Quick Picks from CMCL

September 2, 2014

Blurbs From the Branch: Picture Books About Bugs!

bugsSome Bugs, by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel, is a new picture book all about bugs that first caught my attention because of the beautiful, colorful cover artwork. Once I opened the pages I found myself smiling inside because I discovered cute, colorful insects with big, cartoonish eyes. The text describes what the bugs on the page “do,” such as “Some bugs curl up in a ball,” which shows rolled up pill bugs (also known as potato bugs, sal bugs or, roly polies), a caterpillar, and a ladybug that seems to be stuck on her back. The illustrations are my favorite part of this picture book because of the different textures the bugs, plants, and other animals seem to have. Some illustrations look to be cut from paper, others colored in with crayon, some painted onto the page with watercolor. The large eyes the insects possess seem to be made out of clay. Located at the end of the story is a “What’s That Bug?” index, which informs readers of the names of the bugs that have been featured in the book. If you read the text straight through you will also notice the story is in rhyme, which makes reading this story to your little one all the more fun!

Suggestions for other picture books about bugs and insects that I enjoyed:


Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!, by Bob Barner

I Love Bugs!, by Emma Dodd

Bugs Galore, by Peter Stein

Beetle Bop, by Denise Fleming

Buzz, Buzz, Baby!, by Karen Katz


Additionally, if your little one(s) are becoming more bug-curious, make sure to browse our Easy and Juvenile Non-Fiction books about all things insect. For a real up close and personal experience with bugs, place a request on one of our Bugs and Butterflies Discovery Kit, which can be checked out for 3 weeks!

- Nicole

August 30, 2014

In The Know: Labor Day

Place a HoldPlace a HoldThe first Labor Day held on September 5, 1882 was organized by the labor unions and trade organizations in New York City. A street parade and festival was planned by the Central Labor Union of New York city with the goal of creating a holiday for working class citizens and their families. It was promoted as a national tribute for the achievements and contributions of laborers to the social and economic prosperity of the United States. Thirty states celebrated Labor Day by the time it became a federal holiday in 1894. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.  The choice of a September date was also calculated by President Grover Cleveland to appease workers at a time of volatile labor protests and union strikes.

Read about the history of Labor Day here, watch this video, and check new titles on the topic from the library, listed below.

Labor Day celebrations have strayed significantly from their original roots at the turn of the century. More than a hundred years later we now celebrate Labor Day in a more subdued fashion. For most of us it is largely a day of rest. Many people mark Labor Day as the practical end to the summer season and a last chance to take a trip or gather with family and friends outdoors. For students, it is the last long weekend before school starts again. Others look forward to the beginning of football season and shopping the Labor Day sales.

There is no greater break from your labors and the coming rainy days than a wonderful, satisfying book.  Of course the staff at Cedar Mill Community Library would be happy to help you find the perfect book to suit your needs and preferences at any time of the year.

In honor of Labor Day here is a list of our newest titles on the history of the labor movement as well as a few titles about today’s changing job market:

American workers, American unions: the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries

by Zieger, Robert H.  “Taking into account recent important work on the 1970s and the Reagan revolution, the fourth edition newly considers the stagflation issue, the rise of globalization and big box retailing, the failure of Congress to pass legislation supporting the right of public employees to collective bargaining, the defeat in Congress of legislation to revise the National Labor Relations Act, the emasculation of the Humphrey-Hawkins Act, and the changing dynamics of blue-collar politics”– Provided by publisher.

What unions no longer do by Rosenfeld, Jake. In a landmark study of the U.S. labor movement, Rosenfeld (sociology, Univ. of Washington) updates Freeman and Medoff’s What Do Unions Do? (1984), concluding that many of today’s economic problems can be traced to the decline of unions. In Rosenfeld’s analysis, income equality, racial justice, and broader political engagement went hand in hand with the rise of unions through the 1950s–and then reversed course when unions declined. General readers will appreciate Rosenfeld’s lucid summary of labor history and debates about the impact of unions.

America’s assembly line by Nye, David E. Nye thoroughly examines the backbone of mass production and consumerism in the 20th century and today, detailing the disparate elements that in 1913 synthesized into the assembly line under the roof of Henry Ford’s Highland Park, Michigan, automobile plant. Nye, a professor of American History, contextualizes industrial processes before the introduction of assembly line techniques and then traces the methods’ effects on production and industry, society, and its citizenry.

Sex workers unite!: a history of the movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk by Chateauvert, Melinda. Sex workers are the next marginalized, stigmatized group due for liberation, argues activist and professor Chateauvert. The book combines accounts of labor organizing, cultural activism, civil rights demonstrations, and aid or “harm-reduction” efforts into an uneven history of sex workers’ resistance to their systematic disempowerment by society. The author’s goal is to find “a model of organizing… focused on transformative justice,” but the real obstacles lie in the pervasive “whorephobia,” which subjects sex workers, if not to imprisonment or violence, then to harassment, fear, and shame.

The crusades of Cesar Chavez: a biography by Pawel, Miriam. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Union of Their Dreams draws on thousands of documents and interviews to examine the myths and achievements marking the life of the iconic labor leader and civil rights activist, portraying him as a flawed but brilliant strategist who was often at odds with himself.

Behind the kitchen door by Jayaraman, Sarumathi. Uncovers the inequities of restaurant labor in the United States, from low wages and poor employee benefits to sexual harassment, unsafe working conditions, and the hypocrisy of ethical, free-trade restaurants.

The age of oversupply: overcoming the greatest challenge to the global economy by Alpert, Daniel. Daniel Alpert, a progressive Wall Street banker and economist, argues that we are living in the age of oversupply. A global labor glut, a flood of excess productive capacity, and the persistent availability of cheap money have kept the developed world in a perpetual slump–which is unlikely to right itself without new policy solutions.

Your rights in the workplace by Repa, Barbara Kate. Features information on firing, wages, health insurance, medical leave, retirement plans, disability and worker’s compensation insurance, discrimination, and privacy rights with up-to-date state and federal law information.

The talent equation: big data lessons for navigating the skills gap and building a competitive workforce by Ferguson, Matt. Smart and timely, The Talent Equation also incorporates case studies from leading brands–both global and domestic–that further illustrate staffing issues facing executives today. The insights and research in the book are invaluable tools for anyone who wants to build and retain a dynamic, competitive, and productive workforce.

Love ‘em or lose ‘em: getting good people to stay by Kaye, Beverly L.  Kaye, who runs a company that develops and delivers talent management solutions, and Jordan-Evans, an executive coach and consultant who specializes in engagement and retention, identify 26 strategies managers can use to retain employees by caring about, appreciating, nurturing, recognizing, challenging, understanding, and respecting them.

Occupational outlook handbook   U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For hundreds of occupations, this book includes information on a variety of topics, including pay, education required, number of jobs, work environment, work schedules, and much more. The “Occupational outlook handbook” is the federal government’s premier career guidance publication since the 1940s, is used by millions of people including counselors, students, jobseekers, employment training specialists, and researchers. This edition reflects the latest employment projections, developed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Also accessible online at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/



August 29, 2014

Checking In: Summer Sci-fi Reads: Winners of the Hugo AND Nebula Awards!

Place a hold!This summer’s been a hot one, eh? That must mean it’s time for some smoking hot summer sci-fi! We’ve got a special rising star this year in novelist Ann Leckie, who has walked home with both the Hugo and the Nebula awards (and just about every other sci-fi award, too) for her debut novel, Ancillary Justice. Several of us in the library have now read this novel, and we can unanimously say that it is deserving of each award. The novel, as briefly as I can describe it, is about a sentient spaceship stuck in a human body, working toward sweet revenge against the forces who destroyed its thousand-year-old spacefaring form. The storytelling is excellent and not entirely straightforward, the plot is to die for, and you can’t help but love Breq, the once-great starship now trapped in a squishy body and trying its very best to succeed nonetheless.

Thing is, there have actually been a good few works of sci-fi over the years which were so innovative and fabulous, they won both the Hugo and the Nebula too! Here is a selection of well-known and less-well-known Hugo/Nebula double winners from years past.

Place a hold!The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, by Michael Chabon (2008)

A unique Alaskan police force brought about by a fresh squeeze of alternate history, this novel place a Jewish state in Alaska after attempts to create Israel fail following World War II. Meyer and Berko, two members of the detective force there, attempting to solve a murder that took place in Meyer’s apartment building. The plot and characters of the book are wrapped in quirky comic relief, creative wordplay with Hebrew (and of course, its weird cousin, Yiddish), a neighboring society of Tlingit Indians, and a fresh angle on the struggle for people of all faiths to find a place they call home.


Place a hold!American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (2002)

Using thoughtform as a basis for its world, American Gods is about Shadow, a man released from prison early because his wife died in a car accident. He takes a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, who knows far more about Shadow than Shadow does about him. In this book, you’ll encounter gods (including, yes, American gods), a talking raven, astral projection, conspiracies, and the most awesome carousel in existence. If you’ve read anything by Neil Gaiman, you know how pointed and beautiful his language can get – this is, perhaps, the apex.


Place a hold!Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis (1993)

Connie Willis has written quite a few books on time travel, but none have struck me quite like Doomsday Book. The title is a play on the real-life document by William the Conqueror called Domesday Book, and the goal of the novel according to the narrator is to provide “a record of life in the Middle Ages, which is what William the Conqueror’s survey turned out to be.” Thing is, it ended up being a little different than that. After convincing her professors to send her to Oxford in 1320 and study it as an observer, she goes back and discovers that she didn’t end up where she expected, but rather in 1348- during the pandemic of the Black Death in England. A parallel epidemic of influenza strikes Oxford in the modern day, causing everyone to wonder if there are some unforeseen consequences to sending explorers back in time.


Place a hold!Neuromancer, by William Gibson (1985)

This novel, the first winner of the science fiction “triple crown” (the Nebula, the Hugo, and the Philip K. Dick Award), is also widely regarded as the world’s archetypal work of cyberpunk. Gibson rewrote the novel several times after seeing Blade Runner and fearing that everyone would think he ripped off the film’s visual texture, and ended up creating a work that stands right on the same podium. The novel is about a once-great hacker, now injured, incapable of accessing cyberspace, and suicidal, who is approached by a couple of mysterious employers with an offer he can’t refuse. If he offers them his services as a hacker, they can cure his poisoned nervous system and restore him to the hotshot he used to be. Unfortunately, pulling off the ultimate hack turns out to be far more than any of them bargained for. Neuromancer is the world that every other cyberpunk writer imagines when they begin writing their own stories. It is so well-built and compelling that it is a real challenge not to be derivative – in fact, it might not even be a bad thing to do so.


Place a hold!Startide Rising, by David Brin (1984)

Although this book is the true great of Brin’s “Uplift” series, you may want to start with the first volume, Sundiver, before moving along to this one. The concept of “Uplift” is to take a non-sentient species and improve it artificially through terraforming and planetary engineering, bringing it to an intellectual and conscious level rivaling one’s own. In Startide Rising, a group of humans and uplifted animals stumble upon a derelict fleet of starships in deep space, ships that might have belonged to the original race that uplifted all other sentient species. A discovery of this significance can’t stay secret for long, and soon, alien races from all across the galaxy are fighting viciously for the right to know more.


Place a hold!Dreamsnake, by Vonda McIntyre (1979)

Vonda McIntyre, who lived and wrote in Washington for much of her life, has spun a chilling post-apocalyptic tale in the wastes of the western United States following a disastrous nuclear war. The main character, a healer, must replace one of the snakes she keeps to help her with her trade, following an act of treachery by her fellow townspeople, who are afraid of her and the snakes. Along the way, she makes friends, meets enemies old and new, and the readers get to take a peek into this desolate world and the desire of humans to survive and thrive despite the hopelessness of the conditions.


Place a hold!The Gods Themselves, by Isaac Asimov (1973)

Asimov’s most famous work, Foundation, never had a chance to make this list, as it was published before the Nebula Awards even existed. However, Asimov was of course destined to win one at some point, and he finally did so with this novel which spans not just the universe, but TWO universes. And hey, what would a list like this be without some sort of parallel universe? In The Gods Themselves, humans, through the use of a device called the Electron Pump, have been exchanging matter with aliens in a parallel universe where the laws of physics are different. This exchange, though seemingly beneficial to both races, may have unintended consequences for humanity and the Milky Way as the aliens attempt to prolong the life of their dying universe at any cost. Originally published serially in Galaxy Magazine, the installments are now compiled into one spiffy novel for your convenience.


Place a hold!Ringworld, by Larry Niven (1971)

One of the most imaginative books of both exploration and engineering- focused science fiction, Ringworld introduces you to Louis Wu, a two hundred year old man who has been driven completely bored out of his mind. His humdrum life is interrupted by Nessus, a Pierson’s Puppeteer, who offers him an exciting trip to the edge of known space. His mission, along with several other explorers, is to find and investigate a Ringworld: an artificially-constructed ring, a million miles wide, built around a Sun-like star at a distance roughly matching Earth’s orbit. Nessus, Louis, Teela, and Speaker-to-Animals think they are just going to figure out how it ticks, but after a grave miscalculation leaves them stranded on the ring, their involvement with the Ringworld and its inhabitants will run far deeper than they ever expected.


Place a hold!The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin (1970)

In a way, this novel shares more in common with Ancillary Justice than any other novel on this list, due to its unique treatment and exploration of gender roles and expression. Set on a fictional world where no one is inherently one gender or the other, it is the tale of Genly Ai, an ambassador from the coalition of humanoid worlds, and his quest to convince the nations of the planet Gethen to join with them. Their strange customs and mistrust of outsiders both confuses and endangers Genly Ai, and it is only through the assistance of someone he believes to be treacherous that his lofty goals might have a chance of being accomplished.


Place a hold!Dune, by Frank Herbert (1966)

There are very few works of science fiction and fantasy lauded as much as Dune, and it is only when you read it that you truly understand why. Frank Herbert, an ecologist and humanitarian, prioritized these ideals in his writing over lengthy explanations of technology and physical science, in essence bringing a more literary treatment to science fiction than ever before. Dune‘s winged ornithopters and menacing hunter-seeker drones are explained only to the level of plausibility, while his societies of Fremen and nobleman, ecological concepts and visions of terraforming the desert wastes of Arrakis, and the delicate economic and power balance of the universe are all laid out in meticulous detail. And, of course, there is the spice, and the haunting blue eyes it bestows on those addicted to it. It is Dune, more than any other book, that has made me feel like I truly traveled somewhere else while in the midst of its pages.


If you’re a completionist, or if you’ve read many of these titles and are looking for more double-winners, we at the library have created a brochure just for you! Available on the rack near the reference desk (or viewable as a record set here on the WCCLS website), this handy paper will tell you every book that has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Finally, If you’ve already read Ancillary Justice and can’t wait for the follow-up, hop onto the WCCLS catalog and place a hold on Ancillary Sword, set to be released in October. Check it out, and have a happy, science-filled summer!


August 28, 2014

Kid’s Corner: Claim Summer Reading Prizes Until August 31!

Filed under: Kid's Corner — Tags: , — jennytf @ 8:30 am

Here at Cedar Mill Library, we’ve had a great summer with all the kids and teens participating in the Summer Reading program! Be sure to come into the library to claim your free prize book and other finishing prizes by August 31. See you soon!


August 27, 2014

Inside Scoop: The F-Word

Filed under: Info — klsseong @ 8:00 am

It’s not what you think; the f-word here is food.  If you watch television at all, you have may have noticed that retired British footballer/ celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey runs a franchise of a handful of shows at any given season.  As if you need another, I want to let you know about a British show he hosts.  WCCLS has five seasons and if you are a fan of his “suffer no fools” approach to cooking, check it out for yourself!



August 26, 2014

Blurbs From the Branch: Spooky New Novel for Kids

nightgardenerWant to read something a little scary? It’s seems like a classic folk tale that’s been around for ages, but it’s a new story, called The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier. It’s reminiscent of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which the author cites as one of his inspirations for this story. It follows two children, Molly and Kip, who have traveled from Ireland to England during the famine. They go to find advertised work at the Windsor estate, in an area known as the sour woods. Everybody stays away from the sour woods and won’t even give Molly and Kip directions to the place. Molly and Kip meet a traveling storyteller named Hester who also warns them about the place, but gives them directions in exchange for a story from Molly about the place. Molly, you see, is something of a storyteller herself. When they arrive, the family at the estate is pale and drawn. Kip sees a strange man in the night, the Night Gardener. I don’t want to reveal any more details about the story, I don’t want to spoil the suspense! This book is aimed at middle school aged kids, but it is so well crafted I think adults should read it too. It’s the best sort of gothic Victorian horror story, I highly recommend this book!


August 25, 2014

Off the Shelf: Holds free Indie Rock!

augustinesI heard a great song on the radio the other day. I wrote down the group and searched the library catalogue the next day. 60 holds! Well, there is one bandwagon I’ll have to wait to get on. At the same time I am shocked to find that some of the 2014 albums I am savoring are lingering with empty holds queues. So while we wait in line for the new Black Keys, Beck, or Kongos album (that’s your hint that this is an Indie Rock list, more or less), check out a few albums released this year and holds list free!

We are Scientists - TV en Francais

Really I cannot understand why this album doesn’t have a hold list a mile long. Check out the single “Make It Easy” and then tell me I’m wrong. It’s pop-rock. It’s not shaking up the system, but it’s well done and it’s infectious.

Gem Club – In Roses

This album was highly anticipated for me, because I love the debut album Breakers. It is my go-to rainy day, mellow album. Mostly piano and otherworldly vocals, Gem Club is great when you’re not after lyrics. I wasn’t disappointed by In Roses, but it is even more ethereal, even more sedate, than the predecessor. It makes me look forward to those grey winter days.

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sunmidnight sun

This album is a combination of 70s progressive and 60s psychedelic rock. It’s like if The Beatles had stuck it out together through the 70s. I only say that because the band members are Sean Lennon and his girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. It’s an easy album to listen to because it’s happy and dark. It can accommodate different moods.

Warlocks – Skull Worship

I expected something different from an album titled “Skull Worship” by a band called “Warlocks.” I think I was imagining death metal or something; it’s not death metal. It is a droney dark 60s sort of jam band sound. There is a lot of fuzzy guitar and mumbled vocals. They keep it interesting though.

Hospitality – Trouble

I didn’t love the first, self-titled, album by Hospitality. So I nearly skipped this second album, but I’m glad I didn’t. Dreamy, angelic female vocals, prominent bass, a steady beat, subtle guitar with a few mellow solos, and was that an accordion? I don’t know. But it’s layered and complex and still straight-forward rock music.

Augustines –Augustines

This album is dramatic. At first it sounds a bit like something from The Lion King soundtrack. These songs roll though; there is rhythm to this rock. Every instrument is going full force, steaming ahead. It’s high energy and emotional.


August 22, 2014

Checking In: C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner Series

“You’re listening to me, but I don’t think you understand what I’m trying to tell you!” We’ve all had moments like those. Significant other, child, parent, friend – you feel like you’re talking at cross-purposes, and you’re not sure how or if you’ll be able to make yourself understood.

Magnify that frustrating gulf by an entire planet then mix in an isolated human colony unused to interactions with the indigenous culture. For extra complexity fold human concepts of love and friendship into genetic connections that humanity doesn’t have and can’t understand, cook for nearly a century and top off with technological advancement that could destabilize and destroy a delicate planetary balance.

Place a holdThat’s the background for C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series, an SF cycle of diplomacy, political intrigue, assimilation and compromise. Newly appointed ambassador Bren Cameron is dumped headfirst into the delicate politics of the atevi and their struggles with reconciling traditional structure and rules of propriety with the desire to eventually become a spacefaring culture. Add an Assassins’ Guild that acts as an analogue to human courts of law and you have the recipe for a tale that sprawls over fifteen books so far, each building on the last with a depth of worldbuilding that astonishes.

The heart of the series are its complex characters, all of whom grapple with overlapping and occasionally contradictory loyalties. Bren’s atevi bodyguards Banichi and Jago and the enigmatic aiji-dowager Ilisidi are particular standouts, and all of the human and atevi characters have consistent motivations, driving the action in satisfying ways.

Cherryh is hard at work on a sixteenth, and she shows no sign of stopping. If anthropological science fiction in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin’s work appeals, start with the first novel Foreigner and immerse yourself in the concepts of man’chi, Associations, and the inner workings of the aishidi’tat. If you’re already almost caught up, the newest volume Peacemaker came out this year with all its danger and diplomacy fully intact.



August 21, 2014

Kid’s Corner: Read Aloud Science Books

Filed under: Kid's Corner — Tags: , , , — jennytf @ 8:25 am

Readaloud Science

I like to incorporate some non-fiction books, science in particular, into my family’s nightly reading routine. Not all science books read the same, however. I’m pleased when I find titles that are easy to read aloud, yet still contain good solid information. Here’s a list of informative and interesting read-aloud science books to share with your children, written for ages 4 and up.  -Teresa




Balloon Trees by Danna Smith

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray

Beetles (also Centipedes, Spiders and others) “Creepy Critters” series

Things That Float and Things That Don’t by David A. Adler

You Can’t Ride a Bicycle to the Moon by Harriet Ziefert

Body Actions by Shelley Rotner

No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart

August 20, 2014

Inside Scoop: Animal Fats – It’s What Should Be For Dinner

What I love about my job as a Cataloger is the opportunity to stumble across new information that makes me rethink the accepted truths about a topic.big fat lie

The Big Fat Surprise: why butter, meat & cheese belong in a healthy diet, by investigative journalist Nina Teicholz, is the result of nine years spent reading thousands of scientific research papers and interviewing pretty much every living nutrition expert in the United States. In this 337 page book, with 60 pages of extensive notes and 46 pages of bibliographic evidence, Teicholz concludes:

“Eat butter: drink milk whole, and feed it to the whole family. Stock up on creamy cheeses, offal, and sausage and yes, bacon. None of these foods have been demonstrated to cause obesity, diabetes or heart disease… What I found, incredibly, was not only that it was a mistake to restrict fat but also that our fear of the saturated fats in animal foods – butter, eggs, and meat – has never been based in solid science.”

Her book doesn’t expose some dark plot to kill off Americans, but the exact opposite – it describes well-meaning individuals at our most trusted institutions working toward what they believed to be the public good, but getting it terribly wrong thru faulty science. She explains how these experts, using highly fallible nutrition science studies, produced sketchy data that was nevertheless used as proof of a theory that became accepted as truth.

At the time she began her investigation Teicholz was (in her own words) “a faithful follower of the low-fat, near-vegetarian diet” and she admits that “…these conclusions seem counterintuitive. They were counterintuitive to me when I started the research for this book. And the implications seem almost impossible to believe, even though they are supported by the best available science: that a beet salad with fruit smoothie for lunch is ultimately less healthy for your waistline and your heart than a plate of eggs fried in butter.”

“Our fear of saturated fats is therefore unsubstantiated. This fear may have seemed reasonable once but persists now only because it fits the preconceptions of researchers, clinicians and public health authorities; it conforms to their prejudices… Recent scientific research and the historical record all lead to the conclusion that the consumption of refined carbohydrates lead to high risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Sugar, white flour, and other refined carbohydrates are almost certainly the main drivers of these diseases.

Now in 2014, a growing number of experts has begun to acknowledge the reality that making a low-fat diet the centerpiece of nutritional advice for six decades has very likely been a bad idea. Even so, the official solution continues to be more of the same.”

Others who also support an animal fat-centric diet stress the importance of consuming grass-fed animals over grain-fed animals because of the better Omega 3 / Omega 6 fatty acid ratios. That aside, this book despite being dense with data, is very readable and a great place to start your own inquiry on this topic.   — Erin

(Quotes taken from the Conclusion of the book)

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