Chilling Tales for Winter

The formula is simple: a reader, some listeners, and a book of suspenseful stories; beginnings, middles and ends, with a few twists and turns along the way. Nothing fancy of high tech: just words in silence, and the occasional Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownupslaughter or gasp. That’s Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups, now entering its sixteenth year at the Central Library. Join us, won’t you? Here’s some of what awaits you in the months ahead:

  • Sunday, January 20, 7 p.m. at Third Place Books Seward Park. Unintended Consequences: It’s the Law: A Dip in the Pool, by Roald Dahl. Gambling on the high seas can be awfully fun, but as the stakes rise a shipboard wager gets out of hand. Also, Those Three Wishes, by Robert Scott.
  • Monday, January 28, 12:05 p.m Central Library, Auditorium. For the Love of Books & Libraries: The Last Librarian, by Edoardo Albert. “I am one of the secret masters of the world. I am a librarian. Don’t ever piss me off.” Also, Hey Jude, by Francis Brody. The cops picked her up for shoplifting, but wait ‘til you find out what she stole. (These stories will be repeated at Third Place Books Seward Park on Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m.)
  • Monday, February 11, 12:05 p.m. Central Library, Auditorium. The Party, by William F Nolan. He didn’t know how he got there, but one thing was certain: this was going to be one hell of a party. Also, The New Deal, by Charles Einstein. The House always wins, but then – it’s their deck!
  • Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for GrownupsMonday, February 25, 12:05 p.m. Central Library, Level 4, room 1.  Dumber than Dirt, by Libby Fischer Hellmann. Derek never was the sharpest knife in the dishwasher. Word to the wise: when stealing a car, check the trunk first.
  • Monday, March 11, 12:05 p.m. Central Library, Auditorium.  The Other Side of the Wall, by Stanley Ellin. Someone had better call the police: Dr. Schwimmer and his patient Albert are about to have a major breakthrough. Also, The Great Silence, by Ted Chiang. The humans look to the stars for non-human intelligence, but we parrots are right here. Talk to us!

Many more thrills and chills await: find more upcoming Thrilling Tales right here, or pick up our annual flyer at your local branch library.

               – posted by David W.

Celebrating Transgender Awareness Month

Back by popular demand! The University Branch will be hosting the third annual Trans Shorts and Speed Friending event on November 12th from 6 – 7:30 p.m. to coincide with Transgender Awareness Month and Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. We’re partnering with Three Dollar Bill Cinema and TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival to make this event possible, and along with Three Dollar Bill, we’ll also have Seattle Nonbinary Collective, Lavender Rights Project, and Camp Ten Trees on hand to share information about their organizations during the event.

Trans Shorts & Speed Friending will be a fun evening consisting of film shorts made by transgender filmmakers followed by Speed Friending.  If you’re looking for a low-stress and fun way to meet other queer/trans folks in a friendly environment then this is the event for you. This is a welcoming environment with refreshments and entertaining discussion prompts that will be sure to help facilitate connections and promote lively conversation.   Folks with accessibility needs can be buzzed into the building on the north side of the library and there are several single occupancy restrooms in the building. Continue reading “Celebrating Transgender Awareness Month”

Spooky Stories, Coming to a Bar Near You!

Shadows lengthen, leaves crisp and fall, and a presage of winter’s chill runs down your spine. Its the perfect time to gather for some spooky stories, and we have several opportunities coming up in the weeks ahead, as our Booktoberfest celebration nears its close. First up, two storytimes at the Central Library this coming Monday: Continue reading “Spooky Stories, Coming to a Bar Near You!”

A Lifetime of Reading Finally Pays Off!

Sure, reading has been shown to improve empathy in adults and emotional intelligence in children. Plus it’s affordable and enjoyable, and you feel, learn and experience so much. But what about making you the envy of your friends? Has reading ever bought the next round of beer? Where are the fabulous prizes?

That’s all about to change!

Introducing the Bookish Trivia Trilogy, a trio of literary trivia nights hosted in local bars this coming October 2, 8 and 16th as part of Booktobefest 2018. For the past three years, trivia buffs and newbies alike have flocked to our fun free pub trivia nights each October. This year, acceding to popular demand, we’re tilting the field in favor of the people who keep us in business: readers!  Continue reading “A Lifetime of Reading Finally Pays Off!”

Seattle Writes offers free writing classes this fall

Strengthen your fiction, improve your nonfiction, experiment with poetry — we have more than 25 free writing classes lined up for writers this fall  through the Seattle Writes series. You’ll also find drop-in writing circles (no pressure! really!), write-ins scheduled during November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and special presentations on writing and publishing for children and teens. Here’s a taste of what our fall 2018 Seattle Writes faculty is offering:

Anastacia-Reneé on resistance
Laura Da’ on poetry of place
Karen Finneyfrock on emotion in fiction
Reagan Jackson on memoir
Brian McDonald on story structure
Susan Meyers on starting your novel
Peter Mountford on making a scene
Nancy Rawles on writing silence
Beth Slattery on writing for procrastinators
Jolie Stekly on children’s publishing
Anca Szilagyi on contemporary fairy tales
Ann Teplick on teen poetry (for teen writers only)
Kristen Millares Young on better storytelling through research Continue reading “Seattle Writes offers free writing classes this fall”