Have You Seen a Sasquatch?

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The 2017 Sasquatch Award nominees are flying off the shelves all over the library system (and the state!) as kids prepare for their local Battle of the Books or just want to get their hands on some of the best children's chapter books of the last couple years. What is the Sasquatch Award? Each year […]

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What’s BIG in Tiny spaces

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"Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them."               -Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854 Ever feel that way?  I sure do. Lately I find that I'd much rather donate unused items rather than figure out how to organize, sort, or store them. I […]

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Get Ready For – “Snowden”

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Okay, folks, this is not a drill. Filmmaker Oliver Stone-- the man who brought us "JFK," "Platoon," "Wall Street", and "W"-- is releasing his newest tale of American patriotism and treachery: "Snowden," based on the life and actions of Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who blew the whistle on the NSA's […]

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What to Read While You’re Waiting for Sharknado 5

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The Sharknado series of movies (KCLS has them on Hoopla) are extraordinarily silly; very nearly on a par with Plan 9 from Outer Space or The Eye of Argon fanfic. The premise would seem to be impossible--tornados made of sharks? But if you follow Film Theorist MatPat: Maybe not! What if there could be death storms […]

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Bumbershoot and Musicians You Might Not Know

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The Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle's celebration of music, arts, and creativity, may be in its 46th year, but this will be my first time! Next week, Labor Day weekend (September 2-4), we are going to see some big musical names come to the Seattle Center, including Macklemore, Billy Idol, Third Eye Blind, and Death Cab For Cutie. Unfortunately, I have never heard […]

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RiffTrax on hoopla

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Are you a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000? If so, you may have heard of RiffTrax, which is written and performed by the MST3K folks but covers more genres than just science fiction. You can download the commentary tracks from their website to play along with their films, or (as I just discovered) hoopla has several […]

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Ten Terrific Back To School Books

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School is almost upon us and for many parents and students this time of year can be full of every kind of emotion. From excitement about making new friends, to fear that your kindergartner will cry as you walk out of the classroom, to hope that this year will be less awful than last year. […]

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Place Your Holds

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There are some serious perks to being a librarian. Although I don't get to 'read at work all day' the way some stereotypes say, I do get to peek into the world of books long before they appear on the library shelves or on your eReader. Publishers know that librarians are avid book evangelists, so […]

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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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