Do not miss in 2016! Upcoming temporary and traveling exhibits in Seattle

-Posted by Shannon W.

2016 promises an eclectic mix of temporary and traveling exhibits at Seattle’s cultural institutions. Here’s a Top 10 Do Not Miss list from Shannon at the Douglass-Truth Library.

Cover image for I am Bruce Lee1. October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016. Do You Know Bruce? Breaking Barriers. On exhibit @ Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
DVD: I Am Bruce Lee

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Top 10 Books To Keep Your Kids Busy So You Can Do Laundry And Other Glamorous Things

~posted by Robin

Often, I find myself wanting to connect my darling offspring with the rich world of imagination and ideas that can be found in children’s literature. At other times, my motivation for handing them books falls on the more practical side of life. This is a list for times like those: Continue reading “Top 10 Books To Keep Your Kids Busy So You Can Do Laundry And Other Glamorous Things”

Reading the Top 10 Books of the Year lists

I cannot resist a Top 10 Book List, which can be sort of a time suck because just about every publication, website and book blogger has a “Best of 2010” list going right about now. I like to see how many I’ve read (often less than half; okay, sometimes just one or two) and see if I agree.

This year is extra special because I look at each list wondering if finally there will be one that doesn’t include Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. (Three Franzen-free lists: The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Slate). I look at The New York Times 100 Notable Books list and lose interest after a while (100!) and so switch to its Top 10. I check out lists in Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal, as well as Kirkus magazine’s Top 25 each for fiction (ah! No Franzen here, either), nonfiction and mysteries.  I quickly scan the lists to see if two of my favorite novels of the year (The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman and The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall) have made it; I nod approvingly each time I see The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (even though I haven’t read it — yet). Continue reading “Reading the Top 10 Books of the Year lists”