Free Seattle Aquarium Passes

KCLS is now offering Seattle Aquarium passes in addition to various museums. When I visited the aquarium in March, a dedicated team of volunteers personally guided us through many of the marine animals' way of living. I was fascinated by the baby squids released to the ocean as they were born, and was impressed by the…
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5 Movies to Stream on Kanopy

Movie night just got better with Kanopy. This new streaming video service offers a wide selection of classic cinema, indie films, and thought-provoking documentaries. KCLS users can sign up using their library card and watch 5 films every month. You can even download apps for Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and more. Looking for ideas on what to…
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5 Movies for Fans of “Lady Bird”

I love a truly great coming-of-age film, and Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig's spectacular directorial debut, sets a new high-water mark for the genre. While the film abounds with what you'd expect from a story about adolescence--school dances, thwarted attempts at romance, social rivalries, clashes with parents--the material is handled in a way that feels fresh and…
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Enduring Dickens

There are numerous adaptations of the beloved Charles Dickens' story, A Christmas Carol. Almost 175 years after the book's publication, its selfless moral and message of goodwill remain as relevant as ever. Among the most recent book renderings is the seek and find version by Sarah Powell. The whole family will love this highly detailed and beautifully illustrated picture…
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Make the Most of hoopla

As someone who adores analog media, my home is filled with record players, typewriters, and of course- a tall stack of books on my bedside table. I love the smell of the pages and the weight of a book in hand. Books remain my favorite library collection, but over the years, I've discovered digital services that…
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hoopla Film School: Celebrate Pride!

Greetings, avid scholars, and welcome to a long, long overdue session of hoopla Film School! LGBTQ representation in American cinema has an extremely fraught history. The rigid, censorious Motion Picture Production Code enacted in the 1930s made it virtually impossible to show homosexuality on film unless it was portrayed in a negative light. Consequently, gay characters…
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hoopla Film School: Woman Power!

Greetings, star pupils! Welcome to another session of hoopla Film School! It's no secret that women are underrepresented in the film industry. While we've certainly made strides toward greater inclusion over the years, we still have a long way to go: in 2015, only 9% of the top 250 domestic grossing films had women directors, and…
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