The Seattle Public Library’s author programs, book discussions and community events in December include author events with Megan Asaka (“Seattle From the Margins”) and Jenny Liou (“Muscle Memory”), workshops about the business of books at the Columbia Branch, two events at the South Park Branch, a monthly movie and more.

Many of these events require registration. Find information and registration at event links below or at All Library events are free and open to the public.



  • Artist Exhibition 2022: First Thursday Artist Reception, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, Central Library (Level 8 Gallery). Join us for a reception celebrating an exhibition of local artists who collaborated with the Library in 2022 to highlight our programs and services. The exhibition is on view until Jan. 15, 2023.
  • Megan Asaka Discusses “Seattle from the Margins.” from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Central Library (Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium). Seattle Times columnist Naomi Ishisaka will be in conversation with Megan Asaka about her new book “Seattle from the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure, and the Making of a Pacific Coast City,” which recognizes the marginalized communities who made Seattle what it is today.
  • Holly Days: Creating holiday décor out of invasive plants. From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. South Park Branch. Join community naturalist Nicolasa Hernandez in creating beautiful wreaths, garlands, and sprays using invasive plants. Basic materials provided. Please bring any special items to add a personal touch. For teens and adults, this workshop will be offered in English and Spanish.
  • The Business of Books, Part IV. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. Columbia Branch. Want to start a book-related business but don’t know where to start? The final workshop in a series for BIPOC literary entrepreneurs will address topics including a panel on financing (both traditional and alternative) and a roundtable on writers as entrepreneurs.
  • Jenny Liou And Shin Yu Pai Discuss "Muscle Memory." From 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7. Central Library (Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium) and online. Join us for a reading and conversation with poet, science writer, and retired professional cage fighter Jenny Liou, the final event in the public engagement series guest-curated by Seattle poet Shin Yu Pai. 
  • Ladies' Musical Club Concert. From noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, Central Library (Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium). The monthly Ladies Musical Club Concert will feature a Rachmaninoff piano concerto and songs celebrating the life of poet Heinrich Heine.
  • Animal Introduction: Owls / Introducción a los animales: Búhos. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28. South Park Branch. Join Seattle community naturalist Nicolasa Hernandez to learn about owls — be ready to dissect owl pellets and find out what’s in an owl’s diet! For families and children ages 5 and older, this event will be offered in English and Spanish.
  • Monthly Movie at Central Library: Jingle Bell Rocks! From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28, Central Library, Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room. This monthly afternoon film series features compelling and entertaining documentaries from diverse American and global perspectives.



Mask use is strongly encouraged and additional safety precautions are in place: Library staff are fully vaccinated, the Library offers free masks and hand sanitizer to patrons at sanitation stations, and all Library locations have high-quality ventilation and air filtration.


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