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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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Getting to Know Your Librarians – Kristy

What should we call you?

Where can we find you?
At University.
You can contact me at Kristy dot gale at spl dot org 🙂

kristy teenWhy teen services?
I can’t imagine not working with teens and young adults.  I’m an avid reader of young adult literature, and I love talking to teens about books.  I enjoy using digital tools to create, and I firmly believe that teens, technology, and libraries go together.

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Consumer Reports (online database version), because I love shopping, and I especially love getting a good deal. Consumer Reports allows you to comparison shop and determine the best product for your needs.  They are an independent and impartial nonprofit, and I trust their research.  I feel empowered when I use Consumer Reports, and I like to feel empowered.  This is a fun one to show off to library patrons.

Adult Learning Center is a another great resource.  It contains example resumes and ALC staff will even provide personalized constructive criticism on a resume that you submit within 24 hours.  So cool!

My favorite phone apps are from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). They’re a community advocacy non-profit whose mission is to “use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.”

Some of the EWG apps are Dirty Dozen, SkinDeep, and EWG Sunscreen Guide.

I use the “Dirty Dozen” app when shopping for produce. It gives you an idea of which fresh fruits and veggies you should definitely buy organic and which ones you can get by with purchasing conventionally grown.

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?Kristy adult

Favorite book of all time:
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Favorite Book of last year:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite Book of 2014:
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (The “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is a great trilogy!)

You live in Seattle To umbrella or not to umbrella?
I sport a rain jacket with a hood during fall, winter, and spring.

The best thing about living in Seattle is…
There’s so much to do within the city itself that I’ve never experienced the sensation of concrete closing in on me, as I have in Chicago and New York.  Maybe it’s because each neighborhood has its own unique ambiance, but I appreciate that Seattle is a “big” city with a small town vibe.  I love that there are amazing recreational activities in Seattle such as rowing, kayaking, and hiking and that there are even more opportunities for outdoor activities just outside of Seattle such as (more intense) hiking, white-water rafting, snow-shoeing, tubing, etc.

I eat vegan, so I’m truly thankful that I can find something to eat at just about any restaurant in Seattle.  I also feel lucky that there are quite a few restaurants that cater specifically to vegetarians and vegans which makes life so much easier and tastier.  I’m a fan of flavorful food with a bit of spice, so it’s nice to have options other than basic salads and fries.

Finally, Seattle is an absolutely beautiful city.

We know you love Seattle but where would you most like to live?
I’m honestly not sure.  I wouldn’t mind living in Hawaii during the winter.

What is your favorite word?
I’ve never had a favorite.  I suppose I’m currently fond of the word, “chimera.”  As mentioned above, I just finished the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy which features chimera – mythical beings containing parts of various animals.  The word, chimera is also defined as humans or other organisms that are made up of a mixture of genetically different tissues.  Fascinating!

What is your motto?
I don’t have a motto, but I’ve always loved this quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead

Teen Feed & our own Josie!

Today we want to celebrate Josie from the University Branch for being the Community Partner of the Year with Teen Feed.

Josie’s response:  Thanks so much!  I do outreach on a monthly basis with Teen Feed.  We go out into the community and take food to homeless/street teens (which Teen Feed provides, Paige always brings in treats too).  I always go with a Teen Feed staff member, usually Andrew Brown and a Teen Feed peer intern.  This is one of the best outreach opportunities for the library because I answer a lot of reference questions and connect teens to other services in the U-District and Downtown.  About 40% of the teens I see are new and so I get to talk about library services, mostly the internet, Wi-Fi and uncataloged books.  The rest of the teens are regular patrons and so I get to talk with them about their life and make connections.  The outreach that I do with Teen Feed, Sanctuary Arts Center and the University District Youth Center really affects the teens’ attitudes while they are in the library.  For example,  when we have to enforce the rules of conduct, the teens don’t suspect we are targeting them because they are homeless, and for the most part comply. 🙂

Sounds like a win-win-win to us here at Push to Talk.  Making community connections, teaching people, and sharing resources is what the library is all about.

Teen Feed is always looking for volunteers and advocates to spread the word.  You can find out how (and more information besides) on their website.

Keep up the good work, Teen Feed & Josie!

If you know of an awesome community partner (or librarian!) in your neighborhood, let us know.  We’d love to shine the spotlight on them, too.  🙂