Book Bingo: Set in a Place You’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

set where you've wanted to visit I am not a frequent or world traveler so it’s been fun compiling a list of books for of places that I’ve always wanted to visit. Guatemala was my fourth grade school report assignment and Vietnam is where family-in-law members are originally from. And, stories by friends of Malawi visits have given me glimpses of this struggling country and its people. Being a knitter, stories from Scotland always peak my interest even when there are not sheep involved. And, I work mainly with non-fiction information so it’s logical that my suggestions include non-fiction as well as fiction.

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Finding books to help deal with death

In the last month, four people have died suddenly or tragically who I did not know well but I am close friends with some of their families, friends or co-workers.  And, I’ve just heard about a nephew planning to get married later this year.  So I eerily feel like I’m writing a story called “Four Funerals and a Wedding.”  During this emotional time, knowing that I work in libraries, some friends have asked me for suggestions on what to read maybe now or later.  Here are just a few of the helpful ones found by searching in the catalog.

Moving Beyond Loss: Real Answers to Real Questions from Real People deals with grief following situations that include sudden death and declining health. Experiences are grouped in categories covering the beginning, stages of grief, and unique situations. It’s moving to read the many true and hard stories about what others are going through. Russell Friedman and John W. James have written a few books together on grief.  This one provides many heartfelt responses that help grievers, family and friends Continue reading “Finding books to help deal with death”

It’s going to get a bit brighter around the city …

Several places light up in downtown Seattle this Friday —  at 5 p.m., to be exact. There’s the 22nd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Westlake Center, the Space Needle Tree Lighting Celebration of a 35 foot tree with 1,200 lights, and the Macy’s Star Lighting Ceremony of its 161 foot high, 4,300-bulb decoration along with fireworks. You may be curious, like I am,  about some of the origins of holiday tree lighting. Here are some informative Internet and Library resources.

Loads of information is on the Christmas Tree Facts web site of the University of Illinois Extension. For example, Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, Continue reading “It’s going to get a bit brighter around the city …”

… good ol’ summer time in Seattle!

The Emerald City is in a streak of several days of sunny weather. There’s excitement in the voices of the television and radio weather people as they say “no precipitation in the forecast for the next few days, actually many days!” Another barometer is the warmer-than-warm feeling when one opens the door of a car that’s been parked for awhile during the day or gets on a bus that has “not so great” air conditioning. Yet, the best are the smiles of people walking around Seattle in mid-to-late July. I am a weather freak so am thrilled to share some of my favorite daily sites for information, along with some books of equal excitement. Continue reading “… good ol’ summer time in Seattle!”

Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets movie

Come to the Central Library this Sunday, March 21, from 2-4pm in the Microsoft Auditorium on Level 1 for a film screening of Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets. This film is a memorable and moving portrait of the lives of street kids living in Casablanca’s abandoned lots. Ali, Kouka, Omar and Boubker, four young friends who are members of a gang, rebel against their cruel leader’s oppressive rule and strike out on their own, running away from “home” a second time. Although they are surrounded by crime, violence and degradation, the boys long for love and tenderness. This ninety minute film from 2000 is directed by Nabil Ayouch. A moderated discussion follows the screening.

This event is part of Seattle Reads Secret Son, a program of the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library. Seattle Reads is designed to foster reading and discussion of works by authors of diverse cultures and ethnicities. Author Laila Lalami visits Seattle May 6-10, 2010. Set in modern Morocco, Lalami’s powerful novel explores the struggle for identity, the need for family, and the desperation that overtakes ordinary lives in a country divided by class, politics, and religion.

If you have seen this movie already or see it this weekend at the Central Library, please share a comment about it.