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Library kicks off Summer Reading Program, new career resource center

There’s a lot happening at the Seattle Public Library these days, including a new online career resource center and the Summer Reading Program.
SPL’s new Workplace911 is an online career resource covering all aspects of work, from finding a job to handling a difficult boss.

Workplace911 is a joint partnership between author and work expert Bob Rosner, Brainfuse and The Seattle Public Library. The resource is free and will be available from the Library’s website at www.spl.org by selecting the “Job hunting resources” Quick Link.
Rosner is a Seattle-based (Queen Anne) bestselling author and award-winning journalist. He is author of “The Boss’s Survival Guide” and “Working Wounded: Advice that Adds Insight to Injury.” Rosner has a unique perspective on today’s workplace, having personally responded to over 50,000 emails from employees and employers. He is a regular contributor to the Today Show and CNBC, and has been featured in People, the Wall Street Journal and Fortune.

Rosner also will facilitate a series of workshops about employment and the workplace at several local libraries.
The Library also has a program that provides personalized reading lists for teens.

To get your list, go to www.spl.org and then to the “Teens” page under “Audiences.” Use the “Ask a Librarian” e-mail form to tell us about a few books you love or ones that have put you to sleep. Tell us your favorite genres. Fantasy, horror, romance? What else?
In a day or two you will receive a list of five recommended books just for you. You can use the personalized list service as many times as you want, and it’s always free!
For more information, call the Teen Center at 206-615-1410.

The Library system also just kicked off its Summer Reading Program, with the theme “Where Does Reading Take You?” The annual program encourages everyone to read during summer, especially children. You can sign up in person, at any of the 27 Library locations or online.

Children can track books online, or get a reading log from any Library location and collect a sticker for each book read. Teens and adults can also track books online or in-person at their local branch.
Children who participate in the Summer Reading Program will receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum after reading 10 books. Children who read 10 books by Monday, July 26 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Sheraton Hotel in August. One winner from each Library location will be selected.

This year’s Summer Reading Program includes hundreds of free programs for families at Library locations. Here are the programs scheduled for the Greenwood Library.

  • Heart and Soul of Mexico – Experience a fun, interactive show that covers many regions and aspects of Mexican culture. The musicians of La Mariachi Mexico will perform familiar songs on a variety of authentic instruments. For ages 6 and up. 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6.
  • Games Around the World – Celebrate the differences and similarities among cultures by playing games from around the world with W.E. C.A.R.E. Sports. Discover new games that use luna sticks, diabolos, pelele (fling-it nets), lariats, takraw balls and petecas. For ages 5 and up. 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 29.
  • 20,000 Volts Under the Sea – Sing, dance and laugh with the Brian Waite Band. This deep-sea rock musical is fun for the whole family and filled with interactive games, zany characters and, of course, great lives music. For ages 3 and up. 4 p.m. Wed., July 7.
  • Robot Challenge – Explore the world of robotics with educators from the Pacific Science Center! How do scientists use modern robots to investigate other planets and dangerous places on earth? Analyze the features of these robots then program one to maneuver through a simulated hostile environment. Compete in teams against other programmers to be the robot champion. For ages 12-18. 2 p.m. Wed., July 14.
  • Save Our Amazing Raptors (SOAR) – Educators from the Woodland Park Zoo will introduce you to live raptors (birds of prey) and explain their natural history and special adaptations. Ask questions and check out skulls, feathers and owl pellets. For ages 5 and up. 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 20.
  • Read the Book, Watch the Movie! – Join us as we watch a beloved movie and briefly discuss the movie and the book that inspired it. “The Princess Bride,” 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24.
  • Paper Airplanes – Drop in on the Museum of Flight as we pitch, roll and yaw through hands-on activities that explore the science of flight! Learn about aerodynamics and discover the motions and controls of airplanes while building paper airplanes, two-loop gliders and straw rockets. For ages 6 and up. Groups and drop-ins welcome. 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8.
  • Zinery 101 – A zine is a self-published magazine. Learn the basics and make your own zine with Lucy Morehouse of Ong Ong Press. For ages 12-18. Limited to 20 people. Please register with the branch. 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22.