Face-to-Face > Facebook

  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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Crafting With Nature

The natural beauty of Washington State will never cease to astonish me. Even in these damp and dreary winter months, I love to take walks in the woods and marvel at the velvety moss, the bizarre, otherworldly-looking mushrooms, and the stark beauty of bare trees. Another thing I love about these off-season nature walks? The forest […]

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

  75 years ago, on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese aircraft and ships attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Oahu. 2,403 American sailors, soldiers and civilians died; another 1,178 were wounded. On December 8, Congress declared war on Japan, and a few days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the United […]

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African-American STEM Heroes!

I do a little internal happy dance every time I get a reference question that directly relates to what I'm reading at the moment. This happened recently when a patron asked for children's books on African-American inventors and inventions-- a question that came exactly one day after I read and loved Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream of Inventions, the story […]

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Superheroes With A Twist

Most of us have watched the amazing actions of larger-than-life characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Captain America. They fight the bad guys, keep us safe, and set a high standard for hard work, duty, and patriotism. But their lives are also more complicated and similar to ours than we like to think. […]

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“Firsts” for Kids

Many parents rejoice in documenting their child's milestones. First tooth! First steps! First day of school! Did you know that reading and talking about first experiences before they happen can ease a child's anxieties and help them process new experiences? Here are some fun books about those great leaps forward that make us grown-ups proud […]

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