It’s tax season & free tax preparation is available at the Queen Anne Library

It’s that time of year, tax documents are starting to arrive and April 15th will be here sooner than you know it!

If you need tax help or full-on tax preparation, the Seattle Public Library has partnered with United Way of King County and AARP to offer free tax preparation services from now through mid-April at SPL branches, including our own Queen Anne Library.

Trained volunteers will be at the Queen Anne Library every Wednesday and Saturday from noon-4pm to answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. Note: he service is not available for business tax returns.

Appointments are not required, assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Here’s what you need to bring to the library:

  • Social Security cards for everyone listed on the tax return (photocopies are not accepted)
  • Government issued photo ID (required)
  • Income tax forms such as W-2s, 1099s, SSA-1099s, etc.
  • Health care coverage information for each person on the return
  • Health coverage forms, if applicable (1095-A,B,C)
  • Tuition statements, if applicable (1098s)
  • Check with bank account and routing numbers, for direct deposit of refund, if applicable
  • Copy of your last tax return is recommended

Note: due to federal budget cuts the IRS is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. You can find most IRS forms online at www.irs.gov.

Firefighter Story Time at the Queen Anne Library this Thursday

halloween-14-qa-fire-mainA favorite Seattle Public Library program is coming back to Queen Anne. October is fire prevention month, and Seattle Fire Department firefighters will hold story times with books on fire safely for local children. Plus, they will have firefighting equipment and trucks on display to inspire all future firefighters.

Firefighter Story Times is free and everyone is welcome, no registration required. In addition, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available.

Mark your calendars for this Thursday, October 6th from 11am to 11:30am at the Queen Anne Branch, 400 W Garfield St for Firefighter Story Time. Especially timely or those little ones who plan to be firefighters this Halloween (like the photo above from a couple Halloweens ago) or beyond.

SPL building nominated for Landmark Status in advance of sale

SPL Telephone todayThe 1920s brick building directly across the street from the Queen Anne library branch has been nominated for Landmark Status. The Seattle Public Library owns the former Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building and it’s planning to sell the building. As part of the sale preparation, it has submitted a landmark nomination to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board.

Built in 1921 and 1929 (two phases), the building at 1529 4th Ave W sits on a 12,000 square foot lot. After a third story was added in the 1930s, bringing the total square footage to just over 23, 000 square feet. SPL acquired the building in the 1970s, converting it to a warehouse.

Per the nomination:

“If a property is designated as a city landmark, it comes under the jurisdiction of the LPB [Landmark Preservation Board] for design reviews and approval of proposed changes to specific historic features. Typical designated features include a building’s exterior and site, and significant public interior spaces. However, a property owner may still develop the property.”

The nomination includes a detailed history of the building, courtesy of the Queen Anne Historical Society. It’s an interesting write-up that is required reading for any history buffs – it covers the history of the building and the early days of telephone and telegraph industry on Queen Anne. Plus, it has several historic photos of the building, including this one from 1936:

If you have comments for the nomination, you can attend a public meeting:

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board meeting
Wednesday, March 16 at 3:30pm
Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060)

If you can’t make the meeting, you can submit written comments. Comments must be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by March 15 at 3:00pm:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

There’s no indication yet of what type of development could happen at the site, but if the building is approved for Landmark Status, the exterior would likely remain intact – or at least have a chance at remaining as-is (with some earthquake retrofitting), as any design reviews would include approval from the Landmark Preservation Board.

Friendshop pops up at the Queen Anne library on Saturday

Library PlaqueAttention bibliophiles and Seattle Public Library fans: the Queen Anne library branch is hosting a pop up FriendShop tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd.

The popular FriendShop is the cool gift shop at the Central Library downtown, and the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is taking it on the road with pop ups at neighborhood branches.

What can you find at tomorrow’s pop up? Gifts like tote bags, mugs and jewelry, as well as pre-owned paperbacks for $2 and children’s books for $1. All proceeds from the pop up benefit The Seattle Public Library.

Stop by the Queen Anne library tomorrow, January 23, from 11:30am to 3:30pm, and stock up on books and SPL swag.

Saturday is International Games Day at the Queen Anne Library

ALA Games DayThe American Library Association has declared November 21st “International Games Day” for libraries across the country. Seattle is no exception, and you can celebrate board and card games at the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library this Saturday.

From 1pm to 5pm, the library is hosting a free classic board games event that’s free and open to all – kids, teens, and adults are all welcome. The library will have board games on hand, and you can bring your own to share with other gamers.

Sorry piecesThe library has limited space, so arrive early to secure your spot in the celebration of games. Since the event is 4 hours, you may also be able to drop in during the 1pm-5pm timeslot to pick up game of classic board games like Clue or Sorry, Chinese checkers, chess, Uno, and more.

Game on!

The Seattle Public Library is rebranding and seeking public input

The SPL logo and name will change –
check out the survey to see what’s proposed

The Seattle Public Library has kicked off a rebranding initiative, and it’s seeking public feedback  via a survey on the new name, three new logos, and a descriptive mission statement. I took the survey last night, it’s short and well worth your time if you have an opinion on the future of SPL.

“Seattle Public Libraries” is the proposed new name, and you can comment on how you feel about this name, as well as the traditional “The Seattle Public Library” name. Plus, you get a peek at 3 different new logos for the library, with an open-ended response to provide your thoughts on each logo – whether you like it or not, what you like/dislike about the proposed graphics and text, and general comments.

The branding initiative is privately funded by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, but it’s ultimately the community’s library – so speak up and voice your opinions in the web survey.

Survey input is due by 5pm on Sunday, October 11th – but don’t delay, take 5 minutes today to take the survey. You’ll be able to check out the new logos (they look very different) and mission statement, as well as let SPL know what you think of the proposed new name.

Join the Seattle Chamber Music Society for a free lecture at the Queen Anne Library

The Seattle Chamber Music Society will kick off its Winter Festival later this month. The 2015 Winter Festival includes both paid concerts and free recitals at Benaroya Hall, plus a Family Concert on January 24th.

To give you a taste of what they have on tap for the upcoming Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is hosting a free Preview Lecture at the Queen Anne Library tomorrow, Wednesday, January 14th, from 3pm to 4pm.

According to SCMS, the multimedia presentation will “explore the development of the accompanied violin sonata as well as the birth of the concerto. We’ll explore violin sonatas by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, a viola sonata by Schubert, and also have a look at the earliest form of concerti with Vivaldi’s 1711 L’Estro Armonico.”

Jeremy Jolley, Director of Education Programs, and Seneca Garber, Director of Marketing will lead the informal presentation that will include a background on the history and impact of the upcoming musical works, plus recorded musical examples.

The event is free and open to all.

Friends of SPL auctioning off rare books about the Pacific Northwest next week

SPLFriendsIf you’re a bibliophile or just interested in cool old books on the Pacific Northwest, then check out this special eBay auction. Starting next Thursday, June 19th, the Friends of The Seattle Public Library will hold a special 7-day auction on eBay of rare and collectible books about the Pacific Northwest.

Per the Friends of SPL, some of the titles featured in the auction include “The Story of Seattle” by Roberta Frye Watt, “The Early Pacific Coast Photographs of Carleton E. Watkins” by J.W. Johnson and “The Saga of a Mountain: A Legend of Mount Rainier” by El Comancho. Most auction items will start at $9.95.

You can also support SPL via books sold by The Friends online at Amazon and Abe Books, as all proceeds from both sales and auctions benefit The Seattle Public Library through grants made by the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.

Check out the auction next week, and see what Pacific Northwest treasures you can add to your collection!

Seattle Sketcher sketches Queen Anne library

Seattle Sketcher QA Library

Sketch by Seattle Sketcher, Gabriel Campanario

Last month, the Seattle Sketcher (aka Gabriel Campanario), asked via Twitter what Queen Anne locations would be good subjects.

That week, I’d published a blog post on the Seattle Public Libarary Queen Anne branch’s 100th anniversary celebration, so I suggested the library, and voila!

Today, the Seattle Times published his drawings of our library in a post entitled: “Queen Anne Library to turn page on century of memories” – so a nice tie-in to this Sunday’s birthday celebration at the library.

You can check out his sketches in the Seattle Times article (or click on the image) – and don’t forget this weekend’s free celebration at the Queen Anne branch:

Details
When: Sunday, January 12th, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Queen Anne branch, Seattle Public Library (400 W Garfield St)
What’s happening:

  • Goodwill’s Vintage Fashion Collection exhibit of vintage clothing and an interactive hat show
  • Historical information provided by Queen Anne Historical Society
  • Music and refreshments
  • A commemorative bookmark
  • Children’s craft activity making whirligigs

Queen Anne library turns 100 in January – help mark a century with your own scrapbook entry

QALibraryOur Queen Anne library branch one of the coolest spots on Queen Anne – ok, I’m partial to libraries, but you have to admit, our branch is beautiful!

What makes our library so special, other than that it’s ours? Well, for starters, it’s one of six Carnegie libraries in Seattle. From the brickwork to the windows to the multi-colored roof, I think everyone can admit it’s pretty unique and a special spot on Queen Anne.

Library Plaque

Plaque with 1913 construction date

Andrew Carnegie gave Seattle $200,000 to build a new fireproof library after the original Yesler Mansion burned in 1901. In 1910, he went on to donate $105,000 for the West Seattle, Green Lake, and University District branches. Another gift of $70,000 resulted in our Queen Anne branch in 1914 and the Columbia branch in 1915.

The Queen Anne branch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a landmark building by Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board. In addition to its architectural significance, the Queen Anne branch is also a key part of our neighborhood’s history, and it’s celebrating a big birthday – 100 years – in January.

QA Library kids

SPL Collection: Queen Anne Library branch
ca. late 1950s-early 1960s
Submitted by Mrs. Floyd W. Mason, Jr. Queen Anne Manor

It looks pretty good for a centenarian (thanks in part to a 2007 renovation), and is well loved by patrons both young and old.

Although, it did cause quite a stir for one Queen Anne resident 100 years ago – one parent sent the following letter to Miss Helen Watson, the branch’s first children’s librarian:

“Dear Madam: Will you please stop John and Mary from getting any more books as we can’t get anything out of them at all – they won’t go to bed at night and won’t get up in the morning and won’t do anything but read when they do get up.”

To celebrate the special anniversary, the Seattle Public Library is planning a free celebration at the Queen Anne branch on Sunday, January 12th from 2pm to 4pm. Activities include:

  • Goodwill’s Vintage Fashion Collection exhibit of vintage clothing and an interactive hat show – step back in time and try on one or more of 50 vintage hats!
  • Historical information provided by Queen Anne Historical Society
  • Music and refreshments
  • A commemorative bookmark
  • Children’s craft activity making whirligigs

Queen Anne library scrapbook paper
Pick up yours today!

And, you can be a part of the preparations via an anniversary scrapbook that the library is putting together. Just stop by the library and share written stories now about your favorite Queen Anne branch experiences on specially designed scrapbook paper.

The paper is available now at the branch, so be sure to take part in the storytelling today.  Your story may be featured in another 100 years, just as the “stop John and Mary from getting any more books” story was shared today!

The anniversary scrapbook will be on display during the celebration, so make plans now to share your stories to mark the happy occasion. If you can’t make it to the library, you can also email your story to carnegiememories@spl.org and it’ll be included in the scrapbook. Submissions will be taken up to January 12th.

And, mark your calendars to join in the celebration on January 12th, and Happy (early) Birthday, Queen Anne library!