Writing Outside of Their Box?

By Stacey One of the most frequent questions asked at the library is, “I like ____” (fill in the author), what else have they written? Generally, the person is looking for a similar book, but sometimes I bring up an unexpected find, a book uncharacteristic for that particular author. Years ago I discovered Ian Fleming […]

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D.E.A.R. and Celebrate Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday

by Marina Stop right where you are! Just Drop Everything and Read! Today marks the 100th (!!!!!) birthday of beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary. She created such memorable characters as Ralph S. Mouse, Henry Huggins and the spunky, unforgettable Ramona Quimby. Today is also the day that has been selected to celebrate the month-long event of Drop […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Garr Kuhl

Garr Kuhl is a retired teacher/administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has been writing for over twenty years. His short stories have been published in AIM Magazine, Lace Magazine, Hob Nob, and Dream International Quarterly. In addition to these, he has published educational material and newspaper articles and written for television. His […]

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Pacific Northwest Book Awards: 2016 Shortlist

by Dawn The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has announced its 2016 Book Awards Shortlist!  The list of 12 books came from 250 nominations, and are all books written by Northwest authors and published in 2015. The final 6 winners will be announced in early January.  How many have you read? Which is your favorite? See […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Mindy Hardwick

by Mindy Hardwick Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing sweet contemporary small-town romance as well as children’s books which celebrate art and community in the Pacific Northwest. Her published books include: Sweetheart Cottage, Stained Glass Summer and Weaving Magic as well as a digital picture book, Finders Keepers. Mindy can often be found walking on the Oregon […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: J. Anderson Coats

by J. Anderson Coats J. Anderson Coats is the author of historical fiction that routinely includes too much violence, name-calling, and petty vandalism perpetrated by badly-behaved young people. Her first novel, The Wicked and the Just, was one of Kirkus’s Best Teen Books of 2012, a 2013 YALSA Best for Young Adults (BFYA) winner, and […]

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Horse Stories

Anyone who works around books has seen trends come and go. Feng Shui, eating paleo, macrame, vampires… So what is always popular? Horse Stories! For our youngest equine fans: A child creates her dream pony by drawing it on paper  and imagining the adventures they would go on. Harry keeps a horse in his room.  A trusty […]

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Question of the Week: Have You Secretly Enjoyed a “Kids” Book?

The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly have both recently highlighted a trend of adults reading books marketed to middle school aged children.  As the WSJ article mentions: Some children’s-book authors are deliberately shaping their books for adults. Mr. Kinney, author of the mega best-selling series, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” said he first envisioned […]

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Question of the Week

What is your favorite book you read as a child? My absolute favorite book was Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink.  I read it numerous times when I was young, and have read it as an adult.  I know exactly where my copy is sitting (with this cover), and will no doubt read it again. […]

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Interactive Fun

Let me say straight off, I am not a techie. My phone is dumb; my laptop is old; I don’t own anything with an apple on it; and I use proper grammar in my texts. However, I am hooked on books that use various media. My love for interactive books started on my non-techie level […]

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