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Chief Sealth Shout-Out, Day Two!

Ken - Chief Sealth 2Chief Sealth Int’l High School


Thanks Seahawks for being such a great audience!

Thanks for allowing me to visit your students and share all the great library happenings!

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

Hey Seahawks, 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-audiobooks collections 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!

Ken @ High Point

Chief Sealth Shout-Out


Ken - Chief Sealth 2

Chief Sealth International HS!

Thanks Seahawks for being such a great audience today!

Thanks for allowing me to visit your students today!

Ken @ High Point

Sandra Cisneros in Seattle

dsc04675On Friday May 8th at the Central Library, 105 students and staff from Hamilton, Denny, Chief Sealth, and Garfield were lucky enough to meet Sandra Cisneros! In preparation for her visit, students read the book, Caramelo. Most students brought their copy of her book with them to the event.

Sandra started her talk by mentioning she is not a morning person which I am sure most students identified with! Sandra read from Caramelo that related to The House on Mango Street. It related to what happened to the character of Esperanza from The House on Mango Street that described her and her friend being stopped for shoplifting. It really captured the voice of an older teen that Esperanza would have evolved into. She reflected on how she created this story in the book and its relation to an experience she had while living in France. She talked about the process of writing and publishing the book. She began writing it in her 20s – it took 9 years to complete. She mailed off the manuscript while she was in Europe unsure of what would happen. Currently, she is writing a screenplay for a movie about the book.

dsc04673After she finished reading the story, she had a question and answer session with the students. A student from Hamilton asked why there were no quotation marks in the book. It was something I, and I’m sure other people there, were wondering. The answer: the quotes got in the way of what she was trying to say and made the book more complicated.

Since she asked the students questions as well,  she awarded them with a copy of Caramelo when they answered her question about the importance of literature in one’s life. There were many great answers but one that stood out was the student who responded in Spanish, “se alimentó su alma” (it nourished her soul).

dsc04695She urged the students to use the library and read and gave tips on writing or doing anything that one had a passion for. Sandra spoke of how 25 years ago The House on Mango Street spoke to the experience of people who looked like her. There were no other books like it. Today there are many Latinos/as who are writing about the experience of being a teen. She autographed a book for each student and posed for group photos with each school. It was an exciting event; the audience was attentive and ecstatic about getting a signed copy of the book!