Tag Archives: Diane C.

Children’s Literature Saves Lives

After the raucousness of politics last fall, I overheard a woman say that she had been binge watching Hallmark Channel love stories. I could certainly relate as I retreated for weeks on end to exclusively reading children’s fiction, where issues … Continue reading

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Summer Time When the Reading is “Natural”

When Children’s and Teen Librarians visit schools before summer vacation begins, we are often armed with a plethora of “good reads” and entice the kids to come to their local branch to check them out. The Summer of Learning program … Continue reading

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Read Globally in 2016

-posted by Diane C.             For the Global Reading Challenge–the acclaimed reading program done in partnership with many Seattle Public Schools’ fourth & fifth graders–the selection of ten titles each year is the most sacred … Continue reading

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As the Lava Flows

By Diane C. Volcanoes are spectacularly in the news now.  We’ve recently learned of a dramatic, unexpected eruption in Japan, and of ongoing lava flows in Peru, Iceland, and East Java Indonesia.  The one that most concerns me is the … Continue reading

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A Milestone for the Beacon Hill Branch

~posted by Diane In July of 2004, the Beacon Hill Branch Library moved into a brand new 10,000 sq. ft. building, a sea change from the 3,000 sq. ft. storefront that had been our home since 1962.  Now 10 years … Continue reading

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Haiku blossoms in April

Posted by Diane “Winter moon hovers powerlines ripple the dark crows fly toward home.” This haiku at the Beacon Hill Library is one of four carved onto large rocks in the landscaped grounds.  The haiku were composed by folks in … Continue reading

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Gracias, Sylvia Mendez!

Sylvia Mendez is part of one the most important families in the struggle for civil rights.  Her story became even more widely known when the children’s book, Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling, was selected for The Seattle Public Library’s 2014 … Continue reading

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