Mountlake Terrace Library Blog

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Black Friday Craftacular - An Alternative to Shopping

With money tight this year, and many teens (and adults) having trouble finding jobs, Black Friday may be a grim day for shopping.

But Sno-Isle Libraries is offering a fun, free, gifting alternative for teens and families the day after Thanksgiving this year! Six of our libraries are offering free craft programs:

BRIER LIBRARY - 1:00 p.m. Fun crafts for the whole family.
SULTAN LIBRARY - 11:00 a.m. Fridge magnets and bird feeders.
MILL CREEK LIBRARY - 1:00 p.m. Buttons, duct tape creations, gift bows,and holiday cards.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE LIBRARY 1:00 p.m. Duct tape creations.
MUKILTEO LIBRARY - 1:00 p.m. Angry Bird pom poms.
OAK HARBOR LIBRARY - 2:00 p.m. Duct tape creations.

All programs take place this coming Friday, November 25, 2011.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A.J. Explains It All: Lifelong Learning

Hi, everybody. A.J. here.

It’s been a few months since I’ve checked in with you.

Now that I am almost 8 months old, I want to reflect on those last 8 months and the meaning of life and lifelong learning.

This is how I look when I am reflecting.

Now that I think of it, the last eight months constitute my whole entire life. Wow.

I have been learning all that time and the learning curve has been HUGE!

I guess I am already a lifelong learner.

Eight months ago, I was all swaddled up, could barely move, subsisted on a liquid diet, didn’t make eye contact and, (my mother wants me to add), cried a lot at night. Sorry, Mom.

But today, I can crawl, stand in my crib and rock out to tunes, eat solid foods, laugh, flirt and generally look adorable. And I even have a couple of teeth.


So as I reflect on my life so far, I try to have no regrets, but, really, drooling just isn’t cool and teething is h-e-double-hockey sticks, if you know what I mean.

So I won’t miss that.

And I am sorry that I cried every night so my parents had to get up with me. They both work very important jobs, and I know I tired them out. I couldn’t help it. I was a growing boy. But there was that one night I was just goofing around to see how long it would take my Dad to make it from the bedroom to my crib. I was bored. So I regret that.

Though I have made a lot of progress in eight months, I know I still have much to learn.

I think I overheard my parents talking about when I start walking.

They sounded concerned.

There are all these new things in the house – gate sort of thingies on the stairs. I don’t know what my parents are so worried about. It’s just me, A.J., gettin’ my mobile on! Yeah! It’s part of life and my lifelong learning. They ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

And that brings me to my favorite subject. The Library.

I have already talked to you about what a great place the library is for babies and toddlers. Ready Reader storytimes and other activities at the library help us get ready to succeed in school.

But the library isn’t just for babies or toddlers or children or even teens.

The library is also there to provide a life-long opportunity for adults to continue their education on their own or to pursue any interest or desire they have.

And did you know that the library web site is always there and librarians are also on duty to provide answers and information at any time of day or night 24/7 via chat or email?

It's called "Ask a Librarian."

How convenient is that for busy adults like my parents?

By the time my parents commute back and forth to the Big City for work, get home, cook dinner, play with me, and read my favorite books to me, they might not have time to get to the library, no matter how much they want to.

But even though they can’t get to the library itself, they can visit the library’s website to place holds on items they want to pick up at the library later (like my favorite picture books!), download books and audiobooks, and find answers to their questions, using the many databases the library provides on all kinds of subjects like auto repair, genealogy, health, you name it.

And when my parents can’t find the answers themselves, they can email or chat with a real live librarian 24/7.

This is made possible through a network of librarians across the country and abroad, who are scheduled throughout the day or night, to help busy people with their information needs. So if you are up in the middle of the night, somewhere in the world it’s daytime and a librarian is on duty to help you.

All you have to do is "Ask a Librarian!"

How cool is that?!

Speaking of cool, see what I can do?

Here I am sitting up and modeling headwear.

Here is that "looking adorable" thing I mentioned earlier.

This is harder than it looks. It’s not easy keeping that thing in your mouth when you are asleep!

Anyway, I can’t wait to learn to talk and type, so I can chat or email the librarians 24/7 when I need help.

And I also want to learn how to surf and play football and ride a motorcycle and bake a pie and collect baseball cards and dance the cha cha cha and play the piano and take care of a pet and drive a car and write the great American novel and take care of my own kids…

So much to learn.

It will take me my whole life long!

I’m glad the library will be there all along the way – 24/7!