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Awesome Book Trailers by Whitman Students

In Mr. King’s class at Whitman Middle School, you don’t just read the book–you sell it. Students made their own book trailers promoting their favorite novels.

Like this one, that won first place in the King County Library System’s 2012 Read Film Win contest.


Or this one, for a novel about an extremely smart girl trapped in her own mind.


And there are more! The Whitman book trailer videos are in the library’s catalog; watch them all here.


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

201312 Denny_MS_flier_croppedDenny International Middle School is partnering 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:


Imagine yourself, running away from flesh-hungry, man-eating zombies. Do you know what to do? Do you know where to go? Of course you don’t. The monsters are fictional. But if there were to be a zombie outbreak sometime, here are a few steps to survive. First things first, you’re going to need a safe house/shelter. Also, you’re going to need LOTS of food. And last but not least, you’re going to need to learn how to defend yourself.

The first step into surviving a zombie apocalypse is to have a safe house or shelter. A safe house is a “zombie-proof” shelter. Try to make it so that no zombies can get in. Shelter is an essential need in surviving, well, anything! An important thing to keep in mind is that you need a shelter that you can fortify. Like fencing, or maybe even something like a guard tower. You will also need to board all of your windows; mostly the ones on the ground floor. And if you’re going to try and be a “hero” and try to rescue other survivors, make sure there’s enough room in your safe house to house them. These are a few tips into finding or creating a safe house. Continue reading

Exhibit: Denny Middle School Writing

201312 Denny_MS_flierThese essays from Denny Middle School students will be up until the end of Winter Break at the Southwest, Delridge, High Point, or South Park branches.  Schedule a visit soon to see these great expository essays about how to survive a zombie attack, the plight of elephants, why dead bodies are scary, and much much more.  You can also take a look at some of the past pieces created by Denny Middle School writing at their blogs for 7th and 8th graders.

Teen Review: Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to NOT Reading

Author: Tommy Greenwald (Charlie Joe Jackson)… you’ll get it after reading the book!
Summary: All his life Charlie Joe has tried every way to avoid reading by buying lunch to his friend and his friend will read the book and tell him about it, but then everyone finds out about this secret he is trying keep from his parents for the last 5 years.  There was an assignment at the end of the year called the Position Paper he has to read a lot of books about a subject and report it.  But here’s the problem: he doesn’t like reading.  What will he do to find a way out of this assignment or will he actually read the books?
I started reading it because… I heard it was a really funny and hilarious book from my friends and teachers.
I kept reading because… It was just so hard to stop and it was so tempting so skip to the end and finds out what will happen because the book was really good.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Be the laziest guy on earth.  🙂
Six Word Recap: Complicated Middle School Life of Charlie.
This book reminded me of how some people really procrastinates and the procrastinations have consequences. Charlie Joe avoids reading and his life is so messed up and so complicated. People always procrastinates and they will have consequence either big or small these consequence can make your life worse.
Websites of interest: Tommy Greenwald
Khoa, Delridge Teen Blogger

Seattle students reveal all their secrets!

This writer is feeling it.

Well, maybe not ALL of their secrets.  But Seattle students will definitely show you what they are made of at the fantastic Writers In the Schools events taking place at the library this week.

On Tuesday May 22, elementary and middle school students will strut their stuff.  We’ll hear from high school students on Wednesday May 23.  There will be poetry, short prose works–even some comic books on the big screen!  And some beautiful artwork depicting poetry by patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital will be on display.

Oh, and did I mention the free cupcakes

For more information about Writers in the Schools, head over to their website.