Author Archives: Shannon

Shannon’s Fave – Afternoon on a Hill – Millay

afternoon on a hill

Afternoon on a Hill

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass
And the grass rise.

And when the lights begin
To show up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1917

The illustration is from Childcraft encyclopedia 1949, which was on my bookshelves when I was small.

Hey students: need a job? Seattle Public Library is hiring!

NasirohAre you a student in high school or college?

Do you need a job?

Come work at the Library!

We’re hiring for our Student Assistant employment pool right now.


This job gives you:

  • great experience,
  • a flexible schedule,
  • awesome coworkers (we are, what?) &
  • a starting wage of $13.25 an hour!

Go to the library’s website for more information, check out the official Job Bulletin (apply online!), and download a Referral Form.IMAG1653

Remember, you need to submit ALL the pieces of the application to be considered.

If you have questions, contact Human Resources at (206) 386-4121.  Or talk to your local library staff…we love Student Assistants! 😀

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 5:00 p.m. April 30th!  


Write the World Album Review Contest

Music review contest

We’ve all waited until the last minute to write that big essay for school, or frantically scribbled down responses to homework questions five minutes before class starts. In school writing is a chore, an assignment crumpled at the bottom of a backpack. But where would we be without writing? Society is built on writing from legal jargon to messages to friends to books, magazines, and movie scripts. Writing is essential to success.

That’s the mission of Write the World, “an online based creative writing platform for teens ages 13-18.” Write the World works to improve the writing of high school students by developing the expression of students’ unique voice, teaching editing skills, and facilitating the publishing of students’ works.

Whether you’re an aspiring poet, a science writer, novelist, sports journalist, or green activist, there is a place for you with Write the World. On the Write the World website you can find an extensive and ever-changing library of prompts to develop your skills, refine your voice, explore diverse styles, and develop your personal portfolio. If you’re a competitive type, looking for a challenge, or want professional feedback on your work, you can enter a competition. As a member of the Write the World community, you interact with other like-minded teens through peer reviews and writing groups dedicated to a specific genre of writing.

Right now, you can enter the Album Review competition. Maybe you play music, or maybe you’re constantly plugged in to your iPod. Either way, this competition is a unique opportunity to explore a writing genre that you would never encounter in school. What’s that album that you’ve been listening to non-stop for the past week? Who’s that artist who takes you to another place? Write a review of your favorite album, then submit it for professional review. Who knows? You may even discover your hidden talent for music journalism!

The winning entrant will receive $100, and the runner-up and best peer-reviewer will receive $50.  Final Submissions Due: Tuesday, April 14.  Check out this website for entry details

–RuthMabel, Greenwood 


Count Us In – All Youth Count!

Count Us InWe want to end homelessness in King County and you can help.

This Thursday, January 22, Seattle Public Library is asking youth and young adults ages 12-25 to participate in a survey about housing.  It’s quick and easy, and your participation helps provide resources to get young people off the streets and into stable housing.

To find out more (and/or fill out a survey), visit these libraries:

  • Ballard Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Columbia Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Central Library (downtown Seattle), 10 am – 8 pm
  • Douglass-Truth Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Greenwood Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • International District Chinatown
  • Lake City Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Rainier Beach Library
  • University Branch Library, 4 – 6 pm

Shout Out to SafeFutures Youth Center!

SafeFutures_LogoHello to SafeFutures Youth Center!

Today we’re talking about the services and programs of The Seattle Public Library.

Thanks to Kary for hosting!

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

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  • 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-audiobooks collections are growing all the time.
  • Download five free songs every week through Freegal. They’re yours to keep, too!
  • Hoopla is a 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!

Ken @ High Point


Summer is here!

imageThis summer Seattle Public Library has come up with 10 ideas we’d like teens to explore.
  1. Tell us about your  neighborhood  WITHOUT  telling us its name.
  2. What do you think the future will look like?
  3. Clowns, spiders, public speaking – what’s your greatest fear?
  4. Where or when in the past would you have liked to live?
  5. What superpower would you like to have?
  6. What’s the best book you have ever read?
  7. What’s the worst book you have ever read?
  8. Where is the most unusual place to read a book?
  9. Create a book spine poem!
  10. What would you say in a letter to the President?


    For example…superpowers you may not want!

Create a response post with photos, videos, gifs, drawings, songs, text, or any other way creative you want to answer.

Post your response to your  Tumblr  account and connect to the library and other teens in Seattle by tagging your response  #bysplteens

Need inspiration?   Follow teenspl on Tumblr and visit your local library!

Don’t have a Tumblr account?  Email your response to and we’ll help you get your message out there.


Hello & Howdy to Seattle World & Nova High!

Daniel at Seattle World SchoolThanks so much to the students who visited our table and talked to us.  Hopefully you got some great ideas for reading and summer!

You can see all of our summer events by visiting the online calendar.

Did we tell you about the new tumblr?  You should definitely check it out!  And create some content that we can share!

Plus, there’s tons more to see and do and explore and experience @ Your Library!

Shannon & Daniel, Douglass-Truth & Capitol Hill