September is Library Card sign-month at all Seattle Public Library locations. The closest one to Laurelhurst is the NE Branch at 6801 35th Avenue NE.
The information says:
The Library has six unique cards to choose from. Sign up online or visit any Library location.
Libraries also offer other assistance such as free Wi-Fi hotspot, tech help, classes, downloading movies and music, getting help filing taxes and 24 hours a day librarian assistance 24 hours a day. Library Card Sign-Up Month is a national celebration of public libraries and time to make sure that students have the most important school supply of all—a free Library card.
Resources at The Seattle Public Library are available to anyone who has a Library card. Here are a number of things you can do for free at The Seattle Public Library:
- Visit a museum - we've just added The Living Computer Museum.
- Learn how to write.
- Publish your e-book.
- Watch a movie online or at the Library.
- Download (and keep!) five songs a week.
- Send print jobs from your laptop, tablet or smartphone via the Library's free Wi-Fi.
- Speak a new language - we've got 80 to choose from!
- Learn programming or Web design with Safari Books Online.
- Become an Excel spreadsheet guru with Microsoft IT Academy.
- Find a job.
- Take an online class.
- Get healthy with easy-to-browse health and medical journals.
- Save money with Consumers' Checkbook, a guide to Puget Sound services and stores such as auto repair shops, hospitals, plumbers, banks and insurance companies.
- Research your purchases - check Consumer Reports online.
- Download an e-book.
- Download a magazine.
- Not sure how to download a book or magazine on your new device? Sign up for Tech Help.
- Reserve a computer - up to 90 minutes a day.
- Use Adobe Creative Cloud or MS Office 2013 on computers at every Library location.
- Scan photos at the Central Library.
- Research your family history.
- Start a business.
- Learn how to invest your money.
- Attend a story time with your kid.
- File your taxes. Free tax help is offered every year from January to mid-April.
- Read a book that the rest of the city is reading - Seattle Reads happens every spring.
- Preview ballet and opera performances or enjoy a concert.
- Hold a meeting - non-commercial groups can book one date per month.
- Use free Wi-Fi when you're at the Library, and check out a Wi-Fi hotspot for when you're at home or on the go.
- Join a book group to talk about books with other readers.
- Get personalized book recommendations with Your Next 5 Books.
- Browse through digitized materials of historic local photos, posters, maps, atlases, menus, art and more online with the Library's Special Collections.
A Library card is free for anyone who lives, works, owns property or goes to school in the Library's free service area. Cardholders from several library systems in Washington may also qualify.
Apply online if you are 13 or older, or visit a Library branch to sign up. Bring a valid I.D. and proof of your current address, like a utility bill. Young adults and children ages 17 and under do not need to provide proof of their resident address.
For more information about services of The Seattle Public Library or its support groups, call 206-386-4636, or visit www.spl.org.