Movie Mondays: Free Screenings of Award-nominated Films

Now that the 2013/2014 award season has wrapped up, it’s time to catch up on all of the winning and nominated films! To alleviate the long hold lists for several of these titles, the Northgate Branch is showing some of this year’s notable and popular films on Sundays through May. Each free film screening starts at 1:30 in the Northgate Branch meeting room. I suggest you arrive early in order to get a seat, as well as a free bag of popcorn! Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Free Screenings of Award-nominated Films”

Summer reading: Suggestions from Northgate Library readers

Gotz and Meyer by David Albahari
A very different take on the genocide of the holocaust, as imagined through the eyes of two non-commissioned SS officers assigned to drive the gassing trucks. 
      ~ Sharie 

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
A quirky, slightly dark mystery solved by a quirky, slightly dark (in temperament) little girl. Quite fun and entertaining. 

Shock of Gray by Ted C. Fishman
The world is transitioning from a population that usually dies young to one that lives to advanced age, which is reshaping societies the world over.
      ~ Tim 

Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns by Cheryl Reed
A mostly sympathetic portrayal of contemporary American nuns. And Interesting, if somewhat disjointed read. 
      ~ Susan

The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens
This is a first-person account of Navy SEAL training and some of the SEAL missions. The author tells his story to demonstrate how the immediate activities of being a SEAL serve his larger goal of serving humanity.
      ~ Marilyn

I’m Just Browsing. Thank You!

In the past several months, I had the opportunity to browse through our entire nonfiction collection at the Northgate Branch. I was helping our librarians by checking the condition of  each book. That means I had to inspect every single one to make sure they’re in good condition to circulate. Sound pretty boring? Not at all! I discovered many great books that I wouldn’t have thought that I’d be interested in or known that they even exist. My reading list now includes a variety of topics.

With the secrets I learned from 1000 Best eBay Success Secrets by Greg Holden, I’m now feeling more confident in buying and selling my items online. Continue reading “I’m Just Browsing. Thank You!”

Spring Break Fun for Teens at the Seattle Public Library

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Stuck at home this spring break with a teenager (or two) who’s got nothing to do? Well, you’ll be glad to learn that the Seattle Public Library is offering a number of cool programs for teens—and they’re all free! For example, the Northgate Library will be showing anime videos on Tuesday, March 31, and hosting an afternoon of open videogame playing (featuring Dance Dance Revolution and the Nintendo Wii) on Thursday, April 2 at the Northgate Community Center. Find more details about these programs at Push To Talk, Seattle Public Library’s blog for teens, where you’ll also find lots of great content created for and by teenagers including book reviews, information about free programs and events for teens around town, and other fun stuff.  

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg—to find out what’s happening at other libraries, visit the Seattle Public Library’s calendar of events for teens.  There will be open gaming at 3 different locations, a hands-on workshop in which teens will make wearable, recycled robots, and more! All library events are free and open to the public.

None of these programs appeal to your teen? Well, don’t forget that the library also has thousands of great teen books — check out our recommended reads for teens in all genres and the latest teen fiction and nonfiction books to be added to the collection. 

Here’s hoping you and your teens have a relaxing and fun spring break next week—at your local library!

Summer Reads: Southwest, Northgate and Northeast readers offer suggestions

Book recommendations are rolling in from all over Seattle as part of the Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program.

Readers at the Southwest Branch recommend:

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
I did not want to put this book down. It was so hard to stop reading it and get on with a real life. Previous Sedaris books made me smile or chuckle, but this one made me breathless with laughter on nearly every page. He’s really hit his stride now! Loved it!

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
An exciting epic story as artfully fold as his Cold Mountain. With only 2 books published, Frazier is high on my list of writers highly skilled in picking his characters and giving them a compelling tale to tell.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Blue Van Meer is talented and smart, but when her beloved teacher dies she has to solve the mystery even if it incriminates her family.

The Grand Sophy by Georgett Heyer
Imagine a character even more involved in others lives than Jane Austen’s Emma and you have Sophy. She Continue reading “Summer Reads: Southwest, Northgate and Northeast readers offer suggestions”