All Robbins all evening: a Pacific Northwest Ballet Preview

Pacific Northwest Ballets dancers inDiscover the artistry of choreographer Jerome Robbins at a lecture and video preview of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s program, All Robbins. All Robbins includes three ballets: Fancy Free, In the Night and The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) with music by Leonard Bernstein and Chopin.

Doug Fullington, Educational Programs Manager at PNB will discuss the cheorographer and the three ballets and answer questions Continue reading “All Robbins all evening: a Pacific Northwest Ballet Preview”

Found in the stacks: Women who boat & cook!

Wandering through the closed stacks at Central, I stumbled across a classic in the maritime genre – a book that could be considered timeless: The Woman’s Guide to Boating & Cooking!

Let’s dive deep into the wonderful world of yachting courtesy of Lael Morgan:

 A recipe for Rock Lobster-Langouste begins:

               “ Kill Lobster “

                        (Couldn’t I just maim it?)

Some other tasty dishes include:

  • Pressure-Cooked Goat Roast (if you are a troll and live under a bridge).
  • Country Captain (if you are a cannibal).
  • Blushing Bunny (because a sad bunny is not as flavorful).
  • Beef ‘N Beer (or as guys like to call it, Sunday).

In the now-we-know-why-folks-get-seasick department: Continue reading “Found in the stacks: Women who boat & cook!”

Books for new moms

New moms barely have time to bathe or eat. How could they possibly have time to read?! They make the time, that’s how — during their children’s naps, while nursing or as they wait in line at the doctor’s or the grocery store. Reading other moms’ stories, whether fact or fiction, can ease the isolation that new moms often feel and help them stay sane during that surreal time of early parenthood.

If you’re a mom, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day and offer the following reading suggestions that provide various views of motherhood.


Guarding the Moon: A Mother’s First Year by Francesca Lia Block
Block, author of the popular Weetzie Bat books for young adults, revels in the intense love she feels for her newborn daughter and reflects on her new life as a mother.

The Big Rumpus: A Mother’s Tale from the Trenches by Ayun Halliday
This thirty-something, hip mother Continue reading “Books for new moms”

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Cover of Expecting AdamIs it possible that the true account of two Harvard academicians parenting a Downs Syndrome child could be funny? How about hysterically funny? Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck is a charming mixture of sophisticated humor, satire (mostly targeted at Harvard), self deprecation and spirituality including visions and out of body experiences. Martha Beck is a magical writer.   ~ Susan

Unleash your inner librarian!

image-of-library-stamp-courtesy-of-exlibrisWhat are the odds? The brand spanking new Library of Congress subject heading for “Public Libraries – California – anecdotes’” is getting quite a workout. In the past six months we have seen the publication of two humorous memoirs by librarians in the Los Angeles area: Don Borchert’s Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas in the Public Library and Scott Douglass’s Quiet Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian. They’re both entertaining slices of the library life (or as I like to call it, “The Game”), and I recommend them both. You may have to get in line, as they are both proving to be very popular, and not just with library staff either! It seems a lot of you are interested in exploring your inner librarian. While you’re waiting to get a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous, high-stakes world of public librarianship, let me introduce some of my favorite fictional librarians.

Meet Cassandra Mitchell, librarian of the small town of Sechelt, British Columbia. While perhaps less well-known than the prim and plucky Miss Helma Zukas just down the coast in Bellehaven, Miss Mitchell is smart, compassionate, resourceful, sexy, Continue reading “Unleash your inner librarian!”