Monthly Archives: November 2014

Moby Dick, the Puppet Show

Several Garfield HS students got together, read Moby Dick, and put together this video.  Sparks Notes provided the script, but the teens provided the puppets, the cutouts, and the dramatic voices.  So cool!

Be proactive, be creative, and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

school libraries workIf you or your child is in any form of school, you have a good reason to use the Seattle Public Library.  The library is an excellent resource for anything from learning to read to SAT prep. In person or online, using the library has many benefits for both academic and extracurricular activities.

  • The number one resource of the library is the librarians. They are all happy to help with research and information gathering for people of all ages.  Finding good, reputable sources of information is harder than it may appear, both online and in print.  If you need help finding books, navigating websites, or even just refining search terms, you have a free resource at any library branch.
  • Free databases! Just because something is on the internet, does not mean you can trust it.  Fortunately, the library has a host of free, online encyclopedias, study centers, and more.

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WOIS: Choose your career

So I’ve been having trouble trying to figure what I’m going to do for college and for a career (if I’m going to HAVE a career or just a job) so to figure this out I grabbed the College Board Book of Majors and made a list of things I was interested in (there weren’t that many).  One day I was talking to Jesten (the teen librarian who I listen to) and she liked the idea of archive assistant, she mentioned using that to work at a museum. THAT got my attention, but . . . I had no clue what jobs were at a museum so I asked her for a list and a list I got, she then encouraged me to go to WOIS, and it is AMAZING!! Continue reading

Thanksgiving – An Attitude of Gratitude


Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Do you have any exciting plans, or perhaps a favorite food you cannot wait to sample? (Hello pumpkin pie!)

Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is a day of thanks in celebration of the harvest and blessings received in the last year. Did you know that it has quite an interesting backstory?

What Americans think of Thanksgiving today is very different from what is widely considered the first Thanksgiving, in 1621. That year, members of the Wampanoag joined English colonists for a days long feast, military exercises, and contests. What exactly the feast consisted of is something of a mystery (sadly, no photographs!) but certainly did not resemble today’s turkey feasts. The Wampanoag brought venison (game meat, especially deer) and other choices might have included fish and vegetables. 1621 was certainly not the first Thanksgiving. Native peoples had long celebrated the harvest with dances and rituals.

Thanksgiving was then celebrated on and off after 1621 but it was not until a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale took up the cause that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. Hale spent 36 (!) years campaigning until President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863. Interested in learning more? Check out the backstory on Britannica Reference Center, one of the library’s databases. You can access it for free with your library card!

Do you have any annual Thanksgiving traditions? Perhaps you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Break and make a wish on a turkey’s wishbone? Pardon your own turkey like the President? Or tofurkey, like Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Help the less fortunate by volunteering at shelters or donating food? (View a list of holiday resources at King County 211.)

Whatever you do, enjoy your Thanksgiving!

The One: a strong series ender

The-One-by-Kiera-Cass-coverTitle: The One

Author: Kiera Cass

Six Word Review: Girl gets prince, revolution is ended.

Stars: 4 stars out of 4 because it was a vast improvement over the previous books in the series. But it seemed a bit back heavy in the development and the stereotypical ending.

I started reading because I had been recommended the first book and I had hope that the series would improve.

This book reminded me of The Hunger Games because of the political strife and struggles behind the scenes.

What I loved was the action was increased exponentially and an actual plot began to develop.

Websites of Interest: Keira Cass

The Next Big War – Climate Change

polarbearice The one that most of us don’t even know is happening.

Climate change, which is also sometimes called Global Warming, is something that has been happening for generations. The warning signs have been there but a lot of us have chosen to ignore it. It’s the next big war, a monster that we, humans, have created and now must fight. So… Continue reading

The Artist’s use of imagery to tell a story without dialogue makes it very special

the artistAs a film student, getting to meet professional actors and directors is greatly inspirational for me. I recently got the opportunity to meet the writer and director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, and one of the actresses from the film, Berenice Bejo. They were speaking at an event that my film class attended, during which we had the opportunity to ask them questions and analyze their film The Artist. The most exciting part for me was to hear about the reasons for making the movie and what Michel and Berenice gained from it.

The Artist came into the world of cinema at a very interesting time. In the twenty-first century most people think of hit movies as comedies, action movies with more violence than plot and romantic “chick flicks”. However, if you say the term silent film people generally think of old movies made in the early 1900s. Yet The Artist is a one of a kind film, as it is a silent film released in 2011 instead of 1920. It was brave of Michel to release such a unique film into an arena of very modern films. I think this movie in particular really gets to the core of classic filmmaking. It’s not about violent action or intense dialogue; it’s about images and emotion. To me, the images of films are what separates them from books and what makes them so unique. The emphasis on imagery and using it to tell a story without dialogue is what makes The Artist so special. Continue reading