Fiction for Bibliophiles

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October always brings me mental images of windblown leaves skittering down wet streets, of warm wool blankets newly applied to keep out the chill of a rainy fall evening and huddling up with a good book. The fall is my favorite time to revel unabashedly in my deep love of books and reading.  And nothing […]

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How to Become a Library Power User

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Are you always stopping by your nearest library? Do you often push that holds limit? Is your stack of to-be-read library books in danger of toppling over? You just might be a library power user. If you're already there or just want to step up your library game, we've got some insider tips for how […]

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Indie Author Day

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Are you a writer who has dreamed of publishing a book? Or are you a local author seeking ways to grow your audience? Maybe you’re a reader hoping to discover new local authors! Join us for Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 8, from 10 am – 3 pm at the KCLS Service Center, 960 […]

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Gloomy Tunes For Gloomy Days

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I know, I know...we're not even a week into fall and here I am, already raring to go with an autumn-themed blog post. But I can't help it! I live for fall. Even though the sun is sure to eke out a couple more 70 degree days this month, I'm already making preparations for my favorite season: leafing through cookbooks […]

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It’s Salmon Season! Spot the Spawners in Your Neighborhood

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Salmon are currently thinking serious thoughts about heading upriver to their birthplace to start a whole new generation of little spawners.  We are lucky in the Pacific Northwest because it's very likely that you have a salmon spawning stream nearby.  Out in my area it is the Cedar River and the salmon work their way […]

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Top 3 reasons to love autumn

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Although I lament the end of summer, there are some things I look forward to in the fall, hence my top 3 reasons to luuuvvv autumn: Crockpot cooking. Leather boots. No more sleep sweats. Crockpot cooking? Yeah, KCLS has plenty of books if you've got a hankering for some gut busting satisfaction. You'll find them […]

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Reading the Dragon, part 1: Yes you can!

The largest, wildest, and possibly most fun science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention in the United States, Dragon Con, wrapped their 30th anniversary event earlier this month in Atlanta, GA. And with it we got the first ever Dragon Awards, in which fans of scienfictional pop-culture fun voted for the genre books, movies, TV-shows and games they loved the […]

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Read a Banned Book!

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Hey! Did you know that the last week of September is Banned Books Week? It's sort of like the library world's own little holiday where we celebrate the freedom to read by reading, talking about, and highlighting the most controversial books published in the United States every year. This year's focus is on the number […]

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Four Atmospheric Autumn Reads

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I love autumn. I love cardigan weather and listening to the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack and curling up on a brisk day with a book in hand. But not just any book will do. I want something that screams "fall". Something that evokes the colors of the season, the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot and […]

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In Memory: Children’s Author Anna Dewdney

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Anna Dewdney, author and illustrator of the beloved children's series,  Llama, Llama , passed away on September 3, in her Vermont home at the age of 50, from brain cancer. She had illustrated books for other authors in the 1990s, but it was the publication in 2005 of Llama Llama Red Pajama, the first book in the picture book series, that launched her […]

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