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Eric’s Fave – Starlings in Winter – Oliver

Starlings in Winter

by Mary Oliver

Chunky and noisy,
but with stars in their black feathers,
they spring from the telephone wire
and instantly

they are acrobats
in the freezing wind.
And now, in the theater of air,
they swing over buildings,

dipping and rising;
they float like one stippled star
that opens,
becomes for a moment fragmented,

then closes again;
and you watch
and you try
but you simply can’t imagine

how they do it
with no articulated instruction, no pause,
only the silent confirmation
that they are this notable thing,

this wheel of many parts, that can rise and spin
over and over again,
full of gorgeous life.

Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,
even in the leafless winter,
even in the ashy city.
I am thinking now
of grief, and of getting past it;

I feel my boots
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard. I want

to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

We need Homework Help volunteers! Spread the word!

HHThe Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to assist K-12 students with homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

Anne Vedella, the Library’s volunteer services coordinator, said successful Homework Helpers are comfortable interacting with students of all ages individually and in small groups. She explained that Homework Help is a drop-in program for students. “A volunteer does not work with one student throughout the school year,” she said. “Each week, the students and their requests for academic support may be different.”

“We are seeking volunteers who are well-rounded academically and enjoy helping students learn,” Vedella said. “You don’t need to be a subject expert to participate, although that is helpful, especially in the areas of math, reading, writing and science.”

You can find Homework Help (for all your school-related needs) at the following locations from Sept. 8, 2014, through June 11, 2015:

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Hunger Games – Movie Review & Events!

Hunger GamesFrom the unique plot to the *zing* of Katniss’s arrow grazing her bow, this movie is definitely something to see. I’d never much cared for “sci-fi” so naturally I assumed I wouldn’t like the Hunger Games however, after watching HG I realized it’s not really a science fiction movie at all (that is aside from some of the futuristic qualities). I’ve also never read the books so I cannot attest to how accurate the movie is in comparison, but I can tell you that this movie doesn’t follow the usual plot. The movie begins in the country of Panem.

Once a year the Capitol (equivalent to perhaps the U.S. gov’t in terms of power) holds an event known as the “Hunger Games” that all the districts have to participate in. To start off the Hunger Games one boy and one girl must be randomly selected for each of the twelve divisions to compete by using their skills to survive in order to (hopefully) win this life or death competition. Katniss and Peeta (the selected two from district 12) enter this battle being an unlikely two to win.

However, one thing is for sure, Katniss is quick witted and has great bow and arrow skills. Peeta on the other hand is lacking in many skills yet he has incredible strength and a kind heart. When the competition begins people change, turning into ruthless savages eager to divide and hope to last in order to win this competition. You’ll  have to watch the movie to witness the unthinkable turns and twists that occur within this action packed film.

– Kendall, Northgate Teen Blogger

Still need to see the movie?  Or want to refresh your memory before Catching Fire comes out?  Come to the University Library on Sunday, Nov. 10th @ 1:30pm to watch the movie, nosh on popcorn, and win fabulous prizes!  Then we’re doing it all again at the Northgate Library on Wednesday, Nov. 20th @ 4:30pm.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Teen Review: Girl in the Wall (Book)

Girl in the WallTitle:  The Girl in the Wall

Author:  Daphne Benedis-Grab

Summary:  Ariel’s birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season! The only person who’s dreading the party is Sera, Ariel’s former bff, whose father forces her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera agree: this could be one very long night. They have no idea just how right they are. Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. As the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must resolve their issues as they try to survive the night.

Review:  I like this book very much, it was an interesting perspective on how two ex-best friends come together to save each other from being held hostage. There’s a little bit of everything in the book such as action, romance, mystery, and comedy. Every page is a surprise waiting to be read, I couldn’t put down the book! It’s highly relatable to teens and what they go through, not obviously the hostage situation but topics such as high school and romance and finding yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves juicy, shocking secrets on every page to come. It’s a delightful light read filled with laughter, tears, and shock.

Lexy, Northgate Teen Blogger

Northgate Denim Madness!


Come to Northgate to creat something new, interesting, and maybe even useful out of your old jeans!  Something old, something new. Bring in old jeans to craft decorative pillows and bags. We’ll provide the bling and supplies; you bring the denim and creativity!” For tweens and teens.

Tuesday, July 30 from 2 – 4 pm.  (Note, most projects take about an hour. You don’t have to stay the whole time…but you can if you want!)


Ukalaliens @ Northgate!

ukalaliensWhat’s going on? Learn to play familiar folk songs on the ukuelele in one hour.  Absolute beginners welcome!  Ukes available to share or bring your own.

When and Where? Tuesday, July 23rd (today!) from 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Northgate.

Why should we care? Who hasn’t wanted to play the ukuelele at one point in their life?  Now here’s your chance!  By the end of the day, you’ll be able to say that you’ve played the ukuelele, and met some new faces!  Plus, you can earn a SRP badge for attending!

Who would enjoy it the most? This program is designed for tweens, teens, and adults.

Sundays Are Special! @ NGA

Join us for a Sundays are Special celebration! @ Northgate today from 2 – 3:30pm!

15 branches have new Sunday hours and we’re celebrating at each location with the Check-Out Challenge, refreshments and crafts.

Thanks to the passage of the Library levy, 15 more branches will be open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning in 2013. That means that every Library location will be open on Sundays.

Sundays are Special celebrations feature refreshments and a craft event for families, along with the Check-Out Challenge game and information about new Library services.

Check-Out Challenge
Pick up a Check-Out Challenge game card. Visit any Library location on Sundays between Jan. 6 and May 5 to get your card stamped. Patrons with 15 stamps can enter a prize-drawing for a chance to win a book lover’s basket and lunch with the city librarian.

Apply for a new Library card
New cards feature iconic images of Seattle and an illustrated card designed to appeal to children!

Call Northgate @ 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian