#BookBingoNW2020: Debut Book by Author Over 50

Does age matter when we’re talking about a book’s author? It does for this specific Book Bingo square! Here we’re celebrating authors who published their first book after they reached 50, reminding us it’s never too late to start writing.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantas

Washington state author Karl Marlantas published his first book at 64 — an epic, visceral novel about a young Marine lieutenant and his battalion facing combat in the mountain jungle of Vietnam in 1969. Marlantas, who served his own tour of duty as a Marine in Vietnam, won numerous awards, both for his military service and for this bestselling novel. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2020: Debut Book by Author Over 50”

City Hawks

With the quieting of our city streets, I’ve been noticing the intensive activity of our urban bird neighbors, who have been courting, homebuilding and generally flying about with abandon as us humans slow down. Pigeons and robins abound, but twenty-five years ago Cooper’s Hawks began colonizing urban and suburban landscapes throughout the US, developing a tolerance for living in proximity to humans, including here in Seattle. Since 2012 Seattle’s Urban Raptor Conservancy has monitored the local Cooper’s Hawk population nesting density and annual nest productivity.

Ms. 7-R, banded July 26, 2019 near her nest in Volunteer Park, visited the Capitol Hill Library on Feb. 3, 2020. Photo © FoldingFan, 03 February 2020, all rights reserved.

Earlier this year the Capitol Hill Library received a visit from one Ms. 7-R, a young Cooper’s Hawk who, in an encounter with some unruly crows, stunned herself against one of the large windows. Fearing for her life we contacted the Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project and learned more details. Ms. 7-R was hatched and fledged from a nest in nearby Volunteer Park, and was likely to be now out exploring for mate and home of her own. Fortunately, she was only slightly stunned and soon flew off on her own. We later heard she had been sighted in March near Frink Park in Leschi still looking for Mr. Right. To hear the cry of the Cooper’s Hawk, and see more helpful ID and life history information check out The Cornell Lab All About Birds Website. Continue reading “City Hawks”

Staying Healthy with Your Library: Consumers’ Checkbook – Healthcare Providers

Consumers’ Checkbook is the local Consumer Reports, but for services instead of products. It’s a consumer-driven non-profit with clear methods for ratings and reviews. In the Puget Sound region, you’ll find they have reviews for thousands of doctors, dentists, massage therapists, psychologists, nursing homes, and more.

To access this database from your own device, sign in with your library card number and PIN, then select Consumers’ Checkbook from our list of Online Resources.

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Trekking Through Time: Seattle Historic Postcard Collection

Many of us walk the same paths and commute by the same route, paying less attention with every trip. During Stay Home, Stay Safe many of us are slowing down, getting some fresh air in our neighborhoods, and noticing little details that can feel grounding. But with parks and trails closed, we can find even these new habits becoming familiar all too quickly.

Invite a new element into your daily stretch by discovering history on your own street. The Seattle Historic Postcard Collection is home to over 800 postcard images dating back to the late 1800’s. The snapshots capture the growth and transformation of many Seattle neighborhoods and landmarks. Search Lake Union to see the view from the Space Needle in 1962 looking out over a now unfamiliar skyline. See the World’s Fair Grounds that were designed and immortalized by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki into the celebrated Pacific Science Center.

postcard showing view from Space Needle to Lake Union, 1962
Space Needle to Lake Union, 1962
postcard showing Pacific Science Center and Space Needle at night, 1965
Pacific Science Center and Space Needle at night, 1965

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Panic on the Rails in our Thrilling Tales podcast

Two trains speed toward each other in a blizzard, as a killer wanders the night! Melodrama on the rails, in this week’s Thrilling Tales: Storytime for Grownups, available now! On May 20, 1920 the readers opening the new issue of Metropolitan magazine were captivated by a heart-stopping tale entitled The Signal Tower, by Wadsworth Camp. Never heard of him? Neither had I! Most of the details we know about the man come from biographies of his daughter Madeleine L’Engle, the beloved author of A Wrinkle in Time. Camp was known in his day as the author of several excellent mystery novels, many of which were adapted to the stage or screen. Continue reading “Panic on the Rails in our Thrilling Tales podcast”