Mountlake Terrace Library Blog

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Buddies - teens helping kids

This summer the Mountlake Terrace Library will be hosting a wonderful program called Book Buddies. Book Buddies is a program for children in second and third grades who know the basics of reading, but could use a little help and encouragement. The children are pair with teenagers from the community who have been specially trained for this program. For seven weeks the pairs will select materials to fit the child's interests, practice reading, and play educational games...then celebrate their achievements with a pizza party!

If you know any children (2nd and 3rd grade) who would benefit from this program, please pick up an application at the Mountlake Terrace Library. Children's applications will be accepted until the program is full (based on the number of teen volunteers).

If you know a teen who would enjoy volunteering for Book Buddies, please encourage them to come by the library and fill out an application. Teen applications are due Friday June 12th, 2009. There is a required training teens must attend on Monday June 15th from 3:30-5:30. Teens must also be able to commit to the majority of sessions. Volunteers will also get a free t-shirt for participation!

Book Buddies sessions will take place Monday afternoons from 3-4:30, June 29th-August 17th, 2009.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

CSI at the library!

This month we have a Big Read program going on all across Sno-Isle and Everett public libraries. Beyond just reading The Maltese Falcon with thousands of other people, you can discuss the book or see the movie at many of our libraries. Here at the Mountlake Terrace Library, we are taking our moto "More to Explore" seriously, by giving you an opportunity to think about contemporary real-life mysteries in a new light.

This Saturday at 1pm we will be having professional crime solvers from Snohomish County come and talk about just what happens at the scene of a crime. Today, scientific techniques provide a new way of processing the scene of a crime. You may already have an idea of this science from watching shows like “CSI Miami” or “Bones" you can learn the importance of evaluating a crime scene plus the victim, and meet the professionals who analyze evidence including the Snohomish County Associate Medical Examiner.

This program is for mature teens and adults only! Not for the weak of stomach, but it should be fascinating and fun.