Holiday Salutations From Your “Empress Of Information”

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Burien Library

Holiday Salutations my Dear Readers from your Burien Library Empress of Informationâ„¢!

Despite the winter wonderland-ness of the recent weather, it’s nice to be dug out of the snow…and I never thought I’d appreciate seeing the cement in our parking lot as much as I do now!


  • On New Year’s Eve, all Libraries will close early at 5pm (Wednesday, December 31st).
  • All Libraries will be CLOSED on New Year’s Day (Thursday, January 1st).

You can access lots of business and investing information including the ‘Valueline’ & ‘Morningstar’ databases through the KCLS databases page, which is located here – all you need is a current KCLS library card and a current pin number (usually the last four digits of your phone number).


  • Holiday Magic! A Children’s program (NOT story time) Wednesday, December 31st at 10:30am for children 5yrs and older.  Magician Jeff Evans and his trained reindeer will perform card tricks!  Sponsored by the Burien Library Guild.
  • Opera Preview: Wednesday January 14th beginning at 7pm, learn about “Blue Beards Castle & Erwartung” by Schoenberg, presented by Norm Hollingshead and sponsored by the Burien Library Guild.
  • Highline ESL Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 6pm.  No registration is required – first class of the new year is Tuesday January 6th. Free English as a Second Language classes for adults
  • Study Zone (K-12): Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in Janurary beginning at 3:30pm, And Sundays January 11th, 18th, and 25th beginning at 2pm.  Drop in and Get Help with Your Home Work from our volunteer tutors! More information here.

‘Touchstone’ by Laurie R. King

  • A suspenseful tale set in the English countryside circa 1926.
  • Politics, old families, class struggle, and love set the stage for this compelling drama.
  • The story opens as FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant arrives in England to ‘informally’ follow the trail of a possible bomb-making union organizer, whose latest work in America has rendered Stuyvesant’s younger brother incompetent.
  • Stuyvesant gets no help from the British government and is about to give up when he is inadvertently put in touch with Aldous Carstairs, a very shadowy British operative whose motives for helping Stuyvesant are at the very least questionable.
  • The touchstone in ‘Touchstone’ is a British veteran of WWI by the name of Bennett Grey.
  • Carstairs has worked with (and exploited) Grey in the past and knows of his uncanny abilities- now Carstairs is looking for ways to control and use him again.
  • To Carstairs, Stuyvesant looks like the perfect patsy to help him reclaim his leverage over Grey.
  • The story is further complicated by Grey’s sister Sarah, who Stuyvesant seems to be falling for.
  • This is a page turner with a surprise ending that will leave you wanting more.
  • Highly recommended!
  • Also available in large print and on CD.
  • For a list of the Best Books of 2008, visit this website.

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

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One Response to “Holiday Salutations From Your “Empress Of Information””
  1. Marilyn says:


    My grandkids are coming from Mexico to stay with me for the summer. Is there an 'english as a second language' class for young kids? The girls are 5 & 8.


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