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Cartooning the Evergreen State: A Discussion with Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

Milt Priggee escape the ordinary JBMark your calendars! Milt Priggee, political cartoonist for the Skagit Valley Herald, will speak at the library on Monday, February 9 at 6:30pm.

In this entertaining presentation that is designed to invite debate, political cartoonist Milt Priggee challenges audience members’ personal beliefs on local issues by sharing a collection of images specifically to explore what is considered acceptable commentary in the 21st century. He explains how the elements of political commentary are changing as the medium moves from print to digital media platforms, and highlights how and why critical thinking remains an essential element of an ever-changing democracy.

This presentation is especially relevant in the wake of the recent massacre of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris. We hope this presentation will serve as a catalyst for discussion and provide a safe space in which to expand the conversation and increase understanding of the events in Paris as well as political cartooning and free speech. Although Burlington is far removed from Paris, terrorism and conflicting ideologies affect us all.

Priggee has been drawing political cartoons for local newspapers since 1976 and has worked in twelve different states. He was born in Alaska, grew up in Chicago, graduated from college in Colorado, and was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. His nationally syndicated cartoons, caricatures, comic strips, and illustrations have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, and on websites, album covers, shirts, and even wine bottles. A past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Priggee’s cartoon commentary has generated hate mail, awards, death threats, libel lawsuits, as well as many heated discussions.

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Do you have 5-10 minutes to spare? By filling out this survey, you can help us determine which resources are important to Washington library users. Please note that the questions in this survey refer specifically to online resources only.

Did you know that the Washington State Library uses federal funding to help your library purchase online resources? We won’t bore you with the details, but you can learn more information at the end of the survey if you are interested.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this brief survey!

Take the survey.

 

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Read More, Stress Less – Make #Timetoread in 2015

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I may be biased, but I can think of no better way to relax than getting lost in a great book (I am a librarian, after all). However, in a world full of distractions, social media notifications, and text message pings, the traditional way of reading may be suffering – and so is one’s ability to comprehend and enjoy text.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, silent reading parties are springing up around the world in an attempt to return to uninterrupted reading. Readers such as those in Wellington, New Zealand turned to the idea after realizing how fractured their reading habits had become due to technological distractions. Research of screen reading patterns reveals that skimming and skipping through text (as one often does when reading an online source) results in lower rates of comprehension. When we bring these habits to the page, we are losing out on many of the benefits and pleasures of reading.

Research also shows that an action as simple as turning off a cell phone and reading for just a half hour can help readers reduce stress, enhance concentration and comprehension skills, and build empathy. This article spoke to me as I considered the New Year and the practice of making New Year’s resolutions. Does cutting stress and making time to relax resonate with you and your own goals for 2015? It certainly does for me.

The Library invites you to take a step to reduce stress and escape the distractions by sitting down with a book on Saturday, January 24 for National Readathon Day. Readers around the country will be slowing down between the hours of noon and 4pm and enjoying quiet time with a book. Tell us what you’re reading on Facebook or Twitter (when you’re done reading, of course) with the hashtag #timetoread for a chance to win a gift certificate to Easton’s Books. What better way to relax, connect with a community of readers, AND add some books to your to-read pile?

National Readathon Day is the first in a series of events for adults to participate in during the Winter Adult Reading Months (W.A.R.M.). Throughout January, February, and March, participants (age 19 and over) are invited to take on reading challenges, review books, and attend talks on comic books, political cartooning, and more. Participants are eligible for prizes including a Kindle Fire, gift certificates to Easton’s Books and Chuckanut Manor, and book gift baskets. All W.A.R.M. events are offered at no charge thanks to support from the Friends of the Burlington Library. Don’t let the dreary winter months get you down – warm up with books and more at the Burlington Public Library.

Wishing you a year of happiness and great books!

– Jenny

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Vote for your favorite!

As you may have heard, the big gossip in the book world this week is the Pulitzer Prize jury’s failure to award a fiction prize this year.  Three-way tie?  Nothing worthy of the honor?  No one knows for sure, but everyone seems miffed.

Huffington post has come to the rescue, creating their own prize – the Hufflizter, no less – and inviting everyone to vote the winner in.  So do your duty as a book lover: go over the Huff and vote!

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Book Bargains!

Friends of the Library
Used Book Sale

Friday, April 13
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book Bargains Galore! Most books sell for $1.00 or less, and all proceeds support library programs and special collections.

Janice

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Edible Books. Who knew?

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are aware that I have a deep and abiding affection for books.  Now I am moved to reveal that my enthusiasm for books can only be matched by my zeal for food… preferably together.  So you can imagine that the idea of edible books might seem simultaneously slightly alarming and supremely interesting.

The Huffington Post recently reported on this laudable trend, and it turns out one of the festivals is pretty local: the University of Puget Sound has had one annually for years!  Here’s this year’s crop, and a couple of my favorite below.  Upon investigation, it seems that different festivals have different styles.  The Puget Sound contest has lots of word play in it.  For instance, the edible book below is titled “The Bowl with the Vegan Rat Stew,” a play on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand, the International Edible Book Festival held in Montreal, Canada features cakes  (cakes!) that evoke a particular title.

 

What a great way to celebrate books and creativity!

                         –Mary Beth

 

 

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Watch this award winner right here

This year’s Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short Film is a charming, wordless, fifteen-minute piece of animated goodness about… can you guess?   BOOKS!

And you can watch the whole thing online for free.  Click here to see William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and enjoy a brief respite from the challenges of life.   IMHO, it’s best enjoyed with someone else, because it’s fun to discuss.      –Mary Beth

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Pin it!

Have you heard of Pinterest?  It’s a newish social media website that has the online world a-buzzin’.  CNN called it the site of 2012 (already).  Now, I’m a baby boomer; social media doesn’t come automatically for me.  (I have a lurking-only presence on Facebook, strictly to see pictures of my grandnephew.)  But Pinterest, I’m warning you, is addictive.  It’s a huge collection of bulletin boards.  You can create as many boards as you like, and fill your board with “pins.”   This is much more exciting than it sounds; you’ve just got to go there and poke around a bit.  Just start browsing and clicking, or search for a topic of interest to you and see where you end up.  Maybe you’ll want to sign up and create some boards yourself!

And we have the perfect place for you to start: http://pinterest.com/LibraryHub/ .   Pinterest is so popular, we’re trying it as another place to let people know about all the great things available here at the library.  So follow us on Pinterest…. and don’t say we didn’t warn you.  😉

—Mary Beth

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Tis the season (for taxes)

Around the library, we know it’s a new year when the tax forms appear in the lobby.  This year, the public has been impatiently waiting for the IRS to get their act together and send out the instructional booklets for 1040 and 1040EZ returns… and that day has come.

Need forms?

We’ve got you covered.

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