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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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Tales about man’s best friend

Tales about man's best friend for the Dog Days of Summer

Click on the book covers below for more information on the book!  

Animals make us human by Temple Grandin
Chaser - unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words by John W. Pilley
Pet Sitting for Profit by Patti J. Moran
One Nation Under Dog by Michael Schaffer
Rin Tin Tin - The life and the legend by Susan Orlean
Good dog  by Graham Chaffee
The Dog Who Knew Too Much
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What we’re reading

What We're ReadingCheck out the list below of the books we’re reading here at the library.  Click the highlighted titles for a link to our catalog listing to reserve your copy.

Karen:  Too High & Too Steep – Reshaping Seattle’s Topography by David B. Williams.  If you’ve been following the Big Bertha rotary tunneling machine story in Seattle you might be interested in some of the historical changes Seattle has made to make the hills and tideflats of Elliot Bay more habitable for commerce.

Murder of Mary RussellMillissa : The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King – This is the new title in King’s series that began with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. The series tells Sherlock Holmes story after he retires to the countryside and pairs up with his young, inquisitive neighbor Mary Russell. The two have been through a lot in the series. In this book, they untangle Mrs. Hudson’s past and solve one of Holmes’ earlier cases.

Janice: Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande is a surgeon, Harvard Medical School professor, public health researcher, and has been named one of the world’s hundred most influential thinkers. In the face of our inevitable end-of-life choices, Gawande offers compassionate answers to questions about what makes life worth living.

The Secret Wisdom of the EarthJanice: The secret wisdom of the earth by Christopher Scotton
Set in the coal country of Appalachia, Scotton has written a novel of both human cruelty and human compassion. This is character driven story, which will bring to mind Harper Lee’s classic novel, To kill a mocking bird—and in my opinion that’s not a bad thing.

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May is “Get Caught Reading” month

There are lots of ways to find new books to read – our catalog now shows what’s new and what’s returned (click the image below for a link)   – OR try our Wowbrary site for new titles on order.

Our catalog now shows new titles and just returned items for ideas for reading your next book you can get caught reading!

Our catalog now shows new titles and just returned items for ideas for reading your next book you can get caught reading!

 

 

 

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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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The Burlington Story Trail is Open !

VisitTheBurlingtonStoryTrail

 

 

Scoot ! by Cathryn Falwell

The Story Trail book – Scoot ! by Cathryn Falwell

The Burlington Story Trail was designed to help parents and caregivers take an active role in their children’s learning.  The guided walk with the story along the way helps parents encourage an active lifestyle for their kids, appreciate nature and cultivate a life-long love of reading and books.

The project was a collaboration of many hands, minds and hearts, not all listed here but help us celebrate with a visit to the trail!

Story Trail Ribbon Cutting

Story Trail Ribbon Cutting

Port of Skagit Staff who built the Story Trail Project

Port of Skagit Staff who built the Story Trail Project

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Librarian Jennifer and Librarian Maggie celebrate the Story Trail installation!

Away they go!

Away they go!

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More psychological suspense if you liked “Girl on the Train” and or “Gone Girl”

If you liked the psychological suspense thrillers “Girl on the Train” or “Gone Girl” use our library catalog and online resources for more books like these.

Here are some of the read-a-likes we have in our library:

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson He's Gone by Deb Caletti A Secret Place by Tana French
For the Ebook or audiobook versions, the advanced search option allows you to search by Subject or Genre.  If you’d like a demonstration, please come in and we’ll show you how.

If you have your library card handy or are in the library, use this list provided by Novelist.  Or for other authors you are interested in, try Novelist’s Author Readalikes feature under the “Lists and Articles” tab and the recommended reads lists.

–Karen

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On Our Reader’s Shelves – Volume 2

Skagit readers are continuing to submit book reviews for the WARM reading challenge! All are welcome to participate by submitting a review at the library or via our website. All reviewers are entered into the WARM raffle and will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire table, gift certificates to Easton’s Books and Chuckanut Manor, book gift baskets, and MORE!

Here are some of the latest reviews submitted by WARM participants. My to-read list is certainly growing!

my sunshine awayMy Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

Reader’s verdict:

This novel begins with this line: “There were four suspects in the rape of Lindy Simpson…” But the central character of M.O. Walsh’s debut novel is not Lindy Simpson, but rather the unnamed narrator of the story–the teenage boy across the street–who is obsessed with Lindy Simpson in a typical teen male sort of way. He sees himself at the center of life’s happenings–how does this impact my life he seems to ask. And he tells the story of the years just before and after this incident as he looks back on it years later as an adult. As a teenager he’s often self-centered and insensitive to the feelings of those around him, while as an adult he apologizes for his lack of compassion and understanding. If you like coming-of-age stories, and tales of suspense where information is slowly revealed you’ll enjoy My Sunshine Away.

 

Band of BrothersBand of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose

Reader’s verdict:

Stephen E. Ambrose brings history to life, and this book about 101st Airborne’s heroic efforts in WWII is no exception. Being at the tail end of the baby boomers, I grew up with movies like the Battle of the Bulge and A Bridge Too Far. Band of Brothers personalizes those stories and fills in many of the details left out by feature films. Speaking of feature films, the HBO series Band of Brothers is on the library shelves, and it is really well made. I actually watched the series last fall and decided afterwards that I wanted to read the book.

 

 

landlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell

Reader’s verdict:

After two successful Teen novels, “Landline” (Rowell’s second adult novel) looks at relationships–how they evolve, what one partner may give up in the name of love and keeping the peace, and how a soulmate/friend who’s not your spouse can fit into the mix–or not. Georgie and Neal have been together since college, and his needs have taken a backseat to her career as a sitcom writer with best friend Seth. But when Georgie chooses work over family at Christmas time, Neal leaves and takes their two daughters to spend the holiday with his family in Omaha. Georgie is afraid her choice may be the final straw in a relationship that has been all give for Neal, and all take for Georgie. When her cell phone dies, she discovers an old landline at her mother’s home and uses that to call Neal. But as her voice travels across the miles, it also travels back in time–to a Christmas when they were just dating, and Neal was trying to reconcile the fact that we was in love with Georgie with the idea that her life and dreams would control their future. As Georgie talks to Neal-in-the-past over several days, she questions whether the life they’ve lived has been fair to Neal, and if he might have been better off without her. Rowell’s characters are believable and likeable, and while I was rooting for Georgie and Neal to stay together, I appreciated the friendship between Georgie and Seth, and the witty banter between them as they worked together on their next big project.

What are you reading now? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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Explore History Through Comic Books

Wahl PresentationReaders, here’s a riddle for you: what do comic books and American history have in common? A lot more than you might expect!

Three weeks from today (March 24) comic book historian and journalist T. Andrew Wahl will visit the Burlington Public Library. Wahl will explore comic book heroes through the lens of a scholar, providing a fascinating view of our nation’s recent history. In this interactive multimedia presentation, we’ll learn how historical events can be seen in the evolution of characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man. Using audience members’ memories as a springboard, this conversation will connect comic book superheroes (and the occasional villain!) to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology.

No matter if you’re a comic book reader or superhero movie viewer, you’re sure to enjoy this presentation. Give us a call at the library for more details (360-755-0760).

Who are your favorite comic books heroes and villains? Let us know in the comments!

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