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January Book Horoscopes!

**All library locations are closed today!  Happy New Year!  See you in 2015!!**

starbookA brand new year deserves a brand new start.

The stars have told us that in order to welcome 2015, we need to ease ourselves into our reading. This January, you can delight in reading a childhood favorite that is, of course, perfectly suited for your Zodiac sign.

Yes, you read that correctly: we’re giving you picture books!  Indulge in a little New Year’s nostalgia as you look through the list, and make sure to check back in February for next month’s horoscope.

Baby Bear

Aries Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

In this collaboration by Bill Martin and Eric Carle, Baby Bear is introduced to the many different animals of North America on his search to be reunited with his mom. Refresh your animal knowledge and wonder about the world through the eyes of this adorable little mammal.

 

Martha SpeaksTaurus Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

Martha is just like any ordinary dog, except for one small detail… she can speak English! When Martha eats alphabet soup, the letters go to her brain instead of her stomach, and she can talk just like any other human. This is a hilarious series about all the strange situations a talking dog can get you into.

 

Gemini   Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo LionniAlexander

Alexander is a real-life mouse who wants nothing more than to be a toy like his wind-up friend, Willy. But this changes one day when Alexander learns that Willy is going to be thrown away! What will he do now?

 

Henry and Mudge

 

Cancer Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

This series tells about the adventures of Henry and his dog Mudge. In the first book, we learn about the story that begins their friendship. Mudge is big and slobbery, but also the most loveable best friend that Henry (and us readers) could ever ask for.

 

Leo Arthur by Marc BrownArthur's Teacher

Another classic series, Arthur is a kid who lives with his mom, dad, and annoying sister, DW. Arthur is an aardvark and all his friends are animals too, like Buster the bunny and Muffy the monkey (can anyone detect a pattern here?). Many a childhood has revolved around these books.

 

Caps for SaleVirgo Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

This man is trying to sell his caps. He stacks them all on top of one another and wears them all at once! But there is one small problem – they keep disappearing mysteriously. Little does he know that there are sneaky monkeys that keep filching his caps away from him throughout the book.

 

Libra  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda WilliamsLittle Old Lady

You might say this is a Halloween book, but it is great for telling a spooky tale at any time of year. The Little Old Lady is steadfast in her assertion that she is not afraid of anything. But the more scary things she meets along the pathway home, the more her stubbornness begins to waver…

 

 Trouble with SecretsScorpio The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The beloved Berenstain Bears are a bear family that live together in their tree house in Bear Country. Mama, Papa, Sister, and Brother experience many different things throughout this series that teach them lots of important life lessons. Most importantly, though, they’re cute and funny!

 

Sagittarius An Undone Fairytale by Ian LendlerAn Undone Fairy Tale

This book is side-splittingly hysterical. It starts like a typical princess-locked-in-a-tower story, but the characters painting the set, gathering props and costumes, and narrating the story can’t make everything happen as fast as the reader is turning the pages. The result is madness!

 

Gregory's Shadow

 

Capricorn  Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman

This is a touching book about Gregory Groundhog, who is nervous about upcoming Groundhog Day because he doesn’t know if Shadow will show up. Gregory has to be brave and conquer his timidness as he confronts his fear of Shadow and makes a new friend.

 

Aquarius  The Minpins by Roald DahlMinpins

Little Billy is always bored. One day he decides to sneak out into the dark and sinister Forest of Sin, despite his mother’s warnings of all the terrible monsters that live in there. Inside he meets the Minpins, tiny people the size of match sticks who he must help defeat the terrible Gruncher that preys on them.

 

Grey Lady

 

Pisces  The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

A woman buys strawberries at a market, but somebody stalks after her to tries to steal her strawberries. This book has no words at all – just pictures, which means you can have lots of fun making up the dialogue for the characters.

See the whole list in the catalog here.  🙂

Happy Reading, and Happy New Year!

–Greenwood Teen Advisers

GWD

Want to make a difference?

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Be a Teen Adviser at the Magnolia Branch.

The Teen Adviser program is for high school aged youth (aged 14-19) interested in the library and leadership. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to make a difference in the library as well as the community. Participants receive community service learning credit.

Requirements

  • Attend 1.5 hour monthly meeting (for three months)
  • Complete 3-8 hours of additional service
  • Active participation

Tasks Include

  • Program Development
  • Volunteering at events or running the programs you develop
  • Working with a variety of media to document or market an event.

If this interests you our first meeting is November 5th at 4 PM. Additional details including directions to the branch and a link to the application found at the SPL website.

Sin City 2 – sexist potrayal of women, but cool visual stylings.

Sin City 2I recently watched Sin City 2 and the animation and style of it was very cool and entertaining.  The action scenes were brutal yet well executed.  However, the sexism and portrayal of women, of course, was not missed (nor was it surprising considering this was a Sin City adaptation). However it was still disappointing having to see women being identified as simply sexually appealing characters for the entertainment of the targeted audience.

Each character’s different plots intertwined nicely and no character showed up without a reason.  The back stories all began with their separate (sometimes shared) antagonist. The acting was really great as well, showing quite raw emotion.  This movie impressed me despite the somewhat incredibly cheesy moments and cliché tag lines, and I do recommend it but please be cautious of the more intense moments in the film.

–Sophie, Southeast Region TAG

Greenwood TAB Volunteers Needed!

Teen AdvisoryThe Greenwood Library is looking for members to join the Teen Adviser Board during the school year!  The TAB meets once a month for an hour and half at the Greenwood Library and is a great way to earn volunteer hours while doing a variety of awesome things.  If you do join TAB you are expected to do something every month and will earn 3+ hours of service depending on how involved you get.

You can help out in a variety of ways including:

  • Writing blog posts
  • Writing shelf talkers (the little written things under a book on a shelf)
  • Helping run children’s programs
  • Creating displays

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know kids on the TAB as well as the kids that come to the events.  If you’re artistic, enjoy books of all kinds and even maybe some basic science, this is the opportunity for you!

**In case you’re wondering, there is no shelving books kind of thing.**

–Sophie, 14, Greenwood

Library Goings-on: 8/26 – 9/2

Tuesday, August 26:

chessFrom 4 – 5 @ High Point: Drop In Chess. Come play a game of chess! Children and teens are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess.  All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available.

 

 

science labFrom 5 – 7 @ Magnolia: Hands on Science Lab.  Dive into science and learn something new! We’ll do a variety of fun experiments to find out how things work and why.

 

 

 

 

veggFrom 6 – 7:30 @ Green Lake: First Annual Green Lake
Library Veggie Walk
. We’re walking our veggies and reading to them at Green Lake. Leash up your veggie and join us!  Where’s the most unusual place to read a book? At the First Annual Green Lake Library Veggie Walk! Bring your favorite book, a veggie and a leash to the library! We’ll walk the lake for a bit and then sit and read to our veggies.

 

Wednesday, August 27:

mangaFrom 2 – 3 @ Northgate: Art of Manga. Calling all sketchbook warriors! Do you have a stash of drawings itching to be shared? Need help with a tricky plot point? Share your frustrations and skills with other mangaka in the making.

 

 

MOHAIFrom 2 – 3:30 @ Queen Anne: Vintage Photo Poetry.  Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!

 

 

 

From 3 – 4:30 @ Northeast: SummeTeen Advisersr Teen Adviser Program.  As part of the Teen Advisers, middle and high school students can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library.  Teen Advisers are ambassadors for reading and the Library, help at programs, and work on creative projects. It’s fun, and there are snacks! Applications are required.

Thursday, August 28:

Teen AdvisoryFrom 3 – 5 @ Greenlake: Teen Adviser Meeting.  As part of our Teen Adviser Group, students entering high school can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library while working on special projects as a group.  Teen Advisers meet every other week to work on special projects, create media content for the library blog, tweet for the library’s Twitter account, create video book reviews. Snacks are provided, come join us!  Applications are required.

 

Robot Pencil Sharpener

From 3 -5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop-In Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

 

Check back often as we’ll be sharing as many of our programs as we can.  You can also find all of our Summer Programming by going to the Calendar of Events and limiting the audience to “Teens.”

We’d love to hear back from you if you attend a program.  You can take pictures, make visual art, write us a reaction post, or just share general thoughts.  Touch-base with your local librarian, or e-mail them to us and we’ll share them here or at our new Tumblr!

Hope you had a great summer, Seattle!  😀

Library Goings-on: 8/19 – 8/25

Teen Social Hour:

Teen social hourWhat do you do for fun? Do you like playing video games or board games? Do you like listening to music or surfing the Internet? Do you like talking and texting, laughing out loud? Do you like snacking and chatting with friends? If you answered “yes,” at least once, then the Teen Social Hour may be just the place for you. Feel free to come by yourself, bring a friend, or join your friends for video games, board games, music, computers, food, and fun. This is a Teen Space event not to miss.

  • Tuesday,  August 19th @ NewHolly From 4 – 6
  • Wednesday, August 20th @ Rainier Beach From 3 – 6
  • Thursday, August 21st @ Columbia From 3 – 5

 

Tuesday, August 19:

chessFrom 4 – 5:30 @ High Point: Drop In Chess.  Come play a game of chess! Children and teens are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess.  All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available.

Thursday, August 21:

DucttapewalletbyCocteauBoyFrom 2:30 – 3:30 @ Internationl District/Chinatown: Duct Tape Mania. 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 provided.

 

 

game onFrom 3 – 5 @ Beacon Hill: Game On!  Move with the music, hit a home run, crash Mario Karts, cheer on other gamers and meet other teens. Whether you are a gaming expert or a newbie, here is your chance to get some game time.

 

digital teen drop inFrom 3 – 5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop-In Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

Friday, August 22:

DivergentFrom 2 – 4 @ Northgate: Teen Movies: ‘Divergent‘.  Beat the wait time — watch movies at the Library! Bring your own pillows, we’ll supply the popcorn. This movie is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 4 – 5:30 @ BroadvTeen book clubiew: Science & Fiction: Teen Book Group Challenge your inner scientist, mathematician or engineer! Read a mix of real science and science fiction books this summer and talk about them with other tweens.

Monday, August 25:

flappy birdFrom 3 – 5 @ High Point: Game On! + Hour of Code. Get some gaming in on the Wii or Kinect, play board games, eat snacks and try your hand at Hour of Code’s drag and drop programming.

 

 

Our summer programming is wrapping up.  But don’t despair!  We host awesome programs for teens year-round.  You can find this programming by going to the Calendar of Events and limiting the audience to “Teens.”

We’d love to hear back from you if you attend a program.  You can take pictures, make visual art, write us a reaction post, or just share general thoughts.  Touch-base with your local librarian, or e-mail them to us and we’ll share them here or at our new Tumblr!

Hope you had a great summer, Seattle!  😀

Library Goings-on: 8/12 – 8/18

Teen Social Hour:

Teen social hourWhat do you do for fun? Do you like playing video games or board games? Do you like listening to music or surfing the Internet? Do you like talking and texting, laughing out loud? Do you like snacking and chatting with friends? If you answered “yes,” at least once, then the Teen Social Hour may be just the place for you. Feel free to come by yourself, bring a friend, or join your friends for video games, board games, music, computers, food, and fun. This is a Teen Space event not to miss.

  • Tuesday,  August 12th @ NewHolly From 4 – 6
  • Wednesday, August 13th @ Rainier Beach From 3 – 6
  • Thursday, August 14th @ Columbia From 3 – 5

Tuesday, August 12:

chessFrom 4 – 5:30 @ High Point: Drop In Chess.  Come play a game of chess! Children and teens are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess.  All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available.

retro video gamesFrom 5 – 7 @ NewHolly: Retro Video Games.  Play retro video games made for Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Atari consoles. Compete to get the highest scores, and cheer on other gamers while making cool retro crafts!

 

 

Wednesday, August 13:

MOHAIFrom 1 – 2:30 @ Capitol Hill: Vintage Photo Poetry.  Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!

 

 

 

Teen AdvisersFrom 2 – 3:30 @ GreenwoodTeen Advisory Board Meeing. The Greenwood Branch’s teen advisory board meets most months, to check in on projects and have group work time. You can write book reviews, blog or vlog posts, help with programming, create displays, and more.  As part of our monthly Teen Advisory Board, high school students can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library while working on projects as a group. Applications are required.

ArtivismFrom 2 – 5 @ Queen Anne: Artivism 101 with PugetSoundOff.  Do you have a message and a cause? Create a poster that supports the cause you’ve chosen. Cameras, laptops, pizza, and Photoshop instruction will be provided. Registration is required.

 

 

game onFrom 2 – 4 @ Lake City: Game On!  Move with the music, hit a home run, crash Mario Karts, cheer on other gamers and meet other teens. Whether you are a gaming expert or a newbie, here is your chance to get some game time.

Thrusday, August 14

Teen AdvisoryFrom 3 – 5 @ Green Lake: Teen Advisor Meeting.  As part of our Teen Adviser Group, students entering high school can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library while working on special projects as a group. Teen Advisers meet every other week to work on special projects, create media content for the library blog, tweet for the library’s Twitter account, create video book reviews. Snacks are provided, come join us!  Applications are required.

digital teen drop inFrom  3 – 5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop In.  Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

Friday, August 15

Computer gutsFrom 2 – 4 @ Broadview: Compuer Guts Workshop.  Take a computer apart and then rebuild it — no experience needed!

 

 

 

JK PopFrom 6 – 8 @ Beacon Hill: Launch Your Music with JK Pop!  Are you an aspiring musician or DJ? Learn how to record, upload and promote your own music — then launch it at an after-hours showcase!  Registration is required.

Saturday, August 16

denim1From 1 – 3 @ Northgate: Denim Madness.  Bring in old jeans to craft decorative pillows and bags. We’ll provide the bling and supplies; you bring the denim and creativity!

 Sunday, August 17

Movie reelFrom 3 – 5 @ Ballard: Short Video Festival.  Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space at the Ballard Branch. This month, we’ll collect your suggestions for clever, funny & creative short videos then watch the results.

 Monday, August 18

ColorsFrom 2 – 3:30 @ Delridge: Teen Re-Creation Drop In.  Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

 

 

Check back often as we’ll be sharing as many of our programs as we can.  You can also find all of our Summer Programming by going to the Calendar of Events and limiting the audience to “Teens.”

We’d love to hear back from you if you attend a program.  You can take pictures, make visual art, write us a reaction post, or just share general thoughts.  Touch-base with your local librarian, or e-mail them to us and we’ll share them here or at our new Tumblr!

Here’s to a great summer, Seattle!  😀