Northeast Branch holds poetry contest in April

Wedgwood Rock. Picture from Wikimedia Commons.

~posted by Library Staff

Adults, teens and children are invited to enter their original poetry in the Northeast Branch All Ages Poetry Contest during the month of April. Continue reading “Northeast Branch holds poetry contest in April”

Sharing Our Stories: Family History Storytelling at Northeast Library

by Tom M.

Gomez 1915Every family has interesting stories. In my own family, both my wife and my sister have started to think about how to present all that they have discovered about their own families.

The library can help everyone learn how to tell these family history stories, starting with an innovative workshop on the subject presented by genealogy librarian Mahina Oshie at the Northeast Library on Wednesday, October 22, from 6-7:45 p.m.

Come to learn about library, community and Internet resources for uncovering, recording, writing and publishing your own family history stories, as part of the library’s Sharing Our Stories storytelling program series. Continue reading “Sharing Our Stories: Family History Storytelling at Northeast Library”

It’s Rhyme Time in Seattle: Poetry events around town

Poetry Contest Beat PoetIt’s National Poetry Month once again, and Seattle’s got it covered. First of all, Seattle Public Library offers many opportunities to write, read, and hear poetry all month long at various branches around the city:

Summer reading: Reviews from readers at our Northeast Branch

Cakes and Ale by Somerset W. Maugham
An old book with language used at the time in Britain. Smooth writing with an easy beat to follow. Interesting descriptions of people and places. ~ Carol

Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America by Jonathan Gill
A fascinating history of the growth and change of this region of Manhattan – the people, the cultures, the politics. You may want to a good map to accompany your reading! ~ Kathleen

Basic by Jack Jacobs
Humorous, anecdote-filled book ion bootcamp/basic military training from the 1940s to the present. It was interesting to read about the psychology behind some of the hardships as well as integration in the services over the years. ~ Joanne 

The False Inspector Dew by Peter Lovesey 
Funny and clever mystery aboard the Mauretania in 1921. Written in 1982 but spot on for period. With nearly everyone has a con or a secret, this one will keep you on your toes. ~ Josie

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!

Summer reading: Suggestions from readers at our Northeast Branch, part II

Austenland by Shannon Hale
Like most of us Austen fans, Jane adores Mr. Darcy, and has a hard time with real men not matching up. She is given a vacation in Jane Austen’s world (costumes, men, and everything!) and the chance to sort out fiction from real life.
     ~ Erin

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
This book really drew me in. Non-fiction but very story-like, this follows the lives of the American ambassador to Germany and his adult daughter during Hitler’s rise to power in 1933-1934. Fascinating and memorable.
     ~ Barbara

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Love the imagery! This was my first Kingsolver book, and I see why she is so popular. Great fiction set in an historically important time. Going down as one of my all time favorites.
     ~ Nedra

Mink River by Brian Doyle
A wonderful cast of characters in a small town on the Oregon coast. The language swoops and dives and runs on like a river or a poem, as several lives unfold. My favorite character is Moses, the talking crow. Excellent Northwest read.
     ~ Josie

War by Sebastain Junger
Amazing book – I’ll read this one again! Junger takes us right to the war zone in Afghanistan. Detailed look into the brain of a “good soldier.” 
     ~ Jenni