Monthly Archives: May 2014

Getting to know your librarians…Shannon

SW-teen photo What should we call you?

Where can we find you?

Why teen services?
I love hearing about that thing that saved your teenage life, and maybe even being the one who introduced you to it.

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Be careful, you could get sucked into a black hole of research on you will never watch tv, read a book, or write a story without making connections between all the plots, characters, and symbolism you’ve seen before.

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?
Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has my all-time favorite character, pintsize sleuth and poisoner, Flavia de Luce.

I love to read about unusual people, places, and times.  (Or all three.)

You live in Seattle To umbrella or not to umbrella?
An umbrella is a must, to match my galoshes.  Can you tell I spent a long time living outside Seattle?

The best thing about living in Seattle is…
SIFF, Archie McPhee, Scarecrow Video, all-night coffee.SW-current photo

We know you love Seattle but Where would you most like to live?
Glasgow, Scotland, or possibly Middle Earth.

What is your favorite word? 
Word is the best word.  I’m also fond of misanthrope, and the phrase “salad days.”

What is your motto?  
Make plans.

5 Teen Movies Reviewed – Speed Round!

Robot & FrankRobot & Frank

Six Words:  Ex-burglar old man befriends interesting robot.
Mood(s):  Witty. Thrilling. Fascinating.
“The human brain, a lovely piece of hardware.”
Bonuses:  Beautifully filmed. Realistic depiction of the future.
Additional:  Seems outlandish and ridiculous at first, but you’ll be hooked once you start. Profanity. 13+

They Call It MyanmarThey Call It Myanmar

Six Words:  Documentary about Burma; expands your worldview.
Mood(s):  Impassioned. Revealing. Informative.
“I think politicians who think they’ve gone beyond being politicians are very dangerous.”
Bonuses:  It’s like traveling to Burma without leaving your couch. Very honest documentary.
Additional:  NR

Drinking BuddiesDrinking Buddies

Six Words:  Two friends try more; twist ending.
Mood(s):  Charming. Exploratory. Witty.
“That’s the problem with heartbreak, to you it’s like an atomic bomb and to the world it’s just really cliché, because in the end we all have the same experience.”
Bonuses: Finally a romantic movie that ends differently than you expect. Very funny.
Additional: Profanity. Momentary nudity. R

Like Crazy 3Like Crazy

Six Words:  College girl and guy go out.
Mood(s):  Teenage. Modern. Heart-wrenching.
“Because it’s the halves that halve you in half.”
Bonuses:  Gorgeously shot scenes. Jennifer Lawrence makes an appearance.The ending.
Additional:  If you have a tumblr, you’ll know where all those gifs are from after watching it. 13+

Hotel RwandaHotel Rwanda

Six Words:  Rwandan genocide’s impact; hotel manager saves.
Mood(s):  Gripping. Emotional. Heavy. Violent.
“There’s always room.”
Bonuses:  You learn something new about the Rwandan genocide.
Additional:  Depicts the division between the Tutsis and Hutus accurately. 13+


–Regina, 17, West Seattle



Manga Reviewed: Real

RealTitle:  Real

Author:  Takehiko Inoue

Why I started reading?  It was a manga.  I think I’ve read almost every manga in the system. Besides that, I kept hearing mentions of how serious it was, which is rare for a sports manga.

Review:  A violent basketball player drops out of high school and becomes connected with the star of a wheelchair basketball team when he’s involved in a crash and his sort-of girlfriend ends up in a wheelchair. Sort of complicated, but basically the plot revolves around him cleaning up his life and the player in the wheelchair moving forward in society.

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted Most Likely to: Become a Gangster.

This book reminds me of…  I’m going to have to say Whistle! although not much, because they’re both realistic sports manga.  However, Whistle! is more generic.  I think the point of Real is to differentiate from the genre.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle



Get your gamelan on tonight @ Central


Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7 – 8 p.m.    Level 1 – Microsoft Auditorium.

Immerse yourself in the contemplative sound of the gamelan at a performance of contemporary and classical Indonesian music by Seattle ensemble Gamelan Pacifica.

Gamelan Pacifica will perform traditional and contemporary music for the Javanese gamelan. The performance will feature examples of classical “gending” (compositions) from the central Javanese repertoire associated with the cities of Surakarta and Yogyakarta in Indonesia.

The gamelan is a gong-chime percussion orchestra that originated in Indonesia.  The instruments — which include a variety of drums, winds and strings — create both rich and dramatic resonance and contemplative beauty.

Composer and Cornish College professor Jarrad Powell directs Gamelan Pacifica.  Joining the ensemble for this show will be Seattle vocalist Jessika Kenney and a special guest from Indonesia, Harry Purwanto, a respected musician of the Javanese gamelan.

Music of the Gamelan you can borrow from the Library.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome!

Call Central Library (206.386.4636) or Ask a Librarian for more info.

Teen Reviewed: Wizard’s First Rule

Wizard's First RuleWizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Wizard’s First Rule is a rare book.  On the outside, it appears to be a giant, sprawling fantasy novel in the same vein as The Lord of the Rings. However, this book is not about giant battles, deep and complex history, or bearded wizards.  Instead, this book is entirely about the characters and their development… the plot is nothing new.

Richard Cypher is a woods guide living a normal life with his father and brother.  Then he discovers a mysterious woman named Kahlan who is trying to escape a group of armed men.  After saving her from them, Richard learns that he is a legendary warrior called “the seeker.”  It’s his destiny to defeat the evil tyrant, Darken Rahl.  And then, adventure!

Like I said, the plot isn’t really the best part.  Personally, I can look past that.  The reason I can do that is because of how masterfully Goodkind wrote this.  There are a few twists that come out of nowhere and work very well.  The characters are real and relatable.  Plus, it has a great sense of humor.

If you, like me, are really into character development, then I highly recommend this book.  If you’re interested, Wizard’s First Rule is actually a part of a much larger series called The Sword of TruthEven still, it works very well on its own and tells a complete story.

–Sara, Columbia TAG Member


Music Reviewed: Neko Case

If you haven’t already heard of Neko Case, stop reading this and look her up.

Just kidding, you should read this review first.

Case, a Tacoma native, has a honey-sweet voice that can fill any heart with sadness or joy, often at the same time.  Case has been around for a while, first starting in the 90’s.  Now 48, Neko Case is still on fire.  With her most recent record, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Case mourns the losses of her family while still leaving hope.  Neko Case’s buttery vocals have been helping me plow along through the masses of schoolwork us kids seem to have these days, as she sings about sadness in the present, but the happiness that the future is sure to bring.

Now, stop reading this review and listen to her first record, Blacklisted. I dare you not to cry.

The library has her CDs, but you can also check out and e-listen to the new CD through Hoopla.

–Peter, 13, Fremont


From ’round the web…YALSA wants Teen Bloggers!

YALSA HUBCHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its Teen Read Week Teen Blogging contest in conjunction with YALSA’s blog, The Hub.

Teens aged 12 -18 can sign up now through August 1, 2014 to participate in the contest for a chance to guest blog for YALSA’s ya lit blog, The Hub.  Selected teens will blog about a wide range of topics related to YA literature while also further developing their writing and blogging skills.

Blog posts written by the teen bloggers to be featured during the week of October 12 -18 in celebration of Teen Read Week.  Selected participants will be notified in August.  More details and guidelines about the contest are on the Teen Read Week website under the Teen Corner tab.  Teen Read Week is slated for Oct. 12 -18 this year with the theme Turn Your Dreams into Reality @ your library.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by YALSA.  It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October.  Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW14.

The Hub launched in 2011 in order to provide a one-stop-shop for finding information about teen reads, including recommendations for great teen reads, information about YALSA lists and awards.  Librarians, library workers, YA literature enthusiasts and teens create the content.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA visit the website, call, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail.

If you’re gonna write for them, might as well write for Push to Talk, too, right?!?  Give us your best manga (book/tv/movie/play) review, send it to us, we’d love to give you your own blog post right here!