Dog Days of Summer

It's still summer, but even now I've noticed some leaves turning colors and dropping.  I think of late summer as being the frivolous time of year.  Trips have been taken, hikes hiked, gardens maintained, house projects conquered (or we've been conquered by...) and pesto/jam/etc. has been dutifully preserved.  Fall projects are banished for cooler days.  So in…
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6 YA Romance Authors to Know

There's nothing quite like first love. The passion, the uncertainty, and the newness of teen romance makes it especially poignant. When I'm looking for a particularly swoon-worthy read, I turn to young adult literature. Luckily for readers like me, there is an abundance of fantastic authors creating memorable characters and stories to enjoy. Here are…
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Decluttering vs. Organizing Your Home

Earlier this month The New York Times Magazine published an article that discusses the extremely popular KonMari decluttering method. Unlike many other articles, this profile doesn't just focus on the particulars of Marie Kondo's tidying philosophies. It also delves into the differences and tensions between organizers like Kondo, who advocates that people discard all items…
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Coming Together at the Library

Note: Gary Wasdin, the former director of King County Library System, left KCLS in March of 2017. We are living in very challenging times. Almost daily it seems there’s another atrocity occurring, sometimes far away and sometimes frighteningly close. Given our 24-hour news cycle and the constant ‘ping’ of social media, it is easy to…
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Seagull goes to YCamp

What happens when librarians visit summer day camps?   Each week during the summer, the Outdoor Day Camp program sponsored by Shoreline's Dale Turner Family YMCA offers adventures with exciting themes like sports!  pirates!  or wild animals!  Themes are woven into daily activities. Campers have fun hiking, exploring the surrounding park, crafting, swimming...and visiting the little cache of library books spread out for them…
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Nuclear Wessels in the Sky

I was shocked when I heard that Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor portraying Mr. Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, died in a freak car accident in June. It seems like all we get is bad news chasing after worse news. What's going on, 2016? Feeling that I'd really had my fill of writing…
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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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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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