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NBA Legend KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR READS @ Central Library; FEB. 19th!

Stealing the GameAuthor and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will read from his second book in the Streetball Crew series, Stealing the Game, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Stealing the Game is a fast-paced story for tweens (ages 8-12) about teamwork, friendship and dark secrets.  The book tackles issues like building self-esteem, celebrating one’s individuality and what it means to feel special.  “Stealing the Game” also features teenagers who act like teenagers by debating zombies and falling in love while watching classic French movies.

Abdul-Jabbar is a retired basketball player named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.  After his retirement, he wrote nine New York Times bestsellers on topics as varied as World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and the impact of African-American inventors.  The first book in his Streetball Crew series is Sasquatch in the Paint.

Supporting this event:  The Seattle Public Library Foundation, media sponsor Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Co.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Doctors Shouldn’t Give You Shots!

201312 Denny_MS_flier_croppedDenny International Middle School partnered with The Seattle Public Library and other local organizations to publish student writing in the community.  This is one of the best expository essays submitted:

Doctors Shouldn’t Give You Shots

Do you hate shots?  I do.  If my mom or dad tells me it’s time to go to the doctor I won’t even get in the car.  I don’t think doctors should give you shots at all.  When I think about shots I just think about needles all around me.  They hurt, they are scary, and they have other substitutes for them!  Doctors just shouldn’t give you shots.

One reason doctors shouldn’t give you shots is because they hurt.  Specifically, it’s like they are stabbing you with a tiny knife!  I mean, no one really wants to be stabbed!  This shows that doctors shouldn’t give you a shot because they hurt.

Similar to the fact that shots hurt, they are also very scary.  What I mean is that they are piercing your flesh with a tiny knife and injecting stuff into you!  Scary, right?  And gross!  For example, I have to get surgery in January for my teeth and they are going to give me a shot in my elbow to make me pass out.  Also, I don’t understand why they call them shots.  That is literally like getting shot with a gun!  I mean that just makes it even scarier!  This proves that shots are scary and doctors shouldn’t give you them.

My final reason that doctors shouldn’t give you shots is because they have substitutes.  To illustrate, they have other things they can give you, like nasal spray.  And with all of today’s modern medicine they should be able to give you pills, right?  For example, my friend went to the doctor and he got nasal spray instead of a shot.  This proves that doctors shouldn’t give you shots and should give you nasal spray or pills.

In conclusion, doctors shouldn’t give you shots because they hurt, they are scary, and they have substitutes.  So next time you go get a shot tell your doctor about this and maybe they will stop giving you shots and start giving you a spray or a pill.

–Natalie, Southwest, Teen Blogger

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D.I.M.S. Authors and Scholars: Elephants

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Denny International Middle School partnered with The Seattle Public Library and other local organizations to publish student writing in the community.  This is one of the best expository essays submitted:

Elephants

Did you know that wooly mammoths and elephants are related?  Ever since a few years ago, when I symbolically adopted an elephant from Africa, elephants have always been important to me.  We need to save elephants, because they are amazing, in danger, and it’s our fault.  Elephants should be saved.

One reason why elephants should be saved is because they are amazing, beautiful creatures.  What I mean is, imagine them walking across a wide open space with their herd, and happily playing in the water with their trunks.  Awesome!  This shows that elephants are amazing, because almost no other animal has a trunk like an elephant.  This is why elephants are amazing.

However, not only are elephants amazing, but also elephants should be saved because they are in danger.  In particular, according to an internet research, there are only about 60,000 African elephants left in the world.  This proves that elephants are in danger, because there aren’t as many as there used to be.  This is why elephants are in danger.

Third, and perhaps the most important reason that we need to help elephants, is because it’s our fault they are in danger.  For instance, poachers have killed many elephants over the years.  This is evidence that shows how humans have killed and are responsible for the loss of many elephants.  Elephants are in danger because it is our fault.

In conclusion, elephants are amazing creatures, they are in danger, and it is our fault.  Elephants need to be helped.  I bet the next time you think of elephants, you will be a bit sympathetic for them.

–Casey, Southwest, Teen Blogger

Jane Addams students recommend great books!

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Thanks Jane Addams 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for being an amazing audience last week!

Here are a few of the books I brought with me:

Here are some of the teen programs this summer at the Lake City Branch:

  1. Bristlebots for Teens, Wednesday, June 25th, 2-4 pm
  2. Divergent 60-Second Challenge for Teens, Wednesday, July 9th, 2-4 pm
  3. Create Your Own Flappy Bird Video Game for Teens, Wednesday, July 23rd, 2-4 pm
  4. Gaming for Teens, Wednesday, August 13th, 2-4 pm

And last but not least TYVM for your great reading suggestions! Here are just a few:

Have a great summer, and we will see you at Hazel Wolf in the fall!

Nancy @ Lake City

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Good Morning Jane Addams! Or is that Hazel Wolf? :)

Hazel Wolf K-8Greetings to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Jane Addams!  I hope you brought your completed application for a Seattle Public Library card!

The summer program starts June 23.  Come to the library to pick up your free book and participate in a summer of great activities!

Did you know we have a tumblr?  Check it out!  We’d love to have you tumbl for us!  😀

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

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!

Nancy, Librarian & Avid Reader, Lake City

Pinehurst K-8 : What are you reading?

Pinehurst K-8I’m so excited to see the 7th and 8th grade students in Jo’s classes here at Pinehurst.  Tell me all about all the great books that you are reading!

The summer program starts June 23.  Come to the library to pick up your free book and participate in a summer of great activities!

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

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!

~ Nancy, Lake City Branch

School Shout Out: Hamilton Middle School!

Hamilton MS 2Thanks for being such a great audience today.

Do you want to read one of the books I talked to your class about?

Click here to see the entire list of YA books with adult allure/adult books with YA allure.

To review the Prezi presentation Click here!

The summer program starts June 23. Come to the library to pick up your free book and participate in a summer of great activities!

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

These are the events happening at University

  • Artivism 101 – Thursday, July 10th,1 2 – 5:45
  • Media Montage – Saturday, July 19th, 2 – 5
  • Hack a Banana – Saturday, August 2nd, 1 – 3
  • Positive Youth Documentary Screening, Panel Discussion, and Health Fair
    Sunday, August 3rd, 1 – 4

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-audiobookscollections 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!

–-Kristy from University