Found in a Book

Posted by Erin M.

Recently, the Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library displayed a remarkable collection of bookmarks in their front window, an assortment of tickets, photos, bumper stickers, stamps, playing cards, feathers, postcards, really anything that could fit easily between two pages. Individually, these objects aren’t terribly interesting or important, but when brought together as a collection, it becomes a fascinating snapshot of human life.

???????????????????????????????I am the first to admit to using anything and everything as a bookmark, usually grabbing the closest thing in reach and absent mindedly shoving it into my book, anything of course but an actual bookmark. Apparently this human habit has been going on for at least the last century. Bookseller, Michael Popek has been finding “treasures within treasures,” or small pieces of memorabilia tucked inside books for years, and since 2007 he has been sharing that collection on his blog Now, some of his most interesting finds can be found in the book: Continue reading “Found in a Book”

Long May You Run

Photograph courtesy of Rosemary Washington.

If the Solstice Parade and Pride festivities have you all worn out and you’re planning to take it easy next weekend, come on over to the Greenwood Car Show! Take a leisurely stroll down Greenwood Ave N. on Saturday, June 30th, where you’ll be able to drool over 1.5 miles of hot rods, collector cars, antique gems and modern masterpieces. While you’re there, swing by the Greenwood Library on 81st  and Greenwood Ave N., where we’ll be stocked up on car books and movies for all ages!

You can also get a head start by requesting some of these fun films today:

Photograph courtesy of Rosemary Washington.

Nothing says summer like a good old-fashioned car chase movie. The French Connection includes one of the most iconic car chases in film history, where a 1971 Pontiac Le Mans pursues an elevated train through Brooklyn. Or maybe it’s time to revisit Bullitt, in which Steve McQueen roars through the hills of San Francisco in a 1968 Ford Mustang, sealing his place as one of the coolest guys in film history. If you’re wondering where all the women are, look no further than Death Proof. One and a half hours of Quentin Tarantino’s trademark snappy dialogue concludes with one of the most thrilling and satisfying car chases ever. Honorable mention goes to the The Italian Job (1969), a silly British caper film involving three Mini Coopers. Compared to Mustangs and Pontiacs, these little cars are just so darn cute. Plus, they can weave through the buildings (and pipes!) of Turin like no other car can.

If one too many car chases has desensitized you to that kind of thrill, get your heart racing with a horror movie.  A product of Stephen King’s and John Carpenter’s sick imaginations, Christine is the love story of a teenager and his demonically possessed – and extremely possessive – 1958 Plymouth Fury. This unstoppable car from hell stops at nothing to make sure that no one gets between her and her man. Not scared yet? Try Duel, in which a mysterious tanker truck relentlessly stalks a single unlucky motorist down a remote road. The omnipresence of the tanker leaves little time to figure out WHY this is happening, and ultimately it is this lack of any kind of explanation that makes the pursuit so horrifying.

If you’re looking for less mayhem and more family-friendly viewing, try The Love Bug, which follows the adventures of Herbie, a VW Beetle who loves to race. And if you fall in love with this funny little car, there are several more Herbie movies to enjoy! The 60’s also produced such gems as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Absent-minded Professor, both of which involve offbeat gentlemen adapting their vehicles to do magical things. (Of course, if that’s what you’re looking for you could just watch Back to the Future for the millionth time). Sure, these aren’t as flashy as Speed Racer or Cars, but they’ll give you an evening of wholesome family fun nonetheless.

A wise man once said “cars are the dinosaurs of tomorrow,” and despite their powers to destroy all of mankind, both are still pretty cool. So snuggle up with a bowl of Orville Redenbacher and hunker down with a classic car or two.

See you at the Greenwood Car Show!

Icy cold reads spotted at Greenwood Branch


Novels and poetry pictured above:
The Cold Moon: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jefffrey Deaver
Cold Day in July by Stella Cameron
Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie by Maya Angelou
A Cold Touch of Ice: A Mamur Zapt Mystery by Michael Pearce
Ice Age by Brian Freemantle
Tahoe Ice Grave by Todd Borg

And a few more icy titles spotted on display on Level 3 at the Central Library:
Ice: The nature, the history and the uses of an astonishing substance by Mariana Gosnell
On Ice by Red Evans
Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell
Ice Is Where You Find It by Captain Charles W. Thomas, USCG
An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris