Your Empress Of Information Says: The Library Has FREE Museum Passes!

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

Despite what the Groundhog saw recently, it’s still winter out, the perfect time of year to curl up inside with a great book (of which your local library has plenty) or go to a local museum for FREE!

DID YOU KNOW? You can get Free Museum Passes Through the King County Library System!

KCLS has partnered with area museums to offer free museum passes.

Register for your free museum pass up to two weeks in advance of the day you plan to visit. Online registration opens daily at noon. Passes are good for general admission and are limited to one per family.

Click here for all the details.

If you do not have an email address, call the Bellevue Library at 425.450.1765 to register.


  • Burien Library: Beginning February 2nd, tax assistance will be available on Wednesdays, 5-8pm and Saturdays, 10pm-1pm and 1pm-4pm. Last day for tax assistance is Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Help is provided on a first come, first served basis.  No appointments are taken.  Bring a copy of last year’s tax return and any current tax documents with you. Click here for a complete list of FREE TAX assistance at our libraries.

Mondays are Fun Days at the White Center Library! Movies, Games, Stories, and MORE – starts at 5pm every Monday in February for Children and their families!

Take Time To READ
You might just find yourself:?…rested and relaxed?…invigorated by new ideas?…ready to tackle that assignment, finish those chores or find a great new recipe for dinner.

Winter Reading for Adults Begins January 1, 2011, ends March 31, 2011. Ages 18 and older. Reading may be its own reward, but wouldn’t you enjoy a nice warm beverage to go along with it? Simply TAKE TIME TO READ this winter, and tell us about it. You will be entered to win a $5 coffee card from Starbucks and  other great prizes! for all the details

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot

Stunning revelations about medical research, privacy, patient rights, ethics and profit – a must read!

Many medical advances and discoveries happened due to the research made possible by the cells of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman who died of cervical cancer in the early 1950s; cells from her cancer tumor were harvested and grown by doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland. The cells came to be known as HeLa cells, from the first two letters of her first and last names.

What is so remarkable about the story is that these cells were among the first that scientists were able keep alive and grow. Much of what is known today about cell and tissue culture is directly based on research done with HeLa cells, even today HeLa cells are widely used for medical research.

The other remarkable thing about this story is that the Lacks family had no idea that Henrietta’s cells were alive and growing and that profits were being made from HeLa cell research. As author Rebecca Skloot delves into Henrietta’s story she uncovers major ethical questions about cell and tissue research and ownership that continue to be debated to this day.

Skloot was able to get to know the Lacks family, especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah. Deborah’s entire life was dedicated to making sure that her mother’s contribution to the world was recognized and honored.

In the end, this story is much more than a reporting on Henrietta and her cancer, it’s a story about her family, medical research in the 1950s and today, and the medical treatment of black and poor people by the medical community.

This book is a scientific human interest story everyone should read. The scientific community is still not required by law to inform patients when or even if their tissues will be used for research or testing, not to mention any profit that may be created from patients’  ‘raw materials’.

Highly recommended.

Available in regular & Large Print, on CD, as an ebook, and in eaudio formats.

Until next time – see you in the stacks!

– Marilee A. Cogswell

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

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