Panel: The Changing Role of Librarians and Libraries in STEAM Education, May 7


The Changing Role of Librarians and Libraries in STEAM Education

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6-8PM | Edmonds Public Library

Register for tickets here.

The image of librarians as knowledge holders and of libraries as holders of books is shifting as librarians take on roles as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) educators with the growing emphasis on STEAM and makerspaces in libraries. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed: Ceder Park Elementary Global Reading Challenge, Feb 6 & 13

Volunteers Needed: Ceder Park Elementary Global Reading Challenge, Feb 6 & 13

Abigail Levin, school librarian at Cedar Park Elementary (13224 37th Ave NE), invites volunteers to work with 4th and 5th graders who are making things (hands-on!) for the Global Reading Challenge, from 12-1 on both February 6 and February 13. Continue reading

Funding: Student Loan Repayment & Options presentation, 4/22


Student Loan Repayment & Options
Date Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm PDT
Where Central Library
Room Location Level 4 – Room 1 – Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room
Audience Adults
Language English
Summary Are you affected by student loan debt? Join us for a free presentation and talk to an attorney about your student loan debt.
Description Student loan debt affects millions of Americans and is now the second-largest sector of household debt at more than $1 trillion. In partnership with CENTS and the Attorney General’s Office of Washington, The Seattle Public Library will host a presentation on student loan repayment at the Central Library.

The presentation will cover:
• Types of loans, and how to find out what type you have
• Defaulted loans and options to deal with default
• Finding an affordable payment plan to stay out of default
• How to change payment plans
• Loan forgiveness options for Federal student loans
• Dealing with collection activity
• Specific issues related to Private student loans
• Pros and cons of filing for bankruptcy
• Scams and frauds to watch out for
• Resources for self help and further assistance

Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session and a limited number of one-on-one attorney consults will be assigned on a first come/first served basis to help attendees make a strategy to deal with student loan debt. Please join us for this free session and bring your questions on student loan repayment.

Our schedule will be as follows:
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Presentation
2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Questions and Answers
3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. one-on-one consultations (10 minutes each)

Notes Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Program brought to you by the Education Subgroup of the Washington Attorney General’s Student Loan Workgroup. Outreach subgroup members represent the following organizations: CENTS, Northwest Consumer Law Center, Northwest Justice Project, Washington Student Association, Washington Attorney General’s Office. The attorney presenters and panelists are volunteers with CENTS’ Student Loan Project.

Contact Info *Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room Capacity Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Event: Seattle Public Library Community Conversations

Come share your ideas, suggestions and questions with City Librarian Marcellus Turner at one of 12 Community Conversations between September 2013 and February 2014. The head of The Seattle Public Library will share updates on levy implementation and talk with you about current and future Library services system wide. Tell us what we can do for you!

Kick-off Community Conversation

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10
Central Library

Extraordinary Gift to Benefit Seattle’s Public Libraries

 We recently received this from our friends at the Seattle Public Libraries:

I have some really exciting news to share…and as someone who values libraries I wanted you to be the first to know about it.  Today we are announcing that an anonymous donor has pledged $500,000 to The Seattle Public Library Foundation if we can raise a matching amount through community contributions. 
Here’s how the gift came about.  When the 2010 mid-year cuts to The Seattle Public Library’s budget were announced, The Seattle Public Library Foundation got a call from the donor’s representative.  The anonymous donor had read the news and wanted to find a way to help. 

The anonymous donor was especially concerned about how budget cuts would impact the community, in particular children and families who rely on Seattle’s public libraries for so much.  The donor felt this would be a powerful way to inspire others in the community to step forward and support our library system. 
Our goal is to raise $500,000 to match the gift by December 31, 2010, so we can make those dollars available for Seattle’s public libraries to use by 2011. Once raised, the money will be used to help the libraries serve the community – to buy more books and resources and support free public programming.

This gift essentially doubles any donation made to the Foundation in the coming months – go to for all the details. 
You can also help us spread the word by forwarding this message to family and friends who love our libraries.
Thanks for your support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation!
Dave McShea
Board of Trustees, The Seattle Public Library Foundation