Adas Featured Events

Ada's Featured Events

04/22/2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

This is the "no homework" book club! Silent Book Club is a global community of readers, with more than 500 chapters in 50 countries around the world led by local volunteers. SBC members gather together to read in quiet(ish!) camaraderie. There's no assigned reading or discussion guides—that's the "silent" part of our book club—but we do like to share book recommendations and meet like-minded readers. All readers are welcome, including e-readers! More info at silentbook.club.

All Ages welcome
RSVPs requested: https://www.meetup.com/silent-book-club-seattle/events/300216012/

Event Schedule
6-6:20pm: Socializing, group welcome and personal intros
6:20-7:20pm: Silent reading
7:20-8pm: Socializing

04/25/2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Are you a sexuality educator, counselor, therapist, or other sexuality-related professional living in Seattle? Do you want to connect with other people in your field, brainstorm future collaborations, or just have a space to collectively decompress?

Join us for this (free) monthly community meet-up! RVSPs optional. Hosted by Papaya Project.

18+
in the Programming Room at Ada's

RSVP Optional

04/27/2024 - 8:00am to 8:00pm

Seattle Independent Bookstore Day (SIBD) has come to mean a great deal to all of us working in the Seattle bookstore community, and we’re glad to say that the Seattle-area indie bookstores are celebrating Indie Bookstore Day with the popular Bookstore Day Passport Challenge this year. Once again, local book (and bookstore) lovers will be challenged to visit all 28 participating Seattle-area independent bookstores, and, as in the past few years, they will have ten days to complete the challenge.

Independent Bookstore Day is on Saturday, April 27, and the challenge must be completed by Monday, May 6.

Book fanatics who complete the challenge will receive a Bookstore Day Champion Stamp Card, good for a one-time 25% discount at each participating store and valid until April 25, 2025.

Like last year, we are also offering an intermediate reward: those who don’t complete the full challenge but get their passport stamped at at least five participating stores during the ten-day period will receive a single 25%-off coupon, good at any of the participating stores.

We are grateful for the support our bookstores receive. The Seattle area independent bookstore community continues to thrive because of you.

04/27/2024 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Not Too Small to Make a Difference is an anti-bias, kid-focused read-aloud adventure! We will read all kinds of books here but there will be a focus on Social Justice. Do you want to have the ability to discuss hard questions your little one asks? “Why is that person in a driving chair?” “Why does she have Brown skin?" “Can I touch his hair?” “What is war?” All the wonders that kids possess should be talked through. And to face these discussions, we need patience, love, and creative honesty. Reader Kristen invites you to have a social justice story time to open the door to conversations that could transform change. 

About the host: Kristen Rau, a children’s theater performer, improviser, and educator, currently working on her Masters in Social Justice and Leadership in Education.

Saturday Mornings in the Programming Room
10:00am to 11:00am
Free to Attend
All Ages Welcome

05/02/2024 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

About Decent Social Skills: Practice being social without worrying about messing up! That's what this group aims to do. We take exercises from various social skills classes we've either attended or come up with on our own and practice together. It's 80% practice and 20% theory. Less lecture, more practice!

About this Session: 

What if we took over a coffee shop and filled it with friendly people looking to have conversations?...where you knew for certain you wouldn't be interrupting if you asked to join them at their table. In fact, you would have probably made their day. Join us as we take over Ada's Technical Books & Cafe to practice socializing without worrying about messing up.

We'll get things started with a quick warmup, an easy way to start a conversation and an easy way to wrap it up. After that will be free conversation time. You chose whom you'd like to talk to. When you're done chatting, you can head back to the starting area to let people know you're free and ready to chat or head to the rest area if you need a break.

We will occasionally invite everyone to wrap up their current conversations and find new partners, so that you get to practice with multiple people.

RSVP on Meetup
Join us for programming from 6:30-8:00 and then stay to practice your new skills with other attendees from 8:00-9:00! 
 

All Ages Welcome
Free to Attend

05/04/2024 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Not Too Small to Make a Difference is an anti-bias, kid-focused read-aloud adventure! We will read all kinds of books here but there will be a focus on Social Justice. Do you want to have the ability to discuss hard questions your little one asks? “Why is that person in a driving chair?” “Why does she have Brown skin?" “Can I touch his hair?” “What is war?” All the wonders that kids possess should be talked through. And to face these discussions, we need patience, love, and creative honesty. Reader Kristen invites you to have a social justice story time to open the door to conversations that could transform change. 

About the host: Kristen Rau, a children’s theater performer, improviser, and educator, currently working on her Masters in Social Justice and Leadership in Education.

Saturday Mornings in the Programming Room
10:00am to 11:00am

Free to Attend
All Ages Welcome

05/08/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join the Queer SFF Book Club in discussing Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

The Queer Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club is open to all readers with a focus on science fiction and fantasy that falls under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella through character, plot, or author.

We typically meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm, though meeting dates are subject to change.
These meetings are in-person, in the Programming Room at Ada’s Technical Books.

View our 2023-24 season book list here
Sign up for reminder emails here.

If you'd like to automatically order the books from Ada's in advance of our discussions, you can sign up for the book subscription here.

05/09/2024 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

About Decent Social Skills: Practice being social without worrying about messing up! That's what this group aims to do. We take exercises from various social skills classes we've either attended or come up with on our own and practice together. It's 80% practice and 20% theory. Less lecture, more practice!

About this Session: Let's practice inviting people to join us at upcoming events and activities. Since the focus is on the activity and not exclusively each other, there is much less pressure or need to be vulnerable.

We'll start by taking an inventory of what activities we do or would like to do that we could invite someone into. The focus will be on events we could go to alone or with a plus one, such as group classes or activity centered meetups in the next two weeks.

Whether the person we're inviting is able to make it or has to cancel at the last minute, we should be able to have fun at these events with or without them. Every event you go to could have the potential to introduce you to more interesting people you could invite out.

We will then practice weaving these events and activities into our conversations. If it happens to be a point of connection, it will be very easy to just invite them to join you next time.

RSVP on Meetup
Join us for programming from 6:30-8:00 and then stay to practice your new skills with other attendees from 8:00-9:00! 

05/10/2024 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Are you a dungeon master? A Settler of Catan? If so, you’ll be happy to hear that Board Games and Booze is back! Join us at The Lab to play games, show your strategic prowess, make friends, and drink booze. Featuring a wide variety of board games, and a series of D&D Adventures!

Be sure to arrive early to sign up for the D&D adventures. The adventures will begin at 6:15pm and 8:45pm, each will last ~2 hours. No experience or supplies are needed, each adventure is limited to 6 players.

Sign up for the 6:10PM D&D Time Slot
Sign up for the 8:40PM D&D Time Slot

Wanting to play a particular game? Feel free to bring your own to the event!

Free to Attend

RSVP on Facebook

21+ in The Lab
All Ages in The Programming Room

05/11/2024 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Not Too Small to Make a Difference is an anti-bias, kid-focused read-aloud adventure! We will read all kinds of books here but there will be a focus on Social Justice. Do you want to have the ability to discuss hard questions your little one asks? “Why is that person in a driving chair?” “Why does she have Brown skin?" “Can I touch his hair?” “What is war?” All the wonders that kids possess should be talked through. And to face these discussions, we need patience, love, and creative honesty. Reader Kristen invites you to have a social justice story time to open the door to conversations that could transform change. 

About the host: Kristen Rau, a children’s theater performer, improviser, and educator, currently working on her Masters in Social Justice and Leadership in Education.

Saturday Mornings in the Programming Room
10:00am to 11:00am
Free to Attend
All Ages Welcome

05/14/2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute By Talia Hibbert Cover Image

Join the Critters, Creatures & Climate Book Club in discussing Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

Critters, Creatures & Climate Book Club reads a variety of books related to nature. This is a book club open to all. The book discussion will be moderated, the host will bring the questions - you just bring your thoughts! From books on the monarch butterfly to novels exploring our relationship with nature, there is something for everyone.

Discussions are held monthly at rotating locations at libraries, Seward Park and local bookstores.

We expect group members to RSVP, engage and be welcoming to other group members.

Free to Attend
in the Programming Room
RSVP Required

05/16/2024 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

About Decent Social Skills: Practice being social without worrying about messing up! That's what this group aims to do. We take exercises from various social skills classes we've either attended or come up with on our own and practice together. It's 80% practice and 20% theory. Less lecture, more practice!

About this Session: Let's practice starting low stakes conversations in low pressure environments. It's the gateway to more exciting and fulfilling social interactions in the future.

Walking up to an intimidatingly beautiful or handsome stranger and trying to get them to like you is high pressure, high stakes. Talking to someone who looks friendly at a potluck, mixer or house party is low pressure. Our intention will set the stakes.

To make it low stakes, our intention will be to simultaneously a) learn about the person we're talking to and b) share what we feel comfortable with about ourselves. It's not to get them to like us, sell them anything, or convince them of something we believe in.

During the conversation you might find common interests, passions or activities. Or you might not. Either outcome is a win. Our goal is to learn to relax and maybe even feel playful while having these types of conversations.

We'll discuss when it might be a good idea to exchange contact info and when doing so is more likely to leave you ghosted.

RSVP on Meetup
Join us for programming from 6:30-8:00 and then stay to practice your new skills with other attendees from 8:00-9:00! 
 

All Ages Welcome
Free to Attend

05/16/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join the Classics of Science Fiction Book Club in discussing Riverworld by Philip Jose Farmer

The Classics of Science Fiction Book Club reads a variety of books that are, should be, could be, or might (arguably) one day be considered classics of the science fiction genre. We typically meet the third Thursday of the month at 7pm, though meeting dates are subject to change. 

Meetings are online only, until further notice. To participate, email 'csfbookclub@gmail.com' and request the meeting link.

View the full reading list for the 2023-24 season here
Sign up for the mailing list here

If you'd like to automatically order the books from Ada's in advance of our discussions, you can sign up for the book subscription here.

05/18/2024 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Not Too Small to Make a Difference is an anti-bias, kid-focused read-aloud adventure! We will read all kinds of books here but there will be a focus on Social Justice. Do you want to have the ability to discuss hard questions your little one asks? “Why is that person in a driving chair?” “Why does she have Brown skin?" “Can I touch his hair?” “What is war?” All the wonders that kids possess should be talked through. And to face these discussions, we need patience, love, and creative honesty. Reader Kristen invites you to have a social justice story time to open the door to conversations that could transform change. 

About the host: Kristen Rau, a children’s theater performer, improviser, and educator, currently working on her Masters in Social Justice and Leadership in Education.

Saturday Mornings in the Programming Room
10:00am to 11:00am
Free to Attend
All Ages Welcome