Your Empress of Information Says ‘Don’t Be Afraid of a Good Book!’

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

“I must say I find television very educational.
The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.”

~ Groucho Marx

Bridge to Basics is a FREE monthly program that can help get the services that you qualify for including: Food Stamps; Utility assistance information; Free or Low cost children’s health insurance; Free job training; Free banking.

  • Monday October 15th
  • Monday November 19th
  • Monday December 17th

3pm-5pm at the Burien Library.

Visit for a complete listing of all Bridge to Basics times & libraries.

Sponsored by United Way of King County, Within Reach, Hopelink, and the King County Library System.

Programs @ Boulevard Park Library:

  • “Spooky Stories and Songs”
    Wednesday, October 31, 6:30pm
    Ages 2 and older and their families.
    Wear your costume for spooky stories and songs at this very special Halloween Story Time!

Programs @ Burien Library:

  • It Came From the Library ~ Teen Author Panel
    Tuesday, October 16, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
    Join the Burien Library Teen Book Club and Burien Library Advisory Board as we host a visit from authors Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood), Megan Bostic, (Never Eighteen), Chelsea Campbell (The Rise of Renegade X), and Helen Landalf (Flyaway). They will share from their books and answer your questions.  More information available here:
  • Teen Talk Time
    Wednesday October 24th  & Wednesday November 28th,3:30-5:00pm
    Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group for students in middle and high school.
    Snacks provided by the Burien Library Guild
  • Tuesday Afternoon Movie
    October 23rd & November 27th, 3:00-5:00pm
    Enjoy movies and popcorn at the library!
    Teens in middle and high school
    Supported by the Burien Library Guild
  • Code Breakers
    Saturday, October 13th, 2:00-3:00pm
    Did you know codes and ciphers are based on mathematical reasoning?  Discover the math in real-world codes and ciphers by exploring secret messages.
    Ages 8 and older
    Sponsored by the Burien Library Guild

Programs @ White Center Library:

  • After Hours Late Night ~ Teen Program
    Friday, October 19, 5pm
    An evening of fun activities when the library is open just for teens. Snacks provided.
    Sponsored by the White Center Library Guild.

Visit for a complete listing of all programs throughout the King County Library System.

The Sisters Who Would be Queen: Mary; Catherine; and Lady Jane Grey, a Tudor Tragedy’ by Leanda de Lisle

When Henry the VIII died in 1547, his son (and legal heir) Edward VI became King of England.

Unfortunately for Edward, and as it turned out for the Grey sisters, Edward did not live long, upon his death he named Lady Jane Grey as heir to the throne.  Edward and Lady Jane were both Protestants making her succession anything but assured, in fact the ‘Privy Council’ didn’t take long to switch sides and put Edward’s half sister Mary (a Catholic) on the throne.

Jane was Queen for a mere 9 days and was eventually beheaded.

Lady Katherine Grey, Jane’s sister also fell out of favor with the Crown. After Queen Mary died another half sister of Edward’s, Elizabeth (known as Elizabeth I- daughter of Henry VIII & Ann Boleyn) became Queen. Though Elizabeth was a Protestant like the Grey sisters she was extremely suspicious of the entire family since Lady Jane Grey ‘conspired’ against her and her sister Mary after Edward’s death.

When Lady Catherine, who was a member of her court, secretly married…and had a couple of sons, Queen Elizabeth was enraged and jailed both Catherine and her husband (Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford).  Katherine, after seven years under house arrest and separation from her husband and oldest child died, she apparently starved herself to death.

The final sister, Mary Grey, also married without the Queen’s consent and was also jailed and separated from her husband for the crime, she however did regain the Queen’s favor and was eventually restored to court.

A fascinating look at Tudor England, Henry VIII’s legacy, and the beginnings of the Elizabethan Age. Keeping all the cousins, marriages, and alliances straight is a bit challenging but overall the reader gets an interesting look at the power struggle that would place Queen Elizabeth I on the throne for over forty years and bring a much needed stability to England.

Also available on CD and as a downloadable Ebook!

Highly recommend!

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 ‘Don’t Be Afraid of a Good Book!’”
  1. We love the info about Bridge to Basics. The link doesn’t seem to be working though. Here’s a link that leads to times and info for Bridge to Basics. Thanks B-Town!

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