Microsoft IT Academy
We are pleased to announce that the Microsoft IT Academy is now available from our library website.
Through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library (WSL), division of the Office of the Secretary of State, and funding by the State legislature, the Microsoft IT Academy is available to public libraries, community and technical college libraries, and tribal libraries at no cost.Read more
Adult Summer Reading
August 1st! Can you believe that the summer is more than half over? So many great books still to read… What’s the best book you’ve read so far?
Among my many summer reads, I have three standouts that I can heartily recommend.Read more
CHEESE TASTING EVENT
OOH La La! It’s Paris in Puyallup! As part of the Pierce County READS celebration the Puyallup Public Library is offering a delicious Cheese Tasting event at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 10th.
Laurie Sanders-Polen from My Cheese Shoppe will be sharing some of her delicious imported cheese selections along with advice on food and wine pairings. This will be a yummy and informative "Cheese 101" program for those who love cheese. Read this year’s Pierce County READS selection, The Paris Wife, and come to the library for this tasty event. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 253-841-5454 to reserve your spot.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month. Since 1976, every US president has officially designated this month as a time to recognize important figures, events and accomplishments in the history of black Americans in our country.Read more
Last Minute Ideas
The clock is ticking down, less than a week to go and you still don’t have everything wrapped up. Don’t panic! Get that special someone an eBook reader. It’s the perfect last minute gift and they will love you for it.
Now the challenge: Which eBook reader do you purchase? You don’t have time to do all the research so perhaps we can help. Overdrive, our vendor for the Washington Anytime Library, has been discussing some of the newest ereader devices for adults and kids on its blog. Tech writer, Quinton Lawman offers previews of the iPad mini, Kindle Paperwhite, Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light along with reviews of kid-friendly tablets. Another great resource for exploring various ereading devices is PC Magazine's eBook readers review page . These comparison reviews offer full reviews with all the specs for those of you who need complete information before you make a decision.Happy holidays and visit the Washington Anytime Library with your Puyallup Library card. We're open 24-7 with an ebook for you or that special person who received your thoughtful gift.
All Things Jane Austen
Adult Summer Reading is in full swing! Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 we will be featuring "All Things Jane Austen" with a program by author, Shannon Winslow, who will talk about Jane Austen and her her own book, The Darcy's of Pemberly (a sequel to Pride and Prejudice).
Shannon will offer a brief presentation on Jane Austen’s life and work, read excerpts from Austen’s writings and her own sequel, and lead discussion throughout. The author will share her passion about Jane Austen, the writer’s life, her novels and short stories and then discuss her own path to writing and the rocky road to publication.
This will be a great program for all Jane Austen fans and anyone who is currently interested in learning more about writing.
Book Lovers Program
Adult Summer Reading kicks off on Monday, June 25th with an evening of booktalks at 7:00 PM in the South Meeting Room.
We'll book talk about 30 plus titles for your summer reading enjoyment and give you some tips on books being released in the coming summer months. Annotated lists of all books will be available.
Join us for an evening of fun and get ready to read through the summer. Adult Summer Reading Game Board entries are ready for you to play. Win Elements Frozen Yogurt cards and be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing for a $50.00 Barnes & Noble Gift card.
If you love books and summer reading, this is the event for you. See you there!
Learning a new language? The Puyallup Public Library just added Mango Languages to its list of available electronic resources. Mango is an online language learning system covering over 20 languages. In addition to foreign language offerings such as French, Italian, and Chinese (Mandarin), Mango also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
Mango is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. It's so easy, fast and fun, you'll be talking after just one lesson.
You can access Mango through the Puyallup Public Library website at www.puyalluplibrary.org and selecting the "Catalog & More" tab. Click on Reference databases and find Mango in the list. You'll be asked for your library card number if you are logged in from your own personal computer. Have fun and explore Mango.
Music OFF the Shelves
The fourth in the series of pre-concert talks called Music Off the Shelves, will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 28th at the Puyallup Library. The talks are sponsored by the Puyallup Public Library and Northwest Sinfonietta.
Designed for music lovers of all ages, Music Off the Shelves showcases the music offered during the 2012 NW Sinfonietta season. The February 28th presentation by Dr. Kenneth Owen, Professor of Music at Pierce College, will provide the story behind one of the greatest violin concertos ever composed, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Music by Beethoven and Schubert’s Symphony #4 will also be discussed for your enhanced music experience. Whether you're a concert ticket holder or just someone who enjoys classical music, these free programs are for you. Music by all three composers will be performed by the Northwest Sinfonietta on March 18th at the Pioneer Park Pavilion.
Music OFF the Shelves
Music OFF the Shelves, our series of pre-concert talks with the NW Sinfonietta returns on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 PM. Thomas Goleeke, Director Emeritus of the Voice and Opera Department, University of Puget Sound, will present the background for some Puccini’s most famous operas such as Madame Butterfly, La Bohème and Tosca.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one this area’s foremost scholars discuss the artistry, romance, and passion of Puccini’s music. The Northwest Sinfonietta will be performing Puccini Opera Scenes at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on February 12th.
Music Off the Shelves
The Library’s Music Off the Shelves series of free pre-concert talks, presented by the Northwest Sinfonietta, continues on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 PM. Designed for music lovers of all ages, Music Off the Shelves focuses on the music of upcoming Northwest Sinfonietta concerts. On Tuesday evening, Dr. Kenneth Owen, Professor of Music,
Music Off the Shelves
The Music Off the Shelves series of free pre-concert talks offers its first program Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 pm in the library’s South Meeting Room. Music lovers of all ages will not want to miss Christophe Chagnard, Music Director of the Northwest Sinfonietta, as he offers an engaging presentation of the story behind the music of Brahms Piano Concerto No.2. The concerto will be performed at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on October 16th by the Northwest Sinfonietta. Tuesday evening's interactive presentation and talk will give those in attendance new insight and background to this familiar concerto. Music Off the Shelves pre-concert programs are free to the public.
Great News for Kindle Owners
Patrons of Puyallup Public Library who have Kindles now have access to the Puyallup Public Library eBook collection through our Washington Anytime Library.
Yesterday, Amazon, in partnership with e-book vendor Overdrive, made access to e-books for the Kindle available to 11,000 public libraries in the United States. Amazon has also extended its Whispersync technology to Library books for synchronizing margin notes, highlights and bookmarks. See the Overdrive press release.
Up to this point, Kindle owners could not access eBooks at their public libraries so we are pleased that Amazon has finally responded to customer demand by making the Kindle compatible with library eBook collections.
Puyallup Public Library patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more.
Visit our Washington Anytime Library page to download eBooks for your Kindle or other eReader devices.
It’s been two weeks since the Sony PlayStation Network was subject to a hacker attack which basically compromised the private information of millions of game players worldwide. The PlayStation Network is still down and everyone seems to be pointing fingers. In other words, if you’re a gamer, your credit card just left home without you.
This PlayStation fiasco comes on top of the news that we are all being tracked on our Apple iPhones. Another big corporation lets us down but at least Apple appears to be responding to the uproar.
All of this news got me thinking about privacy. It’s really something we take seriously in public libraryland and we hope you’ll take a few moments to consider how important it is in your personal life.
This week is Choose Privacy Week at the American Library Association. We invite you take a few moments to think about your own privacy and your freedoms to read, search and learn in this digital age. Enjoy the website and choose privacy!
You are the star for the day on April 12th. If you visit the Library today, don’t be surprised if someone asks to take your picture.
On Tuesday, April 12th the Puyallup Public Library will join libraries across Washington in capturing a day in the life of the Library by taking pictures and collecting customer comments showing how Washingtonians are utilizing their libraries. Pictures and comments will be posted on a special Washington State Library Association site in celebration of the day.
Join us and have some extra fun. We want to hear from you and it’s your chance to be a star!
National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month and there’s a lot going on in the community. The Puyallup Public Library is participating in this annual celebration with a Poem in Your Pocket and the Poet Tree.
A Poem in Your Pocket is a chance for you to share and engage others in poetry. Bookmarks printed with a wide selection of poems are available at the Library desks for your enjoyment. You are invited to pick a poem that appeals to you, carry it in your pocket, and share it with friends and family.
Your big chance to write a poem will start on April 12th when we set up the Poet Tree in the Library. You’ll have a chance to write a short poem or verse and hang it on the Poet Tree for everyone to enjoy. Anyone can participate. Whether it’s free verse, a Rap, Haiku or just a funny limerick, we know there’s some poetry in everyone. The Poet Tree will be on display from the April 12th through April 27th. Enjoy! Explore! Poetry Rules during April!!!
For a rundown of poetry events in the Pacific Northwest, visit the PoetsWest events page.
The Academy Awards
Big Night on Sunday….The Academy Awards! I’m not a big film buff but I love the Oscars; all the movie stars, the drama, the clothes, the emotion and, oh yes, the movies too. Looking back through the years, this annual Hollywood celebration is always fascinating whether you are into film or just the pop culture.
If you want to have some fun, take a look at Time Magazine’s Best Oscar Photo page. This is a real trip down memory lane with pictures of Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Ingrid Bergman just to name a few. Another website that captures Academy Awards history on a different level is StyleList's Best and Worst Dressed of All Time at the Academy Awards page. Do we all remember Cher in 1986?
The Library has some great books about the Oscars, too. The awards started in 1929 (Awards were presented that year for 1927-28) and to catch up you may want to check out 80 Years of Oscar: the Official History of the Academy Awards by Robert Osborne (2008). On the flip side is, Alternate Oscars: one critic’s defiant choices for best picture, actor, and actress from 1927 to the present (1993) by Danny Peary. Peary is a well known film critic and author and he offers an insider’s view of the stories behind many of the past awards. For the more serious cineaste there is the classic, Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors (1997) by Peter Bogdanovich. This title offers illuminating interviews with some of Hollywood’s iconic directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Sidney Lumet and Chuck Jones.
Finally, if you’re throwing an Academy Awards party, don’t miss Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and recipes for easy parties that are really fun (2001). She’s got some elegant and easy suggestions for an evening with friends and Oscar.
Historic Events in Egypt
Watching History Unfold in Egypt
Anyone who has followed the events in Egypt over the past 18 days and watched the celebrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square cannot help but be inspired with how the Egyptian people have succeeded in ending the dictatorial rule of President Hosni Mubarak. In an amazing revolution, the people of Egypt prevailed through persistent and largely peaceful demonstration in changing the course of history. The question now is, "What’s next?" To obtain a little background on Egypt, here are a few resources you might use to put it all in context:
Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East by Robin Wright (2008) Journalist Wright has been covering the Middle East for over 30 years and this book, based on interviews with various militant leaders, reformers and political activists, provides a broad outlook on political views in Egypt and its neighboring countries.
What Every American Should Know About the Middle East by Melissa Rossi (2008) provides a concise overview of each of the countries in the Middle East. The section on Egypt provides a basic understanding of the country, politics and people.
The Grolier Database, available on the Puyallup Public Library website under the tab, Catalog and More, is a quick resource if you just want to learn the basic facts about the country, its history, culture, politics and economy.Read more
Adult Summer Reading
So now that the World Cup is over and the Mariners are 20 games back from first place we can get back to concentrating on our own Adult Summer Reading Game Board. The participation in the game has been terrific so far and we have lots of happy coffee card winners.
A couple people have asked about reading lists. There are many great suggestions available on our list of Recommended Websites under the Books & Book Group Resources category. In addition to these resources, I found this incredibly diverse list taken in a poll last summer by National Public Radio called the 100 Best Beach Reads Ever.
It’s kind of an interesting list…For instance, I’ve never considered Anna Karenina a “beach read” and we’ve never seen Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling on the same reading list. It’s a great list so if you’re looking for something different to read, check it out. There’s still plenty of time to get in the game and be a winner with our Adult Summer Reading contest.
Adult Summer Reading
Finally—summer is here. With the weather we’ve been having, I thought it would never come. With the summer season comes Puyallup Public Library’s Summer Reading programs. We all know how important these programs are for children and teens in terms of maintaining reading skill levels and literacy achievement. And they are FUN!!!
But hey, where does this leave the adults, you ask? We don’t want to leave you out because adults are summer readers, too.Read more