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Eleanor & Park – honest and real

Eleanor and ParkTitle: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 10/10 stars. Yes, it was that good. Rarely do I rate books 10/10, so this one is definitely special.

Gut reaction: I loved the honest, real characters. They were so well developed and the romance was sweet and believable. This book was also great because it ended on a hopeful note. As I got closer to the end, I thought it would have a sad closing, but I was not disappointed, and you won’t be either. Go put it on hold at your library right now!

Summary: Eleanor is the new girl on the bus, at school and in the neighborhood. She lives with a creepy, abusive stepdad, her emotionally bruised mother and 4 younger siblings in a cramped house. On the bus, she is taunted for her eclectic style of dressing, her bright red hair and being overweight. Park on the other hand, comes from a stable home, but being a half Asian kid in a predominately white area, he feels like an outsider. He has a group of friends, but he’s wary of acting too different. Park reluctantly gives Eleanor a place to sit on the bus and isn’t welcoming, but he acts a little better than the other students. Soon though, he notices her reading over his shoulder on the bus, and they begin a friendship over shared interests in comic books and alternative music. Slowly at first, then faster and faster like a snowball rolling down a hill, they fall in love. But their romance is bittersweet and it seems like fate is against them. Will they be able to persevere and stay together against the odds?

I’ll let you read it and find out for yourself!

-Gabriella, Ballard, Teen Blogger


All Ages Board Games tonight @ Ballard!

Wanna play?

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.board game

Bring your family, friends, or come alone and play our array of board games from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrambled States of America.

For more info call Ballard @ 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian!

Viking Days – Ballard

Viking fight demonstration

Two days every year in August the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard puts on Viking Days, a free outdoor festival which includes admission into the museum. Inside the museum you will find cobble stone rooms; actual luggage from the people emigrating from Nordic countries to America; old furniture; boat models and actual boats; building replicas; clothing; rooms dedicated to countries Sweden & Finland & Norway; and so much more.

Meanwhile outside festivities included authentic food from various countries;  lots of demonstrations; and a Viking village. In the Viking village people in armor used swords and axes against one another, and during the fighting or breaks someone would explain the weapon choice or the difference between the shields.

I had a great time and learned so much at Viking days! I urge anyone who finds the above interesting to go!!

Freyja – teen volunteer – Magnolia


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


Get your Game On! @ Ballard this Friday

gaming old daysGame On! @ Ballard

Friday, June 6, 2014, 3 – 5 p.m.

First Friday gaming for teens happens every month at the Ballard Branch.  Come to the Library for board games, Kinect, Wii play and more!  For grades 6-12.

Here is your chance to get some game time with Kinect, Wii play and Mario Kart!  There will also be board games, art supplies, new books, snacks and conversation.

For more info, call Lynn at Ballard (206.684.4089) or Ask a Librarian!

New games, new controllers, new attitude!

Ken from High Point wants everyone to know that the library’s Gaming Kits have been updated.  That means more games, more action, more sports, more drama, more everything!


The list of awesome new stuff is below.  Check out the Calendar of Events for gaming near you.  And, if you don’t see it, tell your local library staff that you want “Game On!”  🙂

Wii Games:

Super Mario Bros Wii

Mario Party 9

Punch Out!!

Wii Sports Resort

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Mario Super Sluggers

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

XBOX 360

FIFA Soccer 13

Madden NFL 13


Dance Central 3

Just Dance 4

Brunswick Pro Bowling

Marvel vs Capcom3: Fate of Two Worlds

Sonic Free Riders

Soul Calibur V

There also are two more controllers for the XBOX, an extra Wii Driving Wheel, Wii MotionPlus (2), Xbox Live Gold Membership (2 games per month that can be added) Two Game Cube Controllers Wii Compatible.

Party Time! Bring it On for Game On!

Get your read & game on today @ your library!

Game On!

Game On!

“Game On!” at Ballard from 3 – 5 p.m.

  • First Friday gaming for teens happens every month at Ballard. Come to the Library for board games, Kinect, Wii play and more! For grades 6-12.
  • Here is your chance to get some game time with Kinect, Wii play and Mario Kart!
    There will also be board games, art supplies, new books, snacks and conversation.

Read On Mustache“Read On” Tween Book Group at Broadview from 4:30 – 6 p.m.