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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Think You are a True Movie Fan? How Many of These Taglines Can You Match With the Film?

What's a tagline?

 It's that catchy slogan that presumably sums up the film.

See if you can match the tagline with the classic film.

I'll start with some easy ones.

1. "They're here."
2. "The night the unsinkable sank."
3. "Who ya gonna call?"
4. "Don't go in the water."

Now that you are warmed up, how about these?

5. "Earth. It was fun while it lasted."
6. "They're young...they're in love...and they kill people."
7. "The monster demands a mate."
8. "This is the weekend they didn't play golf."
9. "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire."
10. "The classic story about a boy and his mother."
11. "On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody."
12. "Does for rock and roll what 'The Sound of Music' did for hills."
13. "You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll hurl."
14. "3% body fat. 1% brain activity."
15. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

a.  Bonne and Clyde

b.  Ghostbusters

c.  Jaws

d.  Armageddon

e.  The Lost Boys

f.  Psycho

g.  Poltergeist

h.  Taxi Driver

i.  This is Spinal Tap

j.   Wayne's World

k.  A Night to Remember

l.  Bride of Frankenstein

m. Zoolander

n.  The Shining

o.  Deliverance

No peaking! How did you do?

Key:  1-g, 2-k, 3-b, 4-c, 5-d, 6-a, 7-l, 8-o, 9-e, 10-f, 11-h, 12-i, 13-j, 14-m, 15-n.

So here is the good news and the bad news

Bad news first - the weather is rotten, dreary and foggy. 

The good news is - all of these classic films are available at the library. 

Click on the links above, place your request and the DVD will await you at the library.

And then curl up by the fire, pour yourself a glass of somethin' somethin' and enjoy! 

And your library says, "You are welcome!"

Thursday, October 11, 2012

City Farming Series - Grow More in Your Yard

This fall, thanks to generous support from the Friends of the Mountlake Terrace Library, we are bringing you FREE classes from Seattle Tilth on some of the hottest topics in home agriculture.
Backyard Chickens
Saturday October 20, 2012   2:30-4
Interested in tending a flock of your own? Find out exactly what it takes in this thorough introductory class for anyone interested in keeping adult chickens. 

Intro to Food Preservation 
Saturday October 27, 2012   2:30-4
This class will cover the basics of canning and teach you how to safely can at home. We'll discuss food safety, as well as the equipment you'll need to can jams, fruits, and vegetables.

Organic Gardening 101
Saturday November 10, 2012   2:30-4
Finally ready to break ground in your yard and start growing your own organic vegetables? This class will teach you all you need to get started!

Choosing the Right Home Composting System
Saturday November 17, 2012   2:30-4
It doesn't matter how much space you have, you can always turn your food and yard waste into rich compost for your garden and containers. We will explore the best choices for your space and needs. 

Click on the links to register online, or call the library to sign up through our reference desk.  Space is limited, so register soon!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back to School Resource Fair + Book/Clothing/Costume Swap

Do you want a simpler, cleaner home?  Or maybe you love a bargain? Back by popular demand, we are having another book and clothing swap!   This time we are expanding it to include a back-to-school resource fair, so families can learn about what local organizations have to offer.  Plus, we are including a costume swap, too.  It should be a ton of fun!

So clean out your closets (if you haven't worn it for a year, it is probably time to let it go), freshen up your bookshelves (do you really think you will read that book again?) and come to the library this Saturday for our fabulous Back to School Resource Fair+Book/Clothing/Costume Swap!

Saturday September 15, 2012
Mountlake Terrace Library
Swap - Large meeting room
Resource Fair - Small meeting room

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Teen Digital Photography Scavenger Hunt this weekend

This weekend we are having one of my favorite annual teen events:  the Digital Photography Scavenger Hunt!  Teens will sign up with a group of their friends to be a team.  Then they will be given a list of 60 things they have to photograph...with one of their teammates in the photo too.  The first team to return with a full list, or with the most items within the 2 hour limit will win a prize!  There will also be prizes for the funniest photo, and the most artistic shot.

Mountlake Terrace Library - noon-3pm - Saturday July 28, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

If I Win the Lottery

In the wee small hours of the morning, when I am finished obsessing over work, my mind might go to that happy place called “Winning the Lottery.”

And I am not talking about winning a paltry one or two mil, I’m talking about the jackpot – one or two HUNDRED mil.

As I lie there thinking about that, I enjoy the process of spending it.

What would I buy?

Here is what comes to mind.

First after paying off the various debts that have accumulated due to my shoe fetish and clothes horse tendencies, I would purchase homes in my favorite places. After selecting a flat in London, a cottage in the Cotswolds, an apartment in Venice, a home in Victoria, a pied-a-terre in Paris, and some properties near my children (wherever they happen to be), I would purchase this house in the Shaughnessy neighborhood of Vancouver, B.C.

I also wouldn’t mind a place on San Juan Island with this view,

and a boat like this to take me to the other San Juan Islands.

As for a car, I’ve always been partial to Aston Martins.

"Brewer…Rosy Brewer."
(Good enough for James Bond, good enough for me).

Then I would move on to my loved ones, paying off their various debts, houses, school loans, etc. and setting up college funds for the grandchildren.

Next, for those other loved ones,  I would buy Mildred the lovely pendant she saw in "Dog Glam Magazine" which she has been wishing for.

(And perhaps a nose job too).

Frederic has been begging for an expensive watch.

And I would have to spring for that vintage" Gone with the Wind" poster that Tarquin wants for his dogloo.


I would also want to give some money to friends in need, and I am sure I will have many more than I do now when I win those millions.

But then as I lie there, I start to think that spending this kind of money on myself and my family is fine, but I should also do something good with it, use this money to make a difference in the world.

And you know how I feel about the difference that libraries make in the world.

So one of the things I would want to do would be to donate to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Founded in 2000, the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation provides a way for people to help their community libraries through private donations.

These donations provide seed money for innovative programs and services that might not be possible through public funds alone. Currently, the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation has funded "Books for Babies," a partnership with Boeing Employees Credit Union and local hospitals and birthing centers to provide newborns in Snohomish and Island Counties with their first book and library card as well as parenting resources available in the community.

This partnership is designed to encourage parents to read to infants which promotes the development of basic skills needed for future literacy.

The Foundation also funds the "Ready Readers Program," which is designed to help parents and caregivers enhance literacy and language development for young children from birth to five years of age. Research shows that preschoolers who master six important skills are better prepared to learn reading and writing when they start school.

Another important program funded by the Foundation is the "Summer Reading Program" (going on now), which keeps youth reading throughout the summer. Studies show that without this kind of encouragement, as much as 25% of the previous school year’s learning may be lost.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation also funds Book Discussion Kits in support of book discussion groups, teen activities to keep teens engaged and connected in their communities, “Librarians as Information Guides” classes and the “Issues That Matter” programs, all of which bring community members together to learn about and discuss important topics and which promotes the library as a community gathering place.

Our public libraries are dedicated to lifelong learning.

The more educated and socialized our populace, the better our lives and world will be.

And as a new gazillionaire, I am also glad to see that my donation will be tax deductible to the extent provided by law. And so would it be for you too, if you donate to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.  And you do not have to win the lottery or be a millionaire.  Anyone can donate.
Think of all the good you can do!

For more information on the important work that the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is doing, Click Here.  

Now I want to get back to imagining what my wardrobe might look like after a quick trip to Paris on my private jet!

How would YOU spend your millions?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Looking for Great Teen Volunteers

Summer is just around the corner...which means one of my favorite library programs will be here soon:  Book Buddies!  What is Book Buddies?  Book Buddies is a volunteer opportunity for teens who love books and reading to share that passion with 2nd and 3rd graders who have learned the basics, but are struggling to catch the enthusiasm.

Do you know a teen who would make a great volunteer?  There is a required training on Monday June 25 at 4pm.  To take part they must pick up an application at the Mountlake Terrace Library, and return it by June 15th.

Book Buddies sessions will be Monday afternoons from 4-5:30pm and/or Monday evenings from 6:30-8pm July 9-August 20, 2012.  2nd and 3rd grade applicants will be accepted until the program is full.

Questions may be directed to Dawn at

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Some Things You Might Not Know

When I visited my Swedish cousin last year, I was surprised to learn that in Sweden, you cannot own just one horse. It is felt that only one horse out in a field would get lonely, so you must have at least two horses. Also dogs cannot be left alone in the house for more than five hours.

 I found these laws quite strange and interesting, especially wondering how they could be enforced. I decided to see if we had some similarly strange laws.

Here's what I discovered:
  • In Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
  • In Kentucky, a woman may not buy a hat without her husband's permission.
  • In Ohio, it is illegal to get fish drunk.
  • In Oklahoma, dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.  And it is illegal to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7pm.
  • Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown in Florida. (I wonder if it's OK if the gown isn't strapless).
  • In Vermont, it is illegal for women to wear false teeth without the written permission of their husbands.
  • In Zion, Illinois, it is illegal for anyone to give cats, dogs or other domesticated animals a lighted cigar.
  • Right here in Washington, State, it is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the Chief of Police as he is entering the town.  And in Seattle, goldfish can ride the city buses in bowls only if they keep still.
  • My two favorites:  In New York, the penalty for jumping off a building is death!  And in London, people are not allowed to catch a cab if they have the plague!
The mind runs wild thinking of what incident precipitated these laws!  What shocking or criminal activity surrounds a woman buying a hat without her husband's permission?  Or who was the first person to give a cat or dog a lighted cigar or got his fish drunk and what happened as a result?  Something bad, I am assuming.

But for most of us, these laws are amusing but not relevant.  Even if I lived in those other states, it's been awhile since I've tried to give my poodles a lighted cigar, and I'm not yet ready for false teeth.  However, I am known to put my dogs in costumes. I hope there is not a law against that!

Aren't you glad there are no laws that keep you from visiting your public library to take advantage of all of the materials, programs and classes available there? 

From these statistics,  you can see that libraries are very relevant to the residents of Snohomish and Island Counties.
  • In 2011, there were 13.1 million visits to the Sno-Isle Website
  • Over 428,000 residents have library cards (63% of Snohomish and Island County residents)
  • Over 7,000 library programs and classes were offered in 2011 and 73,000+ people attended 
  • 9.5 million books, CDs, DVDs, and audio and ebooks were checked out in 2011

And 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of Sno-Isle Libraries.

Fifty years ago, the 1962 Seattle World's Fair celebrated space age optimism.  Boeing was flying high.  The best-selling novel of 1962 was "Ship of Fools" by Katherine Anne Porter. "Laurence of Arabia" won the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Record of the Year was "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."  Seattle appeared to be the capitol of the world and the 21st century was a science fiction vision of wonder and anticipation.

 In the midst of that excitement and confidence, residents in Snohomish and Island Counties took a big leap into the future by unifying two county rural library districts to form Sno-Isle Libraries.

In 1961, there were 12 community libraries in the Snohomish County Rural Library District and after the Sno-Isle Intercounty Library District was formed, four Whidbey Island libraries joined Sno-Isle.  (The oldest still-functioning library in the Sno-Isle Libraries District is Snohomish which started in 1910.  The Mountlake Terrace Library opened on May 12, 1955, making it the 8th oldest in the System. )

Fifty years later, Sno-Isle Libraries is comprised of 21 community libraries.  Technology has evolved and many customer needs have changed.  Yet our two-county district continues to be an essential community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, as well as a center for people, ideas and culture.

So we are celebrating the millions of children and adults over the past 50 years who have benefited from library early learning efforts for children and lifelong learning materials  and classes for adults

And we invite you to celebrate with us here at the Mountlake Terrace Library on Saturday, June 9, when we will hold an Open House and Used Book Sale. 

The Open House begins at 10am with remarks from local dignitaries and entertainment at 11am. 

The Book Sale runs from 10am-2pm and proceeds benefit the Friends of the Mountlake Terrace Library, who provide quality library programming for the community.

Book talks about great summer reads for all ages will be available, along with children's crafts, Polaris demonstrations, drawings for free books and a preview of the Mountlake Terrace Library Time Capsule.  All who attend will have an opportunity to tell us what should go into our ten year time capsule.

So join us on June 9th and throughout the years, as we continue to provide access to information, learning, entertainment, recreation, and the promotion of public dialogue opportunities over the next 50 years.

Just remember. If you are coming from Seattle by bus and have goldfish in a bowl, keep them still!