New Music Mixtape

This year is giving me life when it comes to new albums coming my way by some old favorites and new loves. Brooks and Dunn from my childhood; the Hotel Cafe alumni, Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles, who were the soundtrack of my twenties; and the band Joseph is a gem my husband shared with me a few years back that I can’t get enough of…now if Fiona Apple were to come back on the scene my life would be complete! Sprinkled throughout is music others have sent or shared that has added to this incredible year. Hope you enjoy this mix as much as I have. Happy listening!!

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Bus Reads for July

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in July:

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde. I really enjoyed this book, I think the only issue I sometimes have with Jasper is that it sometimes feels like in his books there are inside jokes I’m not aware of so it takes me a bit longer to truly get into his novels. Once I’m in it though and things start to come together better in my mind I’m good to go. And this was quite a tricky little novel that really kept me reading. I don’t want to give too much away, but the concept of hibernation during winter – considering the current way of the world – was brilliant. It was dystopian light with intrigue and suspense, but in a completely nerdy way. Continue reading “Bus Reads for July”

A Region of Makers

We are a region of makers, artists, renegades, foodies, and punks. When you throw all that together we have some of the best markets to explore all that can be imagined! From the bigger markets like Renegade Craft, Urban Craft Uprising, and The Great Junk Hunt to more localized markets like Georgetown Night Market, Chinatown ID Night Market, and Black Arts Love.

Tacoma Night Market at Alma Mater

Some of my favorite markets have been the night markets in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. Summer is also the best time to check out artisans at the summer festivals like Magnolia Summerfest and Lake City Summer Festival. Feeling really adventurous head down (or up) to Portland Night Market in Portland, Oregon or Richmond Night Market in Richmond, BC!

Want to get creative at the library? Join us at these events!

Mighty Powerful Cactus: A 3D Ornament: Learn about the fascinating world of Cacti by making a 3-D felt ornament with local teaching artist Amaranta Sandys. Observe 3 different types of live cactus before as you plan your project. Then create a quick sketch with pencil as a reference as you learn basic embroidery stitches to form a small cactus ornament that will be filled up with fluffy white stuffing. For ages 13+.

Felt Craft Fun: Interested in learning how to make felt crafts? Come to the Library’s free craft workshop! We will provide supplies and patterns. Music will be provided by a local DJ. Best for ages 8 and up.

Art Workshop With Romson Bustillo: How does life begin to change when we get involved with one another? Join Seattle artist Romson Bustillo for his beautiful exploration of togetherness and social change in “Proximity Modifier Project IV,” a community project uniquely designed for select SPL library branches. Bustillo’s art looks at how neighbors and organizations, like libraries, share space together. Drop by to make art with Romson and to find out how libraries can be places where we get to know one another by getting creative!

Art on the Plaza: Get ready! This August the Central Library’s 4th Avenue plaza will have four incredible FREE art programs on select Wednesdays. Don’t miss great music, dance performances, drop-in art making, an exciting selection of summer reading and entertainment. All ages.

       ~posted by Kara P.

Books for Two or More

There’s no need to go to the trouble of getting a large group together for a book group each month (unless you want to). I have a book group for two, sometimes more, and it’s going just fine. We get together once every two months to discuss our read.

My book group’s previous selection was French Exit: A Tragedy of Manners by Patrick deWitt:

Cover image of French Exit“Frances Price – tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature – is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there’s the Price’s aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self destruction and economical ruin – to riotous effect.” (publisher description)

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Bus Reads for June

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time.

Here’s what I read on the bus in June:

Where the Crawdads SingCover of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This felt like a book that will stick with me for quite a while. This book has so many layers and brought me into the story, never revealing itself fully until the very end. Kya Clark has lived in the marsh for years on her own. Shy and intelligent, the townsfolk only know her as the “Marsh Girl,” some even labeling her harshly as trash, letting rumors and gossip form the basis of their opinions. Abandoned by her mother, her siblings, and eventually her mean spirited father, Kya survives on her own learning the ways of the marsh and only interacting with a select few. She goes to Jumpin’ when gas for her boat is needed, the Piggly Wiggly when she can’t get supplies on her own, and also to Tate, a boy who teaches her to read and opens up her world to the future she will have. As her relationship with Tate turns into something more, she will find that same pattern of abandonment over and over again in her life, with the last instance being Chase Andrews, the golden boy of Barkeley Cove. When Chase is found dead and the law turns their eyes to Kya, the townspeople will have to decide if they will let their prejudice result in sacrifice of the “Marsh Girl”. Continue reading “Bus Reads for June”