Libraries have so many events!

We love events. We love the idea of getting together with your friends and bonding over an interest that you share.

In honor of National Library Week, we wanted to showcase a place that has events all the time. These events can be fun, informative, or even lifechanging. Here are 10 types of events that happen at libraries.

All Free!

1) Video Gaming (Or Card Games)

We all have a little geek in us. It’s what makes us interesting and fun! Libraries host video game events for teens. Want an adult one? Send your local library a comment and see if they can sponsor it!

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2) Survival

Did you know some libraries have events on how to survive in the wilderness? Or how to survive through college. They try to find ways to help people through bringing in professionals who have advice or authors who have lived through it all.

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3) Authors

That’s right. Libraries bring in famous and local authors to connect to the public. What a better reason to read a book? Or write a book?

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4) Business classes

Libraries want to develop communities by helping people turn their passions in to dreams, and then even to reality. Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Look no further than at your local library.

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5) ESL classes

Or even citizenship classses. These free classes are always attended well because there is a need. Libraries want to fill this need of building skills to find a job or go to school.

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6) Children’s Storytimes

Many of us have or will have children in the near future. Going to storytimes help jumpstart your child’s literacy skills by singing, playing, talking, reading, and writing! Even babies that are newborns benefit from these programs. The libraries give you tips on how to engage your child. It is also a great place to meet the same parents every week and form a communities of parents trying to pull it all together. Usually, they succeed.

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7) Science Programs

Since we are talking about children, libraries provide many STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for free! For example, have you ever wanted to build a rollercoaster? Or a robot that you can command? Many libraries have these resources for elementary age children and teens to explore!

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8) Technology Classes

For all ages, libraries provide free technology classes on everything from how to use a mouse to Adobe photoshop. Some libraries even have tech centers with a greenscreen and a camera for you to use. You won’t know until you check it out!

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9) Shakespeare, Opera, and More!

If the community wants programs about the arts, the libraries provide. Sometimes it’s a movie, sometimes it’s a real play.

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10) Book Groups, Language Circle, and More!

Have we gotten the point across that libraries have all sorts of events? It’s true. For example, check out the the Seattle Public Library Calender. There’s language learning groups, book groups, and even Shakespeare’s First Folio!!!

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We’re still at that point where we can’t believe these events are free to the public, whether you have a library card or not. Librarians are the best even planners.

What events would you like to see happen at your local library?

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Don’t miss these weekend events!

This weekend is packed with events in all of our college campus areas!


 

Near UW

Jane Comfort & Company

Friday April 8, 2016

Meany Hall

8-9:30PM

Declared “a postmodernist pioneer in the use of verbal material in dance” by The New York Times, Jane Comfort addresses contemporary social and cultural issues with compassion and wit. The company is an extraordinary group of dancers, actors and singers whose multiple talents allow Comfort to create layered works utilizing a wide range of theatrical elements. The program features the critically acclaimed Beauty. This provocative dance theater work explores the American notion of female attractiveness by framing the dialogue of the cultural pressures surrounding women’s physique, attire and appearance around the quintessential image of Barbie. Beauty is “wickedly funny and …isn’t interested in forgiveness” (The New York Times).

Chinese Dumplings 101: Food, Family, and Culture

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Saturday April 9, 2016

Mercer Court A

4PM-8PM

For UW students and family! Join in a night of learning about dumplings and make some to eat for FREE.

Saturday April 9, 2016

Meany Hall

8PM

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar emits sonic beauty as she explores Indian music, electronica, jazz, flamenco and Western classical music. The daughter and student of the legendary Ravi Shankar, her genre-defying style produces music as intriguing as it is beautiful. A three-time Grammy nominee, Shankar has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including Sting, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Thievery Corporation, Herbie Hancock and her half-sister Norah Jones.


 

Near BC

FREE Meditation: A Tool To Balance Your Life

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Saturday April 9, 2016

Bellevue Library Room 1
1111 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The practice of meditation can contribute to a more positive, healthy lifestyle; a tool to reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join Ajili Hodari, Esq., who has been meditating for over 30 years as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives.

On Stage with Classical KING FM: Seattle Rock Orchestra

Saturday April 9, 2016

Resonance at Soma Towers 288 106th Ave NE, Bellevue 98004

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Classical KING FM 98.1 is the Pacific Northwest’s voice for classical music and the arts. “On Stage with KING FM” adds to that dimension by sharing our love of live performance. We hope you enjoy and spread the word. In 2015/2016, Classical KING FM presents 6 concerts featuring some of our region’s top classical music and crossover artists.

Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet (along with the mesmerizing Tamara Power-Drutis) transforms popular song into art song, performing a program that reimagines the work of artists such as Radiohead, Beck, Bjork and others as intimate and emotional chamber works born for the recital hall.


Near CWU

Board Game Nights

Friday April 8, 2016

Nerdcore Toys

6pm – 11pm

Board games all night!

The Inland Poetry Prowl

Saturday April 9, 2016

Downtown Ellensburg

Noon – 10PM

An all-day literary event, NOON – 10:00 pm, taking place at various venues within easy walking distance in historic downtown Ellensburg. Featured poets include Tod Marshall, WA State Poet Laureate; Jake Andrews, WA State Poetry Out Loud 2016 Champion; and many other highly acclaimed NW poets from Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, and Yakima. The prowl also includes craft talks, open mics, and a book fair. Immerse yourself in metaphor. Admission is FREE.

 


Looking for concerts?

Check out our Key Arena Calendar!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Spring Clean your Life: How to say “No”

It seems like in order to succeed in life, we have to pile stuff upon stuff on ourselves. This stuff includes:

  • Being part of organizations
  • Work goals
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Furthering your education

But when is it enough?

With websites like LinkedIn where potential employers could be searching for someone exactly like you, how do you compare to other people? Those other people may be doing more than you and rocking it like you never will.

First of all:

That’s not true. You rock too.

However,

It may be time to assess your life balance and do some spring cleaning on your life.

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Step 1: Always weight your options

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Just because adding one more line to your resume looks good, doesn’t mean do it. Ask yourself these questions first:

  • Does this thing benefit my professional goals?
  • Does this thing sound like me? Is it a good match?
  • Is the time and work involved worth what I am benefiting?

It is very possible that you will answer “No” to all these questions.

 

Step 2: Give yourself some time

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Don’t rush into anything too fast or rush into saying “No” too fast either. Want to know why?

Because there can be room for negotiation.

Step 3: Negotiation

So now you are teeter-toddering on the “no” side of the spectrum. In this case:

  • Is there a way to make this opportunity beneficial in your favor?
  • Is there free food and coffee involved? (This is a partial joke)

Give the opportunity a couple days to sit and absorb into our mind. When you are ready, negotiate.

 

Step 4: Keep the door open

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No matter what your decision is, keep everything friendly and mutual. Sometimes, if you politely decline an opportunity, they will reply with much better terms. These terms can be less hours, less involvement, less money, etc.

If it’s a for sure “No”, still leave the door open for when you may need to stop by when another similar opportunity comes your way. Maybe partially accept the opportunity in order to still be a passive part.


 

The reason why we wanted to bring this up is because we know college students may be stretching themselves too far. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 34% have felt depressed. Out of those who suffer anxiety, 70% hit their first episode at age 22.

It is time to take a step back and balance your life again.

After taking out some unneeded stress in your life through not taking on too much at one time, wind down by:

  • Hanging out with your friends
  • Go to events that you are interested in (This is a great study break)
  • Watch TV or read a book
  • Take a bath
  • Try out a new exercise

Let’s make life about you again. Why not? Life is too short to experience anxiety all the time.

 

 

10 Essential Things to Bring to a Convention

With Sakura Con in just a few days, it’s hard to keep your head straight. You may be super excited and forget some vital luggage items that may save you a lot of money and time.

1. Deodorant

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It’s easy to forget deodorant when you already have some on when you leave the door. However, this is a whole weekend of walking around and going to events. You don’t want to borrow your hotel-mates deo if you could have had your own.

2. A Change of Clothes… at least

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Those jeans may be ok for the next few days (really, it’ll be ok), but don’t forget to bring a new shirt and some underwear for each day you will be at the convention. The worst thing is to have someone notice you haven’t changed your clothes. If you are wearing a costume, make sure to have something underneath that you can change out (a tank top, shirt, etc).

In addition to clothes, you can also bring a pillow just in case you have to sleep on the floor.

3. A Bottle of Water

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Even though Seattle water is awesome, you may not want to walk to the store a buy a bottle (especially if you are on a winning streak in the game center).

4. Snacks and Food

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Eating out can get expensive with the Cheesecake Factory being right across the street. For meals that you are not going out to get with friends, make sure to bring peanut butter, jelly, honey, or any other non-perishable to make a sandwich. Cereal and non-perishable milk or ramen are great too. Mmmhmmmm.. ramen 🙂

5. Camera

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If you are as excited about seeing other costumes like most people, you probably won’t forget this vital item (that is probably on your phone too). Just in case, here’s a reminder.

6. Costume First-Aid Kit

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Yes, the con has a place where they can help you through a costume emergency. However, if you need it ASAP or you don’t want to wait, bring your own kit. This kit should have a sewing needle, thread, duct tape, buttons, scissors (mini ones!), and safety pins.

7. Extra Room in Your Luggage

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Some people do like to ship large amounts of things back home because they buy so much. But if you are buying a moderate amount, save money by just leaving a bit of room in your luggage. Pack light. It’s only a couple days.

8. Emergency Money

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Don’t spend all your money! You never know when you have a last minute emergency and you need a couple bucks. Sure, your new Seattle local friends may help if it was urgent but you don’t want to start your relationship on such a bad foot.

9. Comfortable Shoes

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Those wood sandals may look comfortable for the first few hours but they may start making you cranky. Bring another pair of flip flops or comfortable shoes that will last you the whole 72 hours.

10. Your Phone Charger/Contact List

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Don’t let your phone die and miss out on making a long-term friend at the con. That doppelganger may not have a lot of time to chit-chat right there. In that case, you may try an email, or a social media site. However, not everyone is comfortable with using social media that may harm their privacy. If that is the case (or you just want to), log into ArcZap and add them to your group with an email address. This way, they can use an alias that you will remember.


 

Are we missing any other essential items? Have fun at this convention or some of the other ones coming up!

National Women’s History Month

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We didn’t know this month existed until the middle of March. However, this idea needs to be celebrated. The National Women’s History Project ran a successful campaign in 1986 to have the whole month of March as National Women’s History Month. Let’s not let them down.

This celebration needs awareness because not all schools emphasize both genders in history. Children need role models but those role models are often written out or ignored in history books. Only 3 states have mandated teaching women’s history in their K-12 classes: Illinois, Florida, and Louisiana.

That’s it. 3 schools. This doesn’t mean that individual teachers are not including women in history in their curriculum, it means that it is not emphasized. There are so many amazing women that we wished we learned about in history class. We’re sure you all do as well.

Have you heard of these remarkable women?

  • Daisy Bates – leader of the Little Rock School Integration
  • Isabel Gonzales – secured American Citizenship for all Puerto Ricans
  • Ella Grasso – Governor of Connecticut, first woman governor of any US State elected in her own right
  • Suzan Shown Harjo – Native American Public Policy Advocate and Journalist
  • Oveta Culp Hobby – WWII Director of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and
    first Secretary of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • Barbara Mikulski – Longest serving woman in the United States Congress
  • Inez Milholland – Woman Suffrage Leader and Martyr
  • Karen Narasaki – Civil and Human Rights Leader on issues of Asian American equality
  • Nancy Grace Roman – Chief of Astronomy of NASA and advocate for women in sciences
  • Nadine Smith – LGBT Civil Rights Activist and Executive Director of Equality Florida

These are just a few of the Honorees of 2016 chosen by the National Women’s History Project. We haven’t heard of any of them, but it’s time to change that.

Their descriptions are found here

How can we celebrate National Women’s History Month?

Read up on women in history! Ask your local librarian for books and articles about women and girls that made history. What are some things that they did? How did they change society? Are their ways that you can make a difference?

  • Have a murder mystery night with a variety of historical women.

 

  • Host a costume party where the theme is historical women.

 

  • Create a book group with your friends that focused on nonfiction or fiction about a woman who changed history.

 

  • Be creative a make a board game about women who revolutionized science, politics, or arts! Who knows, it could be the next big thing.

 

Do you have any other ideas on how to celebrate? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

Do you say “no” to events too?

Events and networking events are hard to go to. Not all of us are extroverted and feel comfortable with striking up a conversation with a total stranger. It’s just not us.

However, there are many ways and reasons to go to events.

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The first reason,

1) Human beings were made to socialize

Socializing makes us happy. That’s why customer service is such a highly valued part of retail. Happy employees, happy customers. Next time you get your groceries checked out, smile and ask the cashier how they are doing. This is a nice gesture for the employee but also for yourself.

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The second reason is more lucrative,

2) You can’t network without meeting new people

Especially for us college students, networking is a fundamental part of getting that dream job (or that entry level job that will get us to our dream job). So practice practice practice. Go to some events that are made up of your existing social group. Or create your own get-together for just your group!

3) Learn something new

Many people go to events (chess club, martial art practice, or MAGIC) to learn something new. Life-long learning is a valuable skill to achieve life-long happiness. Make a bucket list of all the things you wish you knew how to do. Then find other people or groups who do those things. Approach them as a beginner and they will show you the ropes. Who knows, you may find your next best friend.

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4) Be able to answer the question, “How was your weekend?” with pride

Some of us love to spend our day offs alone at home. However, why not divide up your weekend in half and do something on Friday/Saturday and then have a lazy afternoon? Being away for a part of the weekend makes the lazy Sunday that much sweeter. Being able to tell your colleagues a little bit about yourself outside of work/school also strengthens your relationship with them. It makes your time with them go by faster because you have something to talk about.

Now for the real reason why we all go to events…

5) Free food!

College events have been increasingly providing food for attendees because that’s what attracts us. Food in the dorms is so expensive and the grocery store is just too far away. Cooking is also a hassle in your small apartment/dorm. Or you may just not have time for it.

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Now go get that free food!

 

Plans for New Year’s Eve?

First of all, Happy New Year! 2015 has been an incredible ride for ArcZap.

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We focused on bringing events to you and finding out what you want. Next year, our resolution is to make it all bigger and better!

We will be celebrating by reflecting on all that we accomplished this year in various places, but what about you?

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Let us help you with that! Here are some events happening in all of our campuses:

See the ArcZap events list here

Continue reading Plans for New Year’s Eve?

New Features: Mobile and More

Have you logged in lately? There have been many new changes to ArcZap! But here are the major changes and new features:

1) Look and feel

We went with a friendlier interface this time with a softer color scheme and friendlier fonts. The event calendar is easy to navigate and the side menus have been consolidated.

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2) Navigation bar

Groups, Events, and Messages  now share the side navigation bar with easy access from the top

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3) Mobile friendly

Look for events on the go and upload photos right away! We want to make searching for your next party fast and easy.

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4) Goodbye to “spam” emails

Emails are no longer sent immediately but instead come in a single daily summary email.

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However, you can choose to receive event invites and reminders immediately.

Emailing your group alias will stay normal but comments, updates, and messages will be sent in a summary email once a day.

5) Event Reminders Revamped

Event Reminders are individualized and you can have it text you, email you or both.

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6) Event editor

If you own a community or a group, there is now an event editor that can tell you when there are errors in events to be corrected. Tutorials for this will be given to those who curate events.

7) Are you sponsored by a community?

Groups who have a sponsor community, can see the community events amongst your group events. This reduces your need to check both places.

 


 

Now… screenshots can only show you so much. So, try out some of these features for yourself!

 

 

Looking for Winter Break Events?

Some of you are already on Winter Break!

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But some of us still have a few days to wait…

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So after a few days of Netflix binge-watching and eating everything in sight, what is there to do? (Besides see Star Wars)

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Continue reading Looking for Winter Break Events?

Whoa, Games at the Library?

Did you know that November 21st is a day for libraries around the world to participate in International Games Day? This means there are board games

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Card games

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and even video games!

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Continue reading Whoa, Games at the Library?