Tag Archives: Technology

Chief Sealth Shout-Out, Day Two!

Ken - Chief Sealth 2Chief Sealth Int’l High School


Thanks Seahawks for being such a great audience!

Thanks for allowing me to visit your students and share all the great library happenings!

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

Hey Seahawks, 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!

Ken @ High Point

Chief Sealth Shout-Out


Ken - Chief Sealth 2

Chief Sealth International HS!

Thanks Seahawks for being such a great audience today!

Thanks for allowing me to visit your students today!

Ken @ High Point

Awesome Book Trailers by Whitman Students

In Mr. King’s class at Whitman Middle School, you don’t just read the book–you sell it. Students made their own book trailers promoting their favorite novels.

Like this one, that won first place in the King County Library System’s 2012 Read Film Win contest.


Or this one, for a novel about an extremely smart girl trapped in her own mind.


And there are more! The Whitman book trailer videos are in the library’s catalog; watch them all here.


Events: Hour of Code​

CSEW_logo_text How would you like to get a jump on a career in the gaming industry? Or make money creating something like Twitter or Facebook? Or just learn something your parents probably don’t know how to do, and your grandparents never imagined?

Come and learn some introductory skills at the 2013 Hour of Code.

Who can learn how to code? Anyone! Coding isn’t scary. I’ve been learning to code for the last few weeks and it’s like a strategy game using logic and patterns. Anyone from kids, teens, and adults can try the hour of code. Come discover your hidden talents!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Lake City Branch 5-6 PM

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Capitol Hill Branch 4-5 PM

Thursday, December 12, 2013
University Branch 11-12 PM

Friday, December 13, 2013
Columbia & Southwest Branches 3-4 PM

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Central Library 2-3 PM                     hourofcode

Libraries are closed today…

So all the staff can learn and grow and team-build and stuff!  Fingers crossed, lol.  😉

In the meantime, check out these great e-titles available right now…you don’t even have to come into a building to get them!  

 Don’t feel like reading? Bust your boredom here:

 See you tomorrow!

Digital Resource Review: Safari Tech Books

safari books onlineDon’t know how to shut down your new Windows 8 PC?  Are you having trouble learning how to program in Java in your AP Computer Science class?  Do you want to learn about what’s ahead for you if you want to pursue a computer/technology oriented career?  Then Safari Tech Books, courtesy of The Seattle Public Library, is a great resource for you.

Many people don’t know about the digital resources that The Seattle Public Library provides, especially teens.  Few people are aware of the fact that the library allows people to download up to 3 songs a week for free on Freegal, or that they can borrow e-books and audio books for free through Overdrive.  But sometimes a holds list for a tech book is too long, or maybe a certain tech book isn’t offered through Overdrive.  This is where Safari Tech Books come in.
Safari Tech Books, as the name suggests, provides library patrons with almost unlimited access to a large catalogue of books concerning programming, computers, tablets, and other digital devices.  The reason why it’s not completely unlimited is because only up to 10 people can access Safari at a time.  But right now, considering how nobody knows about Safari, it’s pretty much unlimited (that might change soon).  As long as there aren’t more than 10 people using Safari at a time, you can read all the tech books that you want for as long as you want.  Plus, there’s no holds list; there’s a large selection of books, so just pick a book and you can start reading right away.  Of course, there’s a catch to be able to access such a library of books like that: you must be online to use Safari, and you can’t download any of the books. Continue reading

E-Books: Pros and Cons

ebooks & the libraryYou may remember me from the library’s annual report (who am I kidding, none of you read it, I know) as the corny looking guy leaning against a pillar with my kindle, the poster boy for the e-book program.  I decided I’d like to use this blogpost to take another look at e-books, examining the pluses and minuses of their use.

I love my kindle.  I will bracket this by saying that I read a lot, but that doesn’t change much for me.  I can count on one hand (minus a few fingers) the number of books I read in the last year that were less than 100 pages, and that’s about how thick and heavy my kindle is, and other e-book readers are comparable.  Considering that it holds an infinite (or close enough) number of pages, it is more space efficient by far then paper books.  That makes it really nice in a school bag, since the merest ounce matters. Continue reading