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January Book Horoscopes!

**All library locations are closed today!  Happy New Year!  See you in 2015!!**

starbookA brand new year deserves a brand new start.

The stars have told us that in order to welcome 2015, we need to ease ourselves into our reading. This January, you can delight in reading a childhood favorite that is, of course, perfectly suited for your Zodiac sign.

Yes, you read that correctly: we’re giving you picture books!  Indulge in a little New Year’s nostalgia as you look through the list, and make sure to check back in February for next month’s horoscope.

Baby Bear

Aries Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

In this collaboration by Bill Martin and Eric Carle, Baby Bear is introduced to the many different animals of North America on his search to be reunited with his mom. Refresh your animal knowledge and wonder about the world through the eyes of this adorable little mammal.


Martha SpeaksTaurus Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

Martha is just like any ordinary dog, except for one small detail… she can speak English! When Martha eats alphabet soup, the letters go to her brain instead of her stomach, and she can talk just like any other human. This is a hilarious series about all the strange situations a talking dog can get you into.


Gemini   Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo LionniAlexander

Alexander is a real-life mouse who wants nothing more than to be a toy like his wind-up friend, Willy. But this changes one day when Alexander learns that Willy is going to be thrown away! What will he do now?


Henry and Mudge


Cancer Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

This series tells about the adventures of Henry and his dog Mudge. In the first book, we learn about the story that begins their friendship. Mudge is big and slobbery, but also the most loveable best friend that Henry (and us readers) could ever ask for.


Leo Arthur by Marc BrownArthur's Teacher

Another classic series, Arthur is a kid who lives with his mom, dad, and annoying sister, DW. Arthur is an aardvark and all his friends are animals too, like Buster the bunny and Muffy the monkey (can anyone detect a pattern here?). Many a childhood has revolved around these books.


Caps for SaleVirgo Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

This man is trying to sell his caps. He stacks them all on top of one another and wears them all at once! But there is one small problem – they keep disappearing mysteriously. Little does he know that there are sneaky monkeys that keep filching his caps away from him throughout the book.


Libra  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda WilliamsLittle Old Lady

You might say this is a Halloween book, but it is great for telling a spooky tale at any time of year. The Little Old Lady is steadfast in her assertion that she is not afraid of anything. But the more scary things she meets along the pathway home, the more her stubbornness begins to waver…


 Trouble with SecretsScorpio The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The beloved Berenstain Bears are a bear family that live together in their tree house in Bear Country. Mama, Papa, Sister, and Brother experience many different things throughout this series that teach them lots of important life lessons. Most importantly, though, they’re cute and funny!


Sagittarius An Undone Fairytale by Ian LendlerAn Undone Fairy Tale

This book is side-splittingly hysterical. It starts like a typical princess-locked-in-a-tower story, but the characters painting the set, gathering props and costumes, and narrating the story can’t make everything happen as fast as the reader is turning the pages. The result is madness!


Gregory's Shadow


Capricorn  Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman

This is a touching book about Gregory Groundhog, who is nervous about upcoming Groundhog Day because he doesn’t know if Shadow will show up. Gregory has to be brave and conquer his timidness as he confronts his fear of Shadow and makes a new friend.


Aquarius  The Minpins by Roald DahlMinpins

Little Billy is always bored. One day he decides to sneak out into the dark and sinister Forest of Sin, despite his mother’s warnings of all the terrible monsters that live in there. Inside he meets the Minpins, tiny people the size of match sticks who he must help defeat the terrible Gruncher that preys on them.


Grey Lady


Pisces  The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

A woman buys strawberries at a market, but somebody stalks after her to tries to steal her strawberries. This book has no words at all – just pictures, which means you can have lots of fun making up the dialogue for the characters.

See the whole list in the catalog here.  🙂

Happy Reading, and Happy New Year!

–Greenwood Teen Advisers


The Doney Clinic – vet service and more for pets of the homeless

Walk into the Doney Clinic at 3:00 and you’ll be met with the sight of people rushing from a white van packed to the brim with veterinary supplies to the inside of a well-worn building located in downtown Seattle.  Outside, a line of the homeless with their pets: dogs, cats, ferrets, parrots, etc. stand against the side of the wall, talking cheerfully to their neighbors. “Okay,  Number One,“ a woman calls from the doorway.  The first person in line dutifully comes inside, leading their mixed breed dog by his red leash.

The Doney Clinic is a volunteer-run veterinary clinic founded by Dr. Bud Doney in 1985.  It is dedicated to delivering veterinary service to the pets of the homeless, along with food, leashes, carriers, toys, etc.  In order to be seen at the clinic, you must have proof of an income of less than $750 a month, a residency in Seattle, and must be willing to neuter or spay your pet. Neutering and spaying services provided.

The Doney Clinic is located in the Union Gospel Mission, at 318 2nd Ave Ext S, Seattle WA, 98104. It is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month.

Rabies, Feline Distemper, Canine Distemper and Feline Leukemia vaccines are provided, along with de-wormers, thyroid medication and other such medicines. Gauze and antiseptic are available for more pressing injuries. Vials for blood and skin tests are on the right side of the picture. Flea medicine is extremely expensive for the providers of the clinic, so it costs $5.  Many animals receive shots at the Doney Clinic.

Many qualified, dedicated veterinarians volunteer at the Doney Clinic every other Saturday. They will see the pets at three metal tables set up in front of the vaccines.  They check the basic health of the animal, as well as any injuries, and administer vaccines.  If they find anything of concern, skin and/or blood tests are taken, and results of the tests come back on a following Saturday.  All results are recorded into the notebook for all test documentation.

There are also several pets that are regulars, and come in almost every Saturday the clinic is open. All pets, old and young, are cared for, thanks to the many volunteers and veterinarians.  Their doors remain open because of donations and a volunteer crew many of whom have volunteered for over 28 years. You can look the clinic up at www.doneyclinic.org.

Thanks to Paula Shifley, Carol Dougherty, and the other wonderful volunteers.

*It should be noted that while many of these pets in the photos are kittens and puppies, the majority are much older. These are just the pictures that I took that day.

 –Emma, Northeast, Teen Adviser




Editor’s Note:  Doney Clinic volunteers were just mentioned in Seattle Times!

Comet the therapy llama – a big hit at Northgate!

cometMy journey with llamas began six years ago. And truth be told, it didn’t even begin with llamas. Everything started for me with alpacas!

I’d been going through a hard time in my life and really didn’t know what to do with myself, and by a stroke of luck and knowing the right people at the right time, I got to know my middle school’s librarian, who in turn introduced me to her daughter—and subsequently the 4-H club she lead.  I was invited to attend the club’s monthly meeting, and, with no idea what to expect, I went.

If you’d seen me then, you wouldn’t recognize me.  I was very withdrawn and shy.  I only spoke to close friends, I hid behind my hair (which was very long!) and I certainly didn’t know how to react to a big group of kids my age and younger voting me in as their club’s vice president the very day I showed up.  Although that was just the first of many leaps 4-H would help me make in coming into my own, what really got me going was meeting my first alpaca, Irish Creme. He was the one who kick started my intense love for camelids, with his high intelligence, mischievous behavior and quiet, calming love. Continue reading

Biography of Legendary Race Horse Seabiscuit

seabiscuitTitle:  Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Author:  Laura Hillenbrand

Summary: This book takes a look at the life of Seabiscuit, one of the legendary race horses of all time.  This book is non-fiction but feels and reads like an extremely well written novel. Hillenbrand goes through the life of Seabiscuit and his career as a racehorse.  Not only does the biography of Seabiscuit tell the story of Seabiscuit, but it also tells the story of the jockeys and owners.  From the training of Seabiscuit to the low-tier races, and from the low-tier races to the high stakes championship races, the biography is action-packed and incredibly heartwarming.

Why I Started Reading: Biographies narrated as stories appeal to me, so when I saw this book, I picked it up and decided to start reading.  Even though this book is fact-heavy, the story never stops moving forward, and the reader is always looking forward to the next story about Seabiscuit or the trainers/owners.  Consider this as a biography of one of history’s most famous sports “players”.

Why I Kept Reading: The narration is exquisite and the description of each race is so thrilling that you could hear the crowd thundering and cheering at each race. The details and facts are accurate and well researched, all adding to the flow of the story.  Although I have never raced horses or attended a horse race, this book explained the details of each race clearly such that I was able to envision every single detail.  In addition, one thing that makes this book great is that it doesn’t only focus on Seabiscuit, but also tells the stories of Seabiscuit’s jockeys as well, and delves into the precarious life of a jockey.

Six Word Recap: Biography of Legendary Race Horse Seabiscuit.

–Matthew, Lake City, Teen Blogger


The First Goat on Mars

Editor’s Note: Camilla, a 19-year-old intern at 826 Seattle, has selected some excellent work that 826 students are producing this summer to share with us on Push To Talk.  

Camilla’s Note: This piece is from a long-running collaboration with the Puget Sound Goat Rescue. Students went on a field trip where they met and observed the goats, and later turned those experiences into talk show—style interviews. This is one of those interviews.


By Miles R.


INTERVIEWER:  Hello, everybody!  Today, I am proud to present to you Scooby, the first goat on Mars!

SCOOBY:  Thank you, everybody, thank you!

The applause fades, then ceases.

INTERVIEWER:  We understand NASA sent you to test soil and atmosphere on the red planet.  How was it up there?

SCOOBY: Peaceful.  But no alder leaves to munch on, and no one to play with.

INTERVIEWER:  Was the launch scary?

SCOOBY:  Very!  When the engines launched, it smashed me against my seat.  When we where breaking the atmosphere, it heated up like a frying pan, and rattled like a rattlesnake.  When we reached space, the gravity change threw me into the air and my horns got stuck on the ceiling, and it took me ten minutes to get out, and even longer to repair the ceiling!  But that’s the way it goes.

SCOOBY sighs; it sounds like a bleat.

INTERVIEWER:  Exciting!  Did you send out any space probes?



SCOOBY:  Five, but only four came back.

Whistling noises begin, then the sound of an explosion. Sirens start.

SCOOBY:  Oh, there it is!  Well, I need to go to lunch!

INTERVIEWER:  It’s been nice having you here.

SCOOBY:  It’s been nice being here. Goodbye!

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Teen Reviewed: Palace of Dreams

Palace of DreamsPalace of Dreams by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

After the war with Paksahara peace is in the queendom of Vastia. The three familiars Aldwyn, Skyler, and Gilbert are well-known heroes now.  But all of a sudden, when a birthday celebration goes wrong and Queen Loranella is on the receiving end of a not so friendly curse, the three familiars are the prime suspects.  After escaping the palace dungeons, they take on a quest to clear their names.  This quest will lead them all across Vastia and even into the magical and ever-changing land of dreams.

I started reading because I have read the previous three books, so when this book came out, I was intrigued and wanted to read it.

I kept on reading because although the beginning was slow, in the middle it really added some twists and turns which made it hard to guess the ending.

If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To…
Aldwyn: Pull off an elaborate heist.
Skylar: Become the next Albert Einstein.
Gilbert: Hide.

Six Word Review: Three familiars go and save queendom.

Website: The Familiars

–Liz, Grade 8, Lake City


Cracking the Hub: Stargazing Dog, Bomb & Daredevil

I finished The Hub Challenge just before the deadline!
 The 22nd book I read was, Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami.
Stargazing Dog made it onto the Great Graphic Novels for Teens this year.  It is the story of a dog who is adopted by a young girl, and the changes he sees his family go through over the years.  His “daddy” – the one who takes him for walks and talks to him – goes through a crisis which leads to a long road trip to Northern Japan on dwindling resources.
Even weeks after finishing the book I’m still thinking over how the themes of friendship, death, poverty, homelessness, family, and loyalty were seamlessly woven into this short graphic novel: this thought-provoking story portrays a side of homelessness from the point of view of a loyal pet, and those who read it will likely find themselves more empathetic to the situations of all members of the community.  Also, if you’re following local events, it’s interesting to first read this story set in a different country and then read local news reports about homelessness in the Seattle Community. Continue reading