Slowing Down

For me March was always the kick off to camping season. Finding a cabin early in the season then in April heading to our family campsite on the Olympic Peninsula for opening day of fishing; May and June to Eastern Washington before it gets too hot and that itch to go and explore is still there. To combat that sense of go, go, go I walk since it’s now my only form of escape. What I noticed this time around, since I have the time and don’t feel a need to rush, I actually pay more attention to my surroundings.

Still image from 10 Parks That Changed AmericaI found a pocket park near my house. A tribute to fallen motorcyclists with trees and placards honoring those who had passed. Walking through slowly I read all the names and couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. Maybe because it was next to a busy street and so more of a place we pass then visit, but not that day. That had me thinking of other places that were once other things made beautiful, made whole. In 10 Parks That Changed America, available through Access Video, two Seattle parks are highlighted, Freeway Park and Gas Works Park. Freeway Park reconnected the city in a new and modern way and Gas Works took a scab and healed it, while still honoring its past. I feel that same feeling along Ruston Way and Dune Peninsula in Tacoma, seeing a new vision and a place of healing after the removal of the Asarco copper smelter.

Cover image of The StopGardens are another thing that have caught my eye more and more, especially the Food is Free Tacoma Project, which takes front yards and turns them into gardens for all. Along with community tables to share food from the garden as well as canned items and other goods. Similar to the P-Patch community gardening of Seattle this creates a sense of community and unity, but also gives strength back to those that need it most. Food insecurity now more then ever is at the forefront of our lives. In Nick Saul’s The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement is one pathway through generosity and connection to view food as a public good. It advocates that access to good healthy food is a benefit to the community as a whole.

Cover image of Practical Projects for Self-SufficiencyAnother thing you can’t help but hear, honestly before I even open my front door, is projects! Gardening, mowing, building, cleaning, repairing, anything involving labor is happening near me every step I take. I see new fences, decks, pathways, flowers, plants, compost bins, rain barrels–just about anything and everything. And while some of these things are due to a quick trip to the hardware store, others are simply the DIY life. Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency: DIY Projects to Get your Self-Reliant Lifestyle Started by Chris Peterson offers a few of the many projects I’ve seen the past few weeks. I also love to follow Tacoma blogger, Liz Morrow, who truly lives the DIY life.

Sometimes taking things slow can lead to amazing discoveries.

~posted by Kara P.

Library Podcasts with a Seattle Focus

Last week I highlighted some of the diverse podcasts the library has to offer on it’s website with no library card required. I wanted to discuss some of the other things offered on the Library Podcast page, specifically the variety of discussions on Seattle and Seattle history.

In Fall of 2019, the Library hosted discussions on the hidden history of the Space Needle, including Space Needle Redux: Knute Berger and B.J. Bullert Eye the Needle. Continue reading “Library Podcasts with a Seattle Focus”

Award Winning Comics for Your Bucket List 

A Bucket List is a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. This can take many forms, but for many lovers of the written word this comes more often in must read books. Here are award winning comics that are a must read for any one wanting a taste of the best!

The Sandman – Neil Gaiman

One of the first few graphic novels to ever be on the New York Times Best Seller list, Neil Gaiman (Yes, that Neil Gaiman of American Gods and Good Omens) penned this epic dark fantasy with an intriguing blend of history and mythology, all through the eyes of the Master of Dreams gazing into the human world. And much like recalling a dream or a nightmare, a few mere sentences cannot describe the scope of wonder and horror this comic has in store. (Did I happen to mention Neil Gaiman wrote this?) Continue reading “Award Winning Comics for Your Bucket List “

Now Showing: Artists and Their Works on Screen

We get it: you’re stuck. Your productivity levels are low, imagination exhausted, and creativity, well, not entirely there. Everybody has those days! Yes, even the great and genius creators of art in their prime. So take a seat, and watch their trials and successes unfold in these biopics available on Kanopy and Hoopla with your Seattle Public Library card. They might even help in getting you out of that rut.

Frida Movie PosterFrida Kahlo is depicted on Frida, in which the Mexican Surrealist painter’s life is explored–from her youth to her relationships with others, most notably with fellow artist Diego Rivera. It follows the triumphs and tragedies in her personal and professional abilities. The film received multiple nominations and awards in the United States and internationally.

Séraphine follows Séraphine Louis, a French painterSéraphine Movie Poster with humble beginnings. She regarded her painting to be an experience deeply inspired by religion and nature. When an art critic begins to encourage and support her talent, the painter’s circumstances improve, but not for long. The film received multiple César Awards, the French national film awards.

Loving Vincent Movie PosterLoving Vincent presents Vincent van Gogh’s life through the eyes of his acquaintances after the artist’s death. If you are not drawn in by the tragic story of van Gogh, the techniques used to produce the film might invite you to stay. Considered an animation, the movie itself is the combined effort of more than one hundred artists from around the globe, showing each frame as an oil painting on canvas in the same style as van Gogh. Continue reading “Now Showing: Artists and Their Works on Screen”

Revisit Past Events with Our Podcasts

Was there an author event you missed out on at the library? Did you miss a Thrilling Tales adult story time? Don’t fret! The library records many of its events, everything from author readings to theatre previews. Found under the Books and Media tab on our homepage, Library Podcasts are sorted by year at the top of the page and by some subjects at the bottom.

Here’s a few suggestions to get you started with this great online resource (you don’t even need a library card to listen!):

In 2018, Maxwell King discussed his new book, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, which is the first full-length biography of Mr. Rogers. Hear the story of this enduring Icon and read the ebook yourself, along with the ebook A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood by Fred Rogers himself. Continue reading “Revisit Past Events with Our Podcasts”