Featured Event: Explore Summer Coyote Wisdom : Storytelling Performance

Lynnwood Library
Sunday, August 19
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Do you love a great story?

Join us for three original stories presented by Gloria Two-Feathers, and accompanied by drumming.

Ages 5 and up. Funded by Friends of the Lynnwood Library.

photo courtesy of http://www.gloriatwofeathers.com/

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Top 3 Right Now: Lindsey’s Top 3 Recent Reads

This week we’re featuring a Top 3 list from Lindsey, our teen services master at the Coupeville Community Library.

Take it away, Lindsey!

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

“I don’t know why it took me so long to read Kwame Alexander, but I picked up Rebound on a whim and I’m so grateful I did! Charlie Bell, grieving for his dad and battling a strained relationship with his mom, isn’t happy when he’s sent to live with his grandparents for the summer, but the summer of 1988 turns out to be one of his best yet. This book has basketball, Marvel comics, 80s references, hilarious friendships, roller rinks, and Kwame’s verse is on point.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Another powerful novel in verse that I read recently was The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Fifteen-year-old Xiomara feels everything so intensely. She has a controlling religious mother, an absent father, a quiet twin brother with his own potentially devastating secrets, and a best friend who is the ‘good Catholic girl’ Xiomara could never be. Ultimately she finds her tribe in the slam poetry group at her school. This girl’s voice is that of a born poet, aching to burst free.

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte

Finally, I’m still obsessed with the fantastic popular science book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. I was a dinosaur kid. The sauropods, gentle giants with lumbering bodies and birdlike lungs, have always been my favorite dinosaurs. Author Stephen Brusatte shares all kinds of fascinating tidbits about dinosaurs, Earth’s evolution, and life in the field of paleontology. Did you know that some tyrannosaurs had feathers, not for flying but for warmth or display? I didn’t!”

What a diversely awesome top 3 list, Lindsey! Thanks!

Stay tuned next week when Kathy from our Snohomish library will give her Top 3 Fantasy titles for a wider audience.

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Trailer Tuesday: Catwoman: Soulstealer

Sizzling with action and suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delivers a coming-of-age Selina Kyle, who will steal readers’ hearts in a new, highly anticipated YA blockbuster Catwoman: Soulstealer!

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Readers’ Corner: Graphic Novel Adaptations

Enjoy your favorite movies, series, and books as they’re reimagined with this week’s featured booklist: Graphic Novel Adaptations. 


Marissa @ Mariner Library

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Featured Event: Explore Summer Rockabilly Style

Oak Harbor Library
Monday, August 13
4:00pm – 5:00pm

This is perfect for all those swingin’ guys and gals looking to learn about vintage style!

Whether you attended our dance series and want to look the part, or just want to rock that vintage vibe, we’ll show you how to bring elements of the era into your style.


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Top 3 Right Now: Robyn’s Top 3 “Brat Pack” Movies

This week we’re featuring a list from Robyn, our teen services guru at our Snohomish community library. These are her top 3 “Brat Pack” movies – specifically, her favorites to watch in the morning while she’s camping.

Here’s Robyn camping!

Take it away, Robyn!

“[These are] the top 3 DVDs I like to plug into my laptop when I take a long camping trip. These movies are a standout for movie stars in their earlier years, and each of these movies depicts real life teen drama that was then, and is still true today. Some mornings by the lake just call for a fresh cup of coffee and a great ‘brat packed’ drama.

The Breakfast Club The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes. It stars Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy as teenagers who think they have nothing in common except spending a Saturday in detention with their strict assistant principal. What I really liked about this film is that it stresses the importance of spending time getting to know others before making judgements! (OK, I’m preaching here, haha!) After a whole day together, these teens realized they could be their selves and respect their peers who were different, thus making a completely new group of friends from different cliques. Universal Pictures released the film in cinemas in the United States on February 15, 1985. It received critical acclaim yet it only earned $51.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a free-spirited romp, a devil-may-care respite from grueling dailiness. It pits the quick and nonchalant Bueller vs. the school’s grim dean. It’s a hilarious duel, even though it’s about as one-sided as a Harlem Globetrotters game. Bueller is always several steps ahead of parents, local authorities and teachers and even though some of his day’s escapades are a bit unbelievable, they strike all the right escapist chords. Another film from John Hughes (1986) and a cast of movie brats including Mattew Broderick certainly entertain the notion that skipping school just might prove educational. I appreciate that this film is about taking a day off; it is a one-time thing; no sequels, no prequels, and literally, telling the story of just one day. The degree of realism in how the story is portrayed is up to the viewer, but most people suspend their disbelief, sit back, and follow Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane around Chicago. It’s is a small time commitment, you’re immediately invested into the characters due to Ferris’s fourth-wall-breaking and Cameron’s relatability, and the story wraps up neatly so you feel like you have taken a play day with the gang, and really aren’t wanting more.

The Outsiders

I love this cast; it is to die for! The Outsiders is an incredible, hard-hitting film, one of a kind gang movie that shows that even though you may not know all of life’s answers, you will always have your friends to help you find them. I especially like that the film stresses family, but allows the characters to find their individuality within their gang family. Portrayed in a believable and moving way, the brat pack cast includes Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe. However, Ralph Macchio stands out in this film as Johnny Cade. The film is an adaption of a classic novel by S.E. Hinton who was just 16 when the novel published in 1967. It was also her first novel.”


Excellent choices, Robyn!
Stay tuned next week when Lindsey from our Freeland community library will give us her top 3 recent reads, too.


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Trailer Tuesday: Neverworld Wake

In Neverworld Wake, enter a realm where fears are physical and memories come alive in this absorbing psychological suspense thriller from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Special Topics In Calamity Physics and Night FilmMarisha Pessl.

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Readers’ Corner: Libraries Rock – Non-Fiction

With about a month left in our summer reading program, this week’s featured booklist focuses our Explore Summer: Libraries Rock! theme with a Non-Fiction booklist.

The Teen Explore Summer program runs from June 1st through August 31st. Still need to register? Click here.

Track your reading on one of our printable logs then turn it in at your community library to pick up your free book! Reading logs are due back by August 31st.


Marissa @ Mariner Library

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Featured Event: Spotlight on the Lynnwood Library

Summer is still in full swing, and the Lynnwood Library is offering up a variety of fun events this week to keep you cool and in the know. Join us for a lesson in robotics international competition, college and job preparation, making paper jewelry, and even a enjoy a jamming time making musical instruments to move your groove to.


Acing College
Monday, August 06
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Visit the Edmonds Community College resource table in our lobby for information about programs of study, admissions, placement tests, financial aid, new student advising, and online registration.


Explore Summer
FIRST Robotics, and What We Do
Tuesday, August 07
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be on a robotics team? Learn about the 4 programs under the umbrella of FIRST Robotics – an international robotics competition. For school age kids and up.  We’ll cover the different age brackets of competition, show some of our process, and answer questions you might have.


Drop-in Job Help
with a WorkSource specialist
Wednesday, August 08
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Where support for most job-match sites stops at the keyboard WorkSource and Sno-Isle Libraries offer you access to career specialists who can help you with your job hunt.  Let the WorkSource team help you with answers to your job search resume career coaching and other questions you may have concerning getting back to work finding a better job or advancing your career. Drop in and see a WorkSource specialist right here.


Explore Summer
Music Jam
Friday, August 10
11:00am – 12:30pm
Tweens and Teens! Let’s design and build percussion instruments and bucket drums, then make some music! Materials and snacks provided. Funded by Friends of the Lynnwood Library.

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Top 3 Right Now: Melleny’s Top 3 Funny Horror Movies

This week we’re featuring a Top 3 Right Now list humorous horror films, brought to us by Melleny, the teen services librarian from our Mukilteo community library.
Take it away, Melleny!

“I can’t watch horror movies unless they have more to them than horror. I want to be creeped out, and I want those ‘OH!’ moments that make you cover your eyes, but I need something funny to keep me from getting too invested in the people who are about to die horrible deaths. These are three of my favorite funny horror movies.

Shaun of the Dead: The dry British wit goes so well with the brutal zombie attacks. Every time I watch this movie, I notice some new amazingly clever tiny detail.

Tucker and Dale Versus Evil: Not just a hilarious twist on the classic slasher flick – it’s also a commentary on stereotype and prejudice. But mostly just the hilarious twist thing. (Bonus: you can stream this movie through our Hoopla digital streaming service for free!)

Cabin in the Woods: How can you go wrong with Joss Whedon and Chris Hemsworth? Some serious creepiness is tempered by plenty of parody and intriguing twists.

(Honorable mention goes to Zombieland.)”

Excellent choices for a the kind of late-night horror binge you can only really have in the summer, Melleny!
What movies would you add to this list, readers?

Stay tuned for more movies next week, as Robyn from our Snohomish library gives us her top 3 movies to watch while you’re camping!

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