The Seattle Public Library will offer free programs ranging from holiday Photoshop classes to board game bonanzas, movies, crafts, chess and more! See below for the schedule of events from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 6.
TEENS (ages 12-18 or as noted)
Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club – Interested in D & D? Play and learn with other teens at the Ballard Branch. This group is organized and led by Ballard teens. Snacks will be provided. First time attendees, please come at noon for character creation.
- 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.
Teen Space – Hang out with your friends and other teens your age! Play board and video games, hang out, listen to music, use a computer and eat snacks until the food runs out.
- 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the NewHolly Branch, 7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905.
- 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, 206-684-4704. For ages 12-19.
Peter Manos – Local author Manos will discuss “A Girl Named Cricket,” about a teenage alien who is tricked into leaving her dying planet and forced to enroll in high school in California.
- 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Montlake Branch, 2401 24th Ave. E., 206-684-4720.
ALL AGES (or as noted)
Kids Café Afterschool Meals – Kids and teens eat for free! This program is co-sponsored by Food Lifeline, City of Seattle Human Services and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. For ages 1-18. No meals when the Library is closed on Dec. 24 and 25, or Jan. 1.
- 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Dec. 21 to Jan. 4 at the High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454.
- 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Dec. 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and Jan. 3 and 4 at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7519.
- 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7519.
- 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Dec. 21 to Jan. 4 at the South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S., 206-615-1688.
Game On! – Come to the Library for board games and open play on the Xbox 360 and Wii. Drop in for fun activities, dance to the Kinect, or drive yourself crazy on Mario Kart. For kids and teens.
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26 at the NewHolly Branch, 7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905.
- 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 at the High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454.
Day of Reading and Fun – Join us for reading, coloring, and bookmark making.
Hot chocolate and tea provided, plus book giveaways! Feel free to bring cozy blankets and pillows. For all ages.
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086.
Play Chess – Drop by to learn and play chess! For all ages.
- 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.
Reading Oasis – Drop in anytime for a low-key afternoon of reading while we transform the Library meeting room into a cozy escape full of tents and pillows. You’ll trade book recommendations with librarians, sip warm drinks, and go home with Library goodies and plenty to read for the rest of the break. For kids and teens.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at the Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980.
Scarecrow Video Silver Screeners presents ‘The Women’s Balcony’ – A 2016 Israeli comedy-drama about a group of devoutly orthodox Jewish women attempting to unite their neighborhood and preserve their traditions when a charismatic rabbi enters their lives. Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon, and stars Evelin Hagoel, Yigal Naor and Orna Banai. Shown in Hebrew with English subtitles. For teens and adults.
- 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.
Bow Wows And Books – Come read aloud to certified therapy dogs from Project Canine (younger and older siblings are welcome too). The Library will have books available, and you are welcome to bring your own books as well. For ages 5 to 13.
- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 at the Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W., 206-386-4225.
The Library supports children and youth by giving them opportunities to excel and learn through our educational resources, classes and staff assistance. We help level the playing field for underserved populations by forming strong partnerships to offer aid with student success.