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Reading Day: Photos

Lake City librarians were hard at work yesterday during the day of reading at Albert Davis Park. There were all kinds of activities, from musical performances with Jamtown’s John Hayden to crafts and tactile explorations. Here are a few photos from the event, in case you missed it! To stay informed about upcoming events specific to the Lake City Library, visit the Lake City Library events page.

Lake City librarians help kids sign up for the Seattle Library's Summer Reading Program

Lake City librarians help families sign up for the Seattle Library’s Summer Reading Program. Program comes with a free book!

Young and old alike enjoy playing with a variety of magnets

Young and old alike enjoy playing with a variety of magnets

Lake City Children's Librarian hard at work!

Lake City Children’s Librarian hard at work!

 

 

 
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Reading Extravaganza in the Park Today!

Reading FairyNot only is today another Lake City Farmers Market, it’s also a whole afternoon of reading activities thanks to our Lake City Children’s Librarian, Nancy! Starting at 1:00 today in Albert Davis Park, right outside of the Lake City Branch will be a whole slew of reading fun. Bring a blanket and read by yourself or in groups. Fun learning activities including magnets, building activities and much more will also be available throughout the afternoon. For all ages!

  • 1:00 p.m. – Opening ceremony
  • 1:30 p.m. – Family story time and craft
  • 2:30 p.m. – Open mic for kids
  • 3:30 p.m. – Kids Book Talk: share your favorite books
  • 4:00 p.m. – Ukelele songs and movements with John Hayden of Jamtown
  • 5:30 p.m. – Spanish Story Time
  • 6:30 p.m. – Sing a Song of Science with Nancy Stewart

 

Questions? 206 684-9275 Nancy the Children’s Librarian

 
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Greenways Letter to City

Greenways logoGreenways logoGreenways logoAfter news like the permitting of Ricks’ street sign, we often hear from readers asking what can be done. When writing to city representatives, articulate and compelling arguments are more likely to be heard than angry rants. Here’s a great example of an advocacy letter written by Lake City Greenways in response to the recent permitting of digital pole signs along Lake City Way.

You can lend your support to a letter like this by simply copying and pasting it, adding a small section expressing your own views on the matter, and emailing it to council members (addresses below).

Mayor and City Council email addresses:

Ed.Murray@seattle.gov
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov
tim.burgess@seattle.gov
sally.clark@seattle.gov
jean.godden@seattle.gov
bruce.harrell@seattle.gov
nick.licata@seattle.gov
mike.obrien@seattle.gov
tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov
kshama.sawant@seattle.gov

 
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Ricks Permits New 16 Foot Sign

A sample image of what Rick's new sign might look like from Lake City Way.

A sample image of what Rick’s new sign might look like from Lake City Way.

Rick’s will soon have a new electronic two-sided pole sign to help advertise its adult entertainment along Lake City Way. A new permit approved by the Dept. of Planning & Development (DPD) allows Rick’s to install an 8’ by 16’ double-sided display board. The digital board will include changing imagery – up to 7 different images per minute. This will be similar to the pole sign installed earlier this year at the Pierre-owned car lot across the street. Neighborhood advocates already working to address safety issues via the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor project are concerned this will add even more visual clutter to an already busy thoroughfare.

 

Backpack sign advertising Ricks at the intersection of LCW and 125th

Backpack sign advertising Ricks at the intersection of LCW and 125th

Rick’s is also known in the neighborhood for “pushing the envelope” when it comes to its advertising. Just last month, Rick’s was cited for illegally topping the street trees located in front of its existing billboard display. Before that, neighbors successfully fought provocative backpack boards worn by Rick’s employees along the sidewalk during rush hour. And before that, they successfully fought the Rick’s Dreamgirls van (pictured below) parked streetside for days at a time.

Van parked in front of Ricks

Van parked in front of Ricks

 

But this new sign is legal and DPD does not have legislation to enforce the content of the sign. Signage issues have been a challenge throughout the city as legislation has not kept up with changing technology.

 

Parents with curious youngsters are already familiar with the questions these images generate. Rick’s location makes it well-suited for catching the eyes of school children, as school bus routes for John Rogers and Jane Addams travel through the intersection of 115th and Lake City Way twice daily during the school year. High school students are also known to frequent the bus stop just across the street from Rick’s.

 

So what can you do?
Get involved! The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance can help you get connected with your local community group, or if you’re interested in bolstering positive economic growth in Lake City, consider volunteering with Lake City Future First.

 

An Urban Design Framework (UDF) is currently underway for the Lake City hub urban village (HUV). Request a signage “overlay district” be added as part of this process. An overlay district would require a Lake City design review board to approve ALL exterior signs and would restrict the sign type, size, quantity, lighting, material, shape, etc. Katie Sheehy has worked closely with the Lake City community to develop the UDF. Contact her at katie.sheehy@seattle.gov.

 

Raise awareness among elected officials. Write to City Council and the Mayor’s office to request updated sign codes. This isn’t just a Lake City issue, similar signage concerns have cropped up throughout the city businesses find new ways to outpace dated signage laws. Be sure to cc DPD’s Steve Sampson on any message - steve.sampson@seattle.gov.

Ed.Murray@seattle.gov
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov
tim.burgess@seattle.gov
sally.clark@seattle.gov
jean.godden@seattle.gov
bruce.harrell@seattle.gov
nick.licata@seattle.gov
mike.obrien@seattle.gov
tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov
kshama.sawant@seattle.gov

 
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Fathers’ Day Celebration

father and sonThe North Seattle Family Center is hosting a Fathers’ Day Celebration this Saturday, June 14th from 12:00-3:00pm. Come join in celebrating the important role of parents, fathers and caregivers in their children’s lives. The event is free and open to the public. Food will be served from 12:00-1:30pm. Arts and crafts, basketball, storytelling, prizes and lots of community information will be available too.

Fathers’ Day Celebration
Lake City Court
12536 33rd Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Saturday, June 14th, 12:00-3:00pm

The Family Center hosts this event annually, with sponsorship from the Lake City Lions Club, as well as Seattle Housing Authority and the US Dept of HUD.

 
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