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The Safari Books Online database provides easy online access to a wide range of business & computer-related books.  Safari includes books on software programming techniques, programming languages, IT, Web design and computer technology as well as books on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux operating systems.  It includes current books published by O’Reilly, Addison- Wesley and Pearson.

Safari allows you to search in book titles, section headings, programming examples, and even in the full text.  Once you locate your search term, click on it and go directly to that section in a book.  The programming examples are especially handy: to test them you can copy and paste directly into your programming environment! 

Check it out.  With it’s great user interface and selection of current books, it one of our faves in the Business, Science, and Technology department!

Depression: Out of the Shadows

On May 7th the Central Library is hosting a special preview of a PBS documentary, Depression: Out of the Shadows, followed by a panel discussion focusing on at-risk youth.

One out of four young adults will experience a depressive episode by age 24. How does depression impact at risk youth? DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows, a PBS documentary premiering nationwide on May 21, 2008, at 9 p.m. on KCTS, navigates the disease’s complex terrain, highlighting the latest scientific research and innovative treatments. Depression is also explored through the voices of families and individuals coping with its wide-ranging effects, offering greater awareness and diminished stigma around a disorder that ultimately touches everyone.

The event is held on Wednesday, May 7th, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Microsoft Auditorium. The speakers are DaShaun “Jiwe” Morris, who just published the book, War of the Bloods in my veins : a street soldier’s march toward redemption and his mentor, Terrie Williams, author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Opening Day logoSeattle considers itself the boating capital of the world. And it should be, with 200 miles of shoreline on Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union and Green Lake. If you need proof, come to the Opening Day of Boating Season on Saturday, May 3rd. An annual tradition since 1920, the festival is sponsored by the Seattle Yacht Club, with a 2008 theme of “A Three Ring Circus.” The highlights of the day are the Windermere Cup crew races, which pit the University of Washington crew against crews from Australia, Poland, and the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Grand Parade, in which over 100 boats and yachts, many decorated, make a procession through the Ship Canal from Portage Bay to Lake Washington. Boaters can tie up to the log boom, while landlubbers line the shores of the Montlake Cut to watch the action. Also on the agenda for the day are a dragon boat exhibition race, a U.S. Navy band concert, and a U.S. Army drill platoon performance.

To help you get on the water yourself this summer, there are local organizations for every kind of boater – Seattle Yacht Club and Queen City Yacht Club, Seattle Sailing Club and Sail Sand Point, Lake Union Crew Rowing Club and Lake Washington Rowing Club, Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club and Washington Kayak Club, and for traditionalists, the Center for Wooden Boats. Look for my wife and I to be renting canoes from the University Continue reading “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Cold War Graphic Novels

laikaThe Cold War and the post-Cold War era gave authors and artists a lot of grist to mill.  While the novels and plays are famous and plentiful, there isn’t much in the way of graphic art that conveys the history of the time while also telling a great story.  Here are four graphic novels that tackle that history in different ways, all with beautiful results.

  • Laika by Nick Abadzis follows the imagined life of the first creature in outer space, the Russian dog Laika, along with her trainer Yelena and the Chief Designer, a survivor of the gulag.
  • A Jew in Communist Prague by Giardino is a three-volume story of a boy who loses his father to wallthe authorities during the Cold War.
  • Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco is a devastating work of journalism as the author interviews survivors of the Bosnian War of the 1990s.
  • The Wall by Peter Sis tells the author’s own story of growing up in Cold War Czechoslovakia and how the invasion of Western culture overwhelmed the invasion of Soviet tanks.

Cozy up with a Northwest mystery author

Alpine Traitor book coverSeattle author Mary Daheim’s “Alpine” mystery series takes place in a gorgeous town in the Cascade Mountains where newspaper editor Emma Lord solves murders and still meets her weekly deadlines. Wondering where to start with this series? Daheim brilliantly titles these in alphabetical order, starting with The Alpine Advocate, The Alpine Betrayal and so on up to the newest entry, The Alpine Traitor, just out this spring. For more cozy nights, try Daheim’s Bed-and-Breakfast mystery series.

But wait! What in the world is a “cozy”? My friend asked me that Continue reading “Cozy up with a Northwest mystery author”