Sammamish Library News

kidsquest

Presented by KidsQuest Children’s Museum.

Ages 5 to 7.

Can you run as fast as a deer, leap as far as a gazelle or jump as high as a rabbit? Use science activities to investigate the wild athletes you might have in your backyard, and see if you have the skills to compete! Online registration required staring June 23.

fruit-tart

Presented by Laurie Pfalzer, Pastry Chef of Pastry Craft.

Ages 13 to 18.

Nothing is better in summer than fresh fruit tarts! Make your own from start to finish. Learn the science of making pie dough, how to use fresh seasonal fruit for the filling and take your tart home to bake (and eat!). All supplies provided.

To guarantee your spot, please register online, in person at the Information Desk, or by calling the library starting June 15.

Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.

market storytime

Family program, all ages welcome.

Come to the Sammamish Farmer’s Market for fun stories and songs about summertime, followed by bubbles and an art activity at the kids’ booth. Bring a blanket, event held outdoors, weather permitting.

Transitions for anyone can be hard, especially as we get older. In a panel discussion format, learn from industry professionals who will offer expertise on how to take the stress out of downsizing, preparing and selling in this market, and how to find the right next home for your aging loved one. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited.

Please reserve your spot by calling Aegis at Marymoor at 425.497.0900.

bricks4kidz

Presented by BRICKS 4 KIDZ.

Ages 8 to 12.

On your mark, get set, build! Join us for an exciting program filled with sports-themed challenges. Learn to use technic pieces, motors and batteries to build your favorite sports models—from cycling to soccer, basketball to gymnastics. You’ll be amazed by what you can create!

Online registration required starting June 16.

Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.

linkedin

Join us for this interactive, instructor-led LinkedIn class. You will learn how to create your own personal brand and why it matters. Please bring your own device and a resume. Space is limited.

Please register at www.sammamishchamber.org

elephant company

Come for a lively discussion about books and authors!
The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill

Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence, character, and even humor of the great animals who hauled logs through the remote jungles, he became a gifted “elephant wallah.” Increasingly skilled at treating their illnesses and injuries, he also championed more humane treatment for them, even establishing an elephant “school” and “hospital.” In return, he said, the elephants made him a better man. The friendship of one magnificent tusker in particular, Bandoola, would be revelatory. In Elephant Company, Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams’s growing love for elephants as the animals provide him lessons in courage, trust, and gratitude.

But Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring. When Imperial Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite Force 136, the British dirty tricks department, operating behind enemy lines. His war elephants would carry supplies, build bridges, and transport the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. Now well versed in the ways of the jungle, an older, wiser Williams even added to his stable by smuggling more elephants out of Japanese-held territory. As the occupying authorities put a price on his head, Williams and his elephants faced his most perilous test. In a Hollywood-worthy climax, Elephant Company, cornered by the enemy, attempted a desperate escape: a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow. Elephant Bill’s exploits would earn him top military honors and the praise of famed Field Marshal Sir William Slim.

Part biography, part war epic, and part wildlife adventure, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.

selfie

Take a selfie at Sammamish Library and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #selfieKCLS and #Sammamish for a chance to win a $25 prepaid Visa gift card! Visit kcls.org for complete entry details.

Shakespeare

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.

Online registration required starting May 29.

Sponsored by Friends of Sammamish Library.

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.

gameplay

Ages 5 to 12 with an adult, families welcome.

Drop-in for an afternoon assortment of board games, puzzles and card games for elementary kids. Games are set out for you to browse, or bring your own Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! cards to play with other game lovers from the community. Registration not required. Parents encouraged to attend and participate.

reading with rover

Ages 6 and older accompanied by an adult.

Build reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog in a welcoming environment. Reading with Rover is a community-based literacy program working with schools and libraries throughout the greater Seattle area. Space is limited. Sign-in sheet is at the door. No younger siblings.

http://www.readingwithrover.org/

fingerboardpark

Join us outside on the plaza for an engineering challenge to build a tiny cardboard skatepark for your fingerboard. Awards will be given for coolest ramp, pipe and bowl designs and fingerboarding tricks.

Cardboard and fingerboards available or bring your own. Supplies may be limited.

Registration not required.

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!

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Think

No Teen Think Tank June 9-September 5.

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.

Students Doing Homework

No Study Zone June 8-September 5.

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

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.

poetry

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!

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