Friday, December 21, 2018

Librarian Code

  • Librarians love to read
  • Librarians don't like censorship
  • Librarians think information should be free and available to all
  • Librarians know all life's answers aren't in books, but most are
  • Librarians know that empathy comes from experiencing other people's stories
  • Librarians can help you find your next good read
  • Librarians are always happy to check that fact for you
  • Librarians organize the world of information
(From the back of Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure's package)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Our Graphic Novel Section Is Expanding

So what happens when we take a powerful tool like storytelling and we add to it with visual impact? In short, magic. According to Neoman studios as humans, we are visually wired too. Almost 50% of our brain is involved in visual processing and a whopping 70% of all our sensory receptors are in our eyes. This means we can get the sense of a visual scene in less than 1/10 of a second. Put simply, our brains process visuals more efficiently than text alone. Thoughts Drawn Out

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Instagram & Book Covers

A French bookstore invites its Instagram followers to judge books by their covers. Visit Colossal to see more.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Novel Writing Workshop Series

November is National Novel Writing Month. Shoreline Community College has FREE Wednesday workshops to support your writing. (Parking is free during this time!) Bring a laptop or paper/pencil to get the most out of these sessions! more info

Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm
Outlines, Mindmaps and More
Novel Planning
Shoreline Community College Library: Room 4202
Outlining isn't just something you do to plan ahead of time; it can be a great way to keep you focused as you work as well. Find out what to do when your novel doesn't follow the outline you've planned. Come to this workshop to gain momentum, get organized, or accumulate ideas!

Nov 14 @ 4:30 pm 
Whisper, Blurt, Declare, Insist
Writing Dialogue Well
Shoreline Community College Library: Room 4202 
Getting characters to talk to each other can reveal so much about your plot and your novel. Dialogue is a great way to move things along and force your characters to talk through plot problems. This is the perfect session for writers who are losing steam and need a boost!

Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm
Moving Forward (By Moving Backward) 
Shoreline Community College Library: Room 4202 
Taking a look at the beginning of your novel can give you hints at what you need to do for your ending. Reflection and awareness are valuable tools to writers and can give you that pensive moment you need to move forward. Previous scenes may have unrealized details or characters just under the surface. Come to this session to get the most out what you’ve already written.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The best-loved novels in The Great American Read.

To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read.
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ was an eight-part PBS series that explored and celebrated the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)*. It investigated how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. PBS

Watch these episodes for novels grouped by themes

Who Am I?


Villains and Monsters

What We Do 
For Love

Other Worlds

How do the books we love answer the question “Who am I?” We explore first-person narratives and other ways authors tell stories of characters on personal journeys. Celebrities, literary experts, authors and everyday book lovers discuss why our favorite heroes are complex and relatable, from the everyday hero to the tragic and unlikely or anti-hero. How do novels featuring our favorite villains and monsters help us understand why people behave badly? We examine the evil characters in our favorite novels, to find out why we go to the dark side. How do our favorite novels reflect what we do for love? From classic romance to family dramas, from unrequited passion to unforgettable first love, we take a look at our best-loved books that feature the most important emotion in our lives. From fantasy to science fiction, historical fiction to stories of spiritual realms, what do these books tell us about our own world?  We examine how these novels help us think about real-life and present-day issues.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sans Forgetica is more difficult to read than most typefaces – and that’s by design.

When a piece of information is too easily and cleanly read, it can fail to engage our brains in the kind of deeper cognitive processing necessary for effective retention and recall.

Sans Forgetica is an attempt to address this somewhat ironic flaw of design. By disrupting the flow of individual letterforms, readers are subtly prompted to increase their focus on the text being communicated. Multiple tests undertaken by RMIT’s Behavioural Business Lab have confirmed that the effect of this is to increase memory retention of the text in question. Download the font & remember more.

Monday, October 8, 2018

We Have a Winner!

For a dime you can purchase a pencil from our low tech vending box in the library. If you are lucky and receive a gold pencil — you get a free print card.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

We are more than books.

Many Shorecrest hands worked on this jigsaw puzzle. These three finished it up! And now a new one is started. Stop by and enjoy being puzzled.
Here's a gift idea for the supercharged puzzle lover — Clemens Habitat's "1000 Changing Colors" puzzle in which each individual tile has two distinct color states. The constantly shifting colors effectively confuse the identity of each tile, each piece reveals and hides itself constantly until locked into place.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Patrons Can Check Out Neckties From The New York Public Library. Libraries Are Awesome!

Once upon a time, pubic libraries’ circulating collections were limited to books and other printed materials.
Then audio recordings and movies entered into the mix.
Board games…
There's a library in Ohio that lets its patrons check out guitars.
And now, New York Public Library cardholders can borrow a necktie, briefcase, or businesslike purse for a one-time, three-week lending period
The branch is situated across the street from two high schools, and librarian Thaddeus Krupo told Crain’s New York Business that the program was launched in response to the high number of students taking advantage of the library’s free career resources, such as printed sheets of job interview tips.  Open Culture
And the New York Public Library card gives you free access to 33 NYC museums!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Tourist Attraction!?

Photo by Nevada Bob
As the story goes, a vagrant wandering the streets of Goldfield, Nevada in 1908 was rummaging through the trash outside the local library, looking for something to eat. The best sustenance he came across was a jar of book paste.

He would have found the paste surprisingly sweet, because in addition to flour and water, it was 60% alum. Unfortunately, the concentration was deadly. Atlas Obscura

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon won the 2018 Evergreen Teen Book Award!

17-year-old Maddie is allergic to the world, and so is trapped in her house. She knows she’ll never be able to leave, but is content enough seeing only her mom and nurse, Carla, and attending virtual school. But when a super cute, moody boy wearing all black moves in next door, her whole life changes. Ollie is intrigued by the girl he only sees through the window and finds a way to communicate with her. Soon, Maddie and Ollie are talking through IM, emails, and messages written on their windows with markers. Now Maddie’s whole world begins to open up. But can you really have a relationship just through email and IM? Is Maddie willing to risk everything, even her life, for a chance to love?
-Jocelyn Redel, Teen Librarian
Lynnwood Library, Sno-Isle Library System 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Five sets of The Olympians Fully Funded by the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation!

The Shoreline Public Schools Foundation has funded five sets of The Olympians for use in English classrooms. The Olympians are a series of 10 gripping and glorious graphic novels that tell the stories of Greek gods and heroes. Thank you Shoreline Foundation! See more @

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bits On Browsing

The Right To Browse: A Library Puts Books Into Storage And Readers Cry Foul
To make room, librarians removed tens of thousands of books and other materials that hadn't been checked out in years. The items were put into storage — some across town, some a few hours away. Students can still request them; it just might take a few days to get them back to the library. 
Jeffrey Chipps Smith, a professor of art history, isn't happy. He says those books were still being used, even if they weren't being checked out. 
"A lot of the time, when I use the library, you're not necessarily checking something out," Smith says. "You're going upstairs to look at an article in a periodical, you're going to check a reference for something and so you may open a few books and find what you need and put them back." 
Their argument boils down to this: In research, you don't always know what you're looking for, and it's difficult to browse and discover a new, helpful source if the books are only accessible via a search engine. NPR

Visual browsing in a virtual world
Browsing is one of the primary pleasures of all book-lovers. Finding that precise book you were looking for is great, but discovering something unexpected is often better. Whether for pleasure or research, browsing is one of the best methods by which to find new reading material. As books are moved out of sight in favor of computer stations and as users become more and more reliant upon online searching, it becomes increasingly necessary to recreate this real world experience of browsing in digital land. Libraries are moving progressively toward visual searches and virtual shelf browsing in the ongoing crusade of bringing readers and books together. Indiana University Bloomington

The mysterious Cambridge library tower opens to the public in a new free exhibition, Tall Tales: Secrets of the tower, we reveal some of the truth about what the great skyscraper really holds.

It’s a marker of how little was thought of the books that no thought was given to future browsing by author or subject, and they appear to have been placed in the sequence simply in the order in which they arrived in any one year.

Today, this makes for quite surreal bedfellows with, say, an edition of War and Peace elbowing for position next to a Dull Thud (a long-and-probably-best-forgotten murder mystery). But in terms of social history, it’s fantastic.

You can literally stand in front of a given year and see exactly what was published. This must be the academic equivalent of being a child in a sweet shop; an experience the exhibition tries to recreate for visitors with a towering pillar of 1,950 books with the serious and the quirky side by side. Independent & University of Cambridge

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A Podcast Written For Walking

The Walk is an immersive fiction podcast, and the creators want you to listen to it while walking. 
The listener, you, the one wearing earbuds, turn into the protagonist after a case of mistaken identity. 
The goal? To ensure the vital package's safe arrival in Edinburgh, despite the fact that roads and trains have been closed after an explosion. 
The other goal? To burn some calories. The Walk was developed by Six to Start and Naomi Alderman, the creators of popular mobile fitness game, Zombies, Run! By Panoply's estimates, each Walk episode is a 1-2 mile walk. NPR, KING 5 News

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Making A Book More Woke

When a YA novel was criticized for racism prior to publication, the author attempted something radical — she pushed its release date and rewrote it. (Vulture)

Over the last few years, the world of young-adult literature has been riven by a turbulent debate over race and identity. On one side are those who believe that YA publishing is too white, that too many white authors resort to stereotypes in portraying characters of color, and that these depictions are harmful to children — especially those from marginalized backgrounds. On the other side are those like the author Lionel Shriver, who wrote in a recent essay on the Guardian website that “there’s a thin line between combing through manuscripts for anything potentially objectionable to particular subgroups and overt political censorship.” (Vulture)

Drake offers a less militaristic approach to resolving conflict than in her previous version:

Washington Post

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Three ways to register to vote

1. Online 
You can register online , 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State's website.
To register online, you will need:
A current Washington State driver license, or
• A current Washington State ID card
If you do not have either of these, you can still register by mail or in-person.

2. By mail Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

3. In-person You can register to vote in-person at one of the county locations

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pachyderm of Pedegogy

Did you notice the elephant lamp in the library? Well we tied library scarfs around the elephants and moved the lamp on to the Tech Office. Congratulations Mr. Kirkwood, Ms. Han & Ms. Franklin for being the newest recipient of the Pachyderm of Pedagogy. Thanks for all you do for us & the school.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Found in a Book: George Washington's Hair

A lock of what is purportedly President George Washington’s hair was found inside an almanac in the library at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
In Washington’s day, perhaps unlike now, it was not unusual to request a lock of hair from a loved one or friend or even a highly regarded public figure. “Exchanging locks of hair were like the selfies of the day,” Mr. Myers said, adding that for its owner the book he found the hair in, an almanac, was “like his iPhone.”
NY Times  & The Guardian

Monday, February 12, 2018

Natalie Matthews-Ramo
On Wednesday, Google introduced another update to Google Drive that makes quick, collective document markup even easier. Now you can comment on Office files, PDF documents, and images in Drive’s preview pane—without even having to fully open the file in Google Drive. Slate

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Prison & Library Censorship

Several prisons were refusing to allow inmates access to the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander. Restricting prisoners from reading about injustices in the U.S. prison system struck many as a shocking and ironic overreach.

There is nothing more contentious for librarians than censorship. The right to read is considered a right guaranteed to all citizens. It may shock many librarians to know that prison librarians partake in the censoring process and that they are not compromising their ethical ideals.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

eBook & Book Predictions

Predictions from a 1999 Microsoft ad
2018 Major newspapers publish their last paper editions and move solely to electronic distribution.

2019 Paper books remain popular as gifts, for collectors, for books of fine art and photography, and for those who prefer a print reading experience.

2020 Ninety percent of all titles are now also sold in electronic as well as paper form. Webster alters its 1st definition of the work"book" to refer to eBook titles read on screen.

What is the future of the book?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Seen In The Library

Presenting a very loved binder. Can you top this? If so, please show us and maybe it will be posted on the library website.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

26 Facts About Libraries

Author John Green shares 26 facts about libraries. Watch the video.
  • Fact 01: Washington had a library book that was 221 years overdue
  • Fact 13: It's unlikely for a person to get sick from library books
  • Fact 14: Denmark opened a human library in 2000

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Decimator App

Okay, this is a geeky app. Which we learned about from a fellow geeky teacher and I am happily geeking out while playing with it. Observe what happened when I searched "Food." Drill down to your heart's content for all the subcategories.
Description: Quickly and easily look up Dewey Decimal numbers. Browse and search. Supports 10 languages. No internet required.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple Store link