Your Empress of Information says ‘forget the world with a book’


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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

“Betsy returned to her chair, took off her coat and hat, opened her book and forgot the world again.”

– from ‘Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown’ by Maud Hart Lovelace

Did You Know?
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Programs for Children & Families:

  • Early Literacy Parties in Spanish @ Burien Library
    Fiestas de Alfabetizacion Temprana Programa Gratuito en Espanol
    Tuesday August 6, 13, 20 & 27 1pm
    For Spanish speaking families with children newborn to age 5.
    Para familias hispanas con ninos recien nacidos hasta 5 anos.
    Sponsored by the KCLS Foundation
  • Sammy and the Sandbox Mystery Puppet Show @ White Center Library
    Thursday, August 15th 3pm
    Presented by Zambini Brothers
    All ages
  • Animal Senses Science Workshop @ Boulevard Park Library
    Thursday, August 22nd 2pm
    Learn how animals experience the world through hands-on science
    Ages 5 – 10

Programs for Teens (middle & high school students):

  • Recycled Fashion & Costume Contest @ Burien Library
    Thursday, August 22nd 3pm
    Recycled materials will be provided and contestants can create their own fashion/costume
    For middle and high school students
    Sponsored by the Burien Library Guild
  • Ghost Hunting 101 @ Burien Library
    Sunday, August 25th 1pm
    Go Beneath the Surface and explore the world of paranormal investigating!
    Presented by Puget Sound Ghost Hunters
    For middle and high school students

Programs for adults:

  • Chocolate from Tree to Bar by Dr. Chocolate @ Burien Library
    Saturday, August 10th 1pm
    Presented by Dr. Kristy Leissle
    Learn about all things chocolate!

Computer Classes:

  • One-on-One Computer Assistance @ Burien Library
    Saturday, August 10th, 17th, and 24th 12pm (noon)
    A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance
  • Drop in to learn about eBooks
    Saturday, August 10th 3pm @ White Center Library
    Saturday, August 17th 3pm @ Burien Library

Book Review: ‘Bring up the Bodies’ by Hilary Mantel
A wonderfully written historical novel focusing on the machinations of King Henry VIII’s ‘Master Secretary’ Thomas Cromwell.

Set in 16th century England, Mantel takes the reader inside the thoughts, actions, and reactions of Cromwell at the very beginning of the ‘Tudor’ drama.

King Henry willfully rewrites history to suit his needs and uses Cromwell to make things happen. Cromwell is skilled at maneuvering political powers and religious leaders in to doing the King’s bidding, sometimes to the point of completely reversing or rewriting history (if not the law).

It is however, sometimes unclear if Cromwell is acting on behalf of the King or being motivated by his own personal ambitions. In any case Thomas Cromwell is a powerful figure whom many fear, and with good reason. He is after all very involved in the annulment of King Henry’s first marriage to Katherine, Henry’s subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn (not to mention her downfall and beheading).

A fascinating behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the Tudor Court leading up to the death of Queen Anne. We can only hope that author Mantel will write another volume, one that comes full circle to the inevitable end of Thomas Cromwell’s life (and especially enjoyable listen on CD expertly read by Simon Vance).

For those of you cannot get enough of King Henry and the Tudors don’t miss ‘Lady in the Tower; the Fall of Anne Boleyn’ a biography by Alison Weir & ‘The Sisters who would be Queen; Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey, a Tudor Tragedy’ by Leanda De Lisle (non-fiction)

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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