Shakespeare, Modernized

by Marina Today we celebrate Shakespeare! April 23rd is Talk Like Shakespeare Day and we celebrate both his birth and death on that day. I’m a fan of Shakespeare. Of his plays, at least. The comedies more than the tragedies. I guess I don’t really know much about the man himself. Besides what might be true in […]

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Pour Yourself a Glass of Pop and Open a Midwestern Book

By Kaley Like a lot of the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the Pacific Northwest, I’m a transplant from the Midwest​. Around this time of year I’m usually thinking of my family and pals back home. Mostly because of the tumultuous weather they are toughing through during the transition of winter to spring. That […]

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Awards Round-up: March 2017

by Lindsey National Book Critics Circle Awards Each year since 1976 the National Book Critics Circle awards books published in English in six categories: Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Certain genres are excluded, including cookbooks, self-help books, reference books, picture books, and children’s books. Here are the winners for the 2016 publishing year! The […]

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LibraryReads List April 2017

by Marina Ahhh . . . April showers! Well, it’s raining another batch of top ten books as voted on by library staff around the country. What can be better than that? At least it’s an excuse to keep you out of the real rain. Because there’s no need to get your books wet. But […]

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Literary Pets

by Marina Dogs rule . . . . Many of the Readers’ Services Team are dog lovers as shown by the number of times we’ve snuck photos (or videos) of our own pets into our blog posts. We like other animals too, no doubt, but dogs seem to inspire our content more. Although, there’s this […]

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Deserted Island Books

by Liz By the time this is published, I will be mere days away from a wonderfully relaxing week in a warm, tropical setting. Sun! Sand! My shadow! My deepest apologies for the brag, but I think we can all agree this has been an especially deary winter. Ugh. As I start to plan what to […]

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Prose Bowl Finals

We made it! The decision of Sno-Isle’s Prose Bowl 2017 is imminent. Below you will find the final poll that will determine the champion title. We’re down to the top two from the original sixteen! In the semi-final round your votes knocked out This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and The Summer Before the War. And the […]

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Feel Good, Easy Reads AKA Gentle Reads

by Jocelyn Looking for a book where sex, violence, and excessive profanity is left off the page? Look no further, we’ve got a category for you. It’s called Gentle Reads. These novels tend to be described with terms like “heart-warming,” “wholesome” or “hopeful,” and are entertaining stories full of encouragement and warmth. Often humorous, they […]

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Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Cal Leandros

by KP Big city life with a side of the supernatural. Have you ever been curious about urban fantasy? Exactly what is it? In general, urban fantasy novels are set in contemporary times, and contain supernatural elements. One Friday out of each month, I’ll highlight an urban fantasy book for the interested. After a brief layover […]

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Prose Bowl 2017 – Semi-Finals

Welcome to the Prose Bowl 2017 Semi-Finals! The competition is heating up! We started with 16, but eliminated 12 titles in the previous rounds. In Round 2 we lost Isabelle Allende, Anne Tyler, James Lee Burke, and Elizabeth Strout. Only 4 remain. Now it is time for the Semi-Finals! Did your favorite make the cut? Are […]

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