Ballard Library now closed for up to two months

As of yesterday (Monday, May 9) Ballard Branch Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) is temporarily closed for up to two months for refurbishing and interior improvements.

Parking garage hours will be revised to match the hours of the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) and a temporary book drop will be installed between the main entrances of the branch and the NSC.

The Library is planning to hold several programs such as story times and book groups at alternate locations and to park its new bookmobile near the branch to provide limited access to books and other items on selected days while the branch is closed.

Ballard’s 15,000-square-foot branch opened in May 2005, thanks to the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city. According to Seattle Public Library statistics, it is one of the most heavily used branches in the Library system.

SPL confirms that after 11 years of heavy use, the branch needs to be re carpeted. While the branch is closed for that work, the Library also will consolidate staff service desks, add comfortable seating, group most public computers in a single area and add a self-checkout kiosk. The changes are based on branch usage and trends in library services.

The Library will confirm the closing date once construction bids have been reviewed. Most of the branch will be fenced off during construction.

While the branch is closed, locals may choose any other Library location as a pickup location for items placed on hold and may return materials to any branch.

If patrons don’t select an alternate branch, their holds will be sent to the Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave N). The branch can be contacted at  (206) 684-4086.

SPL reports that construction work is expected to be completed within about two months.

For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or click here.

BHS to host annual plant sale this week

Ballard High School will be hosting their annual plant sale this week at their greenhouse.

The sale will be held from Wednesday, May 11, through Friday, May 13, from 2:20 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Greenhouse manager India Carlson tells us they’ll be selling sustainably grown vegetable starts and annual flowers, with all proceeds benefiting the greenhouse program at BHS.

The greenhouse is located on 15th Ave NW, just next to the high school.

Lorena Gonzalez to attend Thursday’s CBRA meeting


Unfortunately Lorena Gonzalez has notified the CBRA that she is unable to attend tonight’s meeting due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict. Gonzalez hopes to reschedule in the fall.

Tonight’s meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

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Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) will meet this Thursday, May 12, from 7 p.m. in Cafeteria Conference Room of Ballard Swedish Hospital.

Ballard’s Council Member at Large, Lorena Gonzalez, will be speaking at the meeting.

“As one of your two city-wide representatives, I intend to uphold the progressive values I have spent my career fighting for and to be a voice for Seattle residents from all walks of life,” says Gonzalez on her website.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited. All are welcome to attend.

Farmers Market expands along 22nd Ave NW


Starting this month, Ballard Farmers Market is expanding beyond Ballard Ave NW.

The popular market is expanding operations to include 22nd Ave NW all the way up to NW Market St.

“The additional block means many more vendors — both new and returning — plus more room to stroll along both sides of Ballard Ave,” says Ballard Farmers Market organizers.

Ballard Farmers Market hours remain the same, every Sunday year round, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Check out the latest news on their blog!

Development Update May 9: Subdivisions and row houses

Here is the latest news on the development front for our neighborhood as listed in the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


7536 15th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: Y) 1,393.2 sq. ft. and Z) 1,396.4 sq. ft. Two live-work units proposed under 6487792.

9500 9th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 6,809 sq. ft. and B) 2,299 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain.

8364 12th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 3-story rowhouse containing 7 dwelling units. Surface parking for 7 vehicles to be provided.


2433 NW 62nd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,398 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/23/2016.

What’s on this weekend

Welcome to a sunny Mother’s Day weekend! Enjoy it at these fantastic events.


  • Friends of the Seattle Public Library HUGE Book Sale at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. More than 100,000 items on sale, including Books, DVDs, CDs and more. Most items cost between $1 – $3.
  • Moonlight Yoga (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Held on the Friday nearest the new moon, this practice is meant to energize and set intentions for the upcoming lunar cycle. Cost is $18. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.>
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 9 p.m. Bro, Sis and the Bucket List  – cover TBD
    • Pokey LaFarge with The Cactus Blossoms and Mindie Lind at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.
    • Night Moves, Valley Maker and The Echo Echo Echoes at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.


  • Live Music
    • Country/Blues Pokey LaFarge with The Cactus Blossoms at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.
    • Gibraltar, Low Hums, Vibragun and Black Ferns at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. Billy Joe & Vic: Buddy Holly to Blue State


Barnes and Noble to host Whitman Middle School Bands fundraiser

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Barnes and Noble Bookstore at Northgate (401 NE Northgate Way #1100) is  once again hosting The Whitman Middle School Bands and Orchestras and Choirs for a day of free performances and fundraising this Saturday, May 7.

The Whitman School bands will be performing throughout the day from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

“Barnes and Noble has generously arranged for a week-plus long Book Fair to raise funds for Whitman’s music program,” says Rachel Hart Rios from Friends of Whitman Music.

Up to 20% of proceeds from purchases made in store May 6 – 12 and online May 6 – 15 will go to support the music program at Whitman.

Items that count towards sales include books, food and beverages from the Café, gift items, electronics and music.

The following coupon code must be used upon check out in store and online for Whitman to get credit: 11801255. Locals can make online purchases here.

Body discovered in alleyway on 22nd Ave NW


SPD officers are undertaking an investigation after a man was found dead in the alleyway on 22nd Ave NW near Johnny’s Ballard Shoe Repair Store on Thursday morning.

According to the SPD, the initial call was made at 8:36 a.m. during which a caller reporting a man down the alleyway not breathing. Emergency services found the man dead on arrival.

My Ballard reader Stephen emailed in with the above photo. “I don’t know the circumstances. I saw a dead body by the dumpster,” he writes.

At this stage the SPD has not mentioned any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

The My Ballard team will update the story when more information becomes available.