Your Empress Of Information Says Look To Your Library For Gift Of Reading

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

To know where you can find anything, that in short is the largest part of learning.

?- Anonymous

(Look to Your Library!)

Did You Know?
Burien Library has a variety of programs for teen readers?  The Bring Your Own Book Club meets once a month to talk about a different genre or type of book.  Students in middle and high school can share what their favorites with each other and learn about hot new books.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 20th at 3:30 pm, where we’ll discuss “wintry tales.”

Students in middle and high school are also eligible to participate in Read 3, Get 1 Free, a book-review-and-reward program that is available at any KCLS community library. Pick up a form at the library or download one at, fill it out, and select a FREE paperback book for every three books you read and review.

And what would the holiday season be without some giving? During the “12 Days of Bookmas,” teens can comment on the Burien Library Teens Facebook page for a chance to win one book each day from December 9th through December 20th. “Like” us here:

For a complete list of programs visit @

Book for Giving & Reading, Recommended by Burien Librarians:

Press Here by Herve Tullet
An interactive book that engages the imagination. A great read-aloud for ages 2 and up.

Fearless Critic Seattle Restaurant Guide
For the ‘Foodie’ on your list,  this book offers concise reviews and a lots of lists, including;  Best Italian Food;  Best Restaurants for Kids; and  Best Restaurants Open after Midnight.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Thoughtful and endearing books, this is definitely a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws, gave Walls the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms (she’s a regular contributor to For anyone who enjoys non-fiction/memoirs and stories that ‘triumph against all odds’

Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray
Highly recommended for first and second graders who enjoy hilarious jokes in a comic book format.

Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
For fans of the TV show Monk, here’s the absorbing story of a quirky thief who only steals things his victims won’t miss. Also great as an audiobook!

Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion by Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel
A well researched biography with special focus on “behind-the scenes” negotiations pertaining to many of mid- 20th century court decisions.  Will delight supreme court and biography junkies prowling for the next read.

Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals by Jamie Oliver
Well known recipes with step-by-step illustrations and instructions . Jamie has authored a number of books and yes he does promote his philosophy on TV  (cooking should be fun and healthy), but he wants to inspire people to be conscious of simple, easy and healthy food preparation.  A nice stocking stuffer for the beginning and intermediary home chefs

Cold hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson
About giving the gift of life. When 16yr old Tyler loses his sister he realizes that donating her organs will help save other teens. A moving story about organ transplant from both points of view.

Last-minute knitted gifts by Joelle Hoverson ; photographs by Anna Williams.
Remember those times you had a nagging feeling you forgot to add someone to the gift buying list? Keep of few of these gifts on hand and you’ll be saved next time.

Anything by Erik Larsen:

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
A book about improving memory though the use of ancient and modern techniques, for the techie on your list.

All King County Libraries will be closed December 24th and December 25th for the Christmas Holiday.

Thank you so much, and Happy Holidays!!

– Marilee A. Cogswell

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

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