Category Archives: Washington

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

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

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Voter’s Guides

Here’s the link to the Skagit County Voter’s Guide and General Election Links

Voter's Guides Skagit County




See also the library page for other useful links.





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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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Library Program: A People’s Geology Guidebook

DaveTuckerDec92015Booktalk and Presentation:
A people’s geology guide book: “Geology Underfoot in Western Washington
Dave Tucker
Research Associate, Western Washington University
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Burlington Public Library
840 E. Washington Ave NW
Burlington WA 98233

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington is a get-out-of-the-car-and-put-your-hands-on-the-rock sort of guide book. The author, Dave Tucker of Bellingham, wrote the book for folks without academic background in geology, though geologists enjoy it and teachers use it.

The book is enhanced with with introductory color photographs and many descriptive diagrams. There are 22 field trips to places in the Cascades, Puget Lowlands, Olympic Mountains and the Pacific shore. Readers are introduced to some geologic essentials, such as plate tectonics, how rocks are named and dated, and a capsule geologic history of Washington State. Each chapter was reviewed by a geologist who has worked at the site, and field tested by a lay reader. The presentation will highlight one of the field trips, and explain how the book was put together.

Join us for this inspiring lecture and chance to meet the author of what is sure to become a classic on Washington’s magnificent geography. For more information about the book, visit Dave’s Northwest Geology Field Trips website,



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Learn about this election season issues !

Learn about this year’s ballot, find voter registration forms and remember to vote!  The library always has information resources (books, articles, data, statistics) on issues plus there is a new website with fact checking capabilities called the  Stay informed and Vote!

Make the most of your vote!


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The Tree Army

LymanCCC_uw516During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas. Thousands of desperate young men from the East Coast came to Washington state to work in the woods alongside local boys to build bridges, roads and park buildings.

We hope you will join us to learn about the work that the “CC boys” did in Skagit county.  Historian Janet Oakley will come to the library to talk about this part of our area’s history at 7 p.m. this Thursday, April 10.  You can find out more about this program — part of our Roots Projecton our website.  It would be great to see you there!


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Getting to the Washington Health Benefit Exchange

The dust has settled —

For those of you who don’t have health insurance and have not yet taken advantage of the savings made possible by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), make sure you are on the right website:  Check the bottom of the page to make sure the health insurance site you are reading says “Powered by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Washington Healthplanfinder™ is the official ACA-compliant health benefit exchange for the State of Washington.”  Start with the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s website and follow the links it provides to get to the exchange.


The library has computers for you to use if you need access to the plan information.  Feel free to use them; staff can assist with navigating the options available to you and if you decide to, create an account.  Regardless of whether you use our computers or your own, use, which can refer you to a qualified navigator or trained broker to help with your decision. Meanwhile, the library is open Monday – Thursday until 11 – 8 pm, Fridays and Saturday 11- 5 p.m. if you need an extra computer to do it on your own.

Other helpful links include articles from the November issue of Consumer Reports.  It is one of the clearest, most practical explanations of how this new legislation may or may not affect you. The Library has a print and online subscription, and you’ll need your library card to read it online.  Or drop by the library and we can help you find it.

Need some more information?  Here are some helpful general sources you can try:


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