Mountlake Terrace Library Blog

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October is Teen Read Month

Here at Sno-Isle Libraries, we spend the month of October celebrating the joy of teen reading. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) supports an annual Teen Read Week in October, but we feel that is just not enough time. But we often do enjoy the themes they pick out.

This year the theme is Books with Beat. Teens with an artistic inclination can enter our annual Teen Read Month Art Contest, or a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards to

At the Mountlake Terrace Library we are interpreting the theme to refer to books about music and are having fun book and music related events!

Wednesday the 6th from 4-6pm - Teen Jam Session.
Saturday the 23rd from 1-4:30pm - Zombie Thriller Party!
Wednesday the 27th from 4-6 - Rock Band Tournament.

Also during Teen Read Month, every time a teen reviews a book, they will be entered in a drawing for our very cool Sno-Isle Teens orange and red 2GB flash drives!

Should be a ton of fun. Tell any teens you know all about it!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Banned Books Week

September 25 marks the beginning of Banned Books Week.

This is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association that celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of our First Amendment rights. Held during the last week in September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information and stresses the importance of making all viewpoints available no matter how unorthodox or unpopular the viewpoints may be.

This intellectual freedom concept is the foundation of your public library.

One activity central to Banned Books Week is featuring books that have been banned or targets of attempted banning.

Just in this last decade, American libraries were faced with 4,312 reported challenges. (A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness).

Let me challenge you.

From this list of books, can you identify the titles that have been censored, banned or challenged?

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

  • Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

  • Forever by Judy Blume

  • Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

  • From Here to Eternity by James Jones

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    • If you guessed all of them, you would be correct.

      Ironically, Fahrenheit 451 is about censorship but in 1998, the book was removed from the required reading list in Foxworth, Mississippi because a parent complained about some expletives.

      Sylvester and the Magic Pebble was challenged in numerous states because the characters are portrayed as animals and the police were represented by pigs.

      Between 2000 and 2009, the Harry Potter series tops the list followed by The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, which are perennial favorites.

      What next? The dictionary? Oh, wait, that too.

      In 1978 the American Heritage Dictionary was banned in Missouri, because it contained 39 "objectionable" words, and in 1987, it was banned in Anchorage, Alaska for similar reasons.

      Fortunately, in the majority of cases, books that are challenged are not banned, thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers and members of the community who believe in our First Amendment rights and the power of literature.

      Banned Books Week draws attention to the danger that exists when restraints are placed on our rights to read what we want and find the information we need.

      Your librarians are dedicated to protecting those rights. So go to your library and exercise your right to read!

      For more information:

      look here.

      Wednesday, September 22, 2010

      Mountlake Terrace Summer Reading Winner

      Congratulations to Priyanka S. who won the iPod Touch in the Mountlake Terrace Library's drawing for our summer reading prize. Priyanka is a student at Brier Terrace Middle School. Here is her winning review!

      By Margaret Wild
      Description: Jinx is a normal girl named Jen who thinks she has a boring life until her boyfriend Charlie dies. After a few months her other boyfriend Ben dies. A girl in her class then calls her Jinx and she adopts the name.

      My Thoughts: My favorite part was when Jinx forgives Cal for killing Ben.

      Recommendation: middle school kids.

      Much thanks to the Friends of the Mountlake Terrace Library for their generous support of Teen Summer Reading.

      Next up: Teen Read Month. Watch here for more ways to win!

      Monday, September 20, 2010

      What One Librarian Enjoys

      No, this blog is not about baseball. Well, not exactly.

      Last week was my husband’s birthday so I decided to make the ultimate sacrifice and take him to a Mariner’s game. I thought it would be a good one, because the Mariners were playing the Red Sox and my husband hates Red Sox fans. He thinks if they love Boston so much they should move back there. What I didn’t realize was that my husband had already given up on the Mariners because they were so bad this season. But it was an unusually lovely evening, and we were only 17 rows behind 3rd base so it was a good night for baseball. Until we lost.

      I say “ultimate sacrifice,” because I don’t really like sports, except figure skating, and there is some debate as to whether or not figure skating is really a sport. So as I sat watching the game wondering when was a suitable time to excuse myself to go get more food (or something!), my mind wandered away from Jose Lopez and Ichiro to what I really enjoy doing.

      “Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo...” (Twilight Zone theme)

      I love walking on the beach at sunset.

      Who am I kidding?

      It’s more like pink fuzzy slippers, a bowl of Ben & Jerry’s and the latest episode of Survivor.

      Or receiving my new cookbook from "The Cookbook of the Month Club" and trying five or so of the dishes in one day only to be thanked for my efforts by my husband saying, “Who’s going to eat all of this food?” and “What were you thinking? (That part kind of ruins the enjoyment).

      I also enjoy attending outdoor concerts at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. You can take your hamper of food, purchase wine and settle in to listen to some great music (Jackson Browne, Moody Blues, Harry Connick Jr.) as the sun goes down behind the trees. However, be cautious with the purchasing of wine part, as it can result in not remembering the second half of the concert. (I’m not talking about myself, of course, but it could happen).

      Going to the gym is enjoyable as long as I have a juicy celebrity biography to read while on the elliptical (currently reading Andrew Morton’s take on Angelina Jolie – yum).

      I enjoy long walks around Capitol Hill in the fall at dusk.
      I love kicking up the damp leaves and ending the evening with a meal at one of Seattle's great restaurants and a night cap at the Fireside Room in the Sorrento Hotel.

      Speaking of great meals, I not only enjoy eating, but I enjoy reading about food, especially restaurant reviews. I have a list of all of the fine dining restaurants in Seattle that I want to try, and I have been making my way through them alphabetically. I made it through "F" before I was forced to sidetrack because of so many new restaurants opening with names that began with letters between A and E. What's a foodie to do?
      Latest discovery: Cascina Spinasse. The Chef, Jason Stratton, was selected as one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs for 2010.

      Musicals at the Fifth Avenue Theater and the Paramount.
      I have loved musicals ever since watching Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald movies with my Dad. To pass on the tradition, I weened my daughter on them too. Though I have seen many of the “new” musicals like "Spring Awakening" and "Bombay Dreams" (awful), I keep coming back to the classics – West Side Story being the best of the best.

      Reality TV.
      Duh. I’m sure you have figured that out already. I Tivo so many programs that when I had engagements two days in a row last week, I had to do a reality TV marathon to get caught up. My husband has to watch too if he wants to spend any time with me. The other night while deeply embroiled in the latest episode of Project Runway, where there was a discussion about tailoring and whether or not Jackie Kennedy would have worn the garment, my husband asked me, “Are you surprised I watch this program with you and care about this stuff?” Sad.

      When my kids were teens, I thought it would be cool if they got on Real World. Now that they are educated and in the workforce, I fantasize about one of them being on The Apprentice. Then I would at least see them every week. Even sadder.

      (But, hey, can't you just see him on "The Apprentice?")

      My dogs.
      I especially enjoy dressing them up.

      I enjoy traveling to Europe, especially if I am in business class on the plane. Ah, pasta in Bologna, lighting a candle in Notre Dame Cathedral and a kiss on the Millenium Bridge in London. My version of Eat, Pray, Love.

      Even though I am currently mad at her for inviting her “most loyal fans” to her opening show this season and didn’t invite me, probably the most loyal of the loyal. I have been there from the very beginning and invoked her name from everything to disciplining my children to what to eat on my diet. I have followed her from the days when she had programs like “Sixth Graders Gone Wild” to her adoration of Marianne Williamson and Elizabeth Gilbert. I have also repeatedly entreated her to devote a show to librarians since she loves teachers so much and loves to read. But noooooo. I have been there through it all and to add insult to injury, she gave all those wannabes trips to Australia. Oprah...whyyyyy?

      I also enjoy my job.
      When people learn I am a librarian, they invariably say, “You must love books!”
      Yes, I reply, I do love books, but I also love people. You have to love people to work in a library, because that is the nature of the business – people. What many people don’t realize is that libraries are in the customer service business as much as they are in the book business.

      I love the little old lady who calls me “dearie” as I print out the latest recipe from her favorite Food Network show.

      I love the earnest 8-year-old boy looking for a Star Wars book who shares his obsession with me in great precocious detail.

      I love the little preschooler who crawls up on the chair next to my desk and stares at me intently and giggles when I admire her pink ballet slippers.

      I love seeing the light bulb go off for the students in our computer classes.

      I even love the teens who ask for their library card numbers for the millionth time(especially when they are polite).

      I am working on the seemingly annoying caller who asks the same question every day and the guy who scares customers by doing his back exercises on the floor of the men’s room. But I have learned that a little patience and kindness goes a long way, even when it isn't easy.

      We librarians have the power to make a difference in the lives of everyone we interact with. Most of the time we don’t even realize it.

      And that is something I enjoy.

      What do you enjoy?

      Thursday, September 16, 2010

      Online Classics Bookgroup

      Starting in October, Sno-Isle Libraries is going to try out a cool new thing: online book groups! The first one will be for discussing classics and will be on a trial run for three months.

      October - Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
      November - Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
      December - Daisy Miller by Henry James

      You can sign up here:

      I'm really tempted to sign up myself, except I'm already in two bookgroups!