Streaming Music to Craft By

National Craft Month is coming to a close, and I finished my nine-foot-long scarf just in time! With seven different stitch patterns worked across horizontal, vertical, and diagonal sections, this project presented quite the challenge. I may have even cried on it a few times. But the one thing that helped me persevere through this harrowing wool journey…
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Marching for Science!

Who here is a fan of science? *waves hand vigorously in the air* Awesome! I figured there would be a lot of us. Washington state is one of the US's scientific havens: we are major contributors to aerospace engineering, clean energy, cancer research, computer science, fisheries and wildlife study, forestry, self-driving cars (thanks, Elon Musk), and…
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On The Lighter Side

We've just had our wettest February/March on record. Taxes are due. Flower blooms are late. Politics is... no, never mind. Fortunately, April is National Humor Month. It's also National Fresh Celery Month, but it's harder to create a booklist about fresh celery, so I'm going with humor. The thing is, everyone has a slightly different…
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Bye, Thrillers…Hello, US Social Class

For months, I was very happy flitting from one psychological thriller to another, in pursuit of the next Gone Girl-Girl on the Train-Couple Next Door roller-coaster read. I was on a quest, and there were plenty of new recommendations yet to explore! And then, overnight, a paradigm shift.  I just wasn’t feeling the Gone-Girl-Read-Alike-Quest anymore because there was just…
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Adventures in Microfilm #2: Know Your History!

Calling all fans of genealogy and local history! One great research tool for anyone exploring genealogy, learning about local and national history, and collecting family photos and personal stories is (surprise, surprise) microfilm. For anyone who's unaware, the Renton Library branch is one of several KCLS libraries that have microfilm collections and easy-to-use digital microfilm readers. Our microfilm…
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Read or Watch the Nature

When I was growing up, Sunday evenings were sacred. Every week without fail my family and I would all snuggle up and watch the television series Nature. I loved learning new things about the natural world and seeing exotic creatures up close. This was such a cornerstone of my childhood, that it is not entirely surprising that…
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Craft-spiration for All!

Recently there has been a large movement in bringing back the art of crafting. From DIY home projects to old-fashioned hobbies like knitting, the world of craft has grown in popularity in recent years inspiring new websites, television shows, and events. Websites like Pinterest and Etsy are solely devoted to helping people sell art, trade…
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From Martha to Melania

I just read a great new book, which I had to share: A Kids' Guide to America's First Ladies. I read mine as an electronic copy: A Kids' Guide to America's First Ladies In each profile of a First Lady, the author includes pieces of what was happening in the world at the time of their role…
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