hoopla Film School: Woman Power!

Thelma & Louise cover art

Greetings, star pupils! Welcome to another session of hoopla Film School! It's no secret that women are underrepresented in the film industry. While we've certainly made strides toward greater inclusion over the years, we still have a long way to go: in 2015, only 9% of the top 250 domestic grossing films had women directors, and […]

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Fitness Videos When You Want Them!

The Firm 500 Calorie Workout cover art

Last summer, I surprised even myself when I took up jogging. As a dyed-in-the-wool indoor kid, the very thought of running for any purpose other than to catch a bus had been preposterous to me. But I soon found that with the right music (I'm lookin' at you, Le Tigre!) and the right setting (no […]

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Refugee Stories for Teens

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

Whenever I read news stories about the struggle of refugees around the world, I can't help but wonder what that experience must be like. The thought of uprooting a life you've worked so hard to build, embarking on a grueling and dangerous journey, and starting all over in an unfamiliar country is absolutely astonishing to me. […]

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hoopla Film School: Fashion Films!

Blow-up a film by Michelangelo Antonioni cover art

Greetings, and welcome to another session of hoopla Film School! The world of fashion has always been inspired by the world of film. From the arrival of the classic Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's to the advent of androgynous women's clothing following the release of Annie Hall, countless style moments have been launched by the wardrobes of characters in […]

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A New Year of Learning at Your Library

Woman pausing with pen in air above planner at desk

Whenever I talk to people about my job, there are always a few outdated stereotypes that I must repeatedly dispel. By far, the most pervasive misconception is that libraries are joyless, solemn spaces built solely for joyless, solemn study. Don't get me wrong, you can be as joyless, solemn, or studious as you want in any of our libraries! […]

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2016: Year of the Yellow Books

Yellow books on a shelf

While browsing for books online or in your local bookstore this year, you may have noticed an abundance of yellow book covers practically radiating in your direction. It's not just you! According to the Wall Street Journal, yellow is THE book jacket color of the moment, prized for its ability to "pop" both in person and on […]

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Remembering George Michael

George Michael on the cover of his album "Faith"

Finer minds than mine have already done a beautiful job of eulogizing the late George Michael, but I'll give it a shot: I adored this man. It's easy to dismiss the 1980s pop music landscape as little more than froth and frivolity, synthesizers and silly hair. But we too easily forget how bold, daring, sexy, and subversive that decade truly was. Along with Prince, Madonna, […]

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hoopla Film School: Long Lost Musicals!

Greetings and salutations, eager scholars, and welcome to another session of hoopla Film School! Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying that musicals are one of the most successful and prolific genres in film history. After silent movies faded into obsolescence and "talkies" became the norm, Hollywood studios pulled out all the stops to […]

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Best Holiday Party Ever!

Festive bunch of balloons

It's the most wonderful time of the year: party season!!! Don't worry if you don't have a spacious dance hall at your disposal like those dance-crazed teens in Footloose. With a little creativity, ingenuity, and a thoughtfully curated guest list, you can host the soirée of the season in your very own home! First, crack open one of […]

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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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