Sammamish Library News


Ages 6 to 10 with adult.

Do your child’s food preferences get in the way of fitness and energy? Marilyn Walls, PCC Nutrition Educator with a focus on children’s classes, will entertain and teach your child about foods that support a strong body. Both parents and children can have fun learning in this hands-on class.



Daughters ages 10 to 13 and their mothers.
This group meets monthly for lively book discussion and treats.
Drop-ins welcome. Contact the library for email notification of dates and titles.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.

This remarkable novel holds a fantastic puzzle at its heart.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.

Pop Departures

Opening October 9, 2014, the Seattle Art Museum presents a blockbuster show, Pop Departures. The show runs through January 11, 2015. The exhibit features works by major Pop artists Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Mel Ramos and John Chamberlain. In addition to artists from the 1960s, Pop Departures presents contemporary artists whose work has been informed by Pop Art: Barbara Kruger, Jeff Koons, John Baldessari and others.
As a preview to the exhibit, Susan Olds will present Pop Art in the 1960s. The influences of the post-war consumer culture, the Vietnam War, fashion, rock music and commercialism will be discussed in relation to the Pop phenomenon.

Contemporary artists working in the Pop style will be presented as well. A selection of books and DVDs will be available for check out following the program.


Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright’s powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.


This presentation covers the essentials of how basic Medicare works, what it covers, the different types of available products and prescription drug plans. 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.
The speaker, Jean Cormier, is not connected with the Federal Medicare Program.


Join Nicole Nazzaro, co-author of Fit By Nature, and the founder of The Wellness Playbook, for an interactive, fun workshop on jump-starting your fitness program. We’ll talk about easy ways to get outside and get active, by yourself or with others. You’ll leave with a personalized plan for getting fit in the new year – and you might just win a prize! Nicole is a dynamic speaker on workplace and community health and wellness, and a nationally-published writer with credits in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Runner’s World, among other publications.

Join health educator Carol Robl as she explores guidelines that can enhance the lives of those with cancer or other chronic illnesses.

To register, please call 206.386.2502.

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!



Presented by Sandweiss Test Prep.
For high school ages.
All students will receive a free copy of The Official SAT Study Guide, instruction on test strategies and a scored practice test.
Registration required. Class size is limited to 22. Students must attend all six sessions.
Sponsored by the KCLS Foundation.

Doctor Checking the Blood Pressure of a Patient

Presented by Donovan Pooran, Community Leader, Walgreens.
A brief overview on easy ways to manage your blood pressure and cholesterol. Information about getting tested and how to interpret your results are included.

Taking a break August 18-31…. see  you in September!!! 


Daughters ages 10 to 13 and their mothers.
This group meets monthly for lively book discussion and treats.
Drop-ins welcome. Contact the library for email notification of dates and titles.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.
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.” The book recounts Anne’s adventures in making a home: the country school where she quickly excels in her studies; her friendship with Diana Barry (her best or “bosom friend” as Anne fondly calls her); her budding literary ambitions; and her rivalry with classmate Gilbert Blythe, who teases her about her red hair. For that he earns her instant hatred, although he apologizes many times. As time passes, Anne realizes she no longer hates Gilbert but cannot bring herself to admit it. However, by the end of the book they become friends. The book also follows Anne’s adventures in quiet, old-fashioned Avonlea. Episodes include her play time with friends (Diana, Jane Andrews and Ruby Gillis), her run-ins with the unpleasant Pye sisters (Gertie and Josie), and domestic mishaps such as dyeing her hair green (while intending to dye it black) or accidentally getting Diana drunk (by giving her what she thinks is raspberry cordial but is currant wine).


Ages 10 to 13.
Sometimes you just need your own quiet, cozy space to sit, away from annoying siblings and bossy grown-ups to write. Bring some of your writing and favorite fort-building materials (a blanket, pillow and flashlight should do), and you will create your very own author fortress. You’ll spend some time building forts and the rest of it building poems and stories.
Online registration required starting August 16.


Presented by The Museum of Flight.

Ages 8 to 12.
Learn about the science and history of robots and the latest achievements of robots in space, on Earth and in the home. Use the Museum’s robotics kits to explore the basic engineering skills required to build a successful extra-terrestrial rover.
Online registration required starting Aug 14.
Sponsored by Friends of the Sammamish Library.

Beautiful Ruins

This story is told in chapters that go back and forth in time, starting in 1962 in a little Italian coastal town named Porto Vergogna (Port Shame.) Here we are introduced to a young man named Pasquel who’s family owns the only small hotel in the village, the name of which translates to The Hotel Adequate View. Pasquale has big plans to make his village competitive with the successful coastal communities nearby and attract more tourists. The only American tourist who has visited the hotel before is a man named Alvis Bender, who comes every year for two weeks to work on a book – a book for which he has only written one chapter.

But when a young beautiful actress named Dee Moray arrives to stay at The Hotel Adequate View, everything changes. As the book progresses we find out what happened to these characters over time and how their lives and the lives of so many others were changed as well.


Learn tracking and awareness skills to be better prepared in a survival situation while discovering how to explore the great Northwest. Part of the “Spark a Reaction” Summer Learning Series!


Teens, adults and families welcome.
Get started with downloading eBooks for summer.
Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions and our children’s librarian will walk you through the process. Imagine all the room you will save when packing for vacation this summer with ebooks!


Presented by Nancy Stewart.
Family program, all ages welcome.
Join this popular Northwest singer-songwriter for a playful, interactive sing-along exploration of science.

Registration not required. Space may be limited, arrive early.


Ages 3 to 5.
Make models to learn the parts of a bee then use dramatic play to investigate how a bee uses its proboscis to sip nectar and antennae to distinguish scents. Use sight, smell and touch to observe honeycomb models. Learn a bee dance to communicate near and far.
Registration required starting August 6.


Held outdoors on the plaza, weather permitting.
Presented by Alex Zerbe, the Professional Zaniac.
Family program, all ages welcome.
Learn about gravity, friction, center of mass and gyroscopic stability while being amazed by the skills of Alex!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library, Kiwanis Club of Sammamish and City of Sammamish.


Presented by Cheryl Hadley.

Ages 8 to 12.
Design and build your own movable robot puppet. Choose from a large variety of components to make your robot unique. No batteries required!
Online registration required starting July 31.
Sponsored by Friends of the Sammamish Library.


Explore recent findings on ways to increase your resistance to cancer with health educator Carol Robl. Learn how to create an anticancer lifestyle by eating beneficial foods, protecting yourself from environmental threats and enhancing your physical and emotional well-being.
To register, please call 206.386.2502.

market storytime

Held outdoors, weather permitting.
Family program, all ages welcome.

Join Miss Sara at the Sammamish Farmer’s Market for stories and songs about summer fun, food and animals followed by bubbles and a creative activity for kids.


Get help with computer basics, Microsoft Office, Internet, email and computer learning resources. You may bring your own laptop, but volunteers cannot provide hands-on or hardware assistance.


Ages 10 to 14.
Harry Potter fans unite! Each month, we focus on a different book in the Harry Potter Series. Join fun discussions and explore deeper meanings underlying Rowling’s world of magic and mystery. Not only great adventure tales, Harry Potter books also deal with universal human values, longings, growth and choices.

Receive a Harry Potter Reading Club Card and earn a stamp at each meeting. At the end of the 7 month series, enter prize drawings with your club card based on your number of stamps earned.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.

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