Films to inspire you to change the world: Recommended picks from Seattle’s Social Justice Film Festival

Books to Prisoners logoOur guest post today is thanks to Michelle Dillon, librarian for Seattle’s groundbreaking and award-winning Books to Prisoners, a non-profit organization that puts thousands of books into the hands of incarcerated individuals each year. Learn more about the importance of this work in promoting literacy and reducing recidivism in this recent article from The Guardian, and learn about how you can support this cause at the Books to Prisoners website.  – Editor

Filmmakers have precious few moments to motivate you: to make you laugh, to move you to tears, or to lay bare important issues. The most resonant movies are often those which challenge your perceptions and expand your understanding of society. Seattle’s upcoming Social Justice Film Festival, running October 14-25, brings together 52 films on global issues of worker rights, immigration, Indigenous rights, prisoner justice, Black Lives Matter, government surveillance, and much more. We are showcasing three selections from past years at the festival—each of which is available through the Seattle Public Library. These films shed light on urgent inequities—and might inspire you to take action in your own community. Continue reading “Films to inspire you to change the world: Recommended picks from Seattle’s Social Justice Film Festival”

Binge-worthy TV and book pairings

There is great fun to be had in chasing a topic or setting across formats: getting into a TV show and then delving more into that world with a novel that explores a similar storyline, or vice versa. From hackers to courtroom drama to Jack the Ripper, here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Mr. Robot
Alif the Unseen


Mr. Robot is a moody, atmospheric TV show featuring a hacker who gets pulled into a shadowy anarchistic group bent on taking down Evil Corp, a corporation that seemingly has influence everywhere.

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (Seattle author!) centers on a young Arab-Indian hacker-for-hire as he tries to avoid State security while working on code that could provide a quantum leap forward in technology. Continue reading “Binge-worthy TV and book pairings”

Demanding Drama

~posted by Frank

It started off just like any other weekend. I left work on Friday afternoon with three DVDs that were waiting for me on the holds shelf, looking forward to some escapist entertainment. By the end of the weekend, I was in a state of despair, since these three movies were dark, difficult and downright diabolical. Watch at your own risk – you’ll be rewarded. Just a bit rattled. Continue reading “Demanding Drama”

125th Anniversary Series: Seattle in 1891

-posted by Jade D.

“Changing lives. Creating the Future.”

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of The Seattle Public Library. After it was adopted as a department of the city in 1890, the Library opened its first reading room in Pioneer Square on April 8, 1891.

To honor this milestone, we will be posting a series of articles here about the Library’s history and life in the 1890’s. We also encourage our patrons to share their favorite memories of SPL on social media using the hashtag #SPL125. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Continue reading “125th Anniversary Series: Seattle in 1891”

Seattle Repertory Theatre’s “Disgraced” — Beyond the Theatre

DG_SquareGraphicIn Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced (previews tonight, January 8, and continuing through January 31), a New York lawyer named Amir struggles with identity issues after his Muslim heritage is questioned. Amir and his wife, Emily, an artist, host a small dinner party where conversational sparring on politics and culture seem to be the center of the menu. It’s fast and witty dialog, where secrets are spilled and relationships begin to crack.

Continue reading “Seattle Repertory Theatre’s “Disgraced” — Beyond the Theatre”