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 […]

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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 cerebration of H.G. Wells’ 150th birthday, we present the list of movies based on his creations available from KCLS collection at this link. 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 […]

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It was a kid’s book, I can picture the cover….


My daughter and I recently enjoyed reading one of my all time favorite books, The Velveteen Rabbit together. Not only is Margery Williams Bianco's 1922 classic in my top 10 books of all time and a hit with my daughter, the version we read also happened to be the exact 1986 edition I read with my Mom when I was […]

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Alternative Reads #2: Interactive Fiction

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  As the Pokemon Go phenomenon confirms, adults are still into playing games, especially games that have a certain nostalgic value. One of the original ways of combining games and books was Edward Packard's Choose Your Own Adventure children's series. In the past few years, a few authors have tried to bank on the nostalgia […]

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