Category Archives: BOOKS

Things you can read.

Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: Black Radical Feminist

It’s black history month, the perfect time to read about social justice trailblazers both celebrated and forgotten. Margo Jefferson’s wonderful memoir, Negroland, about growing up in a wealthy, elite African American family in the 1940s and ’50s, was my first introduction … Continue reading

Posted in BOOKS, History and Biography, Nonfiction | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Never Again: Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today

Seventy-five years ago, approximately 7,000 Seattleites were ordered by the U.S. military to leave their homes and sent to incarceration camps. Most ended up at desolate Minidoka in southern Idaho. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, signed on February … Continue reading

Posted in BOOKS, History and Biography, Library Events, local history, LOCAL INTEREST, Nonfiction | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

For the Love of Data: An Open Data Release

Back in the spring of 2012, Book 1 of the Fifty Shades trilogy did something for the first and last time at SPL—the physical copy circulated more copies than the e-book version.  Over the next three years, the e-book version … Continue reading

Posted in Nonfiction, re:SEARCH | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Now More Than Ever, Reading is Power

This book you are now reading is a manifesto of sorts–my manifesto, a manifesto for readers. Because I think we need to read and to be readers now more than ever. Every January I struggle to decide what I want … Continue reading

Posted in BOOKS, Fiction, LISTS, Nonfiction | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

This Valentine’s Day, Use Your Words!

What truly says “I love you” to your Valentine? A fancy dinner out? Good luck getting a table, or avoiding romantic indigestion as you navigate the desperate crush of other romance seekers. A box of chocolates? Hardly original, and not exactly helpful with our … Continue reading

Posted in BOOKS, Events, LOCAL INTEREST, Romance | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Working the Room: Making Space to Create

A place to think, to spread out, to collect one’s thoughts and work through ideas.  An environment where inspirations are realized, this is necessary to the creative process.  It can be a dining table doing double duty, the corner of … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Design, BOOKS, Nonfiction | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Immigration and the Refugee Experience Presented in Comics for Kids and Young Adults

Comics can be an effective gateway toward empathy and understanding. Both fiction and non-fiction comics can help the reader visualize and develop context for a wide variety of human experience. Here are a few comics which may help younger readers … Continue reading

Posted in art, BOOKS, Children's Books, Teen Books | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment