Your Librarian Is Now The “Empress Of Information”

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Burien Library

For the legions of all my literary (and librarian) fans out there, you may recall that this column was once entitled “Shush!” (a very stereotypical personification of us Librarians, but that’s another story).

Well I have some good news and some bad news – first, the good news:

This feature has now been re-titled “From the Empress of Information”!

That’s right, say goodbye to “Shush!” forever.

The bad news: the smartypants citizen who came up with the original title is still involved as “Editor,” albeit as a much more sheepish one who’s relegated to a secret “Study Room” that doubles as a storage closet.

And now, on with my column:


  • The King County Library System’s Summer Reading Program was a huge success this year.
  • Over 40,000 children signed up!
  • Congratulations go to Cathy Ngo, White Center Library winner of the laptop computer drawing for teens – good for you Cathy!!


The following library branches will be closed the morning of Thurs., Oct. 9th for staff training:

The Burien Library will open at Noon, while the Boulevard Park & White Center Libraries will open at 1pm, and Vashon Library will open at 2pm.


  • October Story Times in Spanish for children and families:
    • Thursdays @ the Burien Library beginning at 6:30pm
    • Mondays @ the Boulevard Park Library beginning at 7pm
    • Saturday Oct 4th & 11th @ the White Center Library beginning at 1:30pm
  • October Story Times in Vietnamese for children and families:
    • Tuesdays @ the White Center Library beginning at 7pm
  • Study Zone @ the Burien Library – Drop in for help with your homework!
    • Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 3:30pm (K-12)


  • Front Porch Theater is Wed., Oct 15th starting at 7pm!
    • Participate in an informal dramatic reading of Robert Penn Warren’s ‘All the Kings Men’ (adapted for stage by Adrian Hall) presented by the Intiman Theater.
    • Check out for a complete listing of all programs offered in our Libraries!


  • The King County Library System offers STARS Training (State Training and Registry System)?
    • Persons requiring STARS-approved continuing education credit can find many of these workshops being offered in our Libraries.
    • Visit for details, listings, and instructions for online signup.


Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston—(it’s available on CD too)

  • A fascinating account of tall tree enthusiasts and scientists who climb and study some of the world’s biggest trees, primarily the Giant Sequoia.
  • Until fairly recently no humans were able to venture into the canopy of these huge trees and consequently little was known about canopy ecosystems.
  • A ‘wild tree’ is one that has not been climbed nor studied.
  • Author Richard Preston (a tree enthusiast himself) follows the work of those few who have developed and mastered climbing techniques that makes study of these amazing trees possible.
  • A wonderful addition to the natural history of the pacific coast, reads like an adventure novel.
  • Highly recommended.

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

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