South End Scoop: Books and More from KCLS – October

The King County Library System (KCLS) and the South Seattle Emerald combine to bring you the “South End Scoop”. Dive into this community-centric column each month for great book, music, movie, and event recommendations from your local librarians.

Photo courtesy of King County Library System

The summer weather may be fading, but our Author Voices series and event schedule is heating up! This month, we’re pairing our librarians’ picks with a great event, and we have many more events, activities, and programs planned to help you settle into fall.


Children (3 to 7 years old)

Fauja Singh continuesby Simran Jeet Singh

This inspiring true story follows the first person over 100 years old to run a marathon. Fauja Singh, whose name means “warrior lion”, was born determined to run, even though he couldn’t walk until his 5th birthday. Readers will cheer Fauja through hardship and criticism as he perseveres to overcome the greatest odds. Author Simran Jeet Singh brings Fauja’s powerful story to life in a charming and relatable way.

Book cover depicting a male elder with a long beard wearing a yellow turban running to cross a finish line.
“Fauja Singh Goes On”, by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrated by Baljinder Kaur

Author Voice with Simran Jeet Singh
Tuesday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
On line

After enjoying Fauja Singh continues, learn more about the fascinating details of this true story at our online Author Voices event. Author Simran Jeet Singh will talk about his book, which is the first children’s picture book by a major publisher to center the Sikh community.

Children and tweens (8 to 13 years old)

Twinsby Varian Johnson

When twins and best friends Maureen and Francine Carter start sixth grade, everything changes. Maureen wants to preserve the status quo, while Francine, who now calls herself “Fran”, aspires to individuality. This coming-of-age graphic novel explores the complexities of sibling relationships and finding one’s identity. Author Varian Johnson weaves humor and warmth throughout the story, and Shannon Wright’s colorful illustrations brilliantly capture the soul and theme of the text: brotherhood.

Book cover depicting two young black men and young women standing back to back in a competitive fashion.
“Twins”, by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright

Author Voice with Varian Johnson
Friday, October 28, 1 to 1:45 p.m.
On line

Meet award-winning author Varian Johnson at our online Author Voices event. Johnson will talk about his book Twinsand other popular titles, such as The Parker Legacy and Greene’s Big Heist.

Teens (14 to 17 years old)

coconutdirected by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina

coconut, the beloved Pixar film, is a perfect synthesis of heart and determination. Miguel, a young boy who loves music and dreams of becoming a musician, unwittingly finds himself in the land of the dead, where he meets his dead parents and colorful alebrijes in his quest to find his father and fulfill his musical destiny. coconut is fun for all ages that will stand the test of time. You can also check out the film’s soundtrack on our catalog or stream it via Houpla.

Movie poster of a skeleton, a Latino boy playing a white guitar, and a dog walking along a road covered in golden flowers.
“Coco”, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina

Sugar skull decorating workshop
Wednesday, October 26, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Skyway Library

Celebrate Día de Muertos after watching coconut with a fun sugar skull decorating workshop at the Skyway Library. KCLS will provide the supplies.

Adult (18 years and over)

Turn shadows into lightedited by Mayumi Tsutakawa and Alan Chong Lau

Tsutakawa and Lau have collected and edited this magnificent anthology of works by Asian and Pacific Northwest authors and artists. Interspersed between the prose are first-hand works of poetry, art, and photography by early Japanese and Chinese photographers and artists; Filipino musicians; and Japanese, Chinese and Filipino writers. Readers will experience an exquisite array of emotions as they reflect on this snapshot of Asian American arts and culture.

Book cover depicting a black and white photograph of a person posing as a seated woman with a small ray of light casting shadows around her.
“Transforming Shadows into Light”, edited by Mayumi Tsutakawa and Alan Chong Lau

Beautiful Iris: A Kibei Woman’s Story with Mayumi Tsutakawa
Tuesday 18 October, 6.30–7.30 p.m.
Burien Library

Join local author Mayumi Tsutakawa for a tribute to her mother’s life. Tsutakawa’s mother, Ayame Kyotani, was born in Los Angeles, raised in Japan, then returned to the United States, where she was incarcerated in an internment camp during World War II. Ayame was an integral part of the cultural community in our area, along with her late husband, Seattle artist George Tsutakawa.

Ruth Hernandez smiles at the camera
Photo courtesy of King County Library System

Recommendations courtesy of the KCLS Librarian Ruth Hernandez. Ruth is the Adult Services Librarian at Burien and Tukwila Libraries. When she’s not in the library, you’ll find her baking and cheering on the Seattle Sounders and Mariners. Fall into one SilverKite Programs on Mindfulness and Gratitude or Collage Art to say hello!

Events to come

We offer a variety of in-person and online events and activities for all ages! All events are free. Find the one you are interested in

Mini Makers: Lathes

Tuesday, October 18, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Makerspace at the Federal Way Library

Elementary students will learn about the scientific method, how to test a hypothesis, and how to practice important maker skills at this fun STEM event. This week’s class will focus on building towers. Register for the event to reserve your spot; walk-ins will be available depending on the space available.

Future Voter Hubs

October November
Several dates and places

KCLS and the Metropolitan Seattle Urban League (ULMS) have partnered to help empower voters through our Future voters’ crossroads series. Attend an event at Burien, Kent, Renton, Skyway and Tukwila libraries this month and next month to learn about voter eligibility, register to vote or print your personalized ballot and voter guide. the reader. If you already have your ballot, bring it! Future Voter Hubs provide helpful resources to learn more about elected candidates and positions so you can vote with confidence. This is a safe space where everyone in the community can learn about voting.

start yoga

Monday, October 31, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
On line

Led by Marva Benjamin, this online workshop is for those new to yoga or those who want a slow, gentle workout. The class will incorporate breath work with flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower movements to focus on alignment, strength, balance and flexibility.


Terrifying Tales Short Story Contest

Deadline: Friday, October 21

Do you have a scary story to share? Enter KCLS’ Terrifying Tales Short Story Contest for a chance to have it published online and in print in our Terrifying Tales 2022 book. Winners and notable mentions will also receive a copy of the book. You can submit an entry in one of three age groups: adult, teen, or tween. Our librarian judges will select one winning story and up to three notable mentions per division. Entries will be scored on creativity, quality of writing, and how terrified the judges are of the story! Visit the contest webpage to learn more and submit a story.

Back-to-school resources

KCLS’ Study area More programming supports K-12 learning. Services include homework help in any subject, social activities with peers, etc.

KCLS also provides several resources for college studentsincluding access to databases, newspapers and magazines, as well as career advice and information.

Your KCLS library card also gives you access to, which is a valuable resource for students of all ages, in multiple languages. Students can:

  • Benefit from one-on-one, real-time tutoring.
  • Submit an essay, math problem, cover letter, or resume for consideration.
  • Prepare for the SAT, ACT, AP or graduate school entrance exams.


Residents of the KCLS service area (in King County, outside of the city of Seattle) can instantly register for a physical card to access our full collection or a digital e-card to access our digital collection. Visit to start. Contact KCLS if you need help with your account, or call 425-462-9600 or 800-462-9600.

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