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NBA Legend KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR READS @ Central Library; FEB. 19th!

Stealing the GameAuthor and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will read from his second book in the Streetball Crew series, Stealing the Game, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Stealing the Game is a fast-paced story for tweens (ages 8-12) about teamwork, friendship and dark secrets.  The book tackles issues like building self-esteem, celebrating one’s individuality and what it means to feel special.  “Stealing the Game” also features teenagers who act like teenagers by debating zombies and falling in love while watching classic French movies.

Abdul-Jabbar is a retired basketball player named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.  After his retirement, he wrote nine New York Times bestsellers on topics as varied as World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and the impact of African-American inventors.  The first book in his Streetball Crew series is Sasquatch in the Paint.

Supporting this event:  The Seattle Public Library Foundation, media sponsor Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Co.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sarah's Top 11 Books of All Time!

So I read A LOT.  In the 6th & 7th grade I was really into sci-fi/ fantasy and then I went into a crappy realistic fiction phase and then I found Harry Potter and then the good realistic fiction. I’m pleased to present: My Top 11 Favorite Books of ALL Time!

The whole list can be found on the library’s catalog here!

11. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
This is an amazing love story and in my opinion the best Nicholas Sparks book (and I’ve read ALL of them.) I love the 1950s back drop, I love Jamie and Landon, I love their love, I love that they get married even though they’re still kids, and I love that their love changed each other for the better.

10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
So I was required to read this book my freshmen year and I thought I would hate it but I ended up falling in love with it. It’s a classic and there isn’t one specific reason why I love it I just love all of it.  And I am Scout; I was exactly like her as a kid.

9. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
This is QUALITY realistic fiction. Sara Zarr is an AMAZING realistic fiction author. I love this book because I felt raw when I finished it. The love and the characters in this book felt so real that I could not stop thinking about it even weeks after I’d finished the book. Continue reading

Self-Set Limitations You May Not Be Aware Of​

Bright GirlsAfter reading an article, The Trouble with Bright Girls, some things began to click with me.  My goal with this article is to share my realizations due to their potential benefit to you or a friend.
The article began talking about women in general and the societal limitations imparted on them, “Successful women know only too well that in any male-dominated profession, we often find ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. We are routinely underestimated, underutilized and even underpaid. Studies show that women need to perform at extraordinarily high levels, just to appear moderately competent compared to our male coworkers.” 
After explaining the society women are a part of the article began to provide a supporting example.  In reference to a study conducted on 5th grade students, the article shares that girls and boys have different ways of viewing their intellectual abilities.  Bright girls view their abilities as innate and static.  Bright boys tend to view their abilities in more of an optimistic way; they believe that they can constantly improve.  Why is this, you ask?  It’s likewise explained that girls are brought up with praise from a young age, they are taught self-confidence yet in most households to be modest.  All the while, boys are taught to fight and show their strength through both physical and intellectual means; they are taught that bettering themselves is a process. Continue reading

Watch Movies @ the Library: Akeelah & the Bee

Akeelah and the BeeFamily Time Sunday Movies:  Akeelah and the Bee

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

You’re invited to Beacon Hill for Family Time Sunday Movies. This week we will be showing Akeelah and the Bee.

“In this heart-warming film, precocious eleven-year-old Akeelah from south Los Angeles is found to have an affinity for spelling.  Despite her mother’s objections, Akeelah enters a contest and eventually finds herself at the National Spelling Bee.  A mysterious teacher and a cast of colorful characters from her neighborhood help her along her journey.”

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.  No registration needed.

For more info call Beacon Hill @ 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian.