April is Poetry Month !

Write your own poems! Find a poem or learn more about poems and poets in our Literature Resource Center

 


Immersed in verse
How to Write Poetry

  

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4 free alternatives to MS Office

Most of you might know that there is a great free website to learn about computers, the Internet and email,  (from the Goodwill Community Foundation).  One of their recent article also gives you 4 Free alternatives to Microsoft Office.

Librarians here at the Burlington Public Library are here to also help you use them on library computers or your own!

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Read me, I’m Irish

Great Irish authors you may have missed.  Ask a librarian for more authors and titles.

 

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History Notes: 75 years ago this month

Image of itemPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. The order authorized the military to designate “military areas” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.”  In June of 1942 all Japanese Issei and Nisei people were evacuated Wednesday under U. S. Army supervision. The Great Northern depot in Burlington was the scene of excitement and tearful farewells, as Japanese from Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan and Island counties gathered with baggage and belongings and transported to Tule Lake in California.

There were a few families of issei and nisei who worked in the oyster beds and farmed potatoes.  The local photographer and the laundry owner was also Japanese.

Hub HistoryNewsclippings from the Burlington Journal document this event that took place in June.   See our Hub History page to see the clippings and further information about the Internment of local Japanese.  For the conclusion of the Burlington story, which is more positive than most.  See the unpublished Master’s Thesis describing how this event affect the local Takagi and Akita families by Alyssa Joy Vis “Where everybody knows your name: growing up Japanese in Burlington, WA, 1920-1942” (2013). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 316.
http://cedar.wwu.edu/wwuet/316

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While you are waiting for “Victoria”

Image of itemIn anticipation of Womens’ History Month here are few biographies you might have missed.

Queen Victoria always suffered from a rather stuffy, prudish reputation until Masterpiece Theater’s latest historical drama on Sunday nights. If you are enjoying the program, there is a new biography of her that will soon be on the shelves (click the book cover to place a hold).

While you are waiting there are other historical biographies of women ruler’s on our shelves to try:

Elizabeth The Queen – The Life of A Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell SmithImage of item

 

 

Queen Isabella – Treachery, Adultery and Murder in Medieval EnglandImage of item by Allison Weir

 

 

 

 

Christina Queen of Sweden by Veronica Buckley

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Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

 

 

As Always – Ask A Librarian

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Presidents Day Reads

Click the box for books about the Presidents or As Always – Ask A Librarian

 

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New chapter books for young readers

Here are some of Librarian Lisa’s favorites for 2016 to try.  Click on the books or titles to find them in the catalog; the catalog record of the books has reviews and short descriptions to learn more about each title.

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More titles –

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

Click here to Start by Denis Markell

The Best Worst Thing by Kathleen Lane

My Life with Liars by Caela Carter

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New Graphic Novels at the Burlington Public Library

A new larger collection of graphic novels are available at the Burlington Public Library for all ages.  The art of some amazing artists and illustrators are featured in these visual journeys told on the pages of a book.  We have a bit of everything from classics to contemporary, from Superman and Batman to Lynda Barry, Will Eisner, Brian K Vaughan, Frank Miller, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, Bryan Talbot and more! Visit and check out our growing collections.

Mooncopy by Tom Gauld Neil Gaiman's Teknophage ImaDC Comics encyclopedia

But beware they are not for faint of heart

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Happy Birthday Alice Walker

Today happens to be author Alice Walker’s birthday and in honor of African American History Month we are featuring  her influential books and other writings.  In 1982 her  book “The Color Purple” came out.  It won both the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1983 and was made into a successful movie.

For more information about her and her other books, click here.

 

-Karen

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Books for African American History Month

(Click the covers to place a hold; for more Ask us!)

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