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NEWS GLEAMS | DOH Tracks Harmful PFAS Content in Drinking Water; PACE Seeks Cohort Members

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Creativity for Everyone: Claudia Castro Luna’s Bilingual Series Empowers the Latino Community

by Amanda Ong


As of last month, former Washington State Poet Laureate and former Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna is hosting a bilingual, three-event series on creativity at The Seattle Public Library (SPL). With one event having passed, the next two events will be on Sunday, April 16, at the South Park Branch, and Thursday, April 20, at the Central Library. The series aims to encourage public creativity and empower the Latino community of Seattle. Each event is free, though registration is required.

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Somali Family Safety Task Force Teaches Somali Through Storybooks

by Amanda Ong


For the past seven years, the Somali Family Safety Task Force, which is based out of New Holly, where a significant portion of the Somali community lives, has been providing Somali and other East African families with resources around career, education, and personal development. What many people don’t know is that the Task Force is just as invested in preserving connections to Somali language and culture. Since 2017, they have published eight books aimed at Somali American families to practice reading and writing in Somali. The latest five Somali/English bilingual children’s storybooks, which had their book launch in January, were created by the Task Force with the support of Best Starts for Kids.

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Luis Alberto Urrea, My Hometown, and Me

by Donna Miscolta


Editors’ Note: The House of Broken Angels by Mexican American author Luis Alberto Urrea is this year’s selection by Seattle Reads, a citywide book group by The Seattle Public Library. Urrea will be in Seattle Oct. 19–20 to participate in a series of Seattle Reads discussions. Register for these events — including an author discussion in Spanish at El Centro de la Raza — at the official Seattle Reads website. Copies of the book are available in English and Spanish at the library.

Luis Alberto Urrea writes from the heart about a Mexican American family in “The House of Broken Angels.” (Photos courtesy of The Seattle Public Library)
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How to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the South End

by Amanda Ong


Indigenous Peoples’ Day is this Monday, Oct. 10, a day to recognize the Indigenous peoples on whose land Seattle was built, and to come together and celebrate them and their cultures. 

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