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A Message from E. Lockhart

Hey readers —

E. Lockhart here (www.emilylockhart.com).

I’ll be at the Secret Garden bookstore’s teen book club meeting on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Well, that’s when the club starts its meeting, and I’m supposed to roll in a tiny bit later than that and hang out for an hour. I’ll answer questions about the Ruby Oliver books, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, How to Be Bad, Fly on the Wall, writing, blogging, anything, really. 

The book club, if you haven’t been, meets regularly under guidance of the awesome author Liz Gallagher, who wrote My Not-So Still Life and The Opposite of Invisible. Anyone is welcome to this 10/26 meeting, though — adults, new people, anyone who’s interested. 


Secret Garden Books

2214 NW Market Street

Seattle, WA 98107 


Come on out and see me. 


E. Lockhart


Now in bookstores:

Real Live Boyfriends, the fourth Ruby Oliver book

Be inspired by fresh teen art

The Ballard Branch is hosting student artwork from Ballard High School the entire month of May, but you can only purchase the artwork during the Ballard Art Walk. The art walk is Saturday, May 8th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Ballard Branch is a part of the walk. There will be music, food, and of course lots of fresh teen artwork. Stop by and check it out for yourself!

 Amy MacDonald, whose work was featured on the event poster, shared a bit about her work and art with Lynn Miller, a Teen Librarian at Ballard.  On art, “I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. When I was little, I drew on everything…and if you go around my house to this day there are still some bizarre marks on the wall that refused to come off when I was three. I love making art because it gives me a chance to show the world how I see things.”

On her piece, “when I first started stippling the “Bolivian Miner” it was a school assigned project. We had to choose a photograph out of a magazine and do our best to recreate the image using dot with ink and a pen point. At that time, I didn’t fully realize the task I had undertaken. About 50% of my picture was solid black, and I had to make it solid black, with the tip of a pen. I remember my mom making me sit down every night to do more work on my picture. It was a tedious project to say the least. I really like the finished product however, and hope to do more stippling in the future.”

Help create the library of the future!

The Seattle Public Library needs your help. Please take our online survey from Monday, May 3 to Sunday, May 16 and tell us what Library services are most important to you. Your responses will help shape our future role and services. Visit Strategic Planning for more information about the Library’s strategic planning process. 

Caroline, Communications Office

Did you know?

Today is Earth Day! I’m sure you did, but what are you doing that helps or will you do to help the planet? 

Not sure where to get started? There are some wonderful books to give you ideas and tell you more about being green and why it’s better for yourself, others and the planet.

Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen. This mother son pair now lives in California, but once upon a time lived off the grid in New Mexico. They give you lots of food for thought from what to eat to what to put on your skin. Ways to use less water, recycle, what is in different products, how to be green when it comes to automobiles, etc. The resources in the back of the book include further reading, websites, and organizations should you want to learn more on your own.

The Green Teen: The Eco-friendly Teen’s Guide to Saving the Planet by Jenn Savedge. This book is very inspiring. It is full of ideas and reasons to be green that you can use in your life, community and world. Learn how you can make a difference.

I am going to give up harsh cleaning chemicals and use non-toxic ones. What are you going to do?

Not your average…


Being good to the planet seems to be on the minds of everyone these days. Remember Hannah’s post on the Kindle? Recently Shelf Talk wrote a post about the Kindle’s environmental footprint entitled “Are e-Books Really More Eco-friendly?”  The post brings up the fact that our library has e-books available for you to use. 

There are three companies that supply e-books, but personally I love Safari Books Online. Safari Books Online offers a wealth of technology, creative, digital media, business and management ebooks.

What is to love?

  • You can toggle between the online book and whatever it is you are doing.
  • You do not have to fight to keep a book open or keep looking up at the screen and then back down at your book.
  • You can access the books from anywhere if you know your library card and pin number.
  • Table of Contents and Indexes make searching within a book a piece of cake.
  • Three words. Copy and Paste. Eliminate typing in the wrong code, etc.
  • All sorts of publishers from Adobe, Addison-Wesley, Microsoft, O’Reilly, and Prentice Hall.
  • They are free! Imagine how much money you can save by using these books instead of buying them yourself.

Don’t take my word for it. Try out Safari for yourself!

Lace up your hiking boots

As far as I am concerned, August is one of the best months to go hiking because nearly all routes are accessible and the weather is great. Not only that, but school is out so you can lace up your hiking boots and take advantage of fewer crowds during the week!

freedomofthehillsWith that said, maybe you are unsure where to go or what to bring. The what to bring part is easy. You should bring the ten essentials. If you do not know what they are you can easily find out because it is mentioned in nearly every hiking book I have seen. Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills is a comprehensive book that will tell you what the essentials are as well as cover the basics for scrambling, climbing, dressing in the wilderness, etc.

The where to go part is up to you, but the library has lots of books to help you make your decision. We have books on hikes in the North, Central and South Cascades, the Olympic Penisula, Snoqualmie Region, and Mount Rainier.

What are you waiting for?



I recently saw the movie Watchmen and I have to tell you it was pretty good. You do not need to read the comic to like the movie.

I admit it was a bit confusing at first. In fact, in the beginning I was like “Why is there a blue guy walking around,” but eventully they explain how he got blue and they explain everything else. Not to mention, the superheros are awesome!!!! So if you are looking for a superhero movie about different kinds of superheros, check out Watchmen.

Drew Powell
Teen Reporter