Awesome Book Trailers by Whitman Students

In Mr. King’s class at Whitman Middle School, you don’t just read the book–you sell it. Students made their own book trailers promoting their favorite novels.

Like this one, that won first place in the King County Library System’s 2012 Read Film Win contest.


Or this one, for a novel about an extremely smart girl trapped in her own mind.


And there are more! The Whitman book trailer videos are in the library’s catalog; watch them all here.


Sakura Con – who’s in?

banner_2014This weekend is the 17th Annual Sakura-Con…the Northwest’s biggest anime / manga / all-things-Japanese convention.  Who’s going?

I am!  I have been to every Sakura-Con since 2008.  It’s an amazing three day event that celebrates, well,  all things Japanese…from anime viewings to manga give-aways to panels of experts and authors to Ikebana displays to kimono fittings to auditoriums of game playing.  There’s a huge masquerade ball and even martial arts demos.  Not to mention the ginormous Exhibit Hall of booths selling merchandise and the ever-popular Artist’s Alley.

It’s a fascinating weekend that celebrates the otaku in all of us.

Have you been?  What did you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts of the event and see your pictures…especially if you cosplay!  :D

Ja ne!  Hope to see you there!

Manga Review: Fairy Tail

Title: Fairy Tail

Author:  Hiro MashimaFairy Tail

Summary:  Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels.

In a yearbook, Natsu would be voted Most Likely To: Become a Serial Arsonist.​

This book reminded me of One Piece because they’re very similar in how the plots work and the characters act. Fairy Tail is famous for being a One Piece rip-off, although I think that it’s pretty different when you get to the core of it. They have the same camaraderie theme, but Fairy Tail then focuses mainly on that while One Piece branches off in all sorts of directions.

Review:  Fairy Tail, a typical action shonen manga, follows a girl who wants to become a strong wizard and a strong wizard boy who wants to find his missing dragon dad. They’re both part of a famously destructive, chaotic, and kind-hearted wizarding guild and they make friends and defeat evil wizards bent on world domination and the like. It’s better than it sounds.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle Blogger


SEE ME, SEYMOUR: Little Shop of Horrors Takes Seattle

There’s a spaceship in the rafters.

At least, it looks like one. It’s white and ovate with jagged, tooth-like pieces of metal, conspicuously dangling among the stage lights overhead. I spent fifteen minutes wondering how an alien encounter could possibly fit into my painstaking research on the musical, the entire half paragraph of a Wikipedia synopsis that I skimmed beforehand. Then the house lights went dark, the twisted, purple wall onstage split wide open and a soulful trio of Skid Row Supremes (Nicole Rashida Prothro, Alexandria Henderson, Naomi Morgan) launched into the opening number. From that point forward, I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the stage.

Turns out it isn’t a spaceship at all. It’s an enormous dental appliance that descends from the ceiling as an evil dentist, Orin Scrivello D.D.S. (David Anthony Lewis), slowly rises out from beneath the eerily animate stage floor to an erupting cloud of backlit fog and dramatic keyboard.

If this does not compel you to buy your tickets to the ACT and 5th Avenue’s Little Shop of Horrors immediately, allow me to rephrase.

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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Title:  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

3-Sentence Summary: Young Jacob grew up believing in the stories that his grandfather told him about “the monsters” and about living in a home with “peculiar” children who could do amazing things. Fifteen years old now, Jacob doesn’t believe in these “fairy tales” anymore. But after a tragedy befalls his grandfather, Jacob learns that his grandfather’s stories maybe not be just stories after all.

Six-word Review: Boy finds peculiar children, faces danger.

I began reading this book because…I had been searching for good book to read online and I came across this. I decided to read it because everyone said it was good.

I kept reading because…It had such great use of language and there was tragedy that made me want to keep on reading.

I couldn’t get enough of…The imagery that was put into my head as I kept on reading. There was also some mystery and plot twists in this that I loved. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book.

If the main character was in a high school yearbook they would be voted most like to…uncover strange secrets about his grandfather and meet peculiar children.

If the main character was stuck on a deserted island..he would find a boat.  ;)

The sequel to this book, Hollow City, is already out, and they’re making a movie!


–Aldo, 17, Teen Center Adviser


Spring Break at the Library!

springflowers1-creativecommons It seems that every year, Spring Break comes around and I am once again left in rainy Seattle while everyone and their dog heads off to some sunny vacation resort. If you are in the same boat as me, fear not! The Library is offering a wide range of activities during the week of Spring Break (April 14th – 18th) so that you don’t have to spend your week off gloomily clicking through photo albums from the Bahamas on your friends’ Facebook walls. Here are some of the highlights of the 2014 Spring Break activities.
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STA Files: Nasiroh (The Newbie)

good oneNasiroh is a recent Student Assistant at NorthgateNasiroh was interviewed by Derrick, a fellow staffer and former STA.  She currently attends the University of Washington.

Visit our website to learn more about the Student Assistant program and apply online!

Derrick: How did you hear about the STA program?

Nasiroh: I actually heard it through friends and family that went through the STA program. They told me it was a really cool and fun experience and that it was a good place to meet people. The program is also designed for students so they really work around your school schedule which is a bonus because not many places offer that. Also the fact that as a student you know that the program last for 3 years is a nice sense of security with many opportunities to move up within the library system is very encouraging. One of the great things that the STA program offers is that you don’t need a lot of experience to apply because they are one of the few programs that look for people who don’t have experience so that they can teach you and give you job experience. I wish I had known about the program in my high school years as I would have liked to done it earlier.

Derrick: Did you have a job before this one?Nasiroh

Nasiroh: I’ve had multiple jobs before this one. My last job was telephone fundraising with the University of Washington at the Student Calling Program for the Office of Annual Giving. Basically it was a program by students for students that gave annual scholarships. It was a good way to make meaningful connections with people from different backgrounds. I can honestly say that working there compared to working at the library are different as the calling center wasn’t as regulated and could be very silly at times while the library is relaxed with understood rules. One of the nice things about working in the library is that the atmosphere helps you transition into understanding what a more professional environment is like without being overwhelming. They still understand how to keep things casual, have fun, and joke around, but at the same time know how to interact with people on a more professional level.

Derrick: What’s your favorite part of the job?

Nasiroh: I really enjoy working with the staff. They are all really nice and professional. I also like how we also provide many free events and services for the community like movie screenings at the Northgate Branch, tax help, and had I known about homework help in high school I would have definitely taken advantage of it.

Derrick: What other advice can you share with teens?

Nasiroh: Don’t get discouraged! Even if you don’t get accepted the first time or pass your first interview, keep trying. Pay attention to all the instructions and deadlines. I would suggest to people who are considering applying to work on your application and cover letter, get good recommendations from teachers and past employers help as well. I think one thing people forget is that volunteer work is considered experience, so if you have gotten involved with anything in any way, list it. As always, approach it professionally and put your best foot forward!