October Takeover: Halloween Traditions

~posted by Selby

Tonight is THE night for the dead to crawl out of the underworld and roam the streets. Where are the best places to celebrate both in the US and around the world?

In the USA

Find The Moon Guide to New York State in the SPL catalog
Sleepy Hollow, New York. As home of Washington Irving’s chilling tale about a headless horseman who terrorizes a school teacher, Sleepy Hollow takes its creepy reputation very seriously. A month of festivities include 7,000 hand carved jack –o-lanterns, cemetery tours, and dramatic retellings of the famous story.

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Book Bingo: Set Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Book Bingo Somewhere Visit– Posted by Meranda

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer!

I want to travel everywhere. I know this isn’t true for everyone so I’ll try to recommend a variety of books to select from to fill this Bingo square. Just keep in mind, the sky isn’t even a limit when it comes to this square.

travelsMy first book will take us all over the United States. Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a nonfiction book about following the author around as he travels with his dog Casey. They meet an eclectic host of people and their dogs. It is full of fun facts and anecdotes. For example, the author feels that he is a let down to his dog and is hoping to bond with Casey during this trip. So if you’ve ever wanted to travel anywhere in the U.S. and you like dogs, this might be the book for you. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Set Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted to Visit”

Let’s Get Away

by Marion S.

Winter’s arrival makes me consider visiting places unlike Seattle. My kind of trip is exploring what’s unique about a place and its history. And having some relaxation time.  For my next trip I’m dreaming of a warm or tropical place or just getting far away. In Urban Circusseeking out some books, a few even look like they could be setting the stage for some wilder travel than I’m typically known for doing.

Catriona Rainsford in The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico’s Malabaristras describes meeting a group of Mexican street performers and traveling and living with them for two years across Mexico. Mexican families, if not tourists, are so kind and generous to them. This narrative definitely does not describe a typical Mexican trip to see vibrant Mexico City or ancient ruins in the country. Continue reading “Let’s Get Away”

Mystery Challenge: Exotic Locales

~ by Selby G.

One of the many great things about reading a book is that it can take you anywhere. Can’t squeeze in a vacation to China? Read a book and follow the characters down alleyways in Shanghai or to a temple in Beijing. Combine those foreign landscapes with a good mystery and you get a fully immersive experience! Here are a few mysteries that will whisk you away to an exotic location.

Take your pick from books set in India, Turkey or Israel. Not only will The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tamil Hall immerse you in Indian culture, it also includes recipes. In Body Count by Barbara Nadel, we follow two detectives trying to track down a serial killer in the narrow streets of Istanbul. In Murder in Jerusalem by Batya Gur, superintendent Ohayon must track a killer through Israel’s official television station.

Click here to find The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken in the SPL catalog Click here to find Body Count in the SPL catalogClick here to find Murder in Jerusalem in the SPL catalog

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Alaska beckons

Chilkoot Pass Steps by George G. Cantwell

It’s been quite the hot summer — it has many of us dreaming of going even further north to catch some cool breezes and gain additional daylight hours to play in. Alaska beckons!

Ann says:

Alaska is vast, beautiful and unforgiving. Many men (and a few women) have been lured to Alaska by its beauty and its promise of gold.

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