New Year’s Resolutions Up In Flames? Go Smarter!

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I guess everybody does it. We want to improve, so with best intentions we make New Year's resolutions. But they're hard to keep up, and we end up breaking them. How about unleashing the power of one of the nation's busiest library systems to OUTSMART the New Year? Check out one of these titles to […]

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Readers Unite

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          What are you reading this year?  Our friends over at the New York Public library started a fun reading campaign called Readers Unite.  They are encouraging readers to share their love of reading by posting a photo or the title of the book that they're reading on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other […]

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Local Author Receives Library Journal Indie eBook Award

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Congratulations to Ksenia Anske, a Seattle-based author, for winning an honorable mention in the Young Adult fiction category of the 2016 Indie Ebook Awards from Library Journal for her novel Rosehead (also available in paperback)! Synopsis: Misunderstood and overmedicated, twelve-year-old Lilith Bloom finds the prospect of a grand family reunion decidedly dull... That is, until she […]

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Celebrating Seattle Artist Jacob Lawrence

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Exciting news for art fans and history buffs alike: on January 21, the Seattle Art Museum will be marking the 100 year anniversary of the birth of artist Jacob Lawrence with the return of his Migration Series! This collection of 60 paintings depicts scenes and stories from the Great Migration, a time beginning in the 1910s when […]

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Dystopian Fiction Is the New Current Affairs- The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Handmaid's Tale "The Handmaid’s Tale" by Margaret Atwood was written in 1985 but its message is more relevant now than ever. Dystopian novels are not always about alien invasions or zombie viruses- some are cautionary tales about what the future will look like if we make certain choices. For example, what will happen if […]

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A Very Unfortunate Book List

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On the most unlucky day of Friday the 13th a television series premiered on Netflix depicting the tribulations (the word 'tribulations' means a state of great trouble or suffering) of the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans. If you tuned in expecting a nice little television show with puppies, rainbows and a happy ending then you were sorely disappointed. […]

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Books That Remind Me of My BFF’s

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Waxing sentimental now that another year has passed me by. I used to pride myself on not being a cryer, but these days, I find it harder to avoid. Maybe it's the seasonal affective disorder. Or the whole aging thing. Or that the rest of my family lives outside of Washington. I can speculate lots […]

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Back to the Prairie with the Ladies of Little House

As someone who grew up watching Little House on the Prairie (and never stopped), it's possible that I experience a disproportionate level of excitement every time a former cast member publishes a memoir.  Wanna know my best book of 2016?  Little House in the Hollywood Hills: A Bad Girl's Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary […]

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Stay Golden: Spend 2017 with the Girls

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The Golden Girls is like mac-and-cheese. Whenever I’m stressed or depressed, it’s my go-to pick-me-up. Maybe it’s the nostalgia for nights with my grandma, eating ice cream and watching the newest episode (It’s been a whole other show watching as an adult!). Or maybe it’s the timeless humor and continuing relevance of the show’s themes. […]

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Stephen King Recommends

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Anyone who's enough of a Stephen King fan to follow his tweets will know that he regularly recommends the best of the books he's currently reading. The books (as you might expect!) tend towards horror novels and thrillers, but he is obviously an incredibly prolific reader and his recommendations really run the gamut of genres. […]

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