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Books Unbanned Initiative Fights Censorship

To help support unlimited and unrestrained access to ebooks and audiobooks, and combat censorship, Seattle Public Library is joining the Brooklyn Public Library in offering free access to its electronic collections for teens and young adults, regardless of where they live.  The offer applies to anyone anywhere in the United States who is between the ages of 13 and 26.  Anyone interested and eligible can sign up for both programs, since the ebook and audiobook collections of the two systems differ.

SPL’s Books Unbanned program is privately funded through the SPL Foundation’s Equity & Access Fund.

Read more about and enroll in SPL’s Books Unbanned program here.

Read more about and enroll in BPL’s Books Unbanned program here.

Problems with the Title to Your Home?

Is the deed to your home in YOUR name?  

While we may assume that we know the status of our home’s deed, there are many reasons it may not be as clear as we think – and that can create headaches down the road.  This can easily arise when someone passes away and probate has not made the property transfer clear, for example.

This article discusses eight common problems and what strategies consumers can use to correct them.

You can read the entire article HERE.

And you can also explore a number of NCLC publications in our remote database HERE.

Get Help with Drug Possession Convictions and LFOs

LIVING WITH CONVICTION is a team of individuals that are committed to helping people struggling with the burden of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) and felony drug possession convictions.  They do not provide legal advice, but they can help you vacate your pre-2021 drug possession felonies (allowed by the State Supreme Court’s 2/25/2021 “Blake” decision) and get your LFO-related interest waived.

You can find out more about them at their website: LivingWithConviction.org

Read their LFO flyer HERE.

Read their Blake flyer HERE.

 

Introduction to Protection Orders

If you are in a situation where a protection order of some type is necessary, join Ross Zimmerman from the King County Law Library, Angela Rogness from the Protection Order Advocacy Program, and Susie Harris and Ivan Sandoval from King County Superior Court to learn more about:

 

  • the various types of protection orders and what they do
  • the services of King County’s Protection Order Advocacy Program
  • the King County Superior Court Clerk’s role in the civil protection order process
  • resources available to help you from King County Law Library

Track Legislative Activity on Your Topic of Interest

The 2023 Washington Legislature is now in session – and schedule to end on April 23rd.

Local non-profit news source Crosscut has created a really helpful website that allows you to track legislative activity by topic of interest.  At a glance, you can the status of a particular piece of legislation as well as find links to deadlines and calendars.

You can find their legislative tracker HERE.

 

What is a Declaration?

Washingtonlawhelp.org has published a new guide explaining what the legal document called a Declaration is, how and when it should and should not be used in a case, and special situations related to declarations.

In addition, you can learn how declarations work together with motions and orders by reading through KCLL’s infographic, Motions, Declarations & Orders

You can also learn how declarations fit into the whole civil trial process by watching KCLL’s video series about representing yourself in a civil trial, Civil Lawsuits Without Tears

The Family Law Help Desk is Coming!

The King County Family Law Information Center (FLIC) provides assistance with a variety of family law-related processes including divorce, child support, parenting plans and parenting plan modifications.  FLIC is introducing a new service system affecting both the Seattle and Kent courthouses.  It will launch in January 2023.  In preparation for that launch, FLIC will have reduced hours in December 2022.

Read more about the launch of the new Help Desk here.

Read more about FLIC’s overall services here.