Book Bingo: Recommended by a Friend

Book Bingo Recommended     – posted by Hayden

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer!

In 2014, I was on a book award committee. It was a great experience—lots of fun, lots of reading. But with 200+ books to read, there was essentially no time left over for reading books that weren’t eligible for the award. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Recommended by a Friend”

Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: YA!

of metal~posted by Hayden

Young adult science fiction is like, so hot right now. If you are a fan of violent future worlds in which teens struggle against corrupt regimes (but still manage to fall in love), there are plenty of titles to choose from. Perhaps you’ve heard of a little book called The Hunger Games? Or Divergent?

But there are also lots of other, lesser known dystopian titles to explore. For something a little quieter and more thoughtful, although every bit as dark, try Of Metal and Wishes. Set in what seems to be a far future China, the action takes place almost entirely within a bleak factory where robotic spiders and evil men prey on the powerless. Continue reading “Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: YA!”

Shout-out to the Teens at the Central Library

Did you know that our library has Teen Advisory Groups? They meet on a regular basis all over the city. They come together and earn service learning credits by writing blog posts and creating displays and giving us direct feedback on our databases, and finding ways to help the library create interesting, engaging programs for teens.

But you guys, here’s the thing – many of these teens are just flat-out AMAZING people. They are gifted, driven, engaged, brilliant people, and I’m just going to take a moment to tell you some more about them.Picture of the Teen Center Advisory Group 2014We could mention Greta, who writes lovely, beautifully written blog posts AND double volunteers for us and the Ballard teen advisory group. Continue reading “Shout-out to the Teens at the Central Library”

A reading list for Downton Abbey addicts

We know—you’ve heard. The New York Times is mad about itThe Guardian is obsessed with it.  All of your friends on Facebook go on and on about it. Lovers of British period drama (and even quite a few newcomers) agree: the BBC’s Downton Abbey is the greatest thing since crumpets.

But what is it, exactly, that makes this series so compelling? The story—about a family of English aristocrats and their servants just before and during World War I—certainly isn’t heavy on action. The characters spend much of their time drinking tea, sitting at tables, and suffering in silence. But, as in any great novel of manners, their placid faces conceal the Below Stairs the maid who inspired Downton Abbeyplotting, scheming, backstabbing, and longing going on just beneath the surface. And then, of course, there are the beautiful costumes (can I have everything in Lady Mary’s wardrobe, please?) and the gorgeous sets.

If you, like us, find the week between new episodes intolerably long, try filling the gap with some selections from our Downton Abbey reading list.  On it are some of our favorite facts (such as Lady Almina and the Real DownAmerican Heiress at SPLton Abbey), fiction (American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin and A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson),  fashion (The Edwardian Modiste with patterns to make your own fashions)  and photography of the Downton Abbey world. Take a look at the complete list, place your holds and then head on over to The Guardian to take a quiz to find the answer to Which Downton Abbey character are you? My first result was the Dowager Countess, so I took the quiz again and became Lady Mary. I’m sticking with that.

Books for Giving 2011: Teen Books

We know how it is: you want to give those teens on your list something to readthis Holiday Season, but don’t want your gift to be tossed aside amongst the socks and sweaters. Librarians Hayden and Jennifer offer some recent favorites that are as captivating as the lastest gadgets, and way more interesting than mere gift cards.

Hayden’s Picks:

Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman
Island's End, by Padma VenkatramanUido can travel to the Other World, where the spirits give her important messages about her tribe. Because of this gift, the tribe’s elderly spiritual leader chooses her as his successor. But can Uido save her people from annihilation? Though this book will likely appeal to fans of both fantasy and historical fiction, it is neither—Uido’s tribe is based on contemporary hunter-gathers who live on the Andaman Islands off the coast of India.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou was raised by monsters, but she doesn’t know much about their world. When she meets Akiva, Continue reading “Books for Giving 2011: Teen Books”