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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Read this, watch this, hear this: #BlackLivesMatter

hands up don't shoot

There's no easy way to digest what we're seeing in the news right now, and, at times, even the thought of doing so can be really daunting. There are (more than) a couple of ways that we can handle this overwhelming feeling: While some of have the privilege to ignore it, pretend it doesn't exist, hide from it, […]

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A little mystery with your opera?

Teatro La Fenice

A couple of years ago, my opera-going, mystery-reading friend, Jack, said he couldn't believe that I, as a mystery reader, had never read Donna Leon's long-running  Guido Brunetti Mystery series, set in Venice. Yeah, yeah, Jack.  Well-known though the series might be (the 25th book in the series, The Waters of Eternal Youth, was published this year). I had too many other […]

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New Adventures in Baking


So, here I am minding my own business when WHAM.... my body decides it's just not going to process gluten anymore.  What?!  No more cookies, hamburger buns, or donuts? I decided that wasn't going to work for me, so I headed to the store and purchased a bag of gluten free flour. I started by substituting that […]

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I See Me! Artwork in Children’s Lit

Books with diverse characters weren't very prevalent when I was growing up. While I’m glad to see that there are more examples of diversity in Children’s literature these days, we still have a long way to go. Thankfully, we have some great examples at the King County Library System of books that incorporate diverse characters […]

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hoopla Film School: Vintage Disney!


Greetings students, and welcome to another edition of hoopla Film School! The Disney brand may be best known for its legacy of classic animated features and sprawling theme parks, but I've always had a soft spot for their live action movies of the 1970s and '80s. Many a Saturday morning in my youth was spent eating soggy Cheerios while […]

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Let It Grow!

Have you ever thought about having a garden but didn’t have a clue where start? If the idea of growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs sound fun give container gardening a try.  It’s a great way to explore and learn the basics of gardening for small spaces and with little care. Perma Culture in […]

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