Okay, where is all the ‘free money’ for college?

I’ve always heard that there’s money for college—if you know where to look. My son still has three years until college, but recent headlines about tuition going up as the economy goes down (Cost of higher education heading up, Washington Post) and indentured college grads (Graduates drowning in debt from high cost of college, Seattle Times)  have me freaked out. I’m hoping to attend a free presentation, Scholarships and College Admissions, at the Central Library this Wednesday, November 19, at 6 p.m., featuring admission experts from Kaplan Test Prep. I’m most excited to hear Sam Lim, founder of Scholarship Junkies, an honors student at the University of Washington who received 18 (!) scholarships.  

I’m also keeping an eye on the College Prep articles and tips on Push to Talk, the Library’s blog for teens (and the people who like/love them). And I’m trying to not freak out.

Getting Started with Downloadable books: NetLibrary

Welcome the wonderful world of digital books. Watch this video to learn how to use our NetLibrary collection. You’ll be able to download books right to your computer. No waiting in line and better yet, no driving around to get the books you want. As with any new technology, sometimes there can be a few glitches the first few times you use it. So if you have any questions, just give us a call at 206-386-4636. We’ll help you figure it out.

Lost and Found

One of the most attention-getting displays we have ever done at the Central library was an exhibit of things we’ve found in library books. You’d see even the most harried or preoccupied patrons stop to peer into the Plexiglas case with its odd assortment of scribbled notes, old Polaroids, postcards, ticket stubs and bookmarks ornate and impromptu. I think our favorite item was a Christmas shopping list in which most of the recipients were dispatched with the same thrifty, homemade gift, an echoing knell of “…sauce. …sauce. …sauce.”

Lately I’ve enjoyed the same fascination with the various compendiums (compendia?) of found objects that pop up in various hiding Continue reading “Lost and Found”

Natural Seattle

As a native Seattleite, I’ve been blessed my entire life with our four seasons, umpteen varieties of rain, and countless beautiful days (no matter what kind of weather we’re having).  Recently someone asked me about a particular bit of weather lore, and this led me on a quest to find out more not just about our weather, but about our particular ecosystem here in the Pacific Northwest.  Here are some of my finds.

Trees of Seattle by Arthur Lee Jacobson
We have an amazing variety of trees here in Seattle; look around, especially in the fall or spring when trees are in leaf or showing off their branches. Jacobson’s book (in two editions) provides an excellent field guide to trees all around the city, with notable examples given special mention.

 The Street-Smart Naturalist by David B. Williams
This book is by and for the all-around naturalist. Williams returned to Seattle after his health forced him to leave Utah; his return prompted him to find out more about his native place, and so he writes chapters about our eagle, goose, crow and insect populations, our trees and plants, and even our water and stone. Human history often figures in to his investigations, giving a deep view of our place here. Continue reading “Natural Seattle”

See the world from a different point of view: Read a book by an animal

Woof! Woof! Miaow! Miaow! Books with talking dogs and cats are as numerous as feathers on a hen. Witness Sight Hound by Pam Houston or Caroline Alexander’s Mrs. Chippy’s Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton’s Polar-Bound Cat. Our canine and feline companions are forever sticking their little wet noses into criminal investigations, as well. Their exploits are legion, in books such as A Dog About Town by J. F. Englert and Wish You Were Here: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery, the first in a cat series by Rita Mae Brown. But what about other animals? Where are their voices? Following are books with first-person (animal!) narration:

My favorite has to be Timothy, or Notes of an Abject Reptile by Verlyn Klinkenborg. Timothy is an 18th century tortoise living Continue reading “See the world from a different point of view: Read a book by an animal”