Auburn-area public library programming | February 2018

  • Friday, February 2, 2018 12:16pm
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Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S. 253- 931-3018. Library events include:


Infant and Young Toddler Story Time: 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Ages newborn to 24 months, siblings welcome. Stories, songs and fun.

Family Evening Story Times: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Ages 3 to 7 with adult, siblings welcome. Stories, songs and fun.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn-Spanish: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays. No program on Feb. 19. Newborn to age 5 with caregiver. Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing.

Toddler Story Times: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. No program on Jan. 4. Ages 2 to 3 with adult, siblings welcome. Stories, songs and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. No program on Jan. 4. Ages 3 to 7 with adult, siblings welcome. Stories, songs and fun.

Building Club: 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. No program on Jan. 2. Ages 6 and older, ages 2 to 5 with adult. Come to the library for an unstructured, creative play open house, with materials to build with and Bee-bots to program. Stay for the entire event, or pop in for a few minutes. We supply the building materials, you supply the imagination.

Technology Petting Zoo: 1-2 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Ages 5 and older. Experiment with technology designed for young engineers. Program a busy Bee-bot, customize a Cubelet robot, or explore electronics with kits made for curious kids. Space is limited. Please pick up a free ticket for each participating child at the Information Desk starting at noon on the day of the program.


Read, Review, Win: Middle and high school ages. Read three books, write three short reviews, and win a prize. Earn a prize every time you read three books and earn entries into the grand prize drawing. Reviews can be turned into the Auburn and Algona-Pacific libraries.

Bookmarks and Landmarks Junior, “Boston Jane:” 2 p.m. Feb. 10. At the White River Valley Museum. Ages 10 and older. Read “Boston Jane” by Jennifer Holm, then come to the museum, where we’ll discuss the book and participate in activities that connect to the history of our area and the themes in the story. Explore a pioneer cabin, and maybe even try on a historic corset. Please place a copy of the book on hold through your library. Registration began Jan. 19.

Harry Potter Escape Room: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Ages 12 and older. Adults welcome. Come to the library for an escape room experience with a Harry Potter theme. A deliciously difficult mix of puzzles have been concocted for an afternoon of fun. Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, Slytherins, and Gryffindors welcome. Wands and costumes too. Prizes fit for witches and wizards available to the winners. Eight spaces available per session. Registration required. Register for one session only.

ideaX, Stop Motion Animation: 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Ages 12 to 18. Do you love “The Lego Movie” or “The Nightmare Before Christmas?” Create and edit your own short stop motion film at this drop-in, hands-on workshop. This event is for beginners with little to no experience with stop motion animation. Registration is recommended.

Explore Snap Circuits: 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Ages 10 to 18. Choose from hundreds of projects, including a motion-activated burglar alarm, a Morse code generator, or voice-controlled rays of light, in this drop-in, hands-on program.

Study Zone: 5-7 p.m. Mondays; 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.No Study Zone on Feb. 19, 20 or 21. Grades K-12. Need a place to study or get homework help? Drop in any time during Study Zone hours for some helpful assistance from a volunteer tutor.

Hang Time: 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Grades 4-12. Come in, hang out, make a craft or play a game. Some video games will be rated T. Drop-ins welcome.


Genealogy Assistance: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 and 21. Volunteers from South King County Genealogical Society will be available to answer your questions.

DSHS Information Sessions: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 6. Do you need help from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)? DSHS is a lifeline providing the basics of daily living to Washington residents who are in need of some assistance. DSHS and its partners provide protection, comfort, food or cash assistance, and a host of other services. Stop by the table to ask questions, get advice and sign up for assistance.

RISE Employment Services through Multi-Service Center: 2-4 p.m. Feb. 7. RISE (through Multi-Service Center) offers assistance in obtaining employment by providing services such as comprehensive case management, job experience, and employment and training assistance. Eligible candidates will have access to bus tickets for appointments, interview clothes, and community resource referrals for housing and childcare. To be eligible, candidates must receive food stamps and be homeless, unemployed for at least a year, a veteran, a refugee or immigrant, or owe back child support. To inquire about eligibility, please contact a Multi-Service Center employment specialist at 253-838-6810.

Third Thursday Afternoon Book Club: 2-3 p.m. Feb. 15. “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders.

Sign Up for ORCA LIFT’s Reduced Fares: 1-3 p.m. Feb. 28. Drop in to register for ORCA LIFT, a reduced fare on area public transit for income-qualified riders, ages 19 and older. An Orca-to-Go customer service representative will often be here for seniors, people with disabilities and kids to get a reduced fare pass. To see if you qualify, check or call Multi-Service Center at 253-838-6810. Please bring ID and income verification documents.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Winter Class Classes: 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. No class on Feb. 19.. Presented by Green River College. Learn English grammar, reading, writing, and conversations skills with an experienced instructor. Classes are free to those who pre-registered. Spring quarter registration date is March 26.

Talk Time Classes: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Practice speaking English with other English language learners. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. Classes are free, join anytime. Registration not required. Walk-ins welcome.

AARP Tax Help: Get free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP Foundation volunteers. No age or income limits. Please bring picture I.D., documented proof of Social Security Number, and last year’s return as well as any current tax documents. No complex or business returns. Please pick up and complete the AARP intake form at the Information Desk. Contact the library for dates and times, 253-931-3018.

Computer classes?: If you’re interested in attending a computer class, please call 253-931-3018. • One-on-One Computer Help: 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturdays; • Microsoft Excel 2013 Level 1: 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Must be able to use the mouse and keyboard. • Microsoft Excel 2013 Level 2: 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Must have Excel Level 1 proficiency.


When I Need Your Help, I’ll Let You Know – And Other Senior Myths That Can Lead to Disaster: 2 p.m. Feb. 24. With Authors Barbara Adler West, J.D., and Stephen F. Adler, Ph.D. Discuss the five “myths” that complicate a seniors’ ability to make sound choices about their future. Barbara and Stephen will look at each myth from the perspective of the caregiver’s “reality” and provide guidance to seniors and caregivers around how to create future care plans that are safe, practical and sustainable.

Algona-Pacific Library, 225 Ellingson Road, Pacific. 253-833-3554. Library events include:


Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Ages 1 1/2 to 3 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Stories, songs and fun. A short play time follows program.

Family Story Time: 10 a.m. Feb. 2. At the Pacific Community Center, 305 Milwaukee Blvd. S, Pacific. All ages welcome, ages 6 and younger with adult. Stories, songs and fun.

Reading with Rover: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 21. For school-age children 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.

Technology Petting Zoo: 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 22; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 23. At the Pacific Community Center, 305 Milwaukee Blvd. S, Pacific. Ages 5 and older. Experiment with technology designed for young engineers. Program a busy Bee-bot, customize a Cubelet robot, or explore electronics with kits made for curious kids.


Teen Zone: 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays. Grades 5-12. Play video games, snack, hang out, study, or pick up a good book. All in the same place. Sponsored by the Friends of the Algona-Pacific Library.

Study Zone: 5-7 p.m. Mondays; 3-5 Tuesdays. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Stop Motion Animation Workshop: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Grades 5-12. This event is for beginners with little to no experience with stop motion animation. Create and edit your own short stop motion film at this hands on workshop. All materials provided. Please register.

Read, Review, Win: Middle and high school ages. Read 3 books, write 3 short reviews, and win a prize. Earn a prize every time you read 3 books and earn entries into the grand prize drawing. Review forms are available in the teen section of the library, and can be turned in to the Auburn and Algona-Pacific Libraries. Grand Prize Drawing: Each completed review form serves as an entry into the quarterly grand prize drawing. The more you read, the more chances you have to win! Drawings will be held March 15 and June 15.


Algona-Pacific Page Turners Book Club: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. Share your love of books and connect with fellow readers. Contact the library for book title. Copies of this title have been reserved for participants and are available for check out at the library. New members are always welcome.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes: 12-2:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 5-March 31. No class on Feb. 19. Learn to read, write and speak English with an experienced instructor from Green River College. Registration required. Registration for spring quarter is noon Wednesday, March 28.


Documentary Screening & Discussion, Edith & Eddie: 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their unusual and idyllic love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. Join us for a film screening and facilitated discussion.

Muckleshoot Library, 39917 Auburn-Enumclaw Road SE., Auburn. 253-931-6779. Library events include:


Boredom Busters: At the library and looking for something to do? Ask the staff at the front desk about Boredom Buster kits. Board games, crafts, coloring, etc. Kits available for all ages.

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