Keep track of your reading in 2019


Who among us can resist a notebook with the designated job of being the treasured place where you keep track of what you’ve read, like this journal from the FriendShop at the Central Library?

This week many of us are thinking about how to organize our lives better, and for me that always includes putting a plan in place to track what I’ve read and what I want to read next. The plan usually fails (it’s not my failure, mind you, rather the plans failure). I’ve admired from afar readers who record book titles and authors in well-loved notebooks, but that’s not a method that’s worked for me (I frequently misplace notebooks). Readers who keep track on spreadsheets seem super accomplished, but there’s a disconnect for me from going to a reading experience to the confines of a spreadsheet (cheers to you, spreadsheet trackers!). And, of course, there’s Goodreads (now owned by Amazon) where you can track what you’re reading, see what friends are reading, get ideas for what to read next, and do a public reading challenge. That’s not working for me, either, mainly because there isn’t an easy way to make (or retrieve) private notes if I’m using the Goodreads app on my phone.

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New BiblioCommons Profile and Subscription Features

Through the generosity of The Seattle Public Library Foundation, The Seattle Public Library partnered with BiblioCommons – the vendor which supplies our online catalog – to improve information access and delivery for our patrons. In this partnership, the Library and BiblioCommons developed several innovative features for the catalog based on patron feedback and user trends that are helping us anticipate future information discovery needs.

Some of the enhancements include features that will feel familiar to social media users. Patrons have options to follow other patron and staff reviews, lists and “likes” through feeds and notifications, as well as the ability to like comments and curated lists to show appreciation for a fellow patron or Library staff member’s work. Patrons can accumulate “community credits” and receive virtual badges for commenting, liking and reviewing both Library resources and user reviews and lists – user badges will be coming soon! Continue reading “New BiblioCommons Profile and Subscription Features”

New features in our catalog

— Posted by Emily 

We’ve added some features to our catalog recently—please join us for a tour of what you can do with your library online.

Fonts and languages

We’ve increased the size and clarity of the fonts to make it easier on everyone’s eyes. We’ve also added a menu on the upper left that allows you to choose a different language when you use the catalog—Chinese (Simplified), Spanish, or Russian.

 blog fonts and languages

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Researching the history of your neighborhood (Part One)

On January 21, I had the pleasure of attending a History Café event about neighborhood history. History Cafés are free, informal events that focus on various local history topics. They are held on the third Thursday of each month, from 7-8 p.m., at Roy Street Coffee and Tea in Capitol Hill. For more information and to see the upcoming topics, visit MOHAI’s calendar. Continue reading “Researching the history of your neighborhood (Part One)”

An unlikely ballerina

Do you have your Nutcracker tickets yet?  Have you ever wondered how a professional dancer develops the speed and agility to portray the moving magical toys that amaze Nutcracker audiences? The book Olga Preobrazhenskaya: a portrait (by Elvira Roné; tr. Fernau Hall) describes both the hard work and rewards in the life of a young girl in a Russian ballet school.  

Olga wanted desperately to dance. An unlikely candidate even for being admitted to ballet school because of her crooked back, problem knees and plain looks, she was admitted to the St. Petersburg Theatre Ballet School through the influence of her aunt’s friend, an actress known as the “Russian Duse.” Called a “hunchbacked devil” by her teacher, Olga still worked hard to improve, and to learn the small roles she was given.   Continue reading “An unlikely ballerina”