Your Empress of Information says ‘Check out a good book for Mom!’

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

“You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me.” 

– Strickland Gillilan

NOTE: All King County Libraries will be closed on Monday May 27th for Memorial Day.

The Northwest Collection at the Burien Library is the largest concentration of Northwest history materials in the King County Library System. Books, periodicals, maps, microform, vertical files, audio/video materials, and local yearbooks are shelved in open stacks. The Collection is generously supported by funding from the Burien Library Guild.

The collection focuses on:

  • The life and culture of the Northwest’s native peoples
  • Northwest exploration and the westward movement
  • The history of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia
  • The life, history, and culture of the Central Puget Sound Region
  • The history of other areas as it pertains to Washington State

Check it out!

Programs @ Boulevard Park Library (206.242.8662):

  • Family Movie Night: Tuesday May 14th beginning at 6pm
    Call Boulevard Park Library for movie title

Programs @ Burien Library (206.243.3490):

  • Food Glorious Food!
 Saturday May 11th, 2pm-3:30pm
    Indulge your visual appetite with this survey on the theme of food in art. Beginning with Roman wall paintings, the program will cover over one hundred images of cuisine through the centuries. A display of books and DVDs will be available for checkout.
    This program is for adults
  • Spring Arts Workshop Series: Saturdays May 18th, May 25th, June 1st, June 8th, 10am-12noon
    Ages 9-11 in 4th- 6th grades
    Explore your artistic side in these hands on workshops lead by a professional artist/instructor
    Sponsored by the Burien Library and Burien Arts
    Registration is not required

Programs @ White Center Library (206.243.0233):

  • Down the Rabbit Hole Puppet Show: Wednesday May 15th, 7pm
    Come for this hilarious story about being true to yourself, featuring a cast of fun furry animal friends.
    Family program

For a full listing of all programs and events visit our website at

BOOK REVIEW: For Mother’s Day: Two biographies about Mothers & Daughters!

Traveling with Pomegranates’ by Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor

People often say that traveling is a wonderful way to gain personal insight and open up to a wider world of perspective and experience. This is especially true when you are traveling with a close family member.

‘Traveling with Pomegranates’ is a  wonderful little memoir about a mom (Sue Monk Kidd) and her grown daughter (Ann Kidd Taylor) who take a trip together that turns out to be much more than either of them expected or planned for.

The trip, told from both their perspectives serves as a turning point a kind of ‘rite of passage’ for both of them.

Allowing each to see and appreciate the other for the woman she is, unconfined by her role as ‘mother’ or ‘daughter’.  For any mother of grown daughters or daughters whose mothers seem like a distant enigma this little volume will be a welcome read.

Then Again’ by Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton (of ‘Annie Hall’ & ‘Reds’ fame) tells her life story through her own memories as well as those of her mother, Dorothy Hall.  Dorothy Hall wrote journals, LOTS of journals that Diane discovered after Dorothy’s death.

‘Then Again’ is not just about Diane Keaton or Dorothy Hall; it’s about both of them, their influence over and support of one another. We come to know and appreciate a mother whose unflinching support and love often carries the entire Hall family along while sometimes leaving Dorothy herself feeling lonely and unfulfilled.

Keaton writes with candor and humor about her own life, celebrity, motherhood, and insightfully pays tribute to the most influential woman in her life, her Mom.

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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