ABCs for the Macabre Reader

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Alphabet books have long been a staple of library collections, but among the bright, candy-colored stories you'll occasionally find an ABC book that's a little spookier and a bit less kid-friendly. Strange? Perhaps, but there is a peculiar kind of pleasure in seeing the shiny-happy idealism of many kids books turned on its head. While […]

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Infant and Family Story Times Now at 320th! TGIF!

Infants and parents playing at story time.

Friday is story time day for me at the 320th Library! First, I start with Infant Story Time at 10:30. (This is new for Federal Way 320th as of January.) And then, Family Story Time starts at 11:15! Wait, did you read "Infant Story Time?" Why in the world would anybody bring an infant to story time? Infants […]

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Get Ready for Get Out

The words "Get Out" on a shadowy dark blue and black background

Has all this mushy February love stuff got you in the mood for something different? If you're looking for a good scare that will also give you something to think about then you've *got* to go see Get Out, an original horror flick written and directed by Jordan Peele that's being hailed as "...both unsettling […]

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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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Getting Started with Robotics

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Are you interested in building and programming robots? With robotics you can design, build, and program a robot to do almost anything you can imagine! If you'd like to learn more about robotics, we've got resources to explore this technology at home and in the community. ideaX Robotics at the Library At the library, you […]

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10 to Try Mystery Challenge: STEM

E coli bacteria

When I heard about 10 to Try, I decided to challenge myself by reading a genre I have a love/hate relationship with: mystery. Why do I love some mysteries but can't get into others? How many flavors of mystery are there? Each month I'll read a mystery in one of the 10 to Try categories, and this month it's […]

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Odd Movie Couples That Won’t Make You Roll Your Eyes

two skeletons, one offering a rose to the other

Valentine's Day always spawns a million lists of adorable couples in movies, and, by the end, we are reminded of the passionate journey and triumph of true love. While I do reserve a small space in my cold, dead heart for films like these, mostly they make me roll my eyes so much that I'm afraid they'll […]

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Talking to My Dogs

A black dog and a brown dog laying down next to each other on the carpet

As a dog owner and lover, I've often wondered what's going on inside my pups' heads and whether I really understand what they want from me when they're trying to communicate something. I know that when my floofy guy plops his paws on me in the middle of the night --waking me up-- and pants […]

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10 to Try Check-in: February

10 to Try 2017 Reading Challenge

If you start with the hardest thing, it's all downhill from there, right? Reading is very rarely hard for me, but I'll admit that I've been eyeing the 10 to Try STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) category with some trepidation. Determined to get it out of the way first, I downloaded Magic and Loss, a […]

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Food and Romance: A Pairing Guide

A closeup of the hands of a man and a woman kneading dough together.

The romance genre gets around. You can find romance novels about sports stars, businessmen, FBI agents and national secrets, not to mention cowboys and yes, even the occasional librarian. So why not chefs and farmers? After all, what is more sensual than food? Romance makes the perfect seasoning for a novel that revels in the tastes […]

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