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Crafting With Nature


The natural beauty of Washington State will never cease to astonish me. Even in these damp and dreary winter months, I love to take walks in the woods and marvel at the velvety moss, the bizarre, otherworldly-looking mushrooms, and the stark beauty of bare trees. Another thing I love about these off-season nature walks? The forest […]

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YA Books To Help You Survive Your Winter Break

The two weeks of winter break are fast approaching and if you're looking for a way to pass the long, dark, cold hours I suggest you check out one of these winter or holiday-inspired books. Each book is set during the winter months and pairs perfectly with a cup of something hot. From tree decorating, […]

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The Books that Built a Movement

March: Book One, cover detail

I was inspired to read then write on this topic after the Bellevue Library had the distinct honor in 2016 to host civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis of Georgia as he and his co-authors spoke about the series of graphic novels they have written called March. The final book in the series was just awarded […]

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hoopla Film School: New York, New York!


Sharpen your pencils and crack open those books, it's time for another session of hoopla Film School! Few places in this world are as cinematic as New York. For decades, filmmakers have feverishly chronicled the iconic city, spanning every era, borough, and class bracket in their stories. Whether it's a buoyant Nora Ephron rom-com, or one of Scorsese's blood-soaked […]

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