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.

Ballard Library to provide assistance for local Housing Choice Voucher applicants

Local low-income residents can receive help registering for a “Housing Choice Voucher” (formerly Section 8) throughout the month of February at nine locations of The Seattle Public Library.

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host a session from noon – 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13.

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is holding a lottery to place 3,500 households on a new Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist. Households can register for the lottery online between February 6 through 24. SHA staff will be on hand at various Library locations to help with registration process.

Applications for the program will be accepted from 8 a.m. Monday, February 6 through 5 p.m. Friday, February 24. During this three-week period, the application process will only be available online through

These events are free and everyone is welcome. No reservations are required.

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

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be hosting the 328th meeting of the “It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series” next Thursday, February 9, 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 Thomas Schabarum and Mary Holscher. Marc Barrington will also give a short lecture on “The Writer’s Craft.”

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.

Ballard Library to host preview of La Traviata


Ballard Library is hosting a preview concert of Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, January 4).

“La Traviata” is a passionate portrait of a worldly courtesan forced by bourgeois society to give up the man of her dreams. The opera enthralls with a wide range of moods packed into a tautly-constructed story, with a musical score that elevates a timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice.

Featuring professional singers and an accompanist, this hour-long presentation will take you on a journey through the story and music of the opera.

The event is free and registration is not required.

Ballard Library to host workshops for job seekers

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will offer workshops on interviewing and résumé building for jobseekers starting Monday, December 12, through Wednesday, February 8.

Check out the workshop schedule below:


Know what to expect from an interview and how to prepare effective answers to frequently asked questions. Discover how to impress employers and get the job you have always wanted! Registration is not required, but to reserve a seat contact Sherril Koagel at 206-779-1628 or

Résumé Building

Learn what employers are looking for and how to provide that information on your résumé. The workshop will cover how to best showcase your skills, education and experience. Registration is not required, but to reserve a seat contact Amanda See at 206-637-5148 or

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

NW Youth Harp Ensemble to perform at Ballard Library

Members of the Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble will perform holiday songs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, December 10 at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble is led by Ballard harpist Susi Hussong. The ensemble includes a dozen children and will be accompanied by violin, cello, flute, bells, drums and voice.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available in the branch garage.

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

Seattle Library launches online meeting room reservations service

Meeting rooms at all branch libraries of The Seattle Public Library, including those here in Ballard, may now be reserved for dates beginning March 1, 2017, and beyond with a new meeting room reservation software at

Locals can make, edit or cancel meeting room reservations from your Spaces account.

Steps to sign up for a meeting room online:

  1. Create a free account using your email at
  2. Once your account is confirmed, you can search for and reserve a meeting room.
  3. Library staff will review your request and send you a confirmation via email once it is approved.
  4. On the day of your meeting, show up at the branch and check in with the staff member at the Information Desk.

Reservations can be made 120 days in advance.  Patrons are able to book up to 10 hours of meeting room use per month.

Patrons with Spaces accounts may also call or speak with a Library staff member in person to make a reservation. Library staff members can help you make, edit or cancel reservations if needed.

To learn more about using the Library’s meeting room reservation system, please see the online tutorial. An informational brochure is also available at all Library locations.

For more information, visit Meeting and Study Rooms, sign up at, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.


Library launches auto-renew service

Cardholders at The Seattle Public Library can now automatically extend their item checkout periods through Library Elf, a free online service available for Library patrons that helps track holds and due dates.

Library Elf has recently added an automatic renewal feature. Patrons can set up a free Library Elf account and activate Auto Renew, and Library Elf will attempt to renew items on their behalf when the items are getting close to the due date. Eligible materials will automatically be renewed according to standard renewal limits. Most items can be renewed twice if no one is waiting for them.

The frequency and timing of Auto Renews will depend on what a patron has chosen in the “Advance Notice” settings of their Library Elf account. Patrons can sign up for email notifications that will note if items were renewed or not renewed, or log into their Library account to check their current due dates.

Library Elf also provides notifications for holds waiting, pre-overdue materials and overdue materials for multiple Library accounts in one message. This service is especially useful for families trying to track multiple Library accounts. The service can even combine accounts of other participating library systems, including KCLS.

The Seattle Public Library will continue its existing notice services separate from the Library Elf service, including pre-overdue and holds waiting notifications by email.

For more information, contact the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

Drop in help for Veterans available at Ballard Library this month and next

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will offer drop-in help for military veterans who are experiencing homelessness, or living on low incomes this month and next.

Assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, November 29 and December 13.

A veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families will be available to connect people who have been in the military and are experiencing homelessness, or living on very low incomes, with services to help them find and keep housing. Services provided will include:

  • 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

These events are presented in partnership with Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

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

Ballard Library to offer support to local businesses

Ballard Library is launching a new service to support local businesses, aptly titled Library to Business (L2B).

The Library-to-Business (L2B) project supports entrepreneurial endeavors with information, education, and networking and referral assistance.

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur, an experienced business owner or managing a company, Ballard Library is offering services to help locals succeed.

The Ballard Library team can assist locals in conducting research and finding the right resources for their business.

Learn how to:

  • Size up your industry
  • Discover customer demographics
  • Find information about markets
  • Improve your business skills
  • Find referrals to other business assistance organizations

The L2B team is also hosting a “drop-in” Business Resource open house at Ballard Library on Thursday, November 17, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

“People who have businesses, want to have businesses or just have an idea can come and meet with community lenders, and organizations that help businesses by giving advice, counseling, etc,” say the organizers.

If you are interested and want to find out more talk to to the team in person at Ballard Library, call them at 206-386-4636 or Ask a business question.