Sometimes it’s Chopin, sometimes it’s “Chopsticks”

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In August, we keep the bookdrop door open. Not just to confound the library's HVAC system, which invariably kicks into must heat the building right now" mode around midsummer each year. Not just to ease the steady enter-and-exit of rolling bins as returned books, magazines, DVDs and music are returned through the slots by the front door. In August, […]

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

I recently took a trip down memory lane-- but not by choice. Last week I spent my California vacation helping my sisters clean out my parents’  backroom addition, and the two car garage which no longer fits their two cars. This did not happen because they have passed into the next world. Oh no, they […]

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Fall in the Edible Garden

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The good news:  it's not too late to put in a garden!  The bad news:  your back might still be sore from summer gardening.  I tried winter gardening once and didn't have much luck - things grew, but at a Lilliputian scale.  I've never tried Fall gardening but it sounds awesome! More good news:  learn how to put […]

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5 Fantastically Funny Females to Follow this Fall

Amy Schumer Amy Schumer has had a ton of success over the past few years and her most recent venture is no exception. This past month, her brutally honest and uproariously funny memoir was published and has so far received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. You can place a hold on a copy […]

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Reader Request: The Anti-Wimpy Kid

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We all know how popular the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series is. If you have a child under, say, fifteen you know all about the misadventures of Greg Heffley. The books are unavoidable; like catnip for kids. Which is great! Except.... What if your child isn't a fan of the Wimpy Kid stories? What […]

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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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