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Poetry Reading Tonight at the Fremont Library

April 7th, 2014 by Cara

April is recognized as National Poetry Month by the Academy of American Poets and with spring in the air it seems the perfect time for Fremonsters to embrace their inner poet.

This evening from 6:30-7:45 pm the Fremont Library will host An Evening of Poetry featuring Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Jennifer Bullis, and Michael Schmeltzer.

An Evening of Poetry is a quarterly event series hosted by Seattle Public Libraries where local poets read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience. Tonight’s event is presented in partnership with Floating Bridge Press, a local non-profit focused on recognizing and promoting the work of Washington State’s poets.

Don’t let National Poetry Month end this evening! Check out 4Culture’s Poetry Bus program or the Academy of American Poet’s list of 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Fancy yourself a poet? Send us your Fremont inspired poetry by Friday April 18th and you could be featured on the blog! Email us at tips@fremontuniverse.com

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Civic Skills Training Class In Fremont Wednesday

October 10th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Learn how to get involved and influence city and state laws at a free civics training class on Wednesday, October 12, 1:30 – 2:30pm.

The Seattle Free School and Knowledge As Power, a nonprofit aimed at helping citizens engage more effectively in the lawmaking process, are hosting an hour-long civic skills training course. Sarah Schacht, the executive director of Knowledge As Power will be leading the course at the Fremont Library (731 N. 35th St.).

With the ever-increasing amount of communication legislators have to sort through, it can be difficult to get your voice heard. Knowledge As Power provides effective techniques and free technology for civic involvement so that the citizens of Seattle can become more informed, engaged, and effective at any level of government. After an overview of how the legislative process works, the nonpartisan training is focused on providing techniques to effectively communicate and influence the decisions of lawmakers.

Some techniques covered in the class include crafting effective advocacy emails, engaging in follow-up communications, and using simple technology tools to track legislation and make messages personalized and effective.

The class is free and you can register here.

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Seattle Public Libraries, Including Fremont Branch, Will Be Closed Aug. 29 – Sept. 5

July 8th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Seattle Public Library system will close Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 4 due to citywide budget cuts. All libraries will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, Sept. 5. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Most Library services will be unavailable during the one-week closure and will have the following impacts:

No materials will be due and no fines will be charged.

The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, Aug. 28. The Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open until 6 p.m. that day and another 11 branches will be open until 5 p.m. Visit www.spl.org or call 206-386-4636 for more information on Library locations and hours.

No book drops will be open. The Central Library book drops will close at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 and will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

If you’re desperate for library access, the Lake City Neighborhood Service Center and parking garage will remain open. It is co-located with the Lake City Branch, but has a separate entrance. The Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, which is co-located with the Ballard Branch, will stay open as well.

Aug. 29 through Sept. 4 was the week selected for the closure because general Library use at that time is not as high as other times during the year, school is not in session and there are fewer Library programs scheduled.

For more info, visit the Seattle Library site.

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Seattle Library Looking For Volunteer Gardeners

June 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to help maintain attractive grounds at several branches this summer and fall and the Fremont branch is one of them.

Volunteers will weed gardens, rake leaves and pick up litter. High school students can obtain service-learning hours for graduation requirements. Student volunteers must be at least 15 years old.

Volunteer work parties will be scheduled June through October.

For more information, contact Anne Vedella, volunteer services coordinator, at anne.vedella@spl.org or 206-386-4614. Volunteer applications can be downloaded from www.spl.org (select Support Your Library and go to the Volunteer Opportunities page).

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The Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee Wants YOU!

May 24th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

(Disclosure: The Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee is a sponsor of FremontUniverse)

Tonight, the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee will be convening on Fremont and they’d like to see you there. They’re not up to much, just shaping the future of Seattle’s transportation systems, alternatives and priorities. You know, no biggie…

The 14-member CTAC, which is appointed by the mayor and Seattle City Council, will recommend new funding methods for the city’s transportation system. A public meeting and workshop Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. at the Fremont Library (731 N. 35th St.) will let you have a hand in how that happens.

Oh, and wear your finest. Mayor Mike McGinn will be in attendance.

For more on the CTAC, visit this site.

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Historic Fremont Buildings On Display At Seattle Public Library In May

May 6th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Fremont Branch of The Seattle Public Library will feature a display of photographs of historic Fremont buildings in May.

The exhibit, presented by the Fremont Historical Society in honor of National Preservation Month, will feature a public reception from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the branch, 731 N. 35th St. The exhibit will be on display through Tuesday, May 31 and will feature historic and current photographs of 10 locations in Fremont that celebrate the preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

For more information, call the Fremont Branch at 206-684-4084 or use Ask a Librarian.

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Fremont library, parking fees discussed at city budget hearing

September 29th, 2010 by Doug Alder

Plans to remove the on-site librarian from the Fremont library and increase parking fees were just some of the topics of discussion at Wednesday’s public hearing on the city budget in Northgate.

“The library changes and improves lives,” said Tony Provine of Friends of the Seattle Public Library.


A crowd lines up to speak at Wednesday night’s budget hearing in Northgate

Under the mayor’s plan, the Fremont library and 7 other smaller libraries will be converted to “circulating libraries.” The Fremont library will continue to be open 35 hours per week and offer collections, holds-pickup, and computer access. But access to specialized services will be provided online or by telephone access to staff at the Central Library. Programming will be primarily focused on youth and provided by librarians from other locations. At all library branches, a one week systemwide closure (the week before Labor Day) will continue in 2011.

“We ask you to consider restoring some critical library service hours,” Provine told the City Council.

During Wednesday’s hearing, residents also voiced both support and opposition to the mayor’s parking plan.  Metered parking would go up 50 cents an hour in Fremont and you’d have to pay until 8pm Monday through Saturday (currently 6pm).  Sunday parking would no longer be free.

“Although Fremont is a vibrant and thriving neighborhood, we are aware of the loss of sales over the last year due to the addition of pay stations,” Jessica Vets with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce told us.  “At the moment Fremont has only 72 paid street parking spots, thus an increase in rates and an extension of time will only minimally affect the neighborhood.  The fear that Fremont retailers have is that SDOT will extend the paid parking into more of the neighborhood.”

To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.

The next public hearing on the budget takes place Wednesday, October 13 at South Seattle Community College at 5:30pm. The City Council has also set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.

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Fremont library impacted by mayor’s proposed budget

September 27th, 2010 by Doug Alder

Mayor Mike McGinn unveiled his proposed 2011-2012 budget today, and it will impact Fremont’s library.  Under his proposal, the Fremont library at 731 N. 35th will no longer have an on-site librarian.  It will continue to be open 35 hours per week and serve as a gateway to the resources of the entire library system.  It will still offer collections, holds-pickup, and computer access. Access to specialized reference or collection services will be provided on-line or by telephone access to staff at the Central Library. Programming will be primarily focused on youth and provided by librarians from other locations.

To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.  

The City Council will now dive into the proposed budget.  One of three public hearings will be held this Wednesday (9/29) at 5:30pm at the Northgate Community Center gym at 10510 5th Ave NE.  The Council has also set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.  You can find that page here.

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