10th Anniversary Of Greenwood Library: Feb 8th!

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Greenwood library is celebrating a very special birthday this year. It’s turning a decade old! To celebrate this fantastic achievement, the library is throwing a special celebration. On the 8th of February, many fun activities will be held; all are totally free and open to the public. The celebration will be held from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and will be tons of fun. Drop by and check it out.  Have some refreshments and share your great memories of this amazing library with your community. We will also be sealing a time capsule. The capsule will be stuffed with whatever special memories you decide to fill it up with. There is free parking in the lower garage and refreshments to be shared, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t come down to the Greenwood library and have some fun while commemorating a huge milestone for the library and community of Seattle.  Continue reading “10th Anniversary Of Greenwood Library: Feb 8th!”

Summer reading: Suggestions from readers in Greenwood

On the Edge: My Story by Richard Hammond
Regarding the jet engine car that crashed and nearly killed him, RH and his wife, Mindy, recount the process of healing and recovering. Well-written, an excellent read. ~ Shay

Original Sin by Beth McMullen
Quite enjoyed. Captures very well the unworldliness of being a mother and simultaneously being a woman with a past. Sally Sin’s past is more interesting than min, though! I look forward to more. ~ Noelle

Earth to Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm by Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann
A great cookbook, but more, a great explanation of why careful selection of ingredients matters. Profiles of several important and interesting chefs and farmers in the locavore movement as well.   ~ Heather

The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
You can practically hear the prayer flags fluttering in the Tibetan wind in this good, thought possibly too long, mystery that mixes monks, Chinese-Tibetan politics and murder. ~ Polly

A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant
An account of how Paul and Julia met through their involvement in the OSS, forerunner to the CIA. Juxtaposed to their WWII efforts is the indictment of their colleague by McCarthy in the post-WWII Red Scare. ~ Jeanette

Child of Fire by Harry Connolly
A young man fresh out of prison becomes an apprentice to a woman who’s tough and no nonsense. Sucks the reader in immediately to a whole new world. ~ Jeanette

What are you reading this summer? Sign up online for our summer reading program for adults — or drop by a branch and fill out a quick review form. For each three books you read and review, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a Kindle. We have 20 Kindles to give away to teen and adult readers this summer! 

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!