“Shush!” A New Column From The Burien Library Manager

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Burien Library

Welcome to my very first column for the B-Town Blog!

Summer is always a busy time for libraries, and henceforth, Librarians, so please show some consideration of my time and energy.

In other words: “SHUSH! Please be considerate of others – people are trying to read!”

As you know, the Burien branch of the King County Library is located at 14700 Sixth Avenue SW in Burien; our phone number is (206) 243-3490 and our hours are:


The Summer Reading Program (SRP) is in full swing.  We have lots programs, activities, and prizes for kids of all ages, including preschool and elementary school age kids http://www.kcls.org/srp/.  The program for teens has a NEW element this summer which we hope really inspires those budding film makers out there, it’s called ‘Read.Flip.Win’.

To enter teens need to create a short video book review and post it to YouTube. See http://www.kcls.org/teens/read_flip_win.cfm for details and to see what you could win!

The Burien Library will be hosting a teen film shoot event on Monday July 21st.

Construction is fully underway on our joint development project at Burien Town Center; the new Burien Library will share a 3-story building with the City of Burien.  The new library will include more materials, computers, and space for children and teens.  The current library will remain open for business until construction of the new building is completed sometime in mid 2009

The Burien Library Guild and the White Center Library Guild are nonprofit organizations that support our local libraries. Both the Burien Library Guild and the White Center Library Guild host an ongoing “book sale” stocked with good quality used books that have been donated to the library.  Both libraries gladly accept donations of good quality used books, and all donations directly support programs and activities at your libraries.

Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s great pirate army, the epic battle for the Americas, and the catastrophe that ended the outlaws’ bloody reign by Stephan Talty

  • Wonderfully readable non-fiction account of pr1acy, buccaneering, privateering, and politics in the Caribbean from about 1665-1700.
  • Henry Morgan and his men rampaged from Jamaica’s Port Royal, “the wickedest city in the new world” all across the Spanish Main.
  • A British loyalist to the end, Morgan began his career as a “privateer” to disrupt Spanish commerce in the new world (a privateer functions much as a pirate, but with a paid commission and sanction of a government body, in Morgan’s case the British empire).
  • This is the real story of the Pirates of the Caribbean and is so bloody, daring, and outlandish that no fiction comes close to the reality.
  • No ship, port, or inland city for that matter was safe from an attack by these ‘booty’ hungry and bloodthirsty renegades.
  • In one of the most daring episodes of Morgan’s career, he marched his band across Panama to loot and burn Panama City; the city was so ruined that after the attack it was not rebuilt on the same site.
  • A truly fascinating history of political intrigue and empire building in the Caribbean during the age of exploration.
  • Highly recommended.
  • This one comes in LP & on CD too.

Well, that’s all I’ve got time for this week, but please come back soon for more, and in the meantime…SHUSH!

Marilee A. Cogswell is the Manager of the 
Burien Library.

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