MeatEater: Your Link to the Food Chain

Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan and learned to hunt and fish at an early age. This love of hunting and the outdoors has now become quite a career as an author, television personality, podcaster, and conservationist. He breaks the stereotype we have of the “American hunter” – when he explores a subject, he nerds out so spectacularly that I have come to appreciate his level of intellect and extensive research.

The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine (2006) – The first book in the Steven Rinella canon. Steven sets out to recreate the recipes from master chef Escoffier’s classic 1903 Le Guide Culinaire to get back to where the history of modern food got its start.

American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (2009) – After tripping on a buffalo skull in Montana, Steven stumbles into an obsession that leads him to explore the iconography and history of this magnificent animal. From the story of buffalo nickels to the curious Oxford scholar giving away a free refrigerator with any skeleton you’re willing to take from her, his reportage rings with respect, humor, and hard facts.  I highly recommend the audiobook – read by the author himself!

In 2012, Steven started MeatEater on the Sportsman Channel, which moved to Netflix in 2018. He also wrote a few more books during that time:

MeatEater’s Campfire Stories: Close Calls (2021) – The newest addition is only available as a downloadable audiobook, but truly this is the best way to experience these stories because they are told from the survivors themselves. Download it to your cell phone, and play it round the campfire.

In so many different ways, Steven guides you through this primal world, but not at all uncultured. Enjoy the ride!

My kiddo’s recommendation: Buffalo Music by Tracey E. Fern

~posted by Kara P.

Fall Into Reading: Beyond Halloween

The leaves are crunching beneath our boot heels, the sweaters are coming out of the corners of our closets, and cozying up with a book goes along with this season like a warm fire and fuzzy socks! Fall into the season with these reads celebrating all the various festivities the season has to offer!

The Progress of a Crime: a Fireworks Night Mystery by Julian Symons

After witnessing a murder of a local tavern owner on Guy Fawkes Night (Nov. 5), Hugh Bennet has trouble remembering what took place as he attempts to write the story for the paper. It doesn’t help that the witnesses aren’t very reliable as none can actually recall seeing the stabbing itself. Combining classic sleuthing with a concerned inquiry into troubled society, this 1960 crime classic by the grandmaster Julian Symonds is an excellent commentary of the Autumn of the year, and of the 20th Century. Continue reading “Fall Into Reading: Beyond Halloween”

Witchy Reads

Fiction has been awfully witchy this year, with strong showings across historical fiction, romance, and general fiction. For your reading pleasure, an incomplete list:


Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen
In 1615 Germany, 74-year-old Katharina Kepler is accused of witchcraft, an accusation she shrugs off until it starts to stick. Told via Katharina’s dictation to a neighbor, court documents and witness testimony, this wry and witty novel is loosely based on a real witch trial (of physicist Johannes Kepler’s mother!).

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian
In 1660s Boston, headstrong Mary Deerfield petitions for divorce from her husband on grounds of cruelty, only to be ensnared by accusations of witchcraft from jealous neighbors and servants. As Mary tries to find an avenue to the life she envisions, the Puritan panic around her reaches a fever pitch.

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore
Manningtree has been largely depleted of men since the beginning of the English Civil Wars. When Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General, arrives, he starts poking around the margins of town life, looking for covens and general witchcraft. 19-year-old Rebecca West tries to quell the rumors and protect her neighbors, even as accusations land at her door. Continue reading “Witchy Reads”

Almost 40 Years in Libraries: Meet Interim Chief Librarian Tom Fay

As you may know, The Seattle Public Library has a high-profile job vacancy right now: Chief Librarian.

When Marcellus Turner – who led the Library for almost 10 years of distinguished service – left that role earlier this year to helm Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, The Seattle Public Library’s Board of Trustees initiated a national search for our next Chief Librarian. The position profile is posted on our website and the search for our next Chief is well underway, with a selection expected early in 2022. (Read more about the search process on our website.)

In the meantime, we wanted you to get to know our interim Chief Librarian, Tom Fay, who stepped into the role on April 1 from his regular position as director of Library Programs and Services.

“My local library was a constant in my life”- Interim Chief Librarian Tom Fay

How did you get into Library work?

I moved from Las Vegas to a small rural community in Nevada when I was 11 and grew up in that little town. My local library was a constant in my life. I loved to read. I used to do odd jobs and construction as a teenager. About the time I turned 16, the town librarian asked me if I wanted to work in the library in the late afternoon and evening. I would make $3.25 per hour as a page. At that time, I was working construction jobs and we were generally done by 2 p.m. due to the heat in the summers. So, I was pretty excited about a job with air conditioning in a part of the country where summer days ranged from 105 to 120 degrees. That was 38 years ago. I spent over 30 years in Nevada libraries ranging from the largest system to the State Library. When I retired from Las Vegas-Clark County Library as the Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Director, my wife and I had looked at either Seattle or Denver as places that we might like to live and explore in our next phase of life. Happily I was offered the position of Director of Library Programs and Services at this Library and started in July 2015. Continue reading “Almost 40 Years in Libraries: Meet Interim Chief Librarian Tom Fay”

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Germs

One thing I was not prepared for in this new thing called mom life, was that once you put your kiddo in daycare they will be sick FOREVER! To be fair, I was warned, but I had no idea the endless days of snot, coughing, and laundry would be this intense. As we all battle with sick days for a myriad of reasons, here are some books to help your own kiddos understand how germs, bugs, and viruses get to work.

Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome – An introduction to the good and bad bacteria in our bodies. (K-Grade 2)

A Germ’s Journey by Thom Rooke M.D. and Anthony Phillip Trimmer, Read by Jared Kaelber – Perfect book for a sick kiddo at home! A read along through Hoopla to explain what’s going in their tiny body. (K-Grade 2)

The Good Germ Hotel: Meet Your Body’s Marvelous Microbes by Sŏng-hwa Kim – A reminder to all of us that it’s not all bad. Get ready to meet your happy gut flora! (Grade 2-5) Continue reading “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Germs”