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Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Jenny Bowen
Loving One Million Chinese Orphans

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Jenny Bowen and baby
Civics, Media Library

Poverty, state policies and abandonment have led to the more than one million orphans in China today. After adopting a Chinese daughter, Bowen established the Half the Sky Foundation to train welfare workers bring love to orphanages, one child at a time.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd with Mark Wright
‘A Sliver of Light’
A Memoir of Iranian Imprisonment

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Shane, Josh and Sarah (Sliver of Light)
Civics, Media Library

In 2009, three young American hikers unknowingly crossed a border into Iran and were imprisoned for espionage. Their heart-wrenching memoir details the struggles they went through, dark days of solitary confinement and the international advocacy which led to their freedom.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00pm

King-Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee

Great Hall; Enter on Eighth Avenue. Free.

Spelling bee web
Arts & Culture, Family, Media Library, Special Programming

The regional spelling bee brings together students from schools across King and Snohomish Counties who have already proven themselves to be fantastic spellers. Don’t miss the exciting finale of this annual tradition!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Kshama Sawant and Charles Mudede
Why Socialism, Why Now?

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5. Double Feature!

Kshama Sawant
Civics, Media Library

Sawant’s recent election to Seattle City Council raised a lot of questions around socialism and her platform of $15 minimum wage. Join Sawant and Mudede for an exploration of socialism’s impact on the city council and why, after seeing previous socialist candidates, the city is ready for socialism now.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Peter Stark with Feliks Banel
The Forgotten Empire of the Pacific Northwest

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Peter Stark
Civics, Media Library

In 1810, the Astor Expedition marched the path of what was once the Oregon Trail and settlement in this region. Stark’s account of this violent quest reveals the true story of these explorers and how the Pacific Northwest was won.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Haroon Ullah
‘A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore’

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Haroon Ullah web
Arts & Culture, Media Library

Portraying Pakistan through the eyes of one immigrant family, Ullah’s book weaves together regional historical tensions, modern-day class struggles and religious extremism to paint a picture of daily life and strife in the country’s second largest city.

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Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00pm

University Book Store presents
Sonia Sotomayor: ‘My Beloved World’

Great Hall: enter on Eighth Avenue. $22.72.

CPL Sotomayor crop
Community, Media Library

Advance tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15pm. From a housing project in the Bronx to her appointment with the highest court in the land, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir shares the details of her inspirational journey.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Jenifer Ringer with Peter Boal
A Ballerina’s Journey

Downstairs at Town Hall; Enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Ringer30
Arts & Culture, Media Library

A behind-the-scenes look about the world of ballet from Ringer, a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet. From childhood dreams to anorexia, her tell-all memoir reveals what it takes to get to the top of this competitive world — and stay there.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Svante Paabo
The Human-Neanderthal Connection

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Svante Paabo
Media Library, Science

Through analyzing ancient strands of DNA, Paabo has been able to determine the connection between early humans and neanderthals — they once mated. In Neanderthal Man, he’ll answer the fundamental question of why Homo sapiens survived, but neanderthals died off.

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Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00pm

danah boyd
Technological Teens
The Ins and Outs of Social Networking

Downstairs at Town Hall; Enter on Seneca Street. $5.

danah boyd
Civics, Media Library

Technology expert boyd explores the ups, downs and overall effects of online connectivity on teens. How they interact on social media shapes identity, creativity and political engagement, but it also creates a lot of complications.

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