Mountlake Terrace Library Blog

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


It's that time of year again. For 38 years Bumbershoot, Seattle's unique Music & Arts Festival, has taken over Labor Day Weekend, making the weekend more about fun than labor. Some of the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance and visual arts come to Seattle Center to entertain over 150,000 visitors. Bumbershoot is produced by One Reel, the largest non-profit arts organization in Washington State. Ticket revenue pays for 65% of the cost of the event and sponsors and grants make up the additional 35%.

Though there are performers representing all the arts, for many, the big draw is the music. This year's music headliners include
Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, The Offspring, and Death Cab for Cutie. If you aren't familiar with these groups you can bone up with these CDs from the library or just be an armchair participant.
Beck CD
Stone Temple Pilots CD
Offspring CD
Death Cab for Cutie CD

I have gone the last couple of years and found myself in a small venue away from the crowds and so far haven't had the energy to stay for the headliners. But whether you do all three days or only part of one day, this is a fun way to mingle with your peeps, er, I mean get to know your community.

Do you go to Bumbershoot? If you do, what do you like best? If you don't, why don't you go? Anyone out there been every year since 1971?

For more info Bumbershoot Home Page

Monday, August 18, 2008

Welcome to Mountlake Terrace!

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Right now we are right in the middle of the Summer Olympic Games. When we had fewer television channels (which I can remember!), this was the only game in town. Now with so many channels, video games, movies on demand and more, one wonders if we care as much about the Olympics as we once did. How important do you think they are?

And it wouldn't be the Olympic Games if there wasn't a scandal or two. From Jim Thorpe being stripped of his gold medals for having played minor league baseball three years before the 1912 games (his medals were eventually returned to him 30 years AFTER his death) to the dual gold medals the judges at the 2002 Winter Games were forced to award to Canadian and Russian figure skating pairs because of allegations of collusion among the judges, these Summer Games are no exception. Now the female Chinese gymnastics team, who beat the U.S. for the gold, is under suspicion for possibly underage team members (an athlete must be 16 to compete in the Olympics).

What do you think?

But despite the "scandals," I watch because of moments like these...

Why do you watch the Olympics? If you don't why not?

The Library has some great overviews of the Olympics and biographies of Michael Phelps and other Olympians. Check them out!

View our Olympic Items

View Michael Phelps Items

View Olympian Biographies