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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  See the unpublished Master’s Thesis describing how this event affect the local Takagi and Akita families by Alyssa Joy Vis “Where everybody knows your name: growing up Japanese in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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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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The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and other new Christmas books!

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Christmas Craftes, Recipies, ActivitiesThe Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Activties by Brandy and Matt Shay

 

A Very Vintage Christmas - Holiday Collecting, Decorating and Celebrating

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Very Vintage Christmas – Holiday collecting, decorating and celebrating by Bob Richter

One Hundred Little  Christmas Gifts to Make One hundred Little Christmas Gifts to Make

Check with us for more suggestions!

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Olympic Reads

More movies and books on the Olympics like “The Boys in the Boat”?  Here are a few titles:

Triumph : the untold story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics by Jeremy Schaap.

Triumph : the untold story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap.

Tumbling : a novel by Caela Carter.

Tumbling : a novel by Caela Carter.

Rising from ashes - a T.C. Johnstone film

Rising from ashes – a T.C. Johnstone film

The Three-year Swim Club : the untold story of Maui's Sugar Ditch kids and their quest for Olympic glory by Julie Checkoway.

The Three-year Swim Club : the untold story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch kids and their quest for Olympic glory by Julie Checkoway.

Gold by Chris Cleave

Gold by Chris Cleave

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The vision of a champion : advice and inspiration from the world’s most successful women’s soccer coach by Anson Dorrance

Grace, gold and glory : my leap of faith : the Gabrielle Douglas story

Grace, gold and glory : my leap of faith : the Gabrielle Douglas story

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Chariots of Fire [Movie / DVD]

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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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March Madness has begun!

We’re mad about books all month during March Madness at the Burlington Public Library! We’ve got 16 of your favorite books from 2014 matched up, and it’s up to you to decide who will prevail. Are you a fan of adult fiction, nonfiction, young adult, or children’s books? They’re all in the running. Competition will ramp up all month with elite eight and final four games, and a championship round at the end of the month.

The first round – Sweet 16 Match-Ups –  is open for voting until Saturday. Come by the library to cast your vote, or tell us in the comments!

Sweet Sixteen Match-ups

the-hunger-games-book-cover VS.  divergent-book-cover2

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The-Invention-of-Wings-Sue-Monk-Kidd VS. The-All-Girl-Filling-Stations-Last-Reunion-Fannie-Flagg

tartt VS. the-luminaries

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney VS. Eleanor and Park(2)

Fault in Our Stars VS. we are water

i am malala VS. unbroken

sycamorerow VS. gone girl

Which do you think will make it to the Elite 8 round?

– Jenny

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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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Great new reads

red hot reads

With or Without You, by Dominica Ruta
This best-selling memoir is being compared to Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle, A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Zimmel, and James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces.  Ruta grew up  north of Boston, with a mother that began sharing her addiction to Oxycontin with her when Ruta was a teenager.  If you like the reading about the challenges of dysfunctional family and addiction, this is one to watch for.

Untouchable, The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, by Randall Sullivan
What is it about Michael Jackson that continues to fascinate us?  Here is a hefty tome “of unprecedented depth”  by a former editor for Rolling Stone magazine.  Pages of photographs completes the work.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, by Matt Kepnes
Can’t afford to travel, you say?  Learn the tricks of free airfare and much more in this book by a long-time travel blogger.  Great way to stoke your daydreams.

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Happy Birthday, Paul Theroux

April 10 is Paul Theroux’s birthday.  A somewhat controversial figure – he managed to get himself thrown out of the Peace Corps – he wrote a large body of work, both fiction and non-fiction, nearly all of them featuring travel in some way.  He started writing in 1967 and published his latest book, The Lower River, last year.

We have nine of his books, including his most famous, The Mosquito Coast, which was made into a movie starring Harrison Ford and River Phoenix.

Theroux being a sort of patron saint of travel writers, here’s a look at some of our great collection of non-fiction travel.  If you can’t afford a trip this year, don’t let that slow you down.  You can go wherever you want, at your library.

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