The Seattle Public Library will offer open mics and poetry readings at several Library locations in July. Event details with times and locations are outlined below.

Writers Read2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908. A monthly open mic with selected author readings on the second Sunday of each month, presented in partnership with African-American Writers' Alliance.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. A monthly series featuring author readings and open mics. The 345th meeting features readings from Eva Sher, Lynne Ellis and Christian Downes. Kilam Tel Aviv will give a short lecture on the writer's craft, "Decoding the 12th Man."

PoetsWest 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547. A monthly open mic that takes place on the second Saturday of each month, featuring readings of poetry and prose. This month's featured poets are Colin Corpe and Glenna Cook.

Poetry 'Potluck' – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. An informal monthly gathering for listening to and reading poetry aloud. Attendees should bring a few favorite poems. This is a feast of poetry, not a food event.