6 YA Romance Authors to Know

There's nothing quite like first love. The passion, the uncertainty, and the newness of teen romance makes it especially poignant. When I'm looking for a particularly swoon-worthy read, I turn to young adult literature. Luckily for readers like me, there is an abundance of fantastic authors creating memorable characters and stories to enjoy. Here are […]

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Decluttering vs. Organizing Your Home


Earlier this month The New York Times Magazine published an article that discusses the extremely popular KonMari decluttering method. Unlike many other articles, this profile doesn't just focus on the particulars of Marie Kondo's tidying philosophies. It also delves into the differences and tensions between organizers like Kondo, who advocates that people discard all items […]

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Coming Together at the Library

We are living in very challenging times. Almost daily it seems there’s another atrocity occurring, sometimes far away and sometimes frighteningly close. Given our 24-hour news cycle and the constant ‘ping’ of social media, it is easy to be overwhelmed. It’s a time when many of us feel like we should be doing something but […]

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Seagull goes to YCamp

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What happens when librarians visit summer day camps?   Each week during the summer, the Outdoor Day Camp program sponsored by Shoreline's Dale Turner Family YMCA offers adventures with exciting themes like sports!  pirates!  or wild animals!  Themes are woven into daily activities. Campers have fun hiking, exploring the surrounding park, crafting, swimming...and visiting the little cache of library books spread out for them […]

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Nuclear Wessels in the Sky

Photo credit: flickr user Heather McCall

I was shocked when I heard that Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor portraying Mr. Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, died in a freak car accident in June. It seems like all we get is bad news chasing after worse news. What's going on, 2016? Feeling that I'd really had my fill of writing […]

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Books to Grow On

A Service to Bring Young Children and Books Together Books to Grow On are theme kits filled with wonderful books to read aloud, music, videos, and other materials on a variety of curriculum topics. These theme kits are perfect for early childhood professionals, teachers, and busy parents to use with their toddlers and preschoolers. You […]

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King County Movies in the Park – Summer 2016


My favorite time of year has arrived! The time to head to the park for outdoor movies! As a transplant to King County, I made it my goal to learn all the available screenings, and I decided to share my research with you. There are many venues in downtown Seattle. Of course, I live in […]

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Adult Summer Camp at Home!


I'll be honest, I sometimes experience palpable pangs of envy when my friends' children share their summer camp stories with me. You mean to tell me that while us grownups were toiling away at our day jobs and paying bills, you kiddos were learning handicrafts, huddling beneath the night sky with a glow-in-the-dark star map, and playing Capture the Flag?! No […]

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Gamer Alert: Read-Alikes For Your Favorite Games


My favorite video games are like my favorite books - full immersion, unique characters, and LOTS of action. When I beat a game that I was hoping would never end, I look to books to bring me back to captivating worlds like the ones I enjoyed exploring in-game. The books (and movies) below should help […]

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Get Ready For – “Suicide Squad”


Okay, I know that I've hyped a lot of summer movies so far this year, and I always say I'm super-excited to see them. Those were, perhaps, lies. At least in comparison to the hype I feel for this movie: DC Comics' "Suicide Squad." OMG, YOU HAVE NO IDEA! I've been waiting for this movie for […]

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