Gear Up for Salmon Days!

  The weather has turned a bit chilly, and fall is in the air. This means the return of Washington salmon to local waters! To welcome our fishy friends home, we will be celebrating them and their spawn at the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival 2017. This wonderful festival runs October 7-8 and is free to […]

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Mock Newbery!

Each year we invite readers young and old to join us as we ask: What new children's book will win the Newbery Medal? We call it Mock Newbery. Last year, our KCLS Mock Newbery winner was The Wild Robot and the real Newbery went to The Girl Who Drank the Moon.  This year there are […]

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Summer Reading Flashback: 1986

As I was going through papers last weekend, I stumbled upon my 1986 Summer Reading packet from the Kirkland Library. Get a load of this cool folder: It even has a lock on the front! Just being in possession of such an alluring item made me feel important. Everything about it implied mystery and intrigue: […]

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Genre-love at first read

Do you remember the first book that made you fall in love with a genre? Here are 5 childhood classics of speculative fiction that made us lifelong fantasy, horror and sci-fi readers. More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark With their truly terrifying cover art and macabre tales contained inside, this spooky book series was […]

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Not Your Everyday ABC Books

One alphabet book is just like any other. Right? Nope! People are endlessly creative when it comes to ABC books and you can find something unique and fun for your alphabet explorer. Some of them are meant for much older kids (G is for Googol for example) but most can be used with early learners as […]

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

What is a Stuffed Animal Sleepover? Kids bring their stuffed animals to the library for a special story time, then leave the stuffed animals overnight for a sleepover party (under close librarian supervision). When the kids return the next day to pick up their stuffed animals, they find pictures of what their stuffed animals did at […]

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Remembering Amy

Beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal has died at the age of 51. She leaves behind two sons, a daughter, a husband, and many beautiful books for children and adults. In a last flash of brilliance, Amy wrote a Modern Love article for the New York Times that went viral: You May Want to Marry My Husband. […]

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