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Library Closed Monday, May 29

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29

The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

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Audio Archive

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Residential Architecture in Seattle and Environs, 1880-2000 - Part 1

Professor & architectural historian Jeffrey Karl Ochsner gives an overview of Seattle's single-family residential architecture from the early years of the city to the 21st century. This is part 1 of 2 podcasts.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.1 MB]


Vaddey Ratner discusses Music of the Ghosts

Vaddey Ratner discusses her novel, "Music of the Ghosts," the story of one woman's return to Cambodia as she confronts her past.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 21.3 MB]


Jessamyn Stanley and Nicole Tsong discuss Every Body Yoga

Listen to internationally recognized yoga teacher and Instagram star Jessamyn Stanley discuss her body-positive approach to yoga with local writer and yoga teacher Nicole Tsong.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 23.0 MB]


Ava DuVernay's 13th Film Screening

Listen to an exciting panel discussion on criminal justice reform and over-incarceration that followed the screening of the film. Panelists include: Dominique Davis, co-founder and CEO of Community Passageways and Jerrell Davis, educator, artist, and community activist from South Seattle.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 17.1 MB]


Lynda V. Mapes discusses Witness Tree

Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes discusses her new book, "Witness Tree," a refreshing look at the realities of climate change. She'll be in conversation with Florangela Davila, Managing Editor at Crosscut.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 26.8 MB]


The Poets Are In

Listen to an exciting poetry event with Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna and friends.

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Art and Social Change: Naiza Khan Talks Art

Join us as artist, curator, activist, educator and mentor Naiza Khan discusses her work.

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Beyond the Wall: Panel Discussion

Listen to a panel discussion on local issues, obstacles, and advocacy for people with criminal histories in our community. Panelists include: Saudia J. Abdullah, Director, Community Corrections Division King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention; Rhona Taylor, Columbia Legal Services & Washington State Reentry Task Force; Lynette Malo, Pioneer Human Services Employee; Keith Whiteman, Post Prison Education Project; and moderator Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 17.8 MB]


Camille Paglia discusses 'Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism'

The groundbreaking author of "Sexual Personae" will talk about her new collection of essays that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism.

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Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series with Barbara Earl Thomas

Listen to an artist talk about Jacob Lawrence with 2016 Stranger Genius award winner Barbara Earl Thomas.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 38.6 MB]


Kay Redfield Jamison discusses 'Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire'

Medical expert Dr. Jamison writes about poet Robert Lowell, illuminating the relationship between bipolar illness and creativity, and examining how his illness and the treatment he received impacted his work.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 30.0 MB]


Peter Heller discusses 'Celine'

The author of the 2015 Seattle Reads' pick returns with the story of Celine, an elegant private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 23.0 MB]


David B. Williams discusses Seattle Walks

David B. Williams weaves together the history, natural history, and architecture of Seattle to paint a complex, nuanced, and fascinating story, complete with walks of varying lengths and topographies.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 23.9 MB]


Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses 'The Refugees'

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Sympathizer" comes a new collection of stories exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family, imbued with Nguyen's great gift for writing.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 24.9 MB]


Immigration 101 for Allies and Service Providers - Part 2

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project present a free training for allies and service providers who want to learn how to support immigrants in our community. This is part 2 of 2 podcasts.

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Immigration 101 for Allies and Service Providers - Part 1

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project present a free training for allies and service providers who want to learn how to support immigrants in our community. This is part 1 of 2 podcasts.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 30.3 MB]


Ian Rankin celebrates the 30 Years of Inspector Rebus with ‘Rather Be the Devil’

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his popular Inspector Rebus series, award-winning Scottish mystery writer Ian Rankin returns with ‘Rather Be the Devil." He is in conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 28.2 MB]


Elissa Washuta discusses 'Seattle's Fremont and the Centerless Universe'

Elissa Washuta used the Northwest tower of Seattle's Fremont Bridge as an office where she researched and wrote a literary work based on the history of the Puget Sound. Washuta presents part of this work.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 26.9 MB]


Elan Mastai discusses 'All Our Wrong Todays'

Listen to Elan Mastai as he discusses his novel 'All Our Wrong Todays'. -- After a time travel mishap, screenwriter Elan Mastai's breezy debut novel journeys through alternate timelines and questions how we determine what makes a perfect future. You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. -- 'All Our Wrong Todays' is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent. -- Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies. This is his first novel.

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American Visionaries: Immigration Innovation & Freedom

Listen to an evening of personal talks celebrating the vital contributions of immigrants as they help shape a vibrant, plural vision of America.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 62.0 MB]


Activist Poetics

The symposium Activist Poetics examines notions of activist poiesis and activist poetics to investigate the intersections between digital activism, contemporary experimental writing and performance, and new media practices. This symposium includes a public performance shaped by the engagements of our participants.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 37.7 MB]


Residencies Revealed: Writers and Programs Tell All

Retreat directors and writers share inside tips for applying for and attending writing residencies and retreats. Hear about what residencies offer writers. First, administrators from retreat and residency programs offer insight into the application process and answer some common questions. Then listen to local writers share from their experiences choosing, applying to, and attending residencies at regional and further-flung programs.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 44.1 MB]


Dr. Edwin Nichols: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline & Beyond

Listen to a community talk by Dr. Edwin J. Nichols, renowned organizational psychologist and groundbreaking racial justice advocate. Dr. Nichols takes a deeper look at his pioneering work on racial relations, including a deeper dive into how we can address a pressing equity issue, like the school to prison pipeline and other forms of institutional racism.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 49.0 MB]


Sarah Schulman discusses 'Conflict Is Not Abuse'

Listen to Sarah Schulman as she shares her recent book "Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair" in conversation with queer author/activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 36.3 MB]


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