The Gift of Books for Kids – Ages 3-6


This is the second in a series of blog posts about great books to give as gifts this season.  This time we're going to be talking about some spectacular books to give to the 3-6 year olds in your life.  For this group I tend toward giggles.  If it makes them giggle it's a winner.  If […]

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Kids Create Gifts and Memories this Holiday Season


Way before the era of Pinterest and the invention of social media people found inspiration for gifts to make in magazines. At least I think this must be the case, because my husband who lived in South Dakota made a lot of the same things I did in Florida! Doing an online search finds many, […]

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The Gift of Books for Kids – 9-12 Year Old Boys


With an Auntie who is also a Children's Librarian my nephew is pretty much guaranteed to get books for presents.  To be honest that's pretty much all I give.  Lucky boy!  He always happily says, "I know what's in that present."  To which I answer, "Yeah, but you don't know which one!".  As a nine year […]

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Kvothe the Librarian, “Lin-Manuel?!”

photo credit: flickr user Thomas Quine

Ahhhhh!! Excitement! Did y'all see this news? I have no idea to do this. How on earth do I just *mention* I'm working with @Lin_Manuel on adapting Kingkiller? — Pat Rothfuss (@PatrickRothfuss) November 29, 2016 EeeeeeeeEEEEEeeeeeeee!!!! Okay, gimme a second. Whew. So. Patrick Rothfuss is pretty awesome. And Lin-Manuel Miranda is also the best. And […]

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Seattle: The Edible City

Seattle Maki Roll

From now until September 2017, Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will be presenting the exhibit, Edible City, a guide to what, where, and how people experience food in the Emerald City. If you aren't already aware of the many delicious products grown and produced in the Puget Sound region, here is an introduction to some […]

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Shout-Out to Shaun Tan

Book Jacket for Shaun Tan's The Singing Bones

Looking for artistic inspiration? Shaun Tan's illustrations have drawn my attention, and they may do the same for you. Shaun Tan is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist, and for very good reason. In any one of his illustrated books, Shaun Tan presents surreal and somewhat moody imagery in a humorous and thought-provoking package. His […]

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Get Ready For – “Rogue One”

This is it, people. This is *the* movie of the year; the one we've all been waiting for. The next installment in the Star Wars saga: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." I can't even, people. This thing looks like it's going to be so good, and it's not even the main story line of […]

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Modern Poetry Exploring Race & Identity


I've long been a fantasy and graphic novel nerd, but lately I've been trying to expand my reading horizons in a quest to be a "well-rounded reader." This has brought somewhat mixed results (I'm a little too squeamish to ever be a fan of true crime, for one!), but the plus side has been finding out that, […]

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Better than underwear: book gift suggestions for teens

"On the First Day of Shopping, Old Santa said to me..."   Want to give your favorite teens and tweens a gift more fun than underwear?  Here are some suggestions:   Mighty Jack (graphic novel) by Ben Hatke Mighty Jack I thought that nothing would ever supplant my fangirl love of Hatke's Zita the Space Girl, but Mighty […]

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Face-to-Face > Facebook

50+ couple talking in their living room

  With Facebook and other digital options dominating our means of connecting with others today, the importance of having face-to-face conversations can't be overstated. What are we missing when we only speak with each other through social media channels?       Reclaiming Conversation Sherry Turkle makes the case for face-to-face conversation as the "talking […]

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