Your Empress of Information Says ‘May is Loaded with KCLS Programs for All Ages!’

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

“The future belongs to those 
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

NOTE: All King County Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

The King County Library System is once again sponsoring a ‘Video book review contest for teens!’ this summer. Check out for all the details, including rules and who may enter.

Programs @ the Burien Library – May is loaded with programs for all ages – here are just a few:

For Adults:

  • Master Gardener Clinics begin in May
    Wednesday, May 9th, 16, 23, & 30 @ 5pm
    Saturday May 12 & 19 @ 10am
  • Remembering Century 21
    Saturday May 12 @ 10am
    A Museum of History and Industry workshop
    Join us to share and learn about the 1962 World’s Fair

For Teens:

  • Teen Talk Time
    Wednesday May 30 @ 3pm
    Improve your speaking and listening skills in English
    Snacks provided by the Burien Library Guild
  • Put This on the {Map} Film Screening
    Wednesday May 30 @ 4:30pm
    Sid Jordan Peterson presents a video documentary project capturing the narratives of LGBTQ young people in Washington State.

For Children:

  • Book Buddies
    Monday May 14, 21 @ 4pm
    Wednesday May 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 4pm
    K-4th grade
    Free one-on-one reading help from a trained high school volunteer
  • Somali Story Time
    Friday May 11, 18, 25 @ 12noon
    Ages 2 and older with family

See for a complete list of programs

Programs @ Boulevard Park Library & White Center Library:

  • Late Night Afterhours Teen Program!
    Friday June 1st 6pm
    The Library will be open exclusively for teens, ages 12-18, to play games, use the computers, do craft activities and have fun! Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the White Center Library Guild.

For Adults:

  • Rick Steves ‘Best of Europe’
    Thursday May 24th @ 7pm
    Boulevard Park Library

For Children:

  • Cenerentola: The Italian Cinderella Puppet Show
    Wednesday May 23 @ 6:30pm
    Ages 4 and older
    Boulevard Park Library
  • Summer Sneak Peek!
    Wednesday May 23 @ 6:30pm
    Ages 3 and older
    White Center Library

If you somehow missed reading Tony Hillerman’s Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Navajo Tribal Police mystery series you are in for a real treat.

This series is set in the Navajo and Hopi Indian country of the Southwest. You will not only learn about Native American customs, folklore, and religious beliefs but you will also be transported to the physical wide open spaces of the desert landscape.

Hillerman’s storytelling is straightforward, clear, and illuminating, he takes you directly into the story to solve the present day mystery and at the same time give you  a real taste of the people and places of the Southwest.

Tony Hillerman, though not a Native American,  has been honored by the Navajo Tribal Council with its ‘Special Friend of the Dineh’.

The first four titles in this series are ‘The Blessing Way’, ‘Dance Hall of the Dead’, ‘Listening Woman’, and ‘The Dark Wind’.

Most are available in Large Print and on CD; several of Hillerman’s later works in this series have been made into major motion pictures, including: ‘The Dark Wind’ & ‘A Thief of Time.’

Highly recommended!

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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