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Edits, GIFs, Fandoms, & a Free Workshop!

Do you like making edits and GIFs?

Maybe you consider yourself part of a fandom? Maybe you’re curious about fandoms or interested in making edits? My friend and I started an Instagram account dedicated to anything fandom related (you can follow us at @team.trenchcoat).  We have both loved Doctor Who, Sherlock, Supernatural and reading in general for a long time. So, we decided to share our love for fandoms with other people.  We post edits that we’ve created and edits that we’ve found, as well as other pictures and posts.

 Check out some more of our edits!





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The Pros & Cons of Summertime

pros_consPro: You have time to relax!

After a long school-year, summer has just begun and you can finally have a bit of time for yourself.  It is around this time that you can begin planning exactly what it is that you want to do to relax.  Whether that means finding a spot to lay in the grass and read or catching a few extra hours of sleep—you’re now free to do as you wish when it comes to relaxing!

Con: Your sleep cycle can become irregular.

The majority of people that I know have the ability to stay up late if they try and often don’t even have to try.  During the summer, when one isn’t constantly thinking about school, this can means that one can be subject to staying up late on a regular basis.  Sometimes, one can be distracted by surfing the Internet, reading a book or simply losing track of time—either way, this can become a pattern that is hard to break.

Pro: You have time to explore and experience new interesting places.

Due to an increase in free time you’re able to go out an explore at your leisure.  You can go to a park and discover trails or go on a picnic and discover nature first-hand.  If you’re a tea or coffee person, you can search for new fun tea/coffee places.  If you’re an artsy person, why not take the time during the summer to plan out a few museum days?  With Seattle’s wide-range of awesome museums you’re bound to discover something interesting! (You can even get free tickets for many of them from the library!) Continue reading

What's Going On @ Your Library!

Hello SummerTuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Hunger Games 60 – Second Challenge @ Lake City 2 – 3:30 pmDo you have the skills to survive the Hunger Games like Katniss and Peeta?  Test your reflexes, hand-eye coordination and balance with this series of mini-games!  For ages 12-18.  Registration is required.
  • Scavenger Hunt @ Southwest 2:30 – 4:30 pm How well do you know your neighborhood?  Grab a friend and scour the neighborhood for clues, find treasures and win prizes.  For tweens and teens.
  • Game On! @ Columbia 3 – 5 pm Come to the Library for board games, Kinect, Wii play and Mario Kart!  For tweens and teens.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

  • Calligraphy: The Art of Lettering @ South Park 2 – 3 pm.  Learn the history of different alphabets from local teaching artist Amaranta Sandys.  Practice basic calligraphy techniques with a variety of writing tools, and then create a greeting card.  For tweens and teens.
  • Duct Tape Mania @ Northgate 2 – 4 pm.  Find out what you can make with a roll of duct tape!  Create roses, picture frames, wallets and more — discover new uses for this sticky product.  Materials are provided.  For tweens and teens.
  • Henna Art @ Rainier Beach 3 – 5 pmCreate and wear great-looking art!  Get a henna design while you explore traditional and modern henna with artist Anjali Remme.  For tweens and teens.
  • Make a Manga Face @ Delridge 3 – 4 pm Learn how to draw manga faces, including emotions, angles, manga eyes, and that super cool manga hair.  Prior drawing experience not required.  For tweens and teens.  Registration is required. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

  • Henna Art @ University 11:30 am – 1:30 pmCreate and wear great-looking art!  Get a henna design while you explore traditional and modern henna with artist Anjali Remme.  For tweens and teens. Continue reading

Cracking the Hub: Pure

Hub Reading Challenge

I’ve been reading steadily and am a third of the way through The Hub Challenge.  I just finished my seventh book: Pure by Julianna Baggott.

First off, let me tell you that Pure was one of the Alex Award Winners for 2013.  The Alex awards are given to ten books published for adults that have teen appeal.  Pure is most definitely an adult novel, but the main characters are teenagers.
In a dystopian world where detonations leave some “pure” humans undamaged in a dome and physically altered survivors struggling to survive in a destroyed environment, Pressia has managed to maintain hope that things will get better.  This book is mostly a quest: a quest for survival, a search for a parent, and an escape from intolerable conditions.
I have mixed feelings about this story. Baggott wrote an affecting memorable tale I won’t forget; I found the images uncomfortable and intense. I read dystopias because I like the thought that there is hope despite the madness of the world’s conditions.  I don’t usually write about books I don’t like, and yet, I found this book left me almost without hope and I am unlikely to read the sequel when it is released.
If you’ve read Pure, leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.  Is the writing fresh?  Does it leave you feeling hopeless?
Next Up: Drama by Raina Telgemeier.

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

Out and About: Luis Rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez  is a prolific, controversial, and award-winning author. His background as a gang member and his Chicano heritage are the main subjects of his memoirs and children’s books. I had the opportunity to meet and introduce Rodriguez at an author event supported by The Seattle Public Library. This experience was amazing largely due to the role his work has played in my life.

Because Luis Rodriguez and I share Chican@ heritage, his experiences resonate deeply with me culturally, but also helps me to understand my father, a former gang member, on a deeper level. His speaking and the way he answered questions showed that he knew what he was talking about from experience, with topics that ranged from the Prison Industrial Complex to undiagnosed PTSD in gang communities and the role of media in the sexual exploitation of women in communities of color. Overall, this event was one of the greatest opportunities I’ve had.

Always Running: La Vida Loca – Luis Rodriguez’ memoir about love, addiction, and gang relations.

My Nature is Hunger– a collection of poetry written by Luis Rodriquez

Music of the Mill– A novel by Luis Rodriguez that follows the multigenerational story of a family who’s built their lives around steel.

–Theresa, 15, Teen Center Advisers

ALA visits Seattle!

Youth MediaPush to Talk would like to give a shout out to the nearly 10,000 library professionals coming to Seattle this weekend for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference held at the Washington State Trade & Convention Center.

Librarians from all over the country and world are coming to discuss how to improve library services and engage better with their communities. Authors and publishers will talk about their upcoming titles.  As a Teen Librarian though, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is the Youth Media Awards which will be announced on Monday morning.  You’ve probably been assigned to read a book that won the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, or Coretta Scott King Book Awards at some point in your education. Well, if you’re curious about who will get the honors for 2013, you can watch the webcast starting at 8 a.m. Monday morning.
Be warned Seattle Teens.  Librarians from all over the country and world might sit next to you on a bus asking questions about what you’re reading or what to do in Seattle.  Let’s give them a warm welcome and show them why Seattle is always voted as one of the most literate cities in the country!  🙂