Mountlake Terrace Library Blog

Monday, December 28, 2009

Return of the Foodie Book Group

The Foodie Book Group is back for 2010!

Our first book of the year is I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris. It is crazy fun, and I can't wait to see what people cook from it! There are still some copies at our front desk available for check out! The meeting is Monday January 11th at 6:30. Hope to see you there :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Librarian's New Year's Resolutions

I can't believe another year has passed.

It can be depressing, but it can also be a time to renew one's desire to be a better person.

As a new year dawns, instead of the usual resolutions to lose weight (I need to), exercise more (I need to) and quit some noxious habit (I need to), I thought I would reflect on what I should resolve to do next year as a librarian. So here goes...

I resolve to make each and every patron who walks in the door feel welcome - even the guy who alarms patrons by doing back exercises on the floor of the mens' room.

I resolve to give each and every patron who approaches me with a question my undivided attention, even when it is the 50th time I am asked for their library card number.

I resolve to answer each and every question fully and with value added i.e. I will go the extra mile. If a patron comes up to the desk with cookbooks to check out, I might say, "You might be interested in our Foodie Book Group."

I resolve to continue to provide programming our community wants and needs. I can't tell you how proud we are that since we began offering free citizenship classes in October, three students have become U.S. citizens.

I resolve to handle all building issues such as toilet plunging and the like with good humor.

I resolve to read more (and yes, librarians like to read but we don't do it at work).

I resolve to support my staff in the work they do and to encourage innovation and creativity.

I resolve to share the enthusiasm I feel about the nobility of a librarian's work and the important role the library plays in the community.

I resolve to make 2010 the best it can be for myself and for those I serve.

What about you? What are you looking forward to in 2010?

Happy New Year to all of the Mountlake Terrace Library's current and future customers!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Home for the Holidays

Here "they" come again --
for many, The Dreaded Holidays, complete with Aunt Millie's disgusting version of a green bean casserole, Uncle Pete's Elvis impersonation and the inevitable "You never loved me," "Where's that money you owe me?" "I can't stand you people anymore" family argument.

Stressful? Yes.

But it's also a time when you realize Aunt Millie made that casserole with love, Uncle Pete is just trying to cheer everyone up, and despite the family arguments, everyone still really loves each other.

So cheers, everyone.

Here's some love and an eclectic list of resources from your local library.

Just click on any of the links below to find ideas for holiday fun and relaxation.

Celebrate the Winter Holidays

Holiday Fun

Dinah Zike's Big Book of Holiday Activities

Fun and Games for Family Gatherings

Spent: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Aerosmith

Rockabye Baby! Lullabye Renditions of the Beatles

Power of Sleep

Stress Reduction Therapy

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Japanese Cultural Festival this weekend

This Saturday the Mountlake Terrace Library is hosting our first Japanese Culture Appreciation Festival!

Small Meeting Room - Anime Marathon
Spirited Away 10-12:15
Howl's Moving Castle 12:30-2:30
Millennium Actress 2:45-4:15

Large Meeting Room - Classes
Learn to Play Go with instructors from the Seattle Go Center – 10-noon
Learn to make veggie sushi – 12:30-1:30
Learn how to dress in the Gothic Lolita style – 2-3
Gothic Lolita tea party – 3-4 (bring a donation for the foodbank, if you can!)

DVD prizes, popcorn and Japanese snacks provided by the Friends of the Mountlake Terrace Library.

Saturday December 5th – 10-4:30pm

Mountlake Terrace Library
23300 - 58th Ave. W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043