Picture Books for Arbor Day

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have no shortage of beautiful trees and Arbor Day reminds us of how important it is to preserve them. National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree-planting times in their area…
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Literary Heroines We Love

March is Women's History Month and a great time to celebrate the many incredible fictional heroines who have inspired us and taught us life lessons.  There are many, but often we find one we relate to most. Growing up, I identified with Velvet Brown in National Velvet and admired how she defied social norms and posed…
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Help for Caregiver Burnout

Caring for an aging loved one can be a blessing and a burden. I recently experienced this firsthand. When my 98-year-old grandmother, who was suffering from dementia, arrived in our home for a "trial visit," we were completely unprepared for the challenges of caregiving. As with many dementia patients, she had managed to mask her…
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Get Ready for NaNoWriMo!

For those wondering what in the world NaNoWriMo is, National Novel Writing Month (often shortened to NaNoWriMo) is an annual internet-based, creative writing project that challenges participants to write a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days. It begins November 1 and ends at 11:59 pm on November 30. If you have been putting off writing your…
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Savory Soup Books

The leaves are turning, the temperatures dropping and it's finally raining! Time to put away the grill and pull out the soup pot. Turn this year's harvest into a hearty delight! Join us for Soup's On! at the Woodinville Library this Saturday, September 23, and learn the basics of making great soups with Chef Laurie…
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