Sammamish Library News

Presented by Charuta Apte

This instructor from The Art of Living Foundation will teach you 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

Humanities WA

Presented by Eric Davis “Professor E”, Sociology faculty at Bellevue College.
A conversation exploring contemporary popular culture, diversity issues, and social justice through the lyrics of rap and hip hop.
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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.

A beautiful and moving novel from a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author

“Hope is the thing with feathers” starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn’t thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more “holy.” There is a new boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although the new boy looks like a white kid, he says he’s not white. Who is he?

During a winter full of surprises, good and bad, Frannie starts seeing a lot of things in a new light—her brother Sean’s deafness, her mother’s fear, the class bully’s anger, her best friend’s faith and her own desire for “the thing with feathers.”

Jacqueline Woodson once again takes readers on a journey into a young girl’s heart and reveals the pain and the joy of learning to look beneath the surface.

A Newbery Honor Book


Bring the whole family!!! 

Family program, all ages welcome.
Registration not required.


Ages 8 to 12.
Featuring: “Mirror” by Jeannie Baker.
Using a familiar book as a starting point, participants will work with teaching artists to create a song inspired by the characters, setting, theme and cultural message of the story. Literature comes to life through music.
Registration not required.


Professional, published freelance author and travel writer James Ullrich gives tips and insights on how to travel affordably and visit some of the best places in Europe when on a budget. This is an informative talk that inspires confidence in any would-be traveler.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.


Come join us!!!
Contact the library for book title.

Becoming healthier is not just about the quality of the food we put in our mouth. It is about the conscious connection we make with the foods we eat. Jennifer Kelly will help you bring an increased sense of awareness to your eating patterns and the causes and effects on mindless eating.


Come learn about fascinating trails within the new San Juan National Monument and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Discover trails on undeveloped islands; trails to secluded beaches, bays and coves; trails on rugged coastal ledges and bluffs; and trails through magnificent old-growth forests that were old even when George Vancouver sailed into the Salish Sea.


This presentation covers the essentials of how basic Medicare works, what it covers, the different types of available products and prescription drug plans. 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.

 board meeting

Join us for our monthly board/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!



Have a Kindle, Nook or iPad but don’t know what to do with it? Wondering what an electronic book or eBook is all about? Bring your device, your questions and frustrations. Staff will show you how to borrow free eBooks from the library

Man Meditating on a Rock at the Beach

In this meditation workshop, learn the principles of mindfulness and give you a step by step process to apply it to your daily problems.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries.

A beautiful young college student writing on a notebook outdoor

For middle and high school students.
Work on monthly projects, edit your pieces with local youth writers and special guest speakers, and have opportunities to showcase your work.

Students Doing Homework

When school is in session.
Grades K-12.
Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Schoolboy Writing in Notebook

Ages 9 to 12.
Sometimes you just need your own space to sit, away from annoying siblings and bossy grown-ups to write. Start with ideas using fun writing prompts and finish with 20 minutes of building your own poems and stories.
Registration not required.



Daughters ages 10 to 13 and their mothers.
“Harriet spies, not to solve mysteries, but for the sheer delinquent joy of it. She suits up in a spy uniform of jeans and a sweatshirt, a tool belt with a leather pouch for her notebook and black glasses without lenses, and peers into the windows of her neighbors. Then she writes about them — with brutal honesty — in big block letters in the notebook she carries wherever she goes. And then Harriet loses the worst thing imaginable– her spy notebook. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?”
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.


Family program, all ages welcome.
Mary Poppins is the most exciting nanny the world has ever seen! Mary Poppins is the lead character in a series of children’s books written by P.L. Travers. Young Jane and Michael Banks have no idea what’s in store for them when their nanny blows in on the east wind one autumn evening. Come watch and sing along with Walt Disney’s 1964 musical Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
Registration not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.

Homeless Young Boy Holding a Sign

Homeless teens and young adults will be surveyed on Thursday, January 22 in the library to tell the story of homelessness in King County and help our community understand the scope of the issues teens face.


Come for a lively discussion about books and authors!

 A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.



A basic review of the often confusing world of natural health.
Presented by Jeremy Horn of Good Health on the Sammamish Plateau.


Parents and children ages 6 to 12.
The original story of Paddington, the classic bear from Darkest Peru, is truly to be treasured! “A bear? On Paddington station?” Mrs Brown looked at her husband in amazement. “Don’t be silly, Henry. There can’t be!” Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same…for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.
A family that reads together, shares together! Read the book in advance, then meet to discuss a different read-aloud classic each month. Titles are available in audiobook for family listening.
Registration not needed. Adult participation required. Contact library for email notification list of upcoming titles.


Presented by “Queen Bee” Missy Anderson.
Come for a conversation about our native blue orchard bees and how they can help pollinate your spring garden. Find out how easy it is to ‘host them” in your yard as well as give them as gifts.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.

board meeting

This Month’s meeting will be held in the 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!


Man Meditating on a Rock at the Beach

The New Year is a time to create a clean slate. Through meditation one can benefit in all aspects of life – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Join Ajili Hodari, Esquire who has been meditating for over 30 years for this lively and enjoyable workshop. Ajili has been offering workshops and lectures on meditation and personal transformation.
While your brain is not a muscle, it does need care, feeding and exercise to keep it in top shape. The 2015 King County Library System adult program series, Mind Matters, offers free programs, classes, tips and reading suggestions to stay sharp. It’s YOUR mind. KCLS can help you take care of it.

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