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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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Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock!

NeedfulThingsBookCoverSo, I’ve been reading the horror novel Needful Things by Stephen King ever since school got out. It’s a thick book but not a hard read, and although I’m not finished with it yet, I have been enjoying it so much that I just have to rave about it.

Summary: Everyone in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine is intrigued when this mysterious new shop opens up out of nowhere. Needful Things, a weird kind of curio-shop, is owned by the unsettling, unearthly (but devilishly charming) Leland Gaunt, and you’d never think you’d want what he sells so bad until you actually see it. Anything you could possibly desire, even things which are intangible, manifest themselves in the merchandise of Needful Things, and Mr. Gaunt is always willing to make a bargain… as long as you can pay his price. Slowly, he takes control of Castle Rock as they realize it isn’t as easy as it sounds, and that the dealing is not done until Mr. Gaunt says it’s done.

I started reading this book because I knew Stephen King has an amazing writing legacy, having written books like The Shining, Carrie, and the stories behind movies like The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By MeNeedful Things is so far the only book of his that I have read, but even if you are not a horror or thriller fan I would highly recommend it.

I kept reading because I was completely blown away by how much time King takes to develop each and every character, relationship and story, and how masterfully he keeps track of every single one and weaves it ALL together. The characters and their lives are so amazingly and painfully real, not to mention compelling. The characters and their relationships are written SO WELL, I can’t even handle it. This is truthfully what makes the story for me. The scary parts are developed well, but they can get pretty repetitive and slow sometimes.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a compelling and totally encompassing read and anyone prepared to get really emotionally invested in the lives of characters.

Speaking of horror and thrillers… the Seattle Public Library’s University Branch is currently doing a Movie Mondays feature on Alfred Hitchcock! Happening right now, every Monday they are showing a different movie, going chronologically through his career, including classics like Psycho and Rear Window. This Monday, July 14th’s feature film is Notorious and the series ends with the movie Frenzy. There is even free popcorn! Make sure not to miss it. 


–Gina, 15, University


  A Message & A Cause!

speak up youth pngDo you have a message that’s meaningful to you or a cause that you want to champion?

Maybe you’re passionate about social justice issues such as LGBTQ student rights, women’s rights, immigration reform, racial justice, gender representation in the media and more.

Perhaps you’re concerned about the environmental issues such as fracking, access to clean water and food, climate change, etc.

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It could be that you’re more focused on local issues such as Seattle’s minimum wage, SPD reform, high school dropout rates in Seattle, Duamish River cleanup, etc.


Put Your Passion Into Action

Whatever it is that matters to you, we want to help you translate your passion into action.

With the help of the awesome youth-led Seattle organization, PugetSoundOff, the University Branch, the Greenwood Branch, and the Queen Anne Branch are all offering the FREE workshop, Artivism 101.

During this workshop, you’ll identify an issue that you care about, you’ll take a photo of something to represent your cause (cameras are provided), and instructors will teach you PhotoShop so that you can edit your photo and overlay your message.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in activism, make art that matters, and have fun while creating something meaningful with other Seattle teens.

Oh, and did I mention that there will be PIZZA?!

These workshops are for teens, 11 and up.


University Branch: Thursday, 7/10 @12noon – 5:45pm
Greenwood Branch: Saturday, 7/12 @11-5
Queen Anne Branch: Wednesdays, 8/6 & 8/13 @2-5

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2 teens + 1 library = 389 volunteer hours!

The Southwest Branch is getting ready to say goodbye and good wishes to two AMAZING teen volunteers Christina and Andrey.  Why do we have to say goodbye?  Because they’re graduating from high school this week.  Woohoo!

SWTWe all know that teens are required to volunteer 60 hours to graduate high school.  We get that, and we can take it for granted.  Some teen volunteers are immature, some are responsible, and I have supervised all kinds as a teen librarian.  What I have not seen in over 10 years of working as a Teen Librarian are the qualities and skills these teen volunteers have shown over the years: dedication, responsibility, good communication skills, organization, creativity, and I could go on and on. Together, these teens have volunteered 389.5 hours at the Southwest Branch.

Let me say that again:


That. Is. AMAZING.

What have they done in that time?  They have:

  • created beautiful and elaborate displays,
  • assisted with reading programs,
  • boxed up books for the Friends of the Library,
  • placed posters and advertisements about library programs in places teens would go in the neighborhood,
  • helped give out prizes and food at programs,
  • collated Summer Reading finisher packets,
  • straightened the library so there are no tripping hazards,
  • disinfected children’s puzzles, and
  • done a whole host of other things that I can’t even remember.
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These two teen volunteers have done so much for the Southwest Library, and we are eternally grateful (and proud!).

Do you think these teens are going to continue to use the library as they go to college, get their first professional jobs, start families, and move through their major mile-stones of life?  I think so.  In fact, they have already asked for the adult volunteer application, so that once they get a handle on the college schedule they can continue to give back to their community.

I call that a success!

Congratulations on your achievement Christina and Andrey! Everyone here at Seattle Public Library wishes you happiness and continued success!

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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