Some things never change, your library and librarians can help navigate all the new ways to find accurate information – on the Internet and in our books, ebooks, reference books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, now in print and online. This poster was featured on the Library of Congress blog for Archives Month.
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The library has dozens of programs throughout the year for children, teens and adults. Summer Reading is coming up, Quidditch Fest is June 11, and we have a new telescope you can actually check out. We would like to remind you that it is possible to sign yourself up for email or mobile notifications of these programs.
You can sign up for our Blog on the right of this page for occasional announcement and information links. Or you can sign up for our website calendar notifications here and (ICalendar for mobile apps). Or use Facebook. You can also remove yourself from the list any time if they clutter your email account too much. Check our website periodically for new programs or find business and research resources here.
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Try our new website for practice written drivers tests!
It is great for students or those new to Washington State who have to get a new driver’s license!
The library will be closed this Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Even though we’ll be closed, you can still get your history fix: there are some amazing vintage photographs now available from the newly-launched Digital Public Library of America. They don’t have all the bugs worked out quite yet, but there are already some really great historic images available when you search for Memorial Day, or the holiday’s old name, Decoration Day.
April is a great month to love your library. National Library Week is the 14-20, and National Volunteer Week is the 21-27. We celebrate both with gratitude.
The best way to love your library is to use it. Come check out some books, attend our free programs, and enjoy this incredible building. Better yet, bring a friend who isn’t aware of all the marvels inside our doors.
Check out our online calendar to learn about April events!
Notice the Friends of the Library book sale on the 26th and 27th, too.
Here’s a funny article about a book returned to the New York Public Library… 55 years overdue. It was returned anonymously, which started me thinking about one of my pet peeves.
Why do some people have this weird shame around overdue books? So often people approach the desk with this hangdog look on their faces. “I think I have some overdue fines,” they mutter, a little embarrassed.
Well, stuff happens. Bringing a library book back a couple of days late, on the scale of things that fill our lives? It just can’t rate that high.
I think it bothers me because it harkens back to those days when (some) libraries were bastions of sternness and judgment… which can’t have been good for anyone’s reading life.
So listen, friends: overdue fines are just little reminders that the library wants its stuff back for someone else to use. It doesn’t say anything about you except that, like everyone else in this culture, you’ve got too much on your plate.
55 years late? Well, that might be a different story….
Here’s a link to our calendar of programs for February. The Winter Adult Reading Months program continues—turn in those books reviews for your chance to win a Kindle Fire—and the WARM program this month is “Get Your Hands on Groundbreaking Technology,” February 16. Come in and play with our e-readers and tablets, or brings yours in to get your questions answered. We’ll do our best. 😉
Another program that starts this month is Talk Time. Tell your friends who are learning English about this one, it’s a great opportunity to practice their skills and increase confidence.
Thanks to our wonderful Friends of the Library (which you can join!), all of our programs are offered to anyone at no charge.
Also, please remember we’re closed February 18 in honor of President’s Day.
There’s a writer named Richard Alley who writes a blog called “Urf!” It’s fun – I like the one about how all parents eventually tell their kids that no, there’s no ice cream left, because they’re saving it for themselves later – and frequently thoughtful. For instance, this entry, in which he gets his daughters their first library card, and he finds that using the library teaches him about his children.
And because it’s irresistible, here’s a look at some of our recent first-card recipients. Doesn’t that just make you smile?
Come one, come all, to our Dia de lost Muertos celebration! A week from today, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., it promises to be a skullful of fun.
It’s appropriate for all ages, and you can come and go as you please. A great opportunity to taste a different culture–unless you’re Mexican, in which case it’s a great opportunity to share your culture! Note the encouragement to bring an object for a community altar to honor those who have gone before us.
Hope to see you there…