Conversation Hearts: An Inclusive Love Fest for Romance Readers and Writers

Romance readers and writers are passionate people. They are passionate about the power of love to transform people’s lives and to transform the world. They are passionate about an HEA (Happily-Ever-After) or a HFN (Happy-for-Now). And it’s safe to say they are tired of hearing ill-informed and dismissive opinions about the genre they love. If you haven’t read a romance or attended a romance event, now is the time!

Romance readers and writers are also asking for more inclusive and representative writers and characters. An article in the Guardian last year, Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels, highlighted the need for diverse voices in the field and much work needs to be done in publishing and the greater reading and writing community to create change. Continue reading “Conversation Hearts: An Inclusive Love Fest for Romance Readers and Writers”

The Seattle Public Library Zine Collections

Central Library Zine Collection

A zine is a self-published work of original or appropriated and remixed materials, including photographs, drawings, poetry, and prose. Typically limited in print number, zines are most often stapled-together paper reproduced on a photocopier, and distributed locally.

While zines are closely associated with music scenes such as punk or riot grrrl, they have existed in their modern form as a part of a variety of artistic movements since the early 20th century, including Dadaist leaflets and early science fiction fan magazines (aka fanzines aka zines).

The Central Library’s Teen Center zine collection, launched with the goal of promoting the voices and creative expression of teens and young adults, especially those living in the Pacific Northwest, includes over a hundred zines and mini-comics, with topics ranging from self-perception to parrotfish to paper airplanes. All zines in this collection are uncatalogued, but may be borrowed and returned to the library when finished. Continue reading “The Seattle Public Library Zine Collections”

The Wondrous World of the Central Library

Oddfellow's OrphanageEmily Winfield Martin is the writer of the blog The Black Apple that I have been following for eons it seems. She has also written a few children’s books that are beautiful, delightful, and available from the library; one being Oddfellow’s Orphanage. That particular story tells us about Delia, a silent albino girl, who discovers a family of sorts in the other children living at Oddfellow’s Orphanage. Continue reading “The Wondrous World of the Central Library”

Star Trek Geek Out: A Weekend of Star Trek Revelry

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While the pop culture world is all aflutter about the new Star Wars, 2016 is sure to be the year of Star Trek. With a new Star Trek film forthcoming and in a year that marks the 50th anniversary of the original series, in 2016 it’s time to give Star Trek its due.

So, if you love Star Trek, you don’t want to miss this weekend in late January! EMP Museum and The Seattle Public Library are joining forces for a weekend celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Join us at the Central Library for two days of Star Trek love featuring live performances, films and interviews with EMP. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to best costumes! Continue reading “Star Trek Geek Out: A Weekend of Star Trek Revelry”

Proud Reflections on the Superbowl

Superbowl Crowd in the Library Auditorium

~posted by Anne C.

The Superbowl did not go Seattle’s way, but as we shake off our mourning I think there is a great deal we can, and should, take pride in—not just as a sports team, but as a city. Continue reading “Proud Reflections on the Superbowl”