Monthly Archives: February 2015

Paper Towns – Romantic, mysterious, suspenseful; I love it.

PaperTowns2009_6ATitle: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Summary: Q has known Margot since they were little kids. She lives right next door to him and they used to be best friends, but things changed over time and they drifted apart a bit. However, just as Q is getting sick of the routine of school, Margot whisks him away on an adventure that involves catfish, spray paint, Nair, and sneaking into Sea World through a snake-infested moat in the middle of the night. The morning after, Q hopes that this means he and Margot can be friends (or maybe even more than friends), but instead of seeing her at school, he discovers that Margot has run away again. He’s discouraged until he notices that Margot has left a series of clues that lead to where she’s run away. He spends the rest of the story trying to piece it together. You’ll have to read the book to find out whether he finds her or not.

Six Word Review: Romantic, mysterious, suspenseful; I love it.

I started reading because: I liked John Green’s other books so I knew it was likely I’d enjoy this one as well.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because the story-line can fall a bit flat in parts. I felt like there needed to be something to spice it up a bit in the middle.

I loved that one of the main messages of the story was that perceptions can be different from realities. I hated that Margot wasn’t in the story more. She was a great character.

If Q was in a HS yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Be Loyal

Anything else we should know? It’s a relatable story that demonstrates that how we think about people isn’t always how they actually are.

Regina, 17, West Seattle

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Philosophy: A dead field of study?

philosophyAs time passes I find myself more and more captivated by the core values seemingly promoted by philosophy — the way of thinking about complex issues in relation to one’s self, one’s knowledge and how one conducts his/her life.  Being someone who considers themselves in relation to others a relatively deep thinker, I enjoy the act of metacognating (thinking about one’s thoughts).  Philosophy has many different branches — metaphysics, epistemology, etc.  Broaching topics from existence, the process of thought, knowledge etc., philosophy is generally thought to be a large field of science with many sub-topics.

Why is philosophy so broad in comparison to other sciences? Well, the simple answer is, it’s not. However, the longer answer is due to the fact that figuring out how to best logically reason out one’s own rationality requires a lot of different elements in order to do so.  Now, why is it that nowadays people speak of philosophy as a “dead” field?  How can a field that involves critical thinking, self-awareness and determining the important questions surrounding one’s existence be pronounced dead?  Unbeknownst to me until recently this seems to be the common notion surrounding this study of thought as well as other humanity-related subjects and liberal arts. Continue reading

Timebound – Girl trying to not disappear forever

Timebound

Title: Timebound

Author:  Rysa Walker

Summary: From the moment Kate’s grandmother tells her that she can travel in time, things start going very badly. Someone in the past is trying to alter time so that Kate will never be born. Kate must hurry in order to fix things before she disappears.

Six Word Review:  Girl trying to not disappear forever

I give Timebound 8/10 stars because it’s unique and funny and unlike any other time travel book I’ve read. ​I hated not knowing if time was a circle as it is in some time travel books. I loved the characters and I couldn’t get enough of how realistic their emotions were.

If the main character was stuck on a deserted island they would… find a way to build a raft, even if there weren’t any trees.

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted most likely to solve the world’s biggest problems.

This book reminded me of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gler because it evokes the same feelings of uncertainty, at same the time that it pulls you into its world.

Websites of Interest:  

Rysa Walker’s website

Anything else we should know? This is the first book in the series. The second book is called Time’s Edge, which to me sounds very promising and hopefully will answer all the questions Timebound leaves readers asking.

–Xanith, University Branch

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Darker Than Black – 10 years ago, hell-gate appeared!

Darker Than BlackTitle:  Darker than Black

Author:  Tensai Okamura

I started watching it because…our Japanese teacher played it in class.

I kept watching it because… it just kept getting better and better with each episode and all the characters were developed well for the most part.

Main characters in a yearbook, would be voted “Most Likely To”:  

  • Hei – to sacrifice anything for his sister,
  • Yin – to protect Hei at any cost.

Six Word Recap: Ten years ago, hell-gate appeared in Tokyo.

This anime reminded me of Death Note because… both are about people who have powers and use them strategically to outdo their opponent.

–Endrias, Lake City, Teen Volunteer

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The Importance of Being Earnest – deep, everlasting Wilde love

Oscar Wilde quoteFirst off, I will admit I am completely biased on the topic of this play, due to my deep, everlasting love for Oscar Wilde.

I’m not quite sure what gets me about him, if it’s the elegant writing, or the witty exchanges, or the hilarity that often ensues in his beloved writing, but I’m completely enamored.  To me, Oscar Wilde has always been, is currently, and will forever be my bæ.

But beyond my thoughts on Wilde, here are some concrete reasons why you need to read Earnest: Continue reading

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

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Title: Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

Author: Gail Jarrow

Summary:  In the early 1900s, an epidemic spread across the southern states. Victims showed physical symptoms – like rashes and digestive problems, as well as mental illnesses.  Many went crazy and committed suicide.  It was a medical mystery with many suspects, and only one brilliant doctor would figure it out.

Six Word Review:  Mystery illness in the South solved!

I give this book 9/10 stars.  It’s a great non-fiction book about solving a real puzzle, but it had too many pictures of the sick patients. Yuck!

Gut Reaction:  Ewww… but what is causing it??

​I loved how deduction was used to finally solve the mystery.  The disease was very tricky–it mostly affected women (but not always); it was mostly in the South (but not always); sometimes it would make people go crazy (but not always); it affected the children in orphanages, but not their caretakers.  Looking at the clues to figure it out was really fun.  Lots of different theories were tested, but only one was right!

This book reminds me of An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1793 by Jim Murphy, which won many awards and received high reviews by top journals.

Confession:  I couldn’t wait to find out what caused the disease!  I skipped ahead to the end and then went back to read the rest of the book!

–Guest Blogger Amy L., Magnolia Librarian

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Greenwood Branch Celebrates 10 Years!

On January 29, Greenwood Library turned 10, and last Sunday, 2/8/15, we celebrated its 10th birthday with a time capsule, cake, and City Librarian Marcellus Turner. ???????????????????????????????

Did you know that the first location of the Greenwood Library was at 7020 Greenwood Ave and opened in 1928? This location was open until 1953, when it moved to the current location. Construction began to renovate the building in 2003, and it opened two years later.

As people came through and enjoyed a piece of cake, we asked that they write down what they thought the library was going to be like in 15 years. Here are some highlights:

-Everything electronic
-Planning to build a new one that has a garden
-Will look like a spaceship
-Will not have may physical books, except for beautiful Children’s books with gorgeous illustrations
-Meeting room used as drop-in center
-Night shelter for the homeless
-Library will be more of a media center than a place for books
-Robots instead of humans helping patrons- I HOPE NOT (his words)
-Dusty
-5x bigger, with every book ever publishedDinosaurLibrary

We also asked for drawings of the library, and this is one of my favorites.

It felt like a proper birthday party for everyone’s favorite library! ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s interesting to see the divide of people on what the library will be like. Which side are you on; all electronic, or much, much bigger & full of books?

–Sophie Adams, Greenwood Library
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