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!”

Metro Reads: Books spotted on local buses

Photo by Chasten FulbrightWe’re always interested in what people are reading: We’re the ones on buses craning our necks to get a look at book titles and authors. Perhaps you’re the one maneuvering the book cover at the perfect covert angle to make us really work for our noseyness. Or perhaps, like us, you also notice what others are reading. No judgments; no assumptions. Just curiosity.

Here are a few titles we spotted on Metro and Sound Transit buses around Seattle earlier this week:

Attack of the Evil Scary Children!

image of child courtesy of cx1uk

Quick: what is more frightening than circus clowns? Okay, sure – scary dolls with eyes that follow you across the room are even worse – but what can strike fear into the hearts of even creepy clowns and disconcerting dolls?

Children – that’s what! Don’t think children are scary? Here are some books and movies that might just have you thinking otherwise.


Need Computer & Business Books?

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!