Pizza leads to literacy (everyone knows that)

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What has 280 toes, eats 4 pizzas in an hour, and was recently featured in a podcast?   Why, the Teen Pizza and Book Club at the Lake Forest Park Library, of course! Meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at the Lake Forest Park Library, Pizza and Books attracts between 6 and 18 readers between the […]

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Teen spotlight: Lil Smitty

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While some people grew up singing in the shower, Marques (AKA Lil Smitty) grew up rapping in the shower. Now a high school graduate, Lil Smitty has two mixtapes under his belt and shows no signs of slowing down. When I interviewed him in June, Smitty had just dropped his newest mixtape, "PTW (Paved the Way)." […]

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Picture books for Adults

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The Book of Speculation Recently I was reading 'The Book of Speculation' by Erika Swyker. Well, actually, I was listening to it on audiobook. It so captivated me, that I decided to checked out a paper copy so I could finish it. I'm so glad I did! Not only is this an amazing début work by the […]

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Viva VHS!


With countless streaming services at our disposal (hi there, hoopla!) and legions of Redboxes in every neighborhood, it's hard to believe that we once had to leave our homes and interact with a living, breathing, possibly sweating movie nerd to get our hands on the film of our choice (by the way, the legendary Scarecrow Video in Seattle's University District is still […]

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Dear Shelf Browser, Read This Book

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My desk is a mishmash of cat paraphernalia, crafts made at library programs and notes I've found stuck in teen books. Some of the notes are skillful doodles, some statements of fact (apparently, "5th period = BORING!"). Others are book recommendations and words of encouragement ("stay strong, you can conquer your eating disorder"). Sticking everything up on my wall of awesome […]

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Back to School with KCLS


Where did the summer go? It’s hard to believe that August is nearly over. It was a very busy summer at the library. This year over 31,000 kids and teens participated in the annual Summer Reading Program. For those of you who don’t think young people read anymore, we definitely disproved that! As September looms […]

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For Those About to Rock Band

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Are you a karaoke person? I feel like I could be one, but generally my introversion keeps me from embarrassing myself in public (library conference karaoke notwithstanding, but that's a story for another day). (Also, yes, we have library conferences. They're as amazing as you imagine.) But my general stage fright never keeps me from […]

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You know “oy vey” but do you know “Oy gevalt”?

Learn Yiddish and impress your friends with Yiddish through Mango Languages, one of the databases on the KCLS website. Or maybe you just have time to learn a few words! Or you can be really dedicated and read the classic The New Joys of Yiddish but don't kvetch about the work because it really is a […]

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Three Classics Re-Told with a YA Twist

Books we call classics endure because their plots, characters, and themes captivate readers across decades and centuries. So it's no surprise that modern authors turn to them for inspiration. This is an especially popular trend in books for teens over the past few years with novels that put a YA spin on these classic novels. […]

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Happy 150th Birthday to H.G. Wells!

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In celebration of H.G. Wells’ 150th birthday, we present the list of movies based on his creations available from the KCLS collection. Since five of the movies are on Hoopla, you don’t even have to be on a wait list! Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in the United Kingdom. He was the author of many extraordinary […]

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