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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Books to Embrace Aging

May is Older Americans Month and whether you are well into your years or not far along the aging spectrum, we can all embrace growing older. Recent life events, which included caring for my 98-year-old grandmother, have changed my perspective on life and aging. "Oma," as we called her, proved that even at ninety-eight one can experience "bucket list" dreams and […]

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The Literary Apothecary

I don't know about you, but I believe books are good medicine. They possess the power to move us through spectrums of emotions and speak to us in ways no medical professional or counselor can. I was introduced to my first "literary apothecary," Monsieur Perdu, when a co-worker recommended I read The Little Paris Bookshop.  […]

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Fitness to Go eBooks

Finding it difficult to fit a fitness plan into your schedule? Ever wish you could have your exercise regimen at your fingertips? Take your workout with you! Try downloading one of these eBooks that highlight simple fitness routines you can do anytime, anywhere, and get on the fast track to getting fit. For more great resources, sign up for hoopla  […]

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Who’s Your Literary Crush?

Ever had a character leap off the pages and into your heart? Remember your first book crush? I do. As a horse-crazy girl, I crushed on Steve Duncan, the youth who tamed the fiery red stallion, Flame, on a remote Caribbean island in Walter Farley's The Island Stallion. And I admit, I fell for Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, […]

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Girls Gone Activist

Girls can make a difference! The recent Women's March on Washington and marches throughout the nation motivated women of all ages to take action. Enjoy these true stories about ordinary girls who made an impact and inspire young readers to take action for causes they care about. For the Right to Learn When one thinks of girls who have made an […]

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Pay it Forward in 2017- Become a “RAKtivist!”

"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart What's a RAKtivist? Simply put, it's a Random Acts of Kindness activist. What qualifications do you need? A belief that kindness can change the world. How do you become one? It's easy. Practice random acts of kindness or RAoKs defined as: selfless acts performed […]

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Beyond Pilgrims and Turkey

Like many Americans I grew up celebrating Thanksgiving waking up to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and enjoying a family gathering that included watching football, feasting on turkey and all the trimmings, vying for the wishbone, and ending up feeling as stuffed as the turkey. Now, with children of my own, our family has added a few traditions to our Thanksgiving gatherings. One is to take in Thanksgiving "orphans."  […]

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College Essay Writer’s Block?

Are you a college-bound senior? Finding the college application process overwhelming? Having trouble figuring out what to write about for your admissions essays? Deadlines looming? Let KCLS help! After conducting college essay writing workshops and editing admissions essays, there are a few tips I can offer and some great resources available through the library to help get you […]

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