Playing With Your Words

Patient parents, have you put up with perpetual puns and palindromes? Troubled teachers, are you tired of tolerating tongue twisters?  Sometimes growing literacy skills and an emerging sense of humor collide in a dazzling display of fondness for word play.  It’s a good thing!  It means that the left and right brain hemispheres are communicating.  Here are three levels of word play intensity to explore together:


CDB! by William Steig is a classic picture book from 1968 that uses letters and numbers instead of words, with charming picture clues. I N-V U if you get to read this book aloud.



I Scream, Ice Cream! A Book of Wordles by Amy Krouse Rosenthal revels in the joy of homophonic pairings such as “Clothes! The wind! Oh!” and “Close the window!”. Continue reading “Playing With Your Words”

#BookBingoNW2017: Genre That Is New To You

Figuring out what to read for this square is different for everybody and may take a little self-reflection. A tricky part is not launching yourself into The Land of Titles That Would Be Horribly Painful And I Would Never Finish, defeating the whole point of actually reading something.  I do recommend spending a few moments pondering your reading landscape and roughly mapping out the edges of your usual genre zones.  Once you know where you’ve been, then take a look at the suggestions below for discovering new territory- this is a great chance to ride the range, fall in Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlisterlove, witness history, travel through space, slay a dragon, or help a tabby solve a murder.

Not read many sexy dragon humorous romance novels lately? You’re in luck! In Love In The Time of Dragons by local author Katie MacAlister, a suburban mom wakes up in a strange place surrounded by people who insist she is a notorious ancient dragon named Ysolde de Bouchier. My favorite character: Jim, a snarky demon in the shape of a giant Newfoundland dog. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Genre That Is New To You”

Library Insider: A Conversation About Privacy With Becky Yoose

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the Library’s privacy efforts and what patrons can do to increase their privacy when using Library resources, so we sat down with Becky Yoose, The Seattle Public Library’s Library Applications and Systems Manager, to find out more about privacy at the Library.

What is your role in the library’s patron privacy efforts?

I have many roles! The first role is to ensure that the data we collect for evaluating services places as little risk as possible in identifying individual patron activity. Essentially, making sure that we are not unnecessarily storing personally identifiable information about patrons themselves and what the patrons do, like checkouts or computer sessions or reference questions.

"Protection" image courtesy of Blue Coat Photos via FlickrAnother role is working with the IT Director in making sure that the vendors follow the confidentiality policies that the Library has in place, ensuring that they are treating patron data as securely as we would treat it. The third role that I have is with the Open Data Initiative for the City – I am the privacy champion for the Library. Continue reading “Library Insider: A Conversation About Privacy With Becky Yoose”

Raising a Money Smart Kid

Penny the Pig at the Central LibraryDoes trying to raise a money smart kid mean that you want to come home to a little Gordon Gecko calculating the P/E ratio for their next stock purchase? Probably not. Although my preschooler would look great in a power suit, I think I would rather focus on giving her the tools she needs to make thoughtful decisions about her personal finances based on her values. How in the world do I do that, though? Continue reading “Raising a Money Smart Kid”