Your Empress Of Information Says ‘Fulfill Your Resolution To Read More!’


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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

‘We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day’

- Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Did you know?
Students K-12 can get free homework help from trained volunteer tutors in many KCLS Libraries:

  • Boulevard Park Library -Wednesday, January 11,18th, & 25th 6pm-8pm
  • Burien Library -Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • White Center Library -Tuesday, January 10, 17, & 24 3pm-5pm & Wednesday & Thursday 5:30pm-7:30pm

Look for the volunteer in the blue tee shirt with the yellow Study Zone logo

‘Book Buddies’
Is a great new program created by the Burien Teen and Children’s Librarians to help elementary kids with their reading, trained high school volunteers will provide one-on-one reading help for children in grades K-4:

  • Monday, January 9th, 23rd, & 30th; beginning at 4pm @ the Burien Library

Drop-in, no registration is required

Fulfill your New Year’s resolution to READ MORE – join US!
Burien Book Club will be discussing ‘Lost Flamingoes of Bombay’ by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

  • Wednesday, January 18th beginning at 2pm; Conference room on the second floor

Book Review:
In the Garden of Beasts; Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin’ by Erik Larson

Erik Larson sheds new and alarming insights on the people, politics, and policies that enabled Hilter’s government to take complete control over Germany and illuminates how and why these events could have happened.

This story unfolds around two key members of an American family sent to Germany in the years before World War II began.

William Dodd was appointed by President Roosevelt as Ambassador to Germany in 1933. Dodd was a soft spoken and often maligned individual who did not fit the ‘pretty good club’ ambassadorial mold of wealthy privileged appointees before him. Still, he stuck to his ethical and moral standards and strived to be a voice of reason and clarity. Dodd sought to raise the alarm flag as daily occurrences of oppression, censorship, and violence were perpetrated on ordinary citizens, even Americans, and especially on the Jewish community by the Third Reich. His messages were often muted, overlooked, and sometimes downright ignored by the State Department and others who did not think Dodd should ever have been appointed as Ambassador.

Martha Dodd, Ambassador Dodd’s daughter, was also in the spotlight during the prewar days in Berlin.  Martha was at first enthused by the ‘fresh faces’ of the Hitler Youth and inspired by their vigor and beauty. Martha became socially, if not romantically involved with a number of officers from the Nazi party, including Gestapo chief Rudolf Deils, but as events unfolded she too became disenchanted with the Third Reich and eventually switched her allegiances to the Communist Party(another story entirely!).

Larson skillfully portrays the events of 1933-34 Berlin from the perspective of everyday citizens as well as from those in positions of power.  Larson answers the question ‘how could this happen?’ very clearly.

Highly recommended – available as eAudio, eBook, on CD, and in Large Print.

- Marilee A. Cogswell

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

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