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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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Historic Carnegie Library cornerstone “time capsule”

Historic Carnegie Library Centennial CelebrationJoin us for the June 25th Tour and Program (Saturday) celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the historic Carnegie Library building.

The Burlington Public Library, Burlington Historical Preservation Advisory Board and the fledgling Burlington Historical Society are co-hosting Burlington’s Historic Carnegie Library Centennial Celebration

Saturday, June 25, 2016

  • Noon ~ Tour inside the Carnegie Library building by local historian and city councilwoman, Edie Edmundson. The Carnegie Library is located in historic downtown Burlington at 901 E. Fairhaven Ave.
  • 1 p.m. ~ Short program and the opening of the 100-year-old Carnegie Library time capsule at the new Burlington Public Library (820 E Washington Ave)

The time capsule was installed in June 1916 behind the cornerstone of the Carnegie Library at the start of its construction. The cornerstone has been removed and the time capsule box was inside.  The contents of the time capsule will be removed and displayed with related historical artifacts at the library during the celebration. Please bring and share your memories of visiting and using the Carnegie Library.

All ages welcome. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Burlington Library.
Questions: (360) 755-0760, karenp@burlingtonwa.gov,

More information

Burlington Historical Society Facebook page

HubHistory Online Collection

 

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Consumer information about Charity Scams

Charity Scams

Charity Scams

Urgent appeals for aid that you get in person, by phone or mail, by e-mail, on websites, or on social networking sites may not be on the up-and-up. Unfortunately, legitimate charities face competition from fraudsters who either solicit for bogus charities or aren’t entirely honest about how a so-called charity will use your contribution.  Read more about making sure the charity you are helping is sincere at this link from the Federal Trade Commission.

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Mount Baker Eruption History & Hazards

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March 3, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday evening program
Burlington Public Library Rotary Meeting Room
820 E Washington Ave
Burlington, WA 98233
Free

 

 

Dave Tucker of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center will be the speaker for a program on the volcanic history of Mount Baker, its eruptions, collapses, and the hazards this active volcano poses. The state of volcano monitoring at the volcano will be discussed. The likely volcanic future and the potential for impacts on Whatcom-Skagit communities will close out the presentation.

Only 40,000 years old, the Mount Baker cone is about the same age as Mount Saint Helens. Very little was known of its volcanic history until extensive geologic mapping by USGS geologists Wes Hildreth and Kevin Scott began in the mid-1990s.
We now know that Mount Baker is but the youngest in a series of volcanoes in the immediate area extending back over 1,000,000 years. Other volcanoes in the Baker group include: two calderas that each erupted roughly 200 times as much ash as Mount Saint Helens did in 1980 all in single devastating eruptions; a subglacial cone; and a number of once-sizable stratovolcanoes, most now eroded to nubs.
Collapse of the volcano’s southwestern slope sent a large mudflow, or lahar, down the Middle Fork Nooksack River into the lowlands of Whatcom County and possibly as far as the Fraser River. Field studies continue to describe the post-glacial eruptive history. Much of this work is being done by graduate students at Western Washington University.
The newest, as yet unpublished research has revealed the patterns of ash deposits erupted from Mount Baker which will be part of the program along with video from inside the crater.

Click here for more information on the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center

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NaNoWriMo has arrived!

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Attention, Writers!

What do the books Water for Elephants, The Night Circus, Fangirl, and Cinder all have in common? They were all written during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Each November, NaNoWriMo participants attempt to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. Participants can create a free account at www.nanowrimo.org where they can join virtual write-ins, track their word count, earn badges, find writing tips, and interact with fellow writers!

In 2014, 849 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program. Burlington Public Library is excited to host our first NaNoWriMo Write-In on November 28, 2015 from 12-5 PM. Bring your laptop, notebook, or scribe to the Burlington Rotary Community Meeting Room where we’ll have tables, chairs, outlets, Wi-Fi, and free snacks. You may also use one of our public computers or laptops (but no snacks allowed there) on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can’t make it to the Write-In? Come use the library any day to write your novel! A list of published NaNoWriMo participants can be found here.

Happy writing!

– Jenny

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Banned Books Week is here!

Celebrate your fREADom to read by learning more about Banned Books Week! Check out the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books and get caught reading dangerously at BPL. Take a mugshot in the teen section and share it with us online for a chance to win a free book!

Here are a few of our staff members reading dangerously.

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Have a favorite frequently challenged book? Share it with us in the comments!

– Jenny

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Gardening inspiration – new and classic titles

New and classic gardening books are always inspirational at this time of year. Call number area include 639.5 (gardening), 581s (botany and plants), 712.6 (Landscaping). We even have e-book titles !

Gardening with Native PlantsReal gardens grow nativesEncyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants

 

Enjoy!

–Karen

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Movie Matinee/Oscar Party this Saturday!

the-theory-of-everything-dvd-coverGOTG-posterAre you getting excited for the Academy Awards this weekend? We sure are! Come by the library this Saturday for a special (and totally FREE) matinee of Oscar-nominated films. We’ll start the day off at 11am with Best Picture Nominee The Theory of Everything, then after a short intermission Guardians of the Galaxy at 2pm. This event is open to adults and teens (age 14 and up) and children accompanied by an adult.

Red carpet or superhero garb is encouraged, as is indulging in free popcorn. We’ll also have ballots available for you to cast your own votes for the Oscars – submit them by the end of the day for a chance to win movie tickets.

What Oscar-nominated films do you think will win big this year? Let us know in the comments!

 

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ALA’s Notable Books: A Potential Hold List

The American Library Association recently released their picks for notable books in 2015. I’m adding pretty much all of these to my “To-be-read” pile (and putting them on hold at the library) – maybe you’ll want to, too! Here are a few that I found especially intriguing:

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Several patrons and friends have told me that this is one of the best historical fiction novels that they’ve read this year – I’m excited to find out for myself.

 

 

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The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Sadly, I have yet to finish an Ian McEwan novel, despite his reputation as a masterful storyteller. I think I’ll have to give another try with this book, though.

 

 

 

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The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

I love Ness’ other books (especially A Monster Calls) but I’ve never read one of his adult novels. I will probably listen to the Decemberist’s album of the same name while I’m at it.

 

 

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Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel

I love everything apocalyptic, and this one has been described to me by other BPL colleagues as “apocalypse light.” I can’t wait to see what that means!

 

 


 

Are there any other books on ALA’s list that you’re looking forward to or have already enjoyed? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts!

– Jenny

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On Our Shelves – WARM Edition

One of the best things about the WARM program is hearing what YOU are reading! Skagit readers are submitting their reviews on our website and in the library – here’s what’s on their shelves at the moment:

 

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The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Reader’s Verdict: “Definitely not a pick up/put down type of book but worth reading if you have the time. The scientific descriptions can get tedious but it is a good story with lots of rich and sometimes shocking historical information.”

 

 

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Barely Bewitched by Kimberly Frost

Reader’s Verdict: “This is an excellent paranormal romance series. They are fun mysteries with plenty of adventure, magical misfires and complicated relationships. I like that the “romance” aspect emphasizes the relationship vs. the cheesy sexcapades found in other paranormal romances. Great characters, a strong storyline, and smart writing provide some laughs. I’m currently reading book #3 and looking forward to #4 in February!”

 

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Slightly Spellbound by Kimberly Frost

Reader’s Verdict: “Even better than the first two! The relationships are even more tangled and intriguing. There’s still lots of trouble and many laughs as the heroine struggles with her magical mess of a life. This is more centered around the main characters interactions vs. their previous trouble with outsiders – but there are still plenty of antics and good sleuthing!”

 


I’d love to hear from more of you – what are you reading and loving (and maybe not loving, that’s okay, too!)? Send us a brief review on our website or in-person for entry into the WARM raffle – prizes include gift certificates to Easton’s Books, Chuckanut Manor, book gift baskets, and a Kindle Fire tablet!

– Jenny

 

 

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