Queen of the Grammys: SZA

The awards haven't gone out yet, but I'm already crowning this year's Queen of the Grammys (a title I just made up): her name is SZA, and she's amazing and I wish she was my bestie.  This year, SZA is up for five Grammys: Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album (Ctrl), Best R&B Song ("Supermodel")…
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#MeToo

Since sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein have surfaced, you have likely seen mention of the #MeToo movement flooding social media. Coined by activist Tarana Burke and popularized by actress Alyssa Milano’s recent tweet, #MeToo has collected millions of stories of sexual assault and harassment and launched opinion pieces about stories that remain untold. The emergence of the #MeToo movement brings to light many…
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hoopla Witching Hour

Halloween is quickly approaching, and I don't know about you, but I'm feeling pretty witchy this year. I find myself lamenting that I don't own a giant, bubbling cauldron— where else am I supposed to gather my coven and cackle maniacally over witches' brew??? If you're asking yourself the same question, here's your answer: gather…
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Afraid of Friday the 13th?

This week marks the second (and last) Friday the 13th of the year, and the fact that it takes place in October makes it all the sweeter for fans of the Friday the 13th movie franchise (and the horror genre overall).  However, if you suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th), this day…
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DACA in Washington: A Guide

On September 5, the current administration announced a decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, and this cancellation is set to go into effect in six months, on March 5, 2018. Included here is reliable information to navigate what this means for DACA recipients and other folks impacted by this decision…
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Celebrate Welcoming Week at Your Library!

Get ready! Welcoming Week is almost here, and community libraries are working to demonstrate that we are welcoming to everyone, including immigrants and refugees. What is Welcoming Week? From September 15-24, King County Library System (along with lots of other organizations nationwide) celebrates Welcoming Week with fun activities that connect our communities and welcome neighbors…
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For Fans of ‘Get Out’

SPOILERS AHEAD-- IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN GET OUT YET, AVERT YOUR EYES!  Okay, everyone, you've been warned. This is now a spoiler zone, so let's talk about Get Out. In my opinion, this movie did an excellent job of portraying two of the most terrifying elements of real life in today's America: humans and racism. Humans…
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Cinephiles Rejoice: 25 Films Added to the National Film Registry!

If you're a bibliophile, you probably already think the Library of Congress is incredible. But did you know that the Library of Congress (LOC) is also an excellent resource for cinephiles? Prime example: the Library of Congress has a National Film Registry, which adds to its list 25 films each year, "showcasing the range and diversity of…
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An Evening with Matika Wilbur

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend an event at the Burien Library (where I also happen to work) entitled Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes, featuring Pacific Northwest photographer Matika Wilbur. I went into the event expecting to see some beautiful photographs (which I certainly did see), but I…
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