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My Summer of Volunteering: Emily

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library.  Now Emily tells us what she really thought about her volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians!  

I think this is a great program and that it gave me new experiences and taught me a few things about people and community. Whenever we held a program, I would think at the end of it that a lot of the people I was volunteering with and a lot of the people who came to the program were people that I wouldn’t expect, just by looking at them, to be the kind of people I would socialize with. I admit to it, a lot of the people who come to the programs at the library would be people I would not choose to say hello to in a setting like school. But the programs at the library showed me that if you just talk to people and reach out to someone you normally wouldn’t, they will surprise you, and you will find that the way they look has nothing to do with who they are.

Of course, I am not a horrible person and this philosophy is not new to me, but I have never had many real life experiences with talking to different people, so this program gave me an opportunity to go outside my comfort zone and practice what I believe in, which is not judging people by the way they look. This program also benefits people in the community by, as you mentioned, bringing together mixed demographics and giving all types of people access to the library and it’s resources. Continue reading

Getting to Know Your Librarians – Kristy

What should we call you?

Where can we find you?
At University.
You can contact me at Kristy dot gale at spl dot org 🙂

kristy teenWhy teen services?
I can’t imagine not working with teens and young adults.  I’m an avid reader of young adult literature, and I love talking to teens about books.  I enjoy using digital tools to create, and I firmly believe that teens, technology, and libraries go together.

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Consumer Reports (online database version), because I love shopping, and I especially love getting a good deal. Consumer Reports allows you to comparison shop and determine the best product for your needs.  They are an independent and impartial nonprofit, and I trust their research.  I feel empowered when I use Consumer Reports, and I like to feel empowered.  This is a fun one to show off to library patrons.

Adult Learning Center is a another great resource.  It contains example resumes and ALC staff will even provide personalized constructive criticism on a resume that you submit within 24 hours.  So cool!

My favorite phone apps are from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). They’re a community advocacy non-profit whose mission is to “use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.”

Some of the EWG apps are Dirty Dozen, SkinDeep, and EWG Sunscreen Guide.

I use the “Dirty Dozen” app when shopping for produce. It gives you an idea of which fresh fruits and veggies you should definitely buy organic and which ones you can get by with purchasing conventionally grown.

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?Kristy adult

Favorite book of all time:
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Favorite Book of last year:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite Book of 2014:
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (The “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is a great trilogy!)

You live in Seattle To umbrella or not to umbrella?
I sport a rain jacket with a hood during fall, winter, and spring.

The best thing about living in Seattle is…
There’s so much to do within the city itself that I’ve never experienced the sensation of concrete closing in on me, as I have in Chicago and New York.  Maybe it’s because each neighborhood has its own unique ambiance, but I appreciate that Seattle is a “big” city with a small town vibe.  I love that there are amazing recreational activities in Seattle such as rowing, kayaking, and hiking and that there are even more opportunities for outdoor activities just outside of Seattle such as (more intense) hiking, white-water rafting, snow-shoeing, tubing, etc.

I eat vegan, so I’m truly thankful that I can find something to eat at just about any restaurant in Seattle.  I also feel lucky that there are quite a few restaurants that cater specifically to vegetarians and vegans which makes life so much easier and tastier.  I’m a fan of flavorful food with a bit of spice, so it’s nice to have options other than basic salads and fries.

Finally, Seattle is an absolutely beautiful city.

We know you love Seattle but where would you most like to live?
I’m honestly not sure.  I wouldn’t mind living in Hawaii during the winter.

What is your favorite word?
I’ve never had a favorite.  I suppose I’m currently fond of the word, “chimera.”  As mentioned above, I just finished the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy which features chimera – mythical beings containing parts of various animals.  The word, chimera is also defined as humans or other organisms that are made up of a mixture of genetically different tissues.  Fascinating!

What is your motto?
I don’t have a motto, but I’ve always loved this quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead

Work @ the Library!

Are you a student in high school or college? Do you need a job?

Come work at the Library!

We’re hiring for our awesome Student Assistant employment pool right now.

You’ll get:

  • great experience,
  • a flexible schedule,
  • awesome coworkers (if we do say so ourselves) and
  • a starting wage of $13.02 an hour!

Go to the library’s website for more information, check out the official Job Bulletin (you can print the application out but now you can apply online!), and download a Referral Form.

Remember, you need to submit ALL the pieces of the application to be considered.

If you have questions, contact Human Resources at (206) 386-4121.  Or talk to your local library staff…we love Student Assistants!  😀


Is Print Dead?

be_magazine_logo The nice folks at Be! Magazine interviewed a couple of our librarians recently regarding the big question: Is print dead? Read what Nathalie and Lupine had to say about the rise of e-books and the fall of print as a medium and leave your comments below.

2nd Annual "Gifts for Teens, by Teens!"

Holiday Gifts List For Teens

This is a potential list of gifts for adults to give to the teenagers in their lives.  You could give your teen some clothes, some books, some movies and other awesome items. 

Enjoy!  😀

Other: Uggs, Pairs of Toms, Boots, Coat

Gift cards:  iTunes / Amazon / Starbucks

Hunger Games

Twilight: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn

Toys: Airplanes, Thomas & Friends, Caillou

 Shows/Books: Dragon Ball Z, The Vampire Diaries

E-books: Kindle/ Nook

Video Games: PS3 / Kinect / Wii /Just Dance /Assassin Creed / Call of Duty: Black Ops

Books: Sweet Evil, Die For Me, Speak, The Seventh Sister, Judy Blume, The Alice Series, Demon Trapper’s Daughter, The Underworld Series

Movie Tickets

Shopping Places: Foot Locker, Champs, American Leader, Sephora, The Body Shop

Hair Products: Blue Magic, Dr. Miracle

Brought to you by the Columbia Teen Advisory Group

Teen Feed & our own Josie!

Today we want to celebrate Josie from the University Branch for being the Community Partner of the Year with Teen Feed.

Josie’s response:  Thanks so much!  I do outreach on a monthly basis with Teen Feed.  We go out into the community and take food to homeless/street teens (which Teen Feed provides, Paige always brings in treats too).  I always go with a Teen Feed staff member, usually Andrew Brown and a Teen Feed peer intern.  This is one of the best outreach opportunities for the library because I answer a lot of reference questions and connect teens to other services in the U-District and Downtown.  About 40% of the teens I see are new and so I get to talk about library services, mostly the internet, Wi-Fi and uncataloged books.  The rest of the teens are regular patrons and so I get to talk with them about their life and make connections.  The outreach that I do with Teen Feed, Sanctuary Arts Center and the University District Youth Center really affects the teens’ attitudes while they are in the library.  For example,  when we have to enforce the rules of conduct, the teens don’t suspect we are targeting them because they are homeless, and for the most part comply. 🙂

Sounds like a win-win-win to us here at Push to Talk.  Making community connections, teaching people, and sharing resources is what the library is all about.

Teen Feed is always looking for volunteers and advocates to spread the word.  You can find out how (and more information besides) on their website.

Keep up the good work, Teen Feed & Josie!

If you know of an awesome community partner (or librarian!) in your neighborhood, let us know.  We’d love to shine the spotlight on them, too.  🙂