Let Us Know What You Need – Take the Library’s Levy Priority Survey

When would you like your local neighborhood library to be open? How did your use of libraries change during the pandemic? Which Library services are most important to you and your community?

The Seattle Public Library wants to hear from you. Please take a moment to complete our new Levy Priority Survey. Continue reading “Let Us Know What You Need – Take the Library’s Levy Priority Survey”

Catalog magic: finding new authors via additional contributors

At the library, we are always excited to help you find new authors to explore, although our current ability to hang out and talk books is limited by pandemic closures. Fortunately, our catalog has some neat ways to help you slide from one author you like to another, and today I’d like to highlight the way “additional contributors” can factor in.

First of all – what is an additional contributor? This is someone else, other than the author, who contributed to the creation of a book – often, the additional contributor field is used to indicate the reader of an audiobook; or the translator on a book that has been translated into English. The additional contributor is named in an informational field in the catalog record.

An audiobook narrator may narrate many different styles of book – mysteries, fiction, nonfiction. Likewise a translator will work in one or two languages, but otherwise may translate a variety of materials. Still, narrators and translators are lending their voice and their style to these works, so if you like the interpretation and voice of a certain reader, or the prose style of a particular translator, you may also like that person’s work elsewhere. It’s worth a try! Continue reading “Catalog magic: finding new authors via additional contributors”

New Year Resolutions: Exercise in the Time of Covid

Coming to you from the cyberpunk dystopia that will not end, a series of New Year’s Resolution-themed posts, because the only way out is through.

My fellow apocalypse-sters, you and I both know the importance of exercise. It keeps your meat sack in working condition, helps you sleep better, gives you energy, and can even boost your mood, which we all need these days, so desperately.

Remember when we used to go walking at the mall with friends? Or logging an hour on the elliptical at Planet Fitness? When we could learn Tai Chi in the park? Or maybe you’re like me and never did any of that?? Because exercise is hard to make yourself do under the best of circumstances and these are not even mildly okay circumstances. I don’t know about you, but my body is trying to become one with my couch these days, so I’m willing to try something.

If you, like myself, have hit rock bottom fitness-wise, you’ll be glad to know that SPL has a lot of online exercise videos through Kanopy, Hoopla, and the lesser known Access Video. Exercise videos are great – you just follow whatever the people on your screen are doing until you collapse into a sweaty heap, zero brain work involved. You can do Pilates Essentials, Bollywood Burn, or Dance and Be Fit. Find out what Jeanette is blasting next, may her body rest in pieces. You could even transform your entire actual life with yoga, according to Dashama Konah Gordon. This last one isn’t exactly an exercise video, but I couldn’t sleep at night unless I shared this Super Swordfighting Series for how to do cool movie sword fights. I think that would transform my life. Continue reading “New Year Resolutions: Exercise in the Time of Covid”

And Survey Says… Why the Census matters, a LOT

The US counts its population once every 10 years, sends out a mailer and all you have to do is mail it back. Easy right? Yes, but people just aren’t doing it. Living in an ongoing pandemic, unbreathable air, and “murder” hornets we’re basically in a millennial’s apocalyptic nightmare. I mean we barely escaped a potential mummy curse (someone better have 1999 Brendan Fraser on speed dial). With everything going on with the world right now, worrying about the census is the absolute last thing on people’s minds. But hear me out – and this may seem like a huge stretch – filling out the census could make it better. I mean it takes ten minutes to do (nice time for a break), you can do it online now (YAY for technology!), and your input can help determine where 1.5 trillion dollars (yes, that’s Trillion, with a ‘t’) of federal funding is spent over the next ten years.

So, you know, kind of a big deal, but what’s going on? The 2020 Census was originally supposed to end on October 31st, but the current administration moved up the date to September 30th, which then got extended back to its original date of October 31st, and is now October 15th (at the time of this posting). NPR’s Consider This podcast looks into why this census could be the least accurate ever and how multiple factors (the current administration’s priorities, pandemic, etc.) play into this. With many states now scrambling to promote the census – *cough*looking at you Texas*cough* – we see what’s at stake: money, and government representation. Continue reading “And Survey Says… Why the Census matters, a LOT”

Expand Your Thinking with Exploration Guides

Artist credit: Tanaya Sharma via Amplifier.org

It’s incredible how quickly you can get pulled into the flurry of online research once an idea, topic or celebrity captures your interest. You start with one tab open on your browser, then suddenly you have fourteen open, and you can’t remember how that Wikipedia article on watering hydrangeas led you to an interpretative dance video about Ada Lovelace. Okay, okay, I made that trail up, but I bet you could find the overlap if you put your mind to it!

Happily, you need not venture into these rabbit holes of curiosity all alone anymore! Your friendly and inquisitive Seattle Public Library staff have thoughtfully curated resources from the library and around the web, weaving together art, poetry, science, activism, history and more in unique explorations of some pretty cool subjects!

Exploration Guides are for students of all ages (adults, too!), but were Continue reading “Expand Your Thinking with Exploration Guides”