Library Resources on Compassion

“Compassion” and “empathy” have become self-help buzzwords lately, with the recent rise of TED-talk superstars like researcher, author, and speaker Brené Brown. But what does it actually mean to practice compassion towards oneself and others, and how can we use these tools to take better care of our relationships? Here are some library resources for practicing self-compassion and compassion towards others whose messages ring especially true during times of social crisis and isolation.

Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and your World With the Practice of RAIN, by Tara Brach
This book is currently a popular Peak Pick, and although it’s not available to be checked out in person for the time being, it is still accessible online with your library card! Written by celebrated mindfulness instructor Tara Brach, Radical Compassion teaches readers a mindfulness practice called RAIN – Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture – designed to help us become more compassionate towards ourselves. You might find Brach’s tools helpful if you are dealing with loss of a loved one or a past relationship, working through past trauma, or simply trying to cope with the ongoing trauma of living during a pandemic. Continue reading “Library Resources on Compassion”

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”

Stay at home and be inspired with the Seattle Art Museum

Stay Home with Seattle Art Museum
With the closure of arts institutions to the public due to the outbreak, many museums and galleries are digitizing their content to be viewed online. The Seattle Art Museum is just one museum making their collection accessible and engaging, despite not being able to view art in person.

Georgia O'Keeffe's Music Pink and Blue No.1, image courtesy of Seattle Art MuseumThe SAM blog has articles, videos, and activities to keep you involved in the viewing, learning about, and appreciation of art. One example is of the Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstract Variations exhibit that is currently on display that has been converted to a sort of online gallery that can be viewed on a computer, tablet, or phone. O’Keeffe’s abstract sketches and paintings can be looked at up close without having to worry about crossing any lines or being warned by a security guard.  This post also suggests an abstract art project to understand O’Keeffe’s process and style and encourages people to share the art they make at home on social media to foster a creative and artistic community.  The blog is regularly updated so there is always something new to learn about or explore. Continue reading “Stay at home and be inspired with the Seattle Art Museum”

Children’s Authors Lead the Way in Creative Online Programming

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers

I have seen so many helpers stepping up during this pandemic but, as a children’s librarian, I’ve been so uplifted by the response from many of our favorite children’s authors and their publishers who have taken steps to make sharing books online a possibility.

School Library Journal recently published an article outlining many of the new provisions offered by authors and publishers if you’re an educator interested in navigating virtual story times or book sharing online.

The Seattle Public launched virtual story times this past Tuesday, and it was a rousing success! Our very own Amanda played the ukulele, shared a wonderful story, and taught us some new songs. Check out the live recording!

Photo courtesy of Mo Willems

Many authors are even sharing their work in unique ways online for kids and families to enjoy from home. So many kids share an immense love for Mo Willems’ beloved picture books, and now they can join the master of picture book humor during Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems. So grab your crayons, colored pencils, or markers  and join him every weekday at 10:00 a.m. PT  for doodles, activities, and more! Be sure to check out the downloading activity sheets available as well. Continue reading “Children’s Authors Lead the Way in Creative Online Programming”