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One of the very best things about working for a library is talking to folks about books and movies when they come up to the desk. I cannot tell you how many times a patron has walked in to return a book or called to place a hold on an item and raved to me about […]

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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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A Twin Peaks Road Trip

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It's happening again. The bizarre and beloved cult classic Twin Peaks has returned to the small screen. For the unfamiliar- Twin Peaks was a television series, on air in the early 1990s. It is set in a sleepy Washington town full of dark secrets and quirky characters. The show's creator, David Lynch, is known for his surreal […]

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10 to Try Check-in: June

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Happy Audiobook Month! Since we're celebrating audiobooks all month, seems appropriate to finish the Listen to an Audiobook category for 10 to Try in June. I picked Caleb's Crossing for a couple of reasons. First, I love historical fiction on audio, especially historical fiction that's written, as Caleb's Crossing is, in a style that matches the setting - in this case, […]

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Million Checkout Club Check In – May Edition

Infographic showing 291,488 OverDrive checkouts in May 2016 and 320,426 in May 2017.

We're almost halfway through 2017 and you've already earned a spot in the Million Checkout Club with 1.5 million OverDrive checkouts. We're not done yet, we're still looking to beat the 3.4 million checkouts we had in 2016. What have you been reading? The most checked out eBook in April was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The […]

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The Word is Out: 2017 Audiobook of the Year!

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Attention fellow audiobook lovers: Winners of the 2017 Audies are announced! As a shameless audiobook snob, I have been impatiently looking forward to the announcement of the winners for the 2017 Audies. The Audio Publishers Association honors the best titles, narrators, and production efforts in audio publishing with the annual Audie Awards. The awards cover 27 categories that include the […]

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Four Novels About Communication Glitches/Blips/Errors/Surprises

Communication and time travel? Communication faster than the speed of sound? How about general communication enhancement? Take a trip with these novels of mishaps and you maybe grateful for the limitations of conversational methods currently at your disposal! Crosstalk Imagine having a tiny chip implanted in your brain so that you can instantly exchange thoughts with […]

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Listening in on Nixon and Watergate

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Watergate is the scandal to which all others are compared. You have heard it on the news. The sound bites go something like: "In what might be the biggest scandal to hit Washington D.C. since Watergate...", or "Is this [name of politician]'s Watergate?" President Richard Nixon's name and his involvement in the cover-up of a […]

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Million Checkout Club Check In

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2017 is speeding by and you've already earned a spot in the Million Checkout Club with 1.2 million OverDrive checkouts. We're not done yet, we're still looking to beat the 3.4 million checkouts we had in 2016. What have you been reading? The most checked out eBook and downloadable audiobook in April was...Night School. To make things a […]

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10 to Try Mystery Challenge: Short Stories

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Listening to short stories on audiobook made my commute this month a lot more interesting. Usually when I listen to an audiobook in the car, there's always a moment where I lose interest in the story and the narrator's voice washes over me. But with short story collections, I enjoyed the variety of plots that […]

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