Sammamish Library News


Hundreds of children’s and adult’s books on sale!  Some specialty items will be available.
Shop early to find the real gems!

Come in for great deals on used books and support your local Friends Group. The Friends of the Sammamish Library fund children’s programming and other fun events, at the library all year long.

Find great bargains on used books while supporting the library!



The American Civil War has been a perennially popular subject in cinema. Over one hundred years later, this near-constant obsession with the Civil War not only reflects the nation’s ongoing attempt to understand a most traumatic period, it also illuminates changing attitudes about national identity and character. Join film scholar Lance Rhoades in a conversation about the cinema the war has inspired, and how it reflects changes in our nation.

shredded book contest

Is it worse to ban a book or shred it? In celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, guess which book we’ve shredded* for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
*No worries; it was a copy that had been read so many times that it was worn out and ready for a second life as a contest.


Join pastry chef Laurie Pfalzer of Pastry Craft to make your own apple tart. From start to finish, you will learn to make pie dough, create filling, and then build your own open-faced apple tart called a crostata. Learn about different apple varieties, as well as seasonal fruits, the best way to roll out tart dough, and all about baking your tarts. You’ll make your own tart in class and then take it home to bake it.


Ages 5 to 12 with adult.
Join the annual challenge for kids around the world to design and build awesome creations using cardboard! Watch “Caine’s Arcade” to get inspired, then plan something awesome using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. The challenge culminates in a Global Day of Play on October 10th, when kids are invited to display and let other kids (and adults!) play with their creations at the library from 1-3pm.
For more info visit:
Registration not required. Some materials provided or bring your own boxes and recycled items to share.


Ages 9 to 12 years.
“Greetings to you… the Lucky Reader of this invitation to read Roald Dahl’s auto-biography, BOY. Join in the discussion of his adventures and misadventures as a child, featuring personal stories that reveal real-life events and characters who make appearances in Dahl’s hilarious fictional books.”
Registration not required. Please read book in advance and come ready to have fun talking about the book. This program is part of a series for Roald Dahl Month in September.

Young Woman Meditating on the Floor

Meditation can bring about a sense of calm and balance that benefits your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. It is easy to learn and can have many lasting and beneficial effects. After you meditate the benefits don’t end when your session ends. Join William Smith, retired Army Lt. Colonel and long-time meditator for this enjoyable and informative workshop.

Iyer, Nalini

Join Nalini Iyer, Ph.D. as she shares a brief overview of the emergence of literary works by South Asian immigrant writers in the US since 1965. By examining the works of writers such as Chitra Divakaruni, Bharati Mukherjee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kiran Desai and others, the presentation will explore major themes in these literary works including: the idea of home, identity and belonging, and race, class, gender and sexuality.


Come for a lively discussion about books and authors!
In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.


Family program, all ages welcome.
It’s scrumdiddlyumptious! Watch the original film with added sweet smells from goodie bags filled with Wonka-style treats including lick-able wallpaper.
Rated G. 98 min.
Please RSVP online to reserve a Taste-O-Vision treat bag at under classes/programs.


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.

Students Doing Homework

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

A beautiful young college student writing on a notebook outdoor

For middle and high school students.
Join other young writers every Tuesday to write, share and support each other through the creative process.



All ages welcome.
We’ve gathered up retro friends from Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and more for a fun Saturday afternoon of classic cartoons. Draw your favorite character while you watch! Drawing books, paper and pencils provided.
Drop-ins welcome.
Sponsored by the Friends of the 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!



Ages 12 to 18.
Join other teens this month for a discussion of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.

Pacific Science Center

Presented by Pacific Science Center’s Science on Wheels.
Family program, all ages welcome.
Discover the source of real life super powers, the human brain. In these thought-provoking exhibits discover how we think, learn and remember. See a real human brain up close and then compare it to the brains of other animals.
Registration not required. Drop-ins welcome.
Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.


Presented by Foam Sword Parties, LLC.
Search for your inner hero and learn a little history through exciting simulated battles. Discover what it might have been like to be a warrior in ancient times.
Activities are organized in a safe and fun environment with instruction and all equipment provided.
To guarantee your spot, register online at starting August 6 at 10am.


Presented by Thomas H. Pruiksma.
Ages 8 to 12.
Learn to do math-magic tricks to astonish your friends and family and discover the amazing life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a young mathematical hero from India.
Registration not required.


Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne asks Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is “so much more distinguished.” Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead. As a child of imagination, Anne takes much joy in life and adapts quickly, thriving in the close-knit farming village. Her talkativeness initially drives the prim, duty-driven Marilla to distraction, although Matthew falls for her charm immediately. Anne says that they are “kindred spirits.”

Rick Huddle

Held outdoors on the plaza, weather permitting.
Presented by Rick Huddle.
Ages 5 and older.
When faced with the challenge of a lifetime, would you hide under the bed or rise to the challenge? Songs, stories and skits will help you discover the super hero within yourself.
Sponsored by Friends of the Sammamish Library.

board meeting

Held in Plaza Room.

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!



Held outdoors at Sammamish Farmer’s Market.
Presented by Mikey Gervais.
Family program, all ages welcome.
Did you know there’s a secret world of microbes that aren’t visible to the human eye, performing feats of super human strength? Sing and dance along at this interactive musical presentation about the smallest of heroes.
Sponsored by Friends of the Sammamish Library.


Ages 12 and older.
Test your knowledge at our Team Trivia. You might just win a prize (not to mention, bragging rights)! Compete in teams of two, three or four. Bring a team or join one when you arrive. Trivia questions will be on a wide range of topics.
Snacks provided.
Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.

The Penderwicks

Daughters ages 10 to 13 and their mothers.
This group meets monthly for lively book discussion.
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

Drop-ins welcome. Contact the library for email notification of dates and titles.

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