Nightstand Reads: Seattle author Sharon H. Chang shares from her bookpile(s)

Our guest blogger today is Sharon H. Chang, author of Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World. Sharon H. Chang is a writer, scholar and activist who focuses on racism, social justice and the Asian American diaspora with a feminist lens. She serves as a consultant for Families of Color Seattle and is on the planning committee for the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference. Join us for her book talk, along with local mixed-race guest speakers and performers, on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library.

Dear Readers,raising-mixed-race

First. Truth. I’ve got books on my nightstand but I don’t read at night. I mostly read in the early, early morning before the sun comes up; when the air outside is quiet, still and fresh; when cars are parked, the hustle bustle of the day hasn’t begun and most people are still sound asleep; most importantly my six-year-old son is still sound asleep. And I keep books all over the house. On my nightstand yes. But also on shelves, counters, in book bags, unopened and opened boxes, upstairs and downstairs, half-read, read twice, never read, will read later, reading now. In my head I have a rule “one book at a time, finish first then the next.” But in reality that never works out. There is – to simply put the simple truth – just too much exciting stuff to read and not always the perfect time to read it in.

So what’s in my for-the-morning nightstand/all-over-the-house piles right now? Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Seattle author Sharon H. Chang shares from her bookpile(s)”

Girls on the Run

Last year I took part in a program called Girls on the Run. I volunteered to be a Running Buddy for Highland Park Elementary School, located a block from where I grew up. As a Running Buddy you get partnered with a girl to run a practice 5K, then run the Girls on the Run 5K along with numerous schools throughout Seattle, held at Magnuson Park. The energy and girl empowerment was a magnificent sight to see! The whole time I was enveloped into this world I thought: I wish I had this growing up. Continue reading “Girls on the Run”

Tricky books

An amazingly wide range of questions come across our library information desks, I’m sure every librarian has their favorites. My current favorite was from an earnest young man of around seven years of age who was interested in “tricky books.” I tried to show him magic books with no satisfaction. Of course there just isn’t a clear way to find those books full of sneaky tricks that little boys need to play on their friends and families…..or is there?

While I wasn’t able to find anything right away to help my young patron (much to his mother’s relief), later after poking around, I started finding some terrific books, targeted right at the adventuresome young man (or woman) in your life: Continue reading “Tricky books”

Make Learning Fun and Keep the Mind Young

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford

With school in full swing, maybe your child is having difficulty with a subject, or perhaps you want to explore an interesting topic together. The library has a wide array of materials that will help make learning fun.

Art Up Close is a book is for all ages. Learn to appreciate art with this big colorful book of world famous art. The author takes snapshots of small details, so young ones have fun searching the images while they learn about history and culture.

Discovering the natural world is exciting with Time for Kids Science Scoops and National Geographic Kids. Learn about creatures that used to roam the earth in Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs, and natural disasters in Volcanoes! Then, watch the fascinating Disney Nature videos Migration, Predator and Prey and Oceans. Continue reading “Make Learning Fun and Keep the Mind Young”

Books About New Sibs

If your family is expecting a new addition sometime soon, you may find yourself scrambling to help your first child cope with and understand the huge change coming their way.

When I was looking for picture books for my toddler about new babies, I was surprised how hard it was to find books that weren’t about how awful that was going to be (books about how much babies suck, for instance). There is no doubt that it is hard to be upstaged by a new baby, and the difficult feelings the older siblings undertake do need to be acknowledged and honored, but I really wanted to introduce the whole topic on a more positive note (you know, stories that didn’t involve throwing a cat in the crib). Continue reading “Books About New Sibs”