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Presented by Reel Grrls
Ages 12 and older.
Learn how to take your message and make a video to rally others to your cause. This is an action-packed class to give you the skills to watch, analyze and create a powerful message crafted by you – with technology you already have – like your phone.
To guarantee your spot, register online starting October 17.


Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money. Last year, 13 million people were victims of identity theft alone – that is one person every 2 seconds. The Fraud Watch Network presentation covers Fraud Trends and Behaviors, The Con Artist’s Playbook and Prevention Strategies. Ultimately attendees will be able to safeguard against ID theft and fraud and help keep from becoming a victim of con artists.
Registration required.

Have you dreamed of traveling the globe, but assumed it was out of reach? This workshop will explore ways to make your dreams come true. Topics will include working abroad, taking a “gap year,” participating in study abroad programs, and earning your entire degree in a foreign country. Learn about scholarships, foreign colleges where classes are taught in English, colleges that are free to international students, and local colleges that have the best study abroad options.
Sponsored in part by Friends of the Sammamish Library.


Presented by Maggie Hawthorne Kaye, Hawthorne Educational Consulting.

Do you prefer the challenge of several classes at once, or the focus of one class at a time? Urban or rural? Grades or no grades? There are so many things to consider: geography, finances, culture, class sizes, grading systems, learning resources, etc. This workshop will help you consider all of the options for finding your “best-fit” school, resulting in a college list that truly reflects who you are.
Sponsored in part by Friends of the Sammamish Library.


A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick’sNothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens
Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them.


This presentation covers the essentials of how basic Medicare works, what it covers, the different types of available products and prescription drug plans. We’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages to all the options. At the conclusion of this class, you will be able to make an educated, informed evaluation of what is available and what best suits your specific medical and financial needs.


A Life Reimagined Checkup is a local experience that helps people understand where they are in life and think about what their next move could be. Use a Life Reimagined journal (provided during the session) to reflect on different phases of your life, gifts, passions, values and goals for the future. Learn about the Life Reimagined Approach and other resources that can help you achieve your goals.

Registration required.


Join John C. Havens, author of Hacking H(app)iness – Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World, for a virtual chat about the book, and learn about ways in which technology can help us live happier lives. Books will be available for sale following the event.


Family program, all ages welcome.
Join in the fun-come in a Star Wars costume and participate in special events, including hands-on activities and an awesome display of cardboard objects created by kids for the Global Day of Play.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.

A beautiful young college student writing on a notebook outdoor

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


Ages 9 to 12.
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.
R.S.V.P. online at to reserve your spot two weeks in advance.
Group meets bi-monthly.


Family program, 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.


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 10, when kids are invited to display and let other kids (and adults!) play with their creations at the library from 1-3pm.
Some materials provided or bring your own boxes and recycled items to share.

Students Doing Homework

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



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.

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!



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.


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!



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.

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