Your Empress Of Information Says: ‘Bridge To Basics’ Can Help YOU At KCLS

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

Did You Know?
The Burien Library had partnered with ‘WithinReach’ and the United Way of King County to provide a FREE monthly service called ‘Bridge to Basics’ ? This program provides help getting services for food, utilities, and health care.

The ‘Bridge to Basics’ volunteers are in the lobby of the Burien Library the third Monday of each month from 3pm-5pm.

Program Highlights for the rest of AUGUST:

@Burien Library

‘Master Gardeners’
Wednesday, August 24, at 5 p.m.
Bring your garden questions to the Master Gardeners walk up clinic.
Age(s): Adults

@ White Center Library

Summer Reader’s Celebration
Monday August 22nd at 7pm
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program for kids with ice cream sundaes, books, and crafts
Sponsored by the White Center Library Guild

Be sure to visit the library’s program page for a complete list of programs at all our libraries

Book Review: ‘The Poisoner’s Handbook: murder and the birth of forensic medicine in jazz age New York’ by Deborah Blum

A fascinating history covering the development of modern toxicology practices, crime scene investigation techniques, and the people and politics of New York City in the 1920s and 1930s.

Blum traces the development of forensic medicine through the careers of 2 very important figures in New York medical examiners history, Dr Charles Norris, New York City’s medical examiner and his chief chemist Dr. Andrew Gettler. Both Norris and Gettler are dedicated and passionate about the work of developing sensitive and reliable testing methods to discover the truth about what is really killing people. Especially in cases of deliberate poisoning and public safety Gettler and Norris work tirelessly to educate the public and motivate the government to regulate dangerous substances.

Blum discusses arsenic, cyanide, radium, chloroform, mercury and several other poisonous materials in depth (and sometimes in grizzly detail) describing how these substances work on the body.

Includes an interesting look at the 1920s prohibition laws and how the scarcity of alcohol increased deaths due to the consumption of bootlegged substitutes many of which contained very toxic substances.

Educational and gruesomely entertaining!

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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One Response to “Your Empress Of Information Says: ‘Bridge To Basics’ Can Help YOU At KCLS”
  1. Rachael Levine says:

    Hello Residents of North Highline,
    The King County Library System Board of Trustees still need to hear from more residents of North Highline about the contemplated closing of both the White Center and Boulevard Park libraries to create a consolidated library. The location of this new library has not yet been determined and the decision to move forward with consolidation plans
    was put on hold after a strong response from the community served by these two libraries.
    Being “put on hold” does not mean the KCLS administration has abandoned the vision of one larger library to replace the two smaller ones. There is particular concern about access for students who attend nearby schools and can get to the libraries on their own. Many of these students are dependent upon library computers and other resources.
    KCLS Board of Trustees: 960 Newport Way NW Issaquah, WA 98027 (

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