Great Fiction by or About Muslims

You've read The Kite Runner and want more. Maybe you’re seeking to explore Islam more deeply. What are some great reads about (and mostly by) people who are Muslim? Reading Lolita in Tehran was on the NYT bestseller list for 117 weeks! The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf is about a devout Muslim family in 1970s Indiana. Secret…
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It’s Picnic Season!

Is there anything more sublime than a summertime picnic? Food just tastes better when you're lounging in the sun on a big old blanket, watching happy dogs hurtle through the park, and politely swatting away the bumblebees hovering around your plate. However, I must confess, I don't have the most impressive picnic prowess. I usually show up…
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From 1843 to Zyzzyva

I'm pretty sure that I could easily kill an afternoon reading through library magazines.  There's just so much available, so much variety.  Once in a while when I tell someone that I work in a library, the response is along the lines of "I'm not that into books." I'm willing to bet that almost everyone can…
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hoopla Film School: Celebrate Pride!

Greetings, avid scholars, and welcome to a long, long overdue session of hoopla Film School! LGBTQ representation in American cinema has an extremely fraught history. The rigid, censorious Motion Picture Production Code enacted in the 1930s made it virtually impossible to show homosexuality on film unless it was portrayed in a negative light. Consequently, gay characters…
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On YOUR Recommendation

One of the very best things about working for a library is talking to folks about books and movies when they come up to the desk. I cannot tell you how many times a patron has walked in to return a book or called to place a hold on an item and raved to me about…
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June is Orca Awareness Month

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed June 2017 the 11th Annual Orca Awareness Month to highlight the plight of our Southern Resident orcas (protected under The Endangered Species Act since 2005), and to urge all Washington State residents to do their part to support efforts to recover our local orca pod diminished by marine park captures, pollution…
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Northwest Author Garth Stein

I recently experienced the heartbreak of saying "goodbye" to my dog Teddy. Throughout the process my veterinarian not only provided excellent care, but caring. At one point we had a conversation in which we agreed the author that has best captured how dogs really think has to be Garth Stein in his bestseller, The Art of Racing in…
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