Sammamish Library News

Man Meditating on a Rock at the Beach

It is now being recognized that the practice of meditation contributes to a more positive, healthy lifestyle. It is an invaluable tool helping people reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join, Ajili Hodari, Esq who has been meditating for over 30 years as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives. He will offer a practical technique of meditation that can positively impact your life. Through first hand demonstrations of this simple yet highly effective method you will discover the key to deeper concentration, relaxation and profound personal growth.

Presented by Financial Literacy and Beyond, a student-led organization.

Ages 9 to 12. Parents welcome.

Learn about the value of money and saving in this two-part financial literacy series for tweens.

Registration not required. Space may be limited.

A Room With A View

Come for a lively discussion about books and authors!
In common with much of his other writing, this work by the eminent English novelist and essayist E. M. Forster (1879–1970) displays an unusually perceptive view of British society in the early 20th century. Written in 1908, A Room with a View is a social comedy set in Florence, Italy, and Surrey, England. Its heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, struggling against straitlaced Victorian attitudes of arrogance, narrow-mindedness and snobbery, falls in love-while on holiday in Italy-with the socially unsuitable George Emerson.

Caught up in a claustrophobic world of pretentiousness and rigidity, Lucy ultimately rejects her fiancé, Cecil Vyse, and chooses, instead, to wed her true love, the young man whose sense of freedom and lack of artificiality became apparent to her in the Italian pensione where they first met. This classic exploration of passion, human nature and social convention is reprinted here complete and unabridged.

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Presented by Tracy Koretsky.

Ages 10 to 100.

Discover haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry, through sketching and writing in this interactive, cross-generational workshop led by author and poet Tracy Koretsky.

Registration not required. Space may be limited.

Sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission.

Presented by Janet Wong.
Ages 12 and older.
Join us in this story-sharing workshop, where we will give each other the gift of story. Discover some essential steps for pre-writing and work together to find the stories that make us unique.

Registration not required. Space may be limited.

coderdojo

Ages 7 to 17, ages 12 and younger with an adult.
Explore coding in an open, collaborative environment for youth. Drop in for self-directed online learning. Bring your charged laptop or tablet.
For more information, visit coderdojo.com.
Registration not required. Space may be limited.

In this two-hour workshop, spend most of your time writing. Learn how to get true stories down on paper with writing prompts inspired by the contributors to Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide.

Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.

Presented by Lisa Palmatier.

Ages 12 to 18.

Learn how to finger weave with t-shirt yarn. You’ll turn a t-shirt into yarn and finger weave your own bracelet or necklace in this fun, interactive workshop. All materials provided.

To guarantee your spot, please register in person at the Information Desk or by calling the library starting April 23. Class size is limited.

Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.

board meeting

Join us for our monthly board meeting/informational meeting to see how the Friends of Sammamish Library are working to support libraries and literacy, and how you can become a member and help them do it!

Young Woman Meditating on the Floor

Whether you’re a beginner or have been meditating more than a decade, this is the perfect place for you. Come and learn two simple yet powerful breathing-techniques, experience a guided meditation, and learn about the ancient science of your mind – all of which will dissolve your stress and leave you with a smile!

Think

No Teen Think Tank May 17, 25 and 30.

Grades 6-12.
Need a place to work as a group? Want a quick study break? Keep calm and study on in a space reserved after school just for you.

Ages 2 to 5 with adult.
Have lots of fun learning, reading and sharing! The Play & Learn group will be conducted primarily in English but the facilitator is a bilingual English/Mandarin speaker.
Registration not required. Drop-ins welcome.

Students Doing Homework

No Study Zone May 29-30.

Grades K-12.
Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

A beautiful young college student writing on a notebook outdoor

No Youth Writing Club May 10 and 24.

Ages 10 to 14.
Join other young writers to write, share and support each other through the creative process.

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Ages 12 and older.
What books would make your Final Four? Pick up your bracket entry form and make your predictions by March 13 for a chance to win an Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks gift card! Vote for your favorites each week in March for additional chances to win.
Limit one vote per person, per round. Prize drawing winners will be drawn April 6. Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.

poetry

For middle school and high school ages.

In honor of National Poetry Month, King County Library System is sponsoring a teen poetry contest. Each of the three winners will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Pick up a contest entry form in the teen area to enter.

coderdojo

Ages 7 to 17, ages 12 and younger with adult.
Explore coding in an open, collaborative environment for youth. Drop in for self-directed online learning. Bring your charged laptop or tablet.

For more information, visit coderdojo.com.
Registration not required. Space may be limited.

BrownGirlDeaming

Come for a lively discussion about books and authors!
National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. 

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

A beautiful young college student writing on a notebook outdoor

No Youth Writing Club April 5 and 12.

Ages 10 to 14.
Join other young writers to write, share and support each other through the creative process.

Shakespeare

To be or not to be? Who was Shakespeare? Come find out at this fun club for kids with activities that bring history to life with skits, hands-on projects and special guests.
Online RSVP starting two weeks in advance.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.

catinthehat

Presented by Xakary the Magician.
Family program, all ages welcome.
Be amazed and surprised at this magical tribute to favorite books by Dr. Seuss, including Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg and many more!
Registration not required. Arrive early, space may be limited.

WaroftheEncylopaedists

Meet Seattleite authors Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite as they read excerpts from and discuss their debut novel, War of the Encyclopaedists. Set in the recent past, this jointly written tale chronicles the lives of two young men and the different ways they experience America’s war in Iraq. This novel is about a generation struggling towards adulthood in an era of economic uncertainty, terror, and war. How can a person grow up and find meaning in our deeply uneasy times? Is optimism in the face of real world events a catastrophic choice? These are the urgent questions at the heart of this novel, and the intelligence, vigor, exuberance and insight with which it approaches these questions is electrifying.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

NOTE: CHANGED DATE!

board meeting

Join us for our monthly board meeting/informational meeting to see how the Friends of Sammamish Library are working to support libraries and literacy, and how you can become a member and help them do it!

Mr. Carnegie found that when we have high levels of stress that we are not as effective in our roles. When we can reduce stress and handle stressful situations more effectively we can have a greater impact.

Students Doing Homework

No Study Zone April 10-16.

Grades K-12.
Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

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