Monday, December 19, 2016


Overdue By More Than 120 Years, A Library Book Finally Finds Its Way Home 
"I am sorry to inform you that one of your former pupils, Professor A.E. Boycott FRS [Fellow of the Royal Society], appears to have stolen the enclosed — I can't imagine how the school has managed without it!" 
Seems like an open-and-shut case, to be sure — except that the professor in question had attended the school from 1886 to 1894. Gillett is his 77-year-old granddaughter. She says she found the book while sorting through her collection after her husband's death earlier this year. NPR 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our New Heritage Month Display

Each month the display will reflect a different heritage theme.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Know about Black Friday? How about Indies First?

Poet, fiction/children’s book/screenplay writer, and literary instigator Sherman Alexie in 2013 helped start the Indies First program which brings authors into bookstores as the holiday season ensues. For this year, he and a roving cast of writers (of all kinds and genres), musicians, and scribes will make their way to three Seattle bookstores to recommend select titles for readers, and to sign copies of their own books, where applicable. The fun includes some of this city’s liveliest poets, hip-hop artists, children’s book authors, science fiction and fantasy writers, thriller writers, graphic novelists, and many of its primary literary critics and reviewers. Elliott Bay BookstoreSherman Alexie Video

Author Visits & Activities on Sat, Nov 26
Book Larder
4252 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Coloring party with Adrianna Adarme for "A Cozy Coloring Book", Lauren Wilson of Sweet Lo's Ice Cream will be here selling pints, and local authors Cynthia Nims of "Crab" and John Sundstrom of "Lark" will be here to sign books.

Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020
Local children's authors, Kizzie Jones from 1 to 2 pm; and Anne-Marie Heckt from 3 to 4pm. We will host these authors as honorary booksellers to celebrate Indies First, to help hand sell their favorite titles, sign books, give readings, and more.

Magnolia's Bookstore
3206 W McGraw Street, Seattle, Washington 98199
3 to 4pm Kathryn Dennis signing her new picture book and her junior spy novels for middle grade readers. 4 to 6pm Rebecca J. Novelli will sign her new novel, The Train to Orvieto 6 to 8pm Hot Chestnuts in front of the store. All day: free "Eat . Sleep. Read." bags to first 30 customers spending $50 or more

Page 2 Books
457 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166
"Seattle Illuminated" by David Barnes, "Hello Baby" by Kathleen Petrich, "Sis for Seattle" illustrator Michael Schafbuch, "When All The Girls Have Gone" by Jayne Ann Krentz, "Folly" by Stella Cameron, and "Sophie Topfeather, Superstar" by Sonja Anderson.

Queen Anne Book Company
1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Meet authors and illustrators for recommendations! 10 to 11am Billy Sparrow, Dana Arnim; 11 am to noon Rita Wirkala, Liz Wong; noon to 1pm David Barnes; 1 to 2pm Mike Lawson, Laurie Thompson; 2 to 3 pm Carol Cassella, Kelly Jones; 3 to 4pm Sanae Ishida, Ben Clanton; 4 to 5pm Matt Buscemi, Mary Jane Beaufrand

Seattle Mystery Bookshop
117 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104
Timothy Hallinan will be here to sign "Fields Where They Lay", a comic Holiday mystery with LA burglar Junior Bender.

The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Authors on a Bus! Sherman Alexie and Friends This lively day will start at Third Place Books Seward Park, noon to 1pm, continue to University Bookstore, 2 to 3pm, and bring things home here at Elliott Bay starting at 4pm Please join us - and enjoy!

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Spend $50 and get a $10 gift card good at all Third Place Books locations. Spin the prize wheel from noon to 2pm and win coupons, surprise books and bookstore swag. Our restaurant partner Honey Bear baker will be serving free drip coffee all day!

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
11am: Holiday Read Allowed for Kids; 1pm: Reading & Signing with Billy Sparrow, Tranquility: A Memoir of an American Sailor; 2pm: Sherman Alexie Party Bus arrives, full of authors, reporters, musicians and city council members (Stop by for book giveaways!); 3pm: Demo KLUTZ games and activities; 4pm: GameOn! — Demo the latest and greatest in board games; Throughout the day, Book Giveaway with a minimum $30 purchase in the book department (while supplies last.)

Village Books
1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Local artist Ben Mann on hand from 11am-noon, and local author Janet Oakley from 1 to 2pm to sign copies of their books and talk about their favorite reads this season. At our Lynden store: Local author Jeff LaMont will join us to sign copies of his book, The Song of the Christmas Tree, and talk about his favorite reads of the season.

More listed on 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Borrow a book today.

Image from the "Reading Matters" campaign.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Great Costume for High Schoolers

Doctor Popular made a comic illustrating The Most Amazing Halloween Costume Ever based on a reverse trick or treating story on Metafilter by np312. This could be really fun for High School Students to try.


Mr. Berkbigler showing his Halloween Spirit!!
The question posed by Mr. Berk is whether he is scarier with the mask on or not?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Are realist young-adult novels making a comeback?

...the appetite for paranormal lunacy has abated, and issue-driven fiction set very much in a universe of urbanism’s chief concerns is having a renaissance. This week, “All American Boys,” a novel by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, an outgrowth of the Black Lives Matter movement, appears on The New York Times’s best-seller list for young-adult books. The story follows the beating of an innocent black child by a white police officer who thinks he has stolen a bag of chips. 
The recent upheavals in the economy stemming from the financial crisis, the rise of racial tensions and the increased animosity toward immigrants that the current election cycle has fed and exposed have arguably made this new catalog inevitable. New York Times 
All American Boys — Book Review

Friday, October 21, 2016

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    Thursday, October 13, 2016

    Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

    “Mr. Dylan’s work remains utterly lacking in conventionality, moral sleight of hand, pop pabulum or sops to his audience,” Bill Wyman, a journalist, wrote in a 2013 Op-Ed essay in The New York Times arguing for Mr. Dylan to get the award. “His lyricism is exquisite; his concerns and subjects are demonstrably timeless; and few poets of any era have seen their work bear more influence.”
    New York Times

    “People disagreeing everywhere you look makes you wanna stop and read a book. ”

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    Since the 1800s, attitudes about which books are “appropriate” for kids to read have too often suppressed stories about different cultures and life experiences.

    Keeping books about certain types of children out of libraries perpetuates a vision of a sheltered American childhood that has rarely existed.

    “When we say ‘This book is inappropriate,’ we’re telling those children ‘your situation … your family … your life is inappropriate.” 

    Still, one thing hasn’t changed since the dawn of censorship: having your book banned is very, very good for an author’s sales. “If what you’re trying to do is stop this book from getting into the hands of a minor,” LaRue says, “the surest way to [fail] is to declare it forbidden.”

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Welcome Back to Our Beautiful Library

    Visitors are often astonished at Shorecrest library's large windows and wonderful view. Below is a glimpse of the world's most exquisite libraries.

    TOP LEFT: Biblioteka Malatestiana, Cesena, Italy
    "This is the closest you can get to what a medieval library looked like."
    TOP RIGHT: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, US
    "Outside it looks like a white box, so there is an element of surprise when you go in. All light comes through the stones in the wall, and the honey-color trickle of sun rays makes it magical."
    BOTTOM LEFT: Utrecht University Library, Utrecht, Holland
    "There are secluded areas for those who like to be surrounded by books and more open ones for those who prefer to be around people. It seemed hugely popular with the students."
    BOTTOM RIGHT: The Escorial Library, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
    "This library was ground-breaking. It established the template of using books to decorate the walls of the library which we've been using ever since."

    Photos by Will Pryce, from the book titled The Library: A World History by James W P Campbell.

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Curl Up With 1,700 Good Books

    Book and Bed, a new Tokyo hotel, has created the sort of space that is impossible to leave. It is a cheap and cheerful dorm with a difference: guests’ bunk beds are hidden behind library shelves filled with 1,700 books in Japanese and English. The Guardian

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Dystopian Library Diorama

    Since 2005, artist Lori Nix and partner Kathleen Gerber have been producing dioramas that depict post-apocalyptic environments, everyday scenes that give the audience a glimpse of their world once nature has been left to take over. Nearly everything within the scenes is fabricated by the two under the name Nix+Gerber, with each scene taking approximately seven months from start to the final photograph. This means that the two take approximately two photographs a year, spending the bulk of their practice on miniature reproduction. Colossal

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Multicultural Literacy

    Fewer than 10 percent of children's books released in 2015 had a black person as the main character, according to a yearly analysis by the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.   Last fall, Marley Dias decided to do something about it. She set a goal of collecting 1,000 books about black girls by the beginning of February, and #1000blackgirlbooks was born.  ✒ She has far exceeded her goal, with almost 4,000 books and counting. NPR
    Mirrors, Windows, & Sliding Glass Doors  Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.  –Rudine Sims Bishop Link to complete essay

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Historic Shifts in Children's Books

    Little Goody Two-Shoes, 1768 edition of the novel
    It might seem totally obvious: Children should read fun, fantastical books in the classroom and outside of it, so they can learn to love to read. But it turns out that this particular view of children's books is relatively new. 
    Late 1600s: John Locke, a British philosopher, wanted to change education — and one of his big ideas was to make reading fun. 
    1865: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland kicked off a whole series of books that focused on imagination — Peter Pan, Tom Sawyer, The Little Princess, The Secret Garden — books now considered staples of the "golden age" of children's literature. 
    Mid-20th century: The U.S. competition with the Soviet Union drove a re-evaluation of children's books in the classroom. Suddenly, the whole country was afraid that the U.S. was falling behind, and began the effort to make early readers that children might actually enjoy. The result? Seuss and Sendak were unleashed in schools, and the shift away from morally improving, no-frills lessons that began with Alice a century earlier was complete. 
    Now: There is a shift toward books that confront the complexity — and deep emotional challenges — that children and adolescents face. There's also been a growing move toward books that reflect the diversity of the current student population. Books like the Hunger Games series, with its dark themes of violence and frustration, are part of this shift.
    Source: NPR

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    World Book Day — April 23, 2016

    A Writes of Passage list was created for the 2014 World Book Day. Click this link to see it!
    The date April 23, 2016 is special, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of two exceptional writers: William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. We are curious to know which world author has inspired you by one of his/her memorable thoughts. Share your favorite quote and show us the best places to read or find books in your town. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city, small town or a village, we would like to see all types of libraries and bookstores. How to participate? (UNESCO)   
    Take a quick quiz: William Shakespeare or Miguel de Cervantes: who said what?
    The Guardian

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Mr. Berkbigler in Ireland

    At Blarney Castle

    Trinity College Library, the largest library in Ireland.
    Tomorrow (3/18/2016) is the Book of Kells—reputed to be the most beautiful book in the world. In the past I thought about visiting Dublin just to see the Book of Kells. I will keep you and the SC library in mind as I view the wonder of a famous book!

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    A Literal Twist on an Old Saying

    A bookstore in Austria wrapped books in paper with short descriptions so no one can "judge a book by its cover."

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    Stacking after unpacking our new STEM books!

    We have just added 56 new books in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math to the library. They cover a wide variety of topics from blood (The Book of Blood) to biographies of female engineers and architects (Women of Steel and Stone) to The Physics of Superheroes. The books were funded with a generous grant from the Washington State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Virtual Book Clubs via BookTube

    BookTube may sound like a root vegetable, but it’s actually an incredibly vibrant community of people who vlog (that’s video blog for those of you who are unfamiliar with the lingo) about books on YouTube.  BookRiot 
    Reading can be a lonely thing, but BookTube makes it fun and interactive. Alongside chatting in the comments, BookTubers invite conversations with discussion videos that make you think not only about specific books, but about reading and literature in general. It’s always fun to see how different people perceive certain themes in books and controversies that surround the book world.
    The creativity in the booktubesphere (that is definitely a real word) never ceases to amaze me. Take, for example, CSLewisDoodle, a channel that features live action illustrations of C.S. Lewis essays. 
    The Readables covers everything from YA to classic literature. Thanks to good lighting, editing, and amazing graphic artistry, this channel is one of the most visually stunning on BookTube. andpop

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    Animated Light Painting

    NYC-based photographer Lucea Spinelli has a special appreciation for light and motion in her series of moving images titled Phōtosgraphé.  You can see more from the series here.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    Free and Fabulous

    Images found using the search word "Scotland"

    The NYC Library has just made over 180,000 digital images available for you to download and use. Plus you can explore using a super fun visualization tool that will group images by Century Created, Genre, Collection, and COLOR!
    The [NYC] library plans to offer Remix Residencies, which will provide financial support for projects using the public-domain materials. NYPL Labs staff members also spent the weeks before the holidays creating quick-and-dirty demonstration projects, which, like Mansion Maniac, are being posted along with the release. 
    NYPL Labs, started in 2011, has been known for experimental projects aimed at spurring users’ own tweaks and remixes. One scholar used its What’s on the Menu? project, which enlisted library users to transcribe its collection of 45,000 New York City restaurant menus, to create a new “data curation” of the collection. An engineer at Google has created a Google Cardboard application for its Stereogranimator, a program designed to mimic the proto-3-D effects of old-fashioned stereogram viewers.  
    From NY Times 

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    Comics, Evolving from Villain to Hero

    The most famous anti-comics scold of all time was Dr. Fredric Wertham. whose crusade in the '40s and '50s drove many comics publishers out of business and inspired the industry to create the self-regulating Comics Code Authority. 
    For many years, Wertham's campaign left a lasting mark on American educators. Then as now, many considered them disposable, meritless junk – but Wertham's accusation that they harmed literacy soon festered into a widespread concern that underneath their blithely gaudy narrative excess lurked a more pervasive danger. It was thought that comics were the sugary candy that could somehow sate a hungry young reader's mind, such that they would ultimately shun the more nutritious fare of "real" books, and find their literary development arrested. Teachers' groups warned of comics' potential to distract kids from seeking out chapter books and novels that offered more nuanced conflicts, more esoteric pleasures. 
    ... the surge in kids' comics that's occurred over the past decade has had as much to do with the creators producing it as it has with the educators now eagerly advocating for it. It took a new generation of teachers – and, especially, school librarians – to dispel the ghost of Wertham and recognize comics' tremendous potential to engage young readers with a host of different kinds of stories and actually boost literacy. ...
    Excerpt from NPR, The War Over Comics For Kids Is Nearly Over, And Kids Are Winning