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Looking for Betty Macdonald – The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I

Looking for Betty Macdonald Tuesday afternoon, January 17th 2017

Tuesday afternoon, January 17th 2017 2 p.m.

Program “Looking for Betty MacDonald – The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I
Speaker : Paula Becker, Seattle Author and Historian
January 17th 2017
Tuesday afternoon, 2 p.m.
Burlington Public Library
820 E. Washington Ave
Burlington WA
www.burlingtonwa.gov/library

Join us for a slide presentation and reading from the new biography “Looking for Betty MacDonald – The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I” by the author Paula Becker.

This new book is the story of the life of Betty MacDonald, one of only a few nationally celebrated authors from Washington State in the 1940s and early 50s. Biographer Paula Becker chronicles MacDonald’s vibrant, close family life, writing career, her books and her era.

Material from letters, personal accounts, and her own writing made it possible for Becker to explore what drove this unconventional often irreverent woman. MacDonald’s first bestselling success “The Egg and I” (1945) evolved from stories she told and re-told of her experience chicken farming as young wife on the rural Olympic Peninsula. She followed her unexpected success with the children’s book “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle” (1947), another memoir “The Plague and I” (1948) and more of the children’s stories, articles and memoirs until her untimely death at the age of 49 in 1958.

Join us to hear Becker share her observations about MacDonald’s humorous writing style and the world as Betty saw it.  Q & A to follow.

For more information, contact the Burlington Public Library at 820 East Washington Avenue, call 755-0760, or visit the Burlington Library

More links:

http://crosscut.com/2016/12/the-best-northwest-non-fiction-of-2016/

http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/BECLOO.html

http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/books/looking-for-betty-macdonald-finds-comedy-and-tragedy/

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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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Stay Informed @ the Library

The library has dozens of programs throughout the year for children, teens and adults.  Summer Reading is coming up, Quidditch Fest is June 11, and we have a new telescope you can actually check out.  We would like to remind you that it is possible to sign yourself up for email or mobile notifications of these programs.

You can sign up for our Blog on the right of this page for occasional announcement and information links.  Or  you can sign up for our website calendar notifications here and (ICalendar for mobile apps).  Or use Facebook.  You can also remove yourself from the list any time if they clutter your email account too much.  Check our website periodically for new programs or find business and research resources here.

Stay Informed @ the Library

 

Stay Informed at your library

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Stargazing 101 – Learn to use our new Telescope

The Burlington Public Library has added an Orion StarBlast 4.5” telescope that you can check out with your library card.
Telescope Program and Loan Program

It’s a great family activity and there are many books in our library to introduce you to basic astronomy. The telescope will be loaned out for two weeks at a time.

The telescope was donated by Island County Astronomical Society. Volunteer astronomer Bob Scott of the society has decades of experience studying the stars and is happy to help.
Click here for videos on how to use the telescope and more information on the program.  Drop by the library and we’ll put you on the waiting list. We anticipate requests to be high throughout the summer months.

 

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Ranger Reads Program @ Burlington Public Library

North Cascades National Park is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Animals with fins, fur, feathers and scales are all at home in this dramatic and beautiful environment.

Local National Park Ranger Jason Bordelon will be sharing information about nature through literature. Join us for captivating tales, fiction and non-fiction about our wildlife, critters, ecosystems, and how to use our park system when camping and or hiking in our earth’s beautiful habitat.

Our first session begins on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Burlington Public Library. Homeschool families and educational institutes with children 5 to  9-year-olds are encouraged to attend!

Pine Marten at Coon Lake

 

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More on Winter Adult Reading Months (WARM) challenge

Winter Adult Reading MonthsMore Winter Adult Reading Month book suggestions :

Washington Reads – Pacific Northwest authors recent titles!

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Return of the Sith – all the fun remembered

Return of the Sith pictures of last Saturday’s program are uploaded to an album on our Flickr page.  Thanks to Vader’s 501st Legion, Rebel Alliance and all of our library volunteers and friends!

Return of the Sith

Return of the Sith

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Library Program: BOARD GAME GIFT IDEAS Tuesday DEC. 1st

BoardGamesPosterDec1_500BOARD GAME
GIFT IDEAS
TUESDAY
DECEMBER 1ST
6 PM
Games challenge us, entertain us and bring us together to learn about strategy, words, math and fair play.
Discover new board games with local game guru and hobbyist, Marshall LaFleur.
For gamers, parents, teachers, grandparents and others looking for educational and fun family holiday gift ideas.

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“Old Timer’s Tales” remembers the old technology

Edison phonographTuesday night the Burlington Historical Society brought its “Old Timer’s Tales” to the library living room.  Don Mapes, Duane Stowe and Jim Neff entertained us with stories of the Burlington before the streaming music and mp3 players. Mr. Neff brought in the cylinder style phonograph (sometimes called a gramophone) and played three great comedy recordings of the early days. It was a great community night and we look forward to more!

Old Timers Tales $th Annual

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Drivers Ed Training @ your library

WashDriverGuidethmbTry our new website for practice written drivers tests!

It is great for students or those new to Washington State who have to get a new driver’s license!

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