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What we’re reading – July 2016

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.

Fans of audiobooks know that the reader matters. For J. Ryan Stradal’s novel Kitchens of the great Midwest, readers Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg raise the book from good to great! Stradal introduces Eva Thorvald, and her culinary journey from adolescent foodie to star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club. Eva’s story is told through the family, friends, and the wide variety of ingredients that have been a part of her life–from Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros. Image ofKitchens of the Great Midwest by StradalReaders Ryan and Stuhlbarg fully embrace the accents of the Midwest, creating a good story—wonderfully told. —  Janice

 

Pax by Sara  Pennypacker is a great childrens chapter book. Peter rescued a defenseless fox kit whom he named Pax.  The boy and Pax bonded and became inseparable. Then Peter’s father enlisted in the Military and Peter was forced to release Pax out into the woods far from home. Peter ‘s father dropped Peter off at his grandfather’s house to reside. Image of item Peter sneaks off to find his beloved pet, Pax.  Meanwhile, Pax is learning how to survive in wild. —  Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMe before you by Jojo Moyes

Check out this modern classic in preparation for the upcoming movie. The story follows the unconventional love story of Will Traynor, former business whiz kid and London socialite, and his caregiver, Louisa. After suffering an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down, Will begins contemplating suicide. Is Louisa’s love and determination to see him live enough to change Will’s mind?

After You Jo Jo Moyes After youby Jojo Moyes —  The sequel to Me Before You picks up approximately 18 months after the end of the last book. This book follows Louisa as she tries to live the life Will challenged her to live, plan her future, and find peace with after the heartbreaking conclusion of Me Before You.  –Jennifer

 

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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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Read about history through a woman’s eyes

March is Women’s History Month! 

The library has many overlooked titles that open up new worlds to us, teach us about the past to understand our own lives.  Here are some suggestions for reading about women’s fascinating lives in the past (click on the book cover for more information) ~

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Favorite Romances @ Northwest Anytime Library

Image courtesy of Hyena Reality at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Hyena Reality at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Take advantage of these handy lists of ebook and audiobook romances from the Northwest Anytime Library (Overdrive).

Romantic Mysteries
Romance with Humor
Romantic Westerns

If you need help with downloads, come in or call the Burlington Public Library.

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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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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, https://nwgeology.wordpress.com/my-book/

 

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Labor Day 1915

Caption reads: "A Typical American Working Man's Family going to a Labor Day Picnic" in 1915

Caption reads: “A Typical American Working Man’s Family going to a Labor Day Picnic” in 1915

According to the Tacoma Times one hundred years ago, there were active celebrations of Labor Day  even amidst the WWI news.

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For the complete article, click the image from: “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers from the Library of Congress”

But The Journal (of Burlington) in 1915 reported bank stockholder meetings and County fair activities but had no references to Labor Day as a holiday or event.

For more background on labor history here are few books

The fight in the fields : Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers movement by Susan Ferriss and Ricardo Sandoval

The working poor : invisible in America by David K. Shipler.

Sweat and blood : a history of U.S. labor unions by Gloria Skurzynski.

Company towns of the Pacific Northwest by Linda Carlson.

Harvest Wobblies : the Industrial Workers of the World and agricultural laborers in the American West, 1905-1930 by Greg Hall.

For more info on your homework and history research, contact us.

–Karen

 

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Nancy Pearl’s monthly interviews with authors

About once a month Nancy Pearl, our favorite librarian reader’s advisor, does a monthly interview with an author.  I lose track once in a while myself but here is the link for the video interviews on the Seattle Channel – generally about 30 minutes but always enjoyable to hear about how the authors create their great stories.

Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell

Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell

Her latest is with Mary Doria Sparrow talking about her latest –

“Epitaph” a new twist on the O.K. Corral legend

Here is a review.

 

 

 

 

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