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Hate List – Fitting in can be very hard

Hate ListTitle:  Hate List

Author:  Jennifer Brown

Summary:  After a tragic school shooting, Valerie Leftman is a complete outsider who is either seen as a hero or villain.  After writing a “hate list” with her boyfriend that was never meant to cause any harm, she will go back to face all the people she hurt and work towards solving the mystery of who she really is, and how she fit into what occurred that day.

Gut Reaction:  Compelling action, easy to connect with characters.

Stars:  8/10 stars because of the descriptive characters and suspense.

What I loved:  It is easy to relate to how the characters are feeling, and there is always a new part coming up that you didn’t expect. This book keeps you thinking and makes you feel like you are facing the obstacles along with Valerie.

Why:  Fitting in can be very hard at times, and this story shows that you never really know what people are going through. This book also shows how one careless action can lead to a lot of harm if you don’t think before you act which is a good lesson to learn.

Websites:  Hate List book trailer

–Afsara, Greenwood, Teen Adviser


Pathfinder 6-8! How you doing?!?!

Pathfinder K-8 School Shout Out Pathfinder 6-8!

Thanks for being such a great audience today.

Do you want to read one of the books I brought to your school?  Click here to see the entire list.

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!

–Cheresse from Southwest

The Busy Person's Sleep Schedule

sleepyAs I grow busier, my sleep cycle grows crazy.  Or, as my mother sees it, nonexistant — as I get very little sleep. Every day, I wake up tired.  This makes me more irritable and less able to concentrate.  I try to make it up on the weekends, but when Thursday rolls around that sleep is a thing of the past.
What keeps me from going crazy?  Naps.  Every day when I get home, I think to myself: do I have time for a nap today?  I will plan what I’m going to do around a nap–as whatever I do goes much better if I get a little sleep to pep me up.  There are two main types of naps–bed naps and couch naps.  Bed naps are planned and usually last a little longer.  Couch naps happen accidentally, and I wake up a little sooner.  Every so often I wake up from a nap with no idea what day or time it is.  It’s very disorienting.
It’s curious that when younger, we all detest naps.  At naptime in preschool, there are more open eyes then closed ones, and we refuse to go to sleep when our parents put us down for the night.  A little later in life, we push the boundaries of bedtime.  We stay up late, reading with a flashlight under the covers, the uncomfortableness of the stuffy air counteracted by the thrill of doing something slightly bad.  However, as our schedules grow busier, we not only lose time to read for pleasure, we lose time for necessary things — like sleep.  And this is harmful, as we repair ourselves as we rest.
–Roxanne, Northeast Teen AdviserNET

Teen Review: Big Nate

Big NateTitle:  Big Nate
Author:  Lincoln Peirce
I started reading it because I had read the other books in the series, and wanted to read the new addition to it. 
I kept reading because I found the book humorous.
If Nate were in a yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Come Up With Clever Business Methods.
Six Word Recap: Nate tries to find enough money.

This book reminded me of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid because of the situations the main characters get into and the comic-like visuals that are incorporated into the book.

–Maddie, Ballard Teen Blogger

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.

School Shout Out: Mercer Middle School


We want to send a shout out to all the students, teachers, and the awesome school librarian at Mercer Middle School! Today Wendy, the Teen Services Librarian from the Beacon Hill library, is visiting your school. If you’re looking for something fun to do over Winter Break, come to the library for these great books. And don’t forget we also have movies and music! Can’t make it to the library? Download music, ebooks and magazines. What are YOU going to read/listen to/watch over Winter Break?


Road Map to CollegeToday is a great day to think about your future options and get excited about your college, vo-tech, or career potentials, for tomorrow’s DiscoverU activities.

Who do you want to be?

You’re probably aware of the things you can do to participate (many area schools are participating) but here’s a list of some of the activities:

We’d love to see and share your creations! 

And don’t forget that the library has many, many resources for college and career planning, including LearningExpress Library (where you can take many different practice exams online) and Homework Help (in-person at 11 libraries and online)!  Stop in (and visit us online) any time.