After employee stuck with a needle, Seattle Public Library to install sharps containers

Last month an employee at the Ballard library branch was stuck by a needle while cleaning out the garbage in the women’s restroom.

Now the library is planning to install sharps containers in a pilot program in some of the branches, according to Erica Barnett reporting in Seattle Weekly.

The library will work with Seattle Public Utilities, which is already running a pilot program for safe needle disposal in outdoor bins and inside several public restrooms. The closest location to Ballard is a bin at Fremont Canal Park.

Seattle Public Library said the Ballard incident was the first of its kind in the library system.

Virtual reality event coming to Ballard Library

On Wednesday, August 9, the Ballard Library will have a virtual reality recreational vehicle – known as the VRVe – for people to try out from noon to 6:30 pm.

Developed by a company called Fearless360°, people will have a chance to experience the following virtual and augmented realities:

  • Hear local artists explore the theme “Me/We: Our Future City in 360º” around a storytelling campfire
  • Take a virtual tour of U.S. national parks through View-Masters and VR headsets and learn how the technologies are connected
  • Experience “Reforestation of Imagination,” an augmented reality (AR) flower bed with real and virtual flowers

According the library, “Fearless360º is a start-up collective working at the intersection of arts, culture, education, storytelling and technology to develop content, programming and curriculum for immersive/VR/AR/360º media.”

Drop-in help for low-income or homeless veterans at Ballard Library on Tuesday

The Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will offer two upcoming drop-in help sessions for military veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The dates are June 6 and 20 (both Tuesdays) from 10 am to noon each day.

The library will have a veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families available to connect people with services to find and keep housing.

They’ll also offer information on the following:

  • rapid access to housing
  • counseling
  • financial planning
  • access to transportation
  • access to income resources
  • help with expenses
  • help with legal issues
  • access to medical care

For more information, call the library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.


BHS ‘Spilled Ink’ exhibition on this month

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host a community celebration of “Spilled Ink: Ballard High School Music and Art Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

The Ballard Branch’s teen advisers have joined forces with the Ballard High School Ink Club to present the annual release of INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online art and literary journal.

The event will showcase student works including music, art and literature. There will be live performances of jazz, ska, indie rock, a string quintet and by a wide array of individual musicians.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. This is an after-hours event and the Library’s parking garage will be closed; free parking is available on nearby streets.

For more information about the event call the Ballard Branch at (206) 684-4089 or ask a librarian.

Ballard Library to host “It’s About Time Writer’s Reading Series” this week

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be hosting the 330th meeting of the “It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series” this Thursday, April 13, from  6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. The series is held at the Ballard branch every second Thursday of the month.

This month’s presentation features readings from Julene Tripp Weaver, David Fewster and Meg Pasquini. Judy Bentley on the Writer’s Craft, will also be speaking about “Staying True to History in YA Fiction.”

Between the author readings, open mic time will be available for three minutes per person.

The series was founded in 1989 by Esther Helfgott and is dedicated to the memory of Anna Helfgott who began writing at the age of 70 and her teacher Nelson Bentley who helped many learn the craft of writing. The group is now curated by Peggy Sturdivant and Katie Tynan.

“The It’s About Time Writers Reading Series is dedicated to an end of racism, homophobia, antisemitism, homelessness & war,” writes the group on their website. 

All aspiring writers are welcome to attend the meeting no matter their writing experience.

“Talk about anything” teen discussion group to meet at Ballard Library

Middle school and high school students are invited to drop in to talk about, or listen to, what’s going on in their lives at a monthly discussion group from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, March 21, April 18 and May 16 at Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW).

This monthly event is hosted by Ballard teens and the Ballard Branch.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the underground garage. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian.

Jim Lynch to host reading at Ballard Library

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Best-selling author Jim Lynch will read from his fourth novel, “Before the Wind,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW) 206-684-4089.

“Before the Wind” is about an eccentric Seattle family of boat builders and sailors who reunite for one last race. The New York Times describes the novel as “an incredibly robust evocation of the sailing world of Puget Sound.” The Wall Street Journal calls it “an affectionate and very funny tribute to the gentle madness of sailing.”

Lynch is also the author of three other novels that were all adapted for the stage: the international bestseller “The Highest Tide,” which won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award; “Border Songs,” which won the Washington State Book Award and the Indie’s Choice Honor Book Award; and “Truth Like the Sun,” which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize for literary crime fiction. Lynch grew up in Seattle and now lives in Olympia.

This event is presented in partnership with Secret Garden Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at the branch.

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian.

Ballard Library to host Poetry Potluck on March 16

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host Poetry ‘Potluck’ from  6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.  on Thursday, March 16.

The event is an informal monthly gathering for listening to and reading poetry aloud. Attendees should bring a few favorite poems.

A reminder that this is a feast of poetry, not a food event.

Call Ballard Branch at (206) 684-4089 or Ask a Librarian to find out more information.

Ballard Library to close next month for staff in-service day

The Central Library and all branches of The Seattle Public Library, including Ballard Library, will be closed next month on Wednesday, March 29 for a staff in-service day.

Book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open.

Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 30.

Ballard Library to host “Green Up” renewable energy information table

The Seattle Public Library will host a Seattle City Light “Green Up” information table from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 8, 15 and 22 in the lobby at the Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW).

Chat with City Light representatives about how local renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest can support clean energy and a healthy environment.

The Green Up program uses renewable energy projects to help promote economic development in rural parts of the region, improve Washington state’s energy security and reduce pollution.

Seattle City Light customers can change their owned or rented home’s energy usage to renewable energy through the Green Up program. Customers can choose to purchase renewable power for 25, 50 or 100 percent of their power usage.

Green Up’s renewable energy credits come from regional geothermal, biogas, wind and small hydro energy. Seattle City Light’s basic energy service is currently a mix of hydro, wind, nuclear, coal, landfill gas and other power sources.

For more information about renewable power sources in the Pacific Northwest, visit Seattle City Light’s Green Up homepage.