Do It Yourself!

Check out the Summer Reading Program’s do-it-yourself workshops at the Seattle Public Library!

Duct Tape Mania!

Find out what you can make with a roll of duct tape! Create roses, picture frames, wallets and more. Bring your creative side and discover a new use for this sticky product.

Cute Creatures

Like cute stuff? Then this workshop is for you! All you need to do is show up and make cute felt creatures –- all materials will be provided.

Bookmaking for Teens

Instructors from the Seattle Center for Book Arts show you how handmade books can add a creative twist to traditional soft-cover and hard-cover books. All materials and supplies provided

Zinery 101

A zine is a self-published magazine. Learn the basics and make your own zine with Lucy Morehouse of Ong Ong Press.

All of these programs are for teens only.


July’s Featured Artist: eklectopia


eklectopia is

an emerging new talent
quirky and creative jewelry and treasures
recycled aluminum and rubber earrings and necklaces
eco and wallet friendly

Thursday July 1, 2010 1:00-4:00pm

Level 3 of The Seattle Public Library, FriendShop

Raptors, Rockets and Robots!

This week we’re highlighting 3 cool science programs in the Seattle Public Library’s Summer Reading Program:

Save Our Amazing Raptors (SOAR):  Woodland Park Zoo educators will play show and tell with  live raptors (birds of prey).  Come ask questions and see these amazing birds up close.  Click here for a list of the library branches and times where you can see this program.  For ages 5 and up.

Paper Airplanes!:  Want to learn about the science of flight from the friendly folks at the Museum of Flight? Here’s your chance to build paper airplanes, two-loop gliders and straw rockets, while learning about aerodynamics and how a plane moves and is controlled. Available at the following library branches and times.  For ages 6 and up; groups and drop-ins welcome.

Robot Challenge:  Pacific Science Center educators want to help you explore the world of robots!  You’ll get to see how scientists use robots to investigate dangerous places, and then try your hand at programming a robot.  Think you’re the champ?  Come compete in teams against other programmers at the following library branches and times to see who will earn the title of Top Robot Programmer!  For ages 12-18.

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library Win Baker and Taylor Award

Big congratulations for the Friends of the Seattle Library for winning the Baker and Taylor Award!  The Baker and Taylor Award recognizes Friends groups that do an outstanding job supporting their library.  The Friends of SPL had an outstanding year in 2009.  Not only did we tirelessly raise funds to support Seattle Public Library but we also spearheaded a campaign to have funds restored to the Library’s budget!  Over $800,000 were restored by the City Council!   Thanks to all the Friends and supporters for making all our efforts successful.  Also a big thanks to our admin Alice Springer for compiling and sending in our application.  City Librarian Susan Hildreth will accept the award at the upcoming American Library Association Conference.  To learn more about the Baker and Taylor Award click here.

Explore World Cultures with the Summer Reading Program at SPL!

Sounds of Vietnam

Travel the world while staying in Seattle!  This year, the Summer Reading Program at the Seattle Public Library offers opportunities to experience cultures from around the globe for the whole family!   Check out cool programs like “Heart and Soul of Mexico”, which highlights music and culture from different regions of Mexico featuring La Mariachi Mexico.  “Images of China” is an amazing puppet show by puppet masters from Dragon Arts Studios.   Hear traditional Vietnamese music with a new twist with “Sounds of Vietnam” staring Khac Chi.  While you are there, pick up a book to learn even more!  These great programs and many others can be found on the Library’s Events Calendar.

Meet an Author with The Summer Reading Program!


The Summer Reading Program has many events that allow you to meet authors.  Check out the Events Calendar on the Library’s website for dates and times.   This year, there will be many appearances by popular authors for teens.  If you like sci-fi, graphic novels, historical fiction or non-fiction there is an event for you!  This news release from Seattle Public Library has a complete list of authors.   Come out and meet one of your favorite authors or discover something new!

Artichoke Tales by featured author Megan Kelso