Monday, September 8, 2014

Biblioteca Italiana Seattle

There's a new Italian lending library in town, the Biblioteca Italiana Seattle.

 From the FAQ:

Where is BIS located?

You can find us at D'Ambrosio Gelato shop in Capitol Hill 1542 12th Ave Ste 3, Seattle, WA.  (Read more: here.)

When is BIS open?

Even if the Gelato shop is open, BIS is open only on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm (except holidays).

Can I check out books at any time?

No. Only BIS volunteers have access to the books on the shelves. Volunteers will be present at the shop to help you on Sundays 2-4pm. The owner of the shop and the shop workers can not take or give you books. However they can give you information about the Biblioteca.

Do I need to pay?

No. Membership to the BIS is free. You will just need to fill in a form with your information and agree to BIS rules to become a member.

Can I donate my used books?

Yes, we are more than happy to receive donations of books written in Italian or of Italian authors translated in English.

Can I donate books written in English?

Yes, you can donate books written in English but the author must be Italian or the topic of the book must be related to Italian culture.

I do not have used books, how can I make a donation to BIS?

At the moment BIS is not accepting donations of money, but you can buy some new books for us. You can find suggestions on our wish list in the notes and buy books on,,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Alliance Française Open House & Book Fair
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N #205
Seattle, WA 98103
206 632 5433

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Metropolis: Cities of Europe

This just in from the European Union Center of Excellence of Seattle...

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States has launched a new EU geography game called Metropolis: Cities of Europe. The game was developed as a fun and interactive tool for raising U.S. awareness about European history, geography, and culture. Each player has to answer 14 questions and each correct answer is a city in one of the EU's 28 Member States. Once players think they know the answer, they can click on the location of that city on the interactive map. Players will be scored on two criteria: first, how fast they respond, and second, how close they are geographically to the right city. People may play the game as often as they like. The person to achieve the highest score between July 8, 2014 and August 15, 2014 will win a voucher for two round-trip tickets to Brussels, Belgium. Only U.S. residents who are 18 years old and above are eligible to win the award, but the game is open to anyone who would like to play.

Have fun and good luck!

Need some help with your EU geography and history?  Find the answers at UW Libraries.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

An Ambassador for Language Learning

Joy Maa. Photo by Isaiah Brookshire.
Language learning has been a constant in Joy Maa’s life. She was raised in a bilingual household, speaking both English and Mandarin Chinese from earliest childhood. In high school, her Spanish teachers enthusiastically praised and encouraged her. At the UW she majored in not one but two foreign languages, Spanish and Japanese. Maa is the 2014 Dean’s Medalist in the Humanities, chosen on the basis of academic performance and faculty recommendations...(more).

Read an interview with Joy here.  Congrats, Joy!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In partnership with Google Cultural Institute, the Museu do Futebol in São Paulo has organized three wonderful virtual exhibits on the history of soccer in Brazil:

Mário Américo (1912-1990)
The Game and the People (1863-1931)
Football on Paper (1919-2013)

These exhibits can be accessed at

A few other Brazilian institutions have also set up virtual exhibits on futebol, including ‘Drama e euforia - O Brasil nas Copas de 50 a 70’ by the Arquivo Nacional in Rio:

(Thanks to Luis González for the tip!)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska wins Cervantes Prize

The author and journalist Elena Poniatowska, who gained fame in Mexico for her chronicles of social injustice and government repression, is this year’s winner of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish language.

Check out her books from UW Libraries.