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Radio Journalism Workshop (Registration is required)

p00twgfzSaturday, May 9, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the University Branch Library

Become a media-maker! Learn about public radio journalism in this fun, hands-on interviewing workshop with professional audio recorders.


Learn about public radio journalism and interviewing with KUOW’s RadioActive Media.

In this fun, hands-on workshop, teens learn about what kinds of questions get people talking, and then interview each other using professional audio recorders. This program is open to teens 13-19 years of age.

RadioActive is a radio journalism program for teens, based at KUOW 94.9 radio.

Teens ages 16-18 may want to stay afterwards to learn more about a competitive paid summer intership and get assistance filling out an application.

Registration is required. Please call the University Branch at 206-684-4063 to register.

Not-to-miss summer movies!


X-Men: Days of Future Past

Certainly not the only Marvel movie being released this year (namely, The Winter Solider, aka Cap’n America: Bucky Returns; and Spider-Man, No. 5), but by far, the most anticipated, due to its amazing ensemble cast, which includes Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and Hugh Jackman (!) Future Past will act as a sequel to 2006’s The Last Stand, as well as 2011’s First Class.


Guardians of the Galaxy*Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 1st), I salute you, and you deserve your own blog post.



The Fault in Our Stars

The trailer made me cry.

The plot seems simple: Two kids who have cancer fall in love. However, it is the combination of both the characters and storytelling that makes this one stand out against the flood of Realistic contemporary young adult literature.

Time Magazine deemed John Green’s fourth novel “damn near genius,” and though I find the term genius slightly pretentious, I have to agree this is one of those rare genuine and poetically written young love stories that is equal parts sweet romance and, as is evident in the title, existential meditation. I cannot recommend it enough.

Fun fact: The two star-crossed lovers also play siblings in the post-apocalyptic Divergent. As the new YA-film it-girl, Shailene Woodley also stars in The Spectacular Now (2012) — yes, this was also first a book! — opposite a charming, but hedonistic Miles Teller, in a film about The School of Life. Both the novel and film are available in our catalog.  Dig it.

The Giver

The Giver – Aug 15th

Can anyone else say: Finally?!  The original “unfilmable” YA novel, before it was even a genre, will be hitting theaters this August!

Boasting a spectacular cast, including Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep (and maybe you’ll surprise us, Taylor Swift… ), Lois Lowry‘s quintessential dystopian tale is set in a futuristic society with all pain and conflict eradicated and one boy chosen as the community’s Receiver of Memories. Published in 1993 and the first of a loose quartet, which was finally completed nearly two decades later in 2012, The Giver was awarded the Newberry Medal in 1994, and remains to this day among the greatest of young adult literature.

Check it out (again!) or for the first time here.

–Amanda D, Ballard Staffer


By the Cover: New Harry Potter book covers

New HP 1Have you seen the gorgeous new Harry Potter book covers?

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Teen Space @ Southwest

Teen SpaceNeed a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space @ Southwest. This month we’ll be creating temporary tattoos with henna and creating a display for the library for Banned Books week. Of course, we’ll have our regular line up of Teen Space activities: snacks, games, art, books, and conversation, too.

Friday, Sept. 20th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm @ Southwest.

Henna, art, food, conversation, mystifying fellow library-goers with a display.

What’s not to like?

Cracking The Hub Book 25 & aftermath​

White BicycleThe last book that I read for the Cracking the Hub Challenge was The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna which was a 2013 Printz Honor Book.
The White Bicycle is the story of Taylor who is in France for the summer as a personal care assistant to the son of her mother’s boyfriend. Taylor is concerned that her mother and her boyfriend might get married during the summer which would leave a gaping hole in her resume. She couldn’t after all put “personal care assistant” on her resume if she was taking care of a relative.
Taylor has a condition on the Autism Spectrum, and has had a difficult time going through school. Now she has friends and wants to become independent – the real reason the state of her resume is of such concern for her. In many ways the summer is a time where Taylor asserts her independence from her mother and starts to make decisions about her identity and what she wants to do with her life. This book is emotionally affecting and a wonderful read. The cover does connect to the storyline but seems rather dull and washed out, so look past the cover and enjoy the splendid writing and identify with your own search for independence from your parents.
After three and a half months of furiously reading and writing I am proud to say I cracked The Hub Challenge. I read outside of my usual interests and was able to find some unexpected favorites (Bernadette, One Shot at Forever, Dodger, The White Bicycle, Bomb, The Running Dream), a few books that I just didn’t really enjoy (Pure, Daredevil), and some books that although they weren’t comfortable reads, I doubt I’ll forget them (Girlchild, Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am, Stargazing Dog).
I was even able to write a reader’s response to one of the books (Dodger) and post it on The Hub blog.
When I took some of these books to Madison and Denny Middle Schools, the absolute teen favorite was Ultimate Comics Spiderman. I couldn’t even keep an eye on the book because a teen would snatch it up and read it immediately. In all, I’m happy that I took The Hub Challenge, and I’m really glad I was able to read 25 of the books before the challenge’s end.
What do you think – should I take this challenge again next year?
You can find the list of all 25 books I read for the challenge, on our catalog.

It Is Never Too Late… To Join the Magnolia Book Group

stuckinneutral Join us for the teen book group on May 21st from 4:00-5:00 p.m. We are reading Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman. Pick up a copy at the Magnolia Branch or get an e-book online. Continue reading