Mark Winne’s Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (c 2008)
The book “Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty” is Skagit Libraries community reads book for the month of October. It involves everyone in reading, discussing, debating and analyzing the same book.
In this case, the book is about food, health and social policies that have shaped the way we eat, work and live. Skagit County’s economy is very dependent on agriculture. There are 1074 farms in Skagit County according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture though that number has decreased since 2007. But there is an active effort to encourage fresh, safe, sustainable and healthy food crops for all of our residents by various agencies, small farms, small distribution, processing and retail sales businesses.
Author, Mark Winne’s book describes his career as a community food activist dedicated to improving social policies that advocate healthy fresh meals especially for those whose incomes make it hard for them to afford. It includes a history of food programs for the poor as they evolved – both governmental and non-profit – with discussion of what works and what hasn’t. He will be visiting Skagit County – dates tba.
Pick up a free copy of the book at your local Skagit library and join in on the discussion at our several scheduled events!
Skagit Reads event schedule updates
Food Day, October 24th, 2014 is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
Skagit Reads Schedule of Events
Don’t blink… or you might miss our upcoming Doctor Who party! We’ll be designing dalek t-shirts, putting your Whoniverse knowledge to the test in a trivia contest, and writing cryptic messages in Circular Gallifreyan.
Bring your sonic screwdriver! Or better yet, come dressed as your favorite doctor, companion, or alien! We will be having a fantastic costume contest with brilliant prizes.
The party will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 on Saturday, August 2, at 48° 28′ 33″ N 122° 19′ 31″ W (better known as the Burlington Public Library). The party is free and open to adults, teens, and kids ages 10+, so we hope to see you there!
Do you have family photographs, historical documents, or old photographs of the local Burlington community? Want some advice on organizing your historical files or documents? Drop in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, for our history digitization day!
Digitization allows you to create copies of your photographs and documents that you can share with others and preserve. This minimizes damage to precious originals from everyday handling. You can bring in up to five photos or documents, which we will scan on-site and return immediately to you.
Local historians, genealogists and librarians will be on site to provide advice on organizing, dating, describing and preserving family photographs. We will also be showing an hour-long video lecture on the “Preservation of Family Photographs” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Learn more on our website, call us at 755-0760 to pre-register, or just show up on Saturday! We’d love to see you there.
Scientists don’t know when the next Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will strike, but they agree that such a megaquake would have drastic consequences for the Pacific Northwest.
As part of our Winter Adult Reading Months (WARM) program, we invited Seattle Times science writer Sandi Doughton to explain what scientists know about the coming megaquake. Doughton believes that our region has a lot to do to prepare for such a huge seismic event, and will give a riveting talk at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Burlington Public Library. Come join us to learn more about the geology and future of our area!
This Thursday, we’re looking forward to a powerful performance at the library. Several Civil War re-enactors will portray the events that led up to the outbreak of the War Between the States. In the play, David Imburgia and Matt Clemans will portray two friends, who heatedly debate the issues and political climate of the times. These men, once close friends, part ways as bitter enemies. One takes up arms to fight for the Confederate cause and the other joins the Union Army. Several women and children, who are also WCWA re-enactors, will join in the performance and contribute historic background as to war’s impact the on families both North and South. All the actors are re-enactors from the Washington Civil War Association.
The performance will take place on Thursday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. It is designed to support Common Core Curriculum for students but possibly not suitable for early elementary ages due to war and conflict subject matter. Like all library programs, it is free and open to the public, and we hope to see you there!
This program is part of the Burlington Library and the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s “Making Connections through ROOTS Project.”
Games are fun! They challenge us, they entertain us, they bring us together with others who may not share our interests.
Games aren’t all about fun, though. Look no further than the two biggest books-turned-movies this fall — the Hunger Games and Ender’s Game — for games that are deadly serious. Even a much less sinister game of Monopoly, though, has a serious side. It can teach us how to interact beneficially with systems, sharpen our logical thinking, and develop our planning skills.
Games can shape how we think about language and communication. The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein challenged his readers to come up with a single definition of a game — a statement that would be true for all games, but false for anything that is not a game. Give it a try; it’s harder than it sounds! The Oxford English Dictionary, for example, says that a game is “an activity played for entertainment, according to rules.” Calvin and Hobbes don’t have any rules when they play Calvinball, but nobody would hesitate to call it a game. Playing music together can be entertaining, and requires us to follow rules of melody, tempo, and harmony; but is it really a game?
Most importantly, games can be used to share culture and develop relationships. Societies use games to pass down their culture, values, and traditions. And they are a fun experience to share with others; there are few things that are more fun to share with a group of people than a fun game.
We’re one of almost 1,000 libraries celebrating International Games Day this Saturday, November 16th. We’re offering workshops, tournaments, and over a dozen games throughout the library, and it will be open to all ages:
- At 12pm, we are holding a chess tournament for kids and teens
- At 1pm, members of the Bellingham Go club will lead a workshop about this ancient Asian strategy game
- At 2pm, we’ll hold an all-ages Scrabble tournament
- Throughout the day, we will hold a battle league for Yu-Gi-Oh, an exciting trading card game based on a Japanese manga
- Throughout the library, we will have dozens of card games, board games, and strategy games available for anyone to play
So please stop by the library anytime between 11am – 5pm on Saturday and share the power of games with us.
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Tomorrow evening (Wednesday, October 30th) at 6 pm, we’ll be talking about all this and more. The library is hosting a free workshop on credit, led by Vivian Dills, who is a branch manager at Burlington KeyBank and a certified financial educator.
Stop by the library tomorrow (October 30th) at 6pm, and start creating a stronger financial future. Better yet, register in advance on KeyBank’s website.
Join us for the next ROOTS Project Presentation on African American Genealogy Research. Guest speaker Martha Collins will lead the workshop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013. The presentation will not be at the library, and will instead be using the Burlington Senior Center (1011 Greenleaf Avenue, Burlington).
No pre-registration is required. The workshop is sponsored by the Burlington Public Library Foundation and the Skagit Valley Genealogy Society, with funding provided by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. It will be offered in preparation for an optional commitment to work with and mentor high school students in the 2013-2014 school year.
If you can’t make it to the presentation, or if you are looking for research resources to support this project, try the Biography and Genealogy page on our new website.