News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Wedgwood history includes lumber mill, airport, more

February 19th, 2013 by Support Staff

“Did you know that Northeast Seattle was once the home of a ghost town, a lumber mill, a college (not the University of Washington!), an airport, a railroad, a mosquito fleet, a saint, a dairy farm and the city’s first p-patch?”

That’s what The Seattle Library has to say about an exhibit currently showing at its Northeast branch. Through the end of the month you can view historic photos, maps and articles about the development of Wedgwood, View Ridge, Laurelhurst, Meadowbrook and Ravenna.

The exhibit is on loan from Valarie Bunn, who runs the blog Wedgwood in Seattle History.

For more information on this exhibit, call the Northeast Branch at 206-684-7539.

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Seattle Public Library makes reading fun for young readers this summer

June 12th, 2012 by Support Staff

This post courtesy of our sister site Fremont Universe.

The Seattle Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program for children kicked off Friday and continues through August 26th. This year’s program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair with the theme “Read Your Way Into the Future.” Kids can sign up online or in person at any of the 27 Library locations. Participants can track and rate books read, collect stickers and online badges, and create an online avatar:

Children who participate in the Summer Reading Program will receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum after reading 10 books. Children who read 10 books by Wednesday, Aug. 1 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Space Needle in August. One winner from each Library location will be selected. Participating in the Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids to have fun and improve reading skills during the summer break from school. A 2004 study in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk found that having elementary school students read just four or five books during the summer can prevent the reading-achievement losses that normally occur over those months.

Click here for more information.

In addition to the summer-long program, the 2012 “Words of Wonder Tour” features the work of four new authors of fiction for young readers from2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E. Featured books and authors include:

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-7539 or Ask a Librarian. This is free and open to the public-no registration is required. Free parking is available at the branch.

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Free tax assistance at the Northeast Library

February 2nd, 2012 by hillaryu

Need some help with your taxes but can’t afford professional help?

The Seattle Public Library can help! Starting Feb. 2, free tax assistance will be available from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., through April 12. Exceptions: Hours are 2-6 p.m. Feb. 9, March 8 and April 12.

Free tax assistance will be available at various other branches as well. For more information, see the library’s news release.

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Seattle Public Library seeking volunteer gardeners

June 10th, 2011 by Support Staff

Interested in weeding gardens, raking leaves and picking up litter, all for a good cause and all in your own neighborhood?

The Seattle Public Library is recruiting volunteers to help maintain the garden and grounds at several branch libraries, including the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., and the Montlake Branch, 2401 24th Ave. E.

Gardening at the library is an opportunity for friends, family and company teams to volunteer together. High-school students can obtain service-learning hours for graduation requirements. Student volunteers must be at least 15 years old.

The Library’s Maintenance Supervisor will provide an on-site orientation and work with volunteers. The supervisor will provide gardening tools, gloves and eye protection. Volunteers must be able to use basic hand tools and work safely.

Work parties will be scheduled at the branches from June through October.

Other branches included in the program are Ballard, Broadview, Capitol Hill, Columbia, Douglass-Truth, Fremont, Lake City, Magnolia, Rainier Beach and University.

To volunteer, email Anne Vedella, volunteer services coordinator, at, or call her at  206-386-4614. Volunteer applications can be downloaded here.

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Rasmussen hosting community discussion at Northeast library

October 27th, 2010 by hillaryu

City Councilman Tom Rasmussen will be at the Northeast library (6801 35th Ave NE) this Saturday (10/30) to speak with residents.  It’s the fourth stop of his tour of Seattle neighborhoods to hold community discussions.  Although a lot of budget questions are expected to come up, Rasmussen says any topic is fair game.  He’ll be at the library from noon to 2pm on Saturday.

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