Movies Al Fresco

Summer is finally here and all I want to do is be outside to sit in the garden, eat on the patio, and take walks in the sun. It's the most beautiful time of year so why not make the most of it. All over Seattle and the Eastside outdoor theaters are popping up. Classic oldies […]

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Do Wordless Books Count as Reading?

Book cover of The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Yes! They do! Every spring I visit elementary schools to tell kids about Summer Reading at KCLS. I urge kids to use our reading log to keep track of the minutes they read over the summer. And then I tell them EVERY KIND OF READING COUNTS. Still I get asked, "What about magazines?" "What about […]

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Need Something to Read this Summer?

Every year I compile a list of recommended books for kids to read during the summer. I visit my local school district with booktalks (which are like book commercials only better) to get the students excited about reading something this summer. The books aren't required reading- they are just a jumping off point for a […]

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Summer Meals at the Library

Stop by the library for FREE meals this summer. As a part of our summer reading program, Build a Better World, the King County Library System is offering meals at 12 library locations. The meals are free for all children and teens ages birth to 18. There are no restrictions on family income and no […]

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Have the Best Summer Ever at the Library!

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You know you can count on the library for an incredible collection of books, movies and more. We also have fun, family-friendly programs to make your Summer Reading even more magical. We hope you'll join us for kickoff parties happening around King County this weekend. Here are 3 more events that are sure to surprise and delight […]

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Gearing Up for Summer Reading

Summer Sun

What is an incredibly effective way to keep your child’s mind active and growing this summer?  Reading for fun. No kidding! Research shows that kids who read during the summer maintain or even grow their reading skills. Kids who don’t have access to books and reading lose up to three months’ worth of their reading skills… […]

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5 Ideas to Inspire Your Green Thumb

small raised garden bed with lettuce, watering can, spade and bulb digger

You want to garden… at least theoretically. April brought a much-needed break from the Pacific Northwest’s endless grey drear. Showers of dainty petals drift from the cherry trees to carpet the ground in lovely hues. And the sun burns through the clouds a little more every day. After what seems like an eternity of April showers, […]

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Meet Your Heroes: Dori Hillestad Butler

Mystery writer Dori Hillestad Butler wears a Sherlock Holmes costume and holds a magnifying glass over a shelf of her 52+ books while as characters from her two series, one a golden lab, the other a ghost boy hover to either side of the author.

I remember when I was a little girl, and was taken to meet Marguerite Henry. I was both a bookworm and thoroughly horse-crazy, so this was a pretty big deal. The picture I built up in my head was of Wild Horse Annie--and not even the real Velma Johnston, but the illustrated character Wesley Dennis drew […]

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Picture Books to Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day, commemorated every year on April 22, marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970 when 20 million Americans took to the streets to raise awareness for environmental issues. As a child, I don't remember the Earth Day marches, but I distinctly remember sitting in the long gas lines of the […]

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Get Outside and Play!

Kids in Nautre

Is it raining? It doesn't matter! We are proud and slightly soggy Pacific Northwesterners and WE DO NOT FEAR A LITTLE RAIN! You have to say that with great gusto while standing majestically in a windswept field... or something like that. Maybe just standing in your living room would work too. Either way, it's time to get […]

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