Author Archives: Kristy Gale

About Kristy Gale

Teen Services Librarian

Kristy’s Fave – Ego Tripping – Giovanni

Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)

by Nikki Giovanni

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat’s meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can’t catch me

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
jesus
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

I mean…I…can fly
like a bird in the sky…

Edits, GIFs, Fandoms, & a Free Workshop!

Do you like making edits and GIFs?
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Maybe you consider yourself part of a fandom? Maybe you’re curious about fandoms or interested in making edits? My friend and I started an Instagram account dedicated to anything fandom related (you can follow us at @team.trenchcoat).  We have both loved Doctor Who, Sherlock, Supernatural and reading in general for a long time. So, we decided to share our love for fandoms with other people.  We post edits that we’ve created and edits that we’ve found, as well as other pictures and posts.

 Check out some more of our edits!

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ARTIVISM 101

  A Message & A Cause!

speak up youth pngDo you have a message that’s meaningful to you or a cause that you want to champion?

Maybe you’re passionate about social justice issues such as LGBTQ student rights, women’s rights, immigration reform, racial justice, gender representation in the media and more.

Perhaps you’re concerned about the environmental issues such as fracking, access to clean water and food, climate change, etc.

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It could be that you’re more focused on local issues such as Seattle’s minimum wage, SPD reform, high school dropout rates in Seattle, Duamish River cleanup, etc.

 

Put Your Passion Into Action

Whatever it is that matters to you, we want to help you translate your passion into action.

With the help of the awesome youth-led Seattle organization, PugetSoundOff, the University Branch, the Greenwood Branch, and the Queen Anne Branch are all offering the FREE workshop, Artivism 101.

During this workshop, you’ll identify an issue that you care about, you’ll take a photo of something to represent your cause (cameras are provided), and instructors will teach you PhotoShop so that you can edit your photo and overlay your message.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in activism, make art that matters, and have fun while creating something meaningful with other Seattle teens.

Oh, and did I mention that there will be PIZZA?!

These workshops are for teens, 11 and up.

REGISTER TODAY FOR ONE OF THE BELOW OPTIONS!

University Branch: Thursday, 7/10 @12noon – 5:45pm
Greenwood Branch: Saturday, 7/12 @11-5
Queen Anne Branch: Wednesdays, 8/6 & 8/13 @2-5

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School Shout Out: Hamilton Middle School!

Hamilton MS 2Thanks for being such a great audience today.

Do you want to read one of the books I talked to your class about?

Click here to see the entire list of YA books with adult allure/adult books with YA allure.

To review the Prezi presentation Click here!

The summer program starts June 23. Come to the library to pick up your free book and participate in a summer of great activities!

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

These are the events happening at University

  • Artivism 101 – Thursday, July 10th,1 2 – 5:45
  • Media Montage – Saturday, July 19th, 2 – 5
  • Hack a Banana – Saturday, August 2nd, 1 – 3
  • Positive Youth Documentary Screening, Panel Discussion, and Health Fair
    Sunday, August 3rd, 1 – 4

Want to write for this blog? Send us an e-mail and we’ll let you know how!

  • Take advantage of the great book lists that Seattle Librarians compile just for you.
  • Get a personalized reading list of titles you’ll love: Your Next Five.
  • Zinio provides magazine reading at your fingertips.
  • Don’t forget that our e-books and e-audiobookscollections are growing all the time.
  • Download three free songs every week through Freegal. They’re yours to keep, too!
  • Hoopla is a new streaming service that the library offers. See what music, video, and audiobooks they have today.
  • Ask a Librarian is available 24/7 for all those burning questions that keep you up at night.
  • Arrange a group tour of Central Library…or just take the cell phone tour; it’s your “call.”
  • Visit a Seattle Museum for free!
  • Use Homework Help in-person at 11 Seattle libraries (throughout the school year) or check-out the online Homework Help. Both are great ways to advance your studies.

Lots to see and do and learn and enjoy and experience and discuss.

Get involved @ Your Library!

–-Kristy from University

26 FREE YA and Classic Audiobook Downloads – Starts Today!

Do you love to listen to audiobooks?
Do you like FREE books?

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SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones –
2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week!

May 15– August 20, 2014
Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer.  Each week from May 15 – August 20, 2014, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads – a current titled paired with a classic title.

BUT HURRY!
Each pair are only available to download for one week, so don’t miss out on these free audiobooks!

Here’s the complete list of titles.sync_poster

What books are you excited to listen to this summer?sync_icon

Remember – You can check out and download audiobooks
(and ebooks) with your Seattle Public Library card for FREE 24/7.