The Seattle Public Library will offer open mics and poetry readings at several Library locations in August. Event details with times and locations are outlined below.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. A monthly series featuring author readings and open mics. The 346th meeting features readings from Penelope Scambly Schott, Julene Tripp Weaver and Katie Ellison. Tim Newcomb will give a short lecture on the writer's craft.

PoetsWest 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547. A monthly open mic that takes place on the second Saturday of each month, featuring readings of poetry and prose. This month's featured poets are Kilam Tel Aviv and Art Gomez.

Poetry 'Potluck'6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. An informal monthly gathering for listening to and reading poetry aloud. Attendees should bring a few favorite poems. This is a feast of poetry, not a food event.

Writers Read – at the Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908. A monthly open mic with selected author readings on the second Sunday of each month, presented in partnership with African-American Writers' Alliance. The group isn't meeting in August; the next meeting will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.