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Books to Give and Get

Jonathan Wolstenholme books on books-010Are you planning to buy books for holiday gift giving? Here are some thoughts from Library staff on what they’d like to give and receive for the holidays.

Linda Johns, Adult Services Librarian, wants to give “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein. She says, “I’d love this memoir no matter what, but the Seattle and Puget Sound references sealed the deal for my devotion.” Linda wants to receive “By the Book,” edited by Pamela Paul; selected pieces from the New York Times Book Review feature where writers and other notable people talk about books they love and their lives as readers.

David Wright, Adult Services Librarian, will be giving “On Cats,” by Charles Bukowski, a collection of thoughts on our feline friends from the laureate of American lowlife. To receive, he’d love nothing more than the new Library of America volume “Frederick Law Olmstead: Writings on Landscape, Culture and Society.” David says,“ I spend a lot of time enjoying his sons’ parklands here in Seattle, and feel like he’s one of the family.”

Chris Higashi, Director of the Center for the Book, looks forward to sharing Gloria Steinem’s memoir, “My Life on the Road,” which left her, a longtime fan, with even greater respect for how Steinem has lived her life. Chris would like to receive a copy of “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. She adds, “Every recent interview with Coates makes me eager to read this book in order to see everyday life from a perspective other than my own.”


Who Won?

picture book reading

The 2015 Washington State Book Awards were announced on Saturday, October 10 at a special ceremony at the Central Library.  In case you missed the announcement, here are the winners along with links to reserve them in the Library catalog.  Your support helps the Foundation continue the tradition of honoring our state’s best writers.




History/General Nonfiction:

Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award winners: Picture Book:

Book for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12):

Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18):

Summer of Learning A Roaring Success

Children and teens got a really wild prize for participating in the Library’s Summer of Learning program this year – free passes to the Woodland Park Zoo! This weekend the zoo welcomed 4,800 children and families for a free day of fun and learning. Your support of the Foundation helped families from across the city take part in this program and keep reading during the summer months.