Your Empress Of Information's April Edition: Nonprofits, Census & More

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Burien Library

Happy spring to all my sprouting B-Town Book Buds out there!

April is Nonprofit Service Month!

Nonprofits & Grantseekers – We honor your work during this Nonprofit Service Month. More than 200 links relevant to your work are available to you in our Philanthropy Section. In addition, the Nonprofit Calendar lists local and regional meetings and workshops on nonprofit and fundraising topics that are both educational and good networking opportunities. It covers meetings held throughout Western Washington. Check out all the resources from our webpage:

Do you have a question about your 2010 Census form?  The Census Bureau is staffing Questionnaire Assistance Centers throughout King County to help you with your questions from March 19th-April 19th.

  • Boulevard Park Library (12015 Roseberg Avenue S • 206.242.8662) – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays 1-4pm

Visit our webpage for a complete list of libraries offering census assistance here.


  • Friday, April 9, 11am: Ladybug One! Presented by Harmonica Pocket. All ages welcome. Follow the Harmonica Pocket as they explore a world of song with Firefly, Spiders in My Breakfast and the catchy Ladybug 1, 2, 3. This concert is dedicated to the memory of children’s librarian Karen Pegors. Sponsored by the Burien Library Guild.
  • Saturday, April 10, 10:30am: STARS Workshop: For adults. See Me Beautiful: Songs Celebrating Diversity,  Presented by Lorraine Bayes, Tickle Tune Typhoon. Join us for a music workshop that focuses on anti-bias messages and multicultural diversity. Learn vocabulary rich songs, ways to utilize creative movement, singing and story methods that encourage respect, positive self image, belonging, literacy and equality. Register online at or call 206.243.3490, beginning March 27. Provides 2.5 STARS credits in Cultural & Individual Diversity.
  • Wednesday, April 14, 7pm: Opera Preview: Amelia. Presented by Norm Hollingshead. Amelia, Seattle Opera’s first world premiere opera in more than three decades, is a result of a collaboration between Daron Aric Hagen (music) and Gardner McFall (libretto) and is based on an original story by Seattle favorite, Stephen Wadsworth

Programs at the White Center Library (11220 16th S.W., Seattle, 98146; 206-243-0233 ):

  • Saturday, April 17, 1:30pm: STARS Workshop for adults. Making Science Fun. Presented by Ed Sobey, Ph.D.. Learn how to engage children in learning science through hands-on activities that are inquiry-driven and open-ended. Discover ideas for designing creative science activities with low cost materials and ways to teach basic science concepts. Dr. Sobey is the author of Wacky Water Fun with Science and Fantastic Flying Fun with Science. Provides 2 hours of STARS credit in Curriculum Development

For a complete list of programs at all our community libraries visit

‘Into Africa: the epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone’ by Martin Dugard.

“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

These were the first words spoken by journalist Morton Stanley to explorer Dr. David Livingstone upon finding him in Africa after an eight-month search.

Dr. Livingstone was Britain’s pre-imminent explorer between the 1850’s and the 1870’s who had been missing for nearly 7 years in the wilds of Africa. Livingstone’s original expedition was intended to once and for all settle the controversy over the source of the Nile River,  finding the source of the Nile would be one final great achievement for the famous explorer.

The expedition, however, ran into many difficulties including supply problems and illness forcing him into allegiance with the hated Arab slave traders of the time.  Livingstone was a highly religious man and had been very vocal in his opposition to the slave trade, in the end, even though it left him essentially destitute Livingstone broke off all ties with the Arabs.  Livingstone was then stranded in Africa with no supplies, no funds, and in the midst of growing unrest and war, he needed rescuing.

Several resupply expeditions and rescue missions were launched to find the missing Livingstone, but none was successful until the American journalist Morton Stanley took on the assignment for the New York Herald.  Stanley’s expedition and journey into Africa were no less harrowing than the hardships that Livingstone endured.  Both men were driven, one to find the source of the Nile, the other to find Livingstone.

A rich travel log and history of Africa, it’s hardships, people, and beauty during a time when few westerners or Europeans traveled into Africa.

Nonfiction -Wonderful!

Until next we meet, see you in the stacks!

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

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One Response to “Your Empress Of Information's April Edition: Nonprofits, Census & More”
  1. eric says:

    April is Nonprofit Service Month. Don’t forget your local nonprofits! For example, Burien Little Theatre, a 29 year old nonprofit, is presenting the comedy “Bleacher Bums” Friday, Saturday at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, from April 16 through May 9. Like all nonprofits Burien Little Theatre is looking for volunteers and donations. Volunteers are the life blood of BLT, but many things like rent, a phone line, paint, wood, and props all cost money. If you want to help, check out or email [email protected].

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