Welcome ‘The Maid In Waiting To The Empress Of Information’!

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The B-Town Blog’s usual Empress of Information, Marilee Cogswell, is traveling and has delegated her informational responsibilities to Judith, her maid in waiting. So, let’s welcome May with Library News!]

As you gear up for summer travel and long distance motoring, why not give the KCLS Downloads a glance. Digital downloads for your eReader, tablet, phone, MP3 player and computers are free for King County Library System users. Click on Downloads on the KCLS home page for additional information.

Do you need a STAR? (State Training & Registry System)
Parents, Teachers and Child Caregivers are Invited to FREE Early Childhood Workshops STARS (State Training & Registry System) is a career development system for those who work in childcare, early education and school-age care. King County Library System offers free childcare workshops for continuing education.

Persons requiring STARS-approved continuing education credit will need to bring their STARS registration number the day of the workshop. Register online or call the community libraries listed below.

Registration begins two weeks prior to the workshop. Adults Only!

Check the KCLS website, kcls.org for classes and locations.

Featured Book of the Week: Fiction

Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna
In turn-of-the-twentieth-century southern India, Devi Nachimada falls in love with Machu, a daring tiger hunter, and in the process endangers her friendship with a motherless boy, Devanna, thus setting the stage for a devastating tragedy.

Featured Book of the Week: Non-Fiction

Smoking Typewriters by John McMillian
What caused the New Left rebellion of the 1960s? Historian John McMillian argues that the “underground press” contributed to the New Left’s growth and cultural organization in “crucial, overlooked ways.”

EVENT: Last Stand By Nathaniel Philbrick May 18, 2pm Burien Library Book Discussion Group/All Welcome
Philbrick explores the volatile political, economic and social forces that led to the infamous confrontation at Little Big Horn. He has produced an absorbing page-turner rich with complex characters and fast-paced action, and he demolishes commonly held myths along the way.

CONTEST: Challenge your middle, junior or high school age youth to “Read.Flip.Win” The 2011 Read.Flip.Win Video Book Review Contest is here! It’s simple to participate:

  • You must be in middle school, junior high or high school.
  • Shoot a short video (up to three minutes long). Make it a Video Book Review (talk about why the book is so great) or a Video Trailer (think movie trailer – you get to be even more creative this way).
  • Post it to your YouTube account.
  • Tag your YouTube Video with RFWkcls2011
  • Enter your video in our contest here.
  • Keep tabs on what your friends are doing – we’ll be posting some of the most recent submissions below.
  • Get Tips for making your video here.

There will be 2 Grand Prizes awarded! They are two $150.00 Gift Cards to Best Buy. They will be awarded at the Red Carpet Event on August 27, 2011 at 2pm at the King County Library System Service Center in Issaquah.

The contest runs May through July, so please enter videos anytime between May 1 and July 31, 2011. Winners will be announced in August.

So, as you wait for the sun to make an appearance, think about treating yourself to a visit to your local library! This concludes the Maid’s 15 minutes of Fame. The Empress returns to the throne in June!

The main Burien Library is located at 400 SW 152nd Street,; 206.243.3490.

Hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm
  • Friday, 10am-6pm
  • Saturday, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, Noon-8pm

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