be held; all are totally free and open to the public. The celebration will be held from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and will be tons of fun. Drop in and check it out. Have some refreshments and share your great memories of this amazing library with your community (and the City Librarian, MT!). We will also be sealing a time capsule. We will stuff the capsule with whatever special memories you choose. There is free parking in the lower garage and refreshments, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t come down to the Greenwood library and have some fun while commemorating a huge milestone for the library and community of Seattle.
A little bit of history of the library’s presence in Greenwood:
In 1928 Greenwood-Phinney Branch Library opened, thanks to Greenwood-Phinney Commercial Club and parent-teacher groups. A campaign that raised $340.80 and the generous offer from the library board to operate a branch, allowed the hugely popular library to open its doors. After an expansion in1932, a remodel in 1939 and because of bond issues in 1950 and 1952, the city council expanded the budget and bought a new book-mobile and 3 new branches. One of those lucky branches was the Greenwood library.
In 1998 money raised by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and a huge bond measure, made it possible for the library to have a giant 15,000 square foot expansion. In 2003 the library was demolished, along with an old house next to it, and construction began to make room for a larger branch. On January 29th 2005, the new branch, that we now call the Greenwood Library opened. This library is now a decade old and has been continuously used and loved by the community. ❤
Come join the festivities, and commemorate the journey and community love of this great library.
Look no further! We’re showing it at the Central Library!
Free tickets for seats will be available beginning at 4 p.m. at the auditorium entrance near the escalators. Auditorium doors will open for seating for ticket holders on a first come, first served basis beginning at 4:45 p.m. The auditorium can accommodate about 275 people.
The Library will get fans in the spirit by offering free Seahawks promotional items (limited numbers). Library staff members will be wearing their Seahawks jerseys…so be sure to wear all your gear, too! And bring the noise, 12th Man!
Although the Central Library closes at 6 p.m. on Saturday, people in the auditorium will be allowed to stay until the game ends.
A group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library. Now Hailey tells us what she really thought about her volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians!
Hailey, what did you think about volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library this summer?
As the end of summer is unfortunately and rapidly approaching, I reflect on what I have accomplished as a free teenager for the past months, and hopefully I come to the conclusion that I’ve done something purposeful. I know that most kids totally and utterly detest the sheer thought of anything related to school, and I’m not denying the fact that I am one of those people, but this summer I did something out of the ordinary for me. This fall, I’ll be a high school freshman, and as much as I am excited, I’m also just as nervous. I already have nine years of school under my belt (don’t forget preschool), so what could be so different? Although I don’t have older siblings, I’ve gone through life without any helpful advice from experience such as homework help and some morale support, but I have heard through the grape vine what to expect this school year. Continue reading →