Your Empress Of Information Says: Keep Cool With A Hot Book This Summer

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

Well it appears that summer finally decided to arrive, and with it comes one of the best times of year to keep cool by reading a hot book! Just don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen (on your skin, not the book!).

Did You Know?
We have been in our beautiful new building for over 1 year!  The Burien Library and City Hall building have won a number of awards for design, sustainability, and vision. Read an updated article on the history of Burien Library here to find out more.

The King County Library System is hitting the Road!
Join us to celebrate the new Library2Go! and Digital Discovery Zone vehicles, which hit the streets for the first time this summer. Library2Go! vehicles, outfitted as mini-bookmobiles, will stop at childcare centers, low-income housing and senior centers each week.

The Digital Discovery Zone, equipped with computers and software, will stop at schools, community centers and after-school programs. Launch is set for Friday, July 23, 10am at the Renton Library.

Come tour the new vehicles and enjoy refreshments and giveaways.

Library2Go Vans will be serving childcare centers, low-income housing and senior centers in the greater Burien area beginning in late August – click here for more info.

Our Summer Reading Program for elementary age children is in full swing!  Sign up at and stop by the Burien, White Center, or Boulevard Park Library to pick up the reading log.  Great prizes for those who complete their summer reading challenge, including a chance to win a free laptop computer!  Great programs too – click here for more info!

Teens can also participate in Summer Reading – 2010 READ FLIP WIN  – shoot a video book review and post it on YouTube for a chance to win – click here to find out how.

The ever popular READ Three Get One Free SUMMER Edition is back
“Read Three, Get One Free” is a book-review-and-reward program that is available at any KCLS community library. This summer, participating teens ages 12-18 can select a free paperback book for every three books they read and review plus…

There’s a Whale Inside Me’ by local Sculptor Troy Pillow was installed outside the Burien Library on June 24th.

You will be entered in a monthly drawing at your library and all entries received by August 31 are eligible for the grand prize drawing for a laptop computer on September 15. You must be in Middle, Junior High or High School in September 2010 to participate – click here for details.

New Sculpture at the Burien Library
‘There’s a Whale Inside Me’ by local Sculptor Troy Pillow was installed on Thursday June 24th outside the Burien Library.  ‘Whale’ is placed in the space originally designed to house the Tsutakawa Fountain, this new sculpture was designed with our space and specific environment in mind and should stand the test of time.  We are very  excited to announce that work to place the Tsutakawa Fountain inside the Burien Library will begin sometime in August.   We look forward to having the Fountain available for all to enjoy.

Book Review: All things John Irving
If you are looking for a wonderful and absorbing summer read with complex characters, intricate plot lines, and wonderful writing, you can’t go wrong with a novel by John Irving.

I highly recommend any of John Irving’s books. My favorites include ‘The World According to Garp’, ‘A Widow for One Year’, ‘Last night in Twisted River’, ‘Until I Find You’ and (my number one pick!) ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’.

The characters in Irving’s books are three dimensional, flawed, and very human, you get to know their whole life stories.  Irving will describe seemingly unrelated details or chance meetings in depth, then later on in the story (sometimes much later) he recalls that detail or occurrence and weaves it back into what’s going on in the novel at that point. In this way the writer illuminates another whole dimension of the plot, you really begin to understand the intricacies of human behavior and interaction on a deeper level, the writing is rich but accessible, funny and real.  No detail in a John Irving novel are irrelevant to the story as whole, as the writer Danny Angel in ‘Last Night in Twisted River’ says, “there are no coincidences”.

Many of John Irving’s books are available in a variety of formats, including large print, paperback, recorded, and in downloadable form (click here to download and transfer to your portable devise).

Get out there and read!

Until next we meet, see you in the stacks!

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

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