by Marina When I was a kid I was a fanatic for books about horses. And sometimes dogs. And The Baby-sitters Club. But mostly horses. I started out by devouring the Billy and Blaze series. Multiple times. And then anything by Walter Farley–my absolute favorite was Man O’ War. (I still have my paperback copy.) Marguerite […]

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Embrace the (Reading) Season

by Marina Reading for the weather I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about my reading habits. The temperature was hitting the mid-teens outside. I looked at my OverDrive bookshelf and realized I had downloaded Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman and The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960 by Douglas […]

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Awards Round-up: December 2016

by Jocelyn Welcome to the December Awards Round-up! We are covering two different awards this month. The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize The “First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1st and December 31st of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and […]

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Man vs. Nature Films

by Michelle C. You may enjoy spending time outside, especially here in the Pacific Northwest where there are so many beautiful hiking trails and lakes; but I am here to warn you that if movies have taught me anything, it’s that nature is out to get you. You’re out on the water, wearing your fur coat and staring at […]

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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

by Marina It seems like a lot of centennials* are taking place this year. First Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday and now the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years on August 25th. The National Park Service (NPS) idea started with a bill in 1864, signed by Abraham Lincoln, to preserve the area now known as Yosemite […]

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Encounters with Wildlife

by Ruth G. As the weather warms up and schools let out, the season for outdoor adventures begins.  And with it, the magical possibility of encountering wildlife. Here in Washington state, you might see marmots on Mount Rainier, puffins at the Pacific coast, harbor seals at the Edmonds ferry dock, or orcas out on the Puget […]

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DIY Outdoor Entertainment

by Marina Summer is here! At least the calendar is telling us that. Actual summer weather may or may not begin to coincide with the season until after July 4th. But, along with summer comes, presumably, an increase in outdoor eating. And activities! But, mostly eating, am I right? I’m thinking of a good, old fashioned picnic. Or […]

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It’s a Dog-gone Gift Guide

by Marina I’m part of a dog agility club and every year we have a Christmas party where we play the Yankee Swap present game. Most people have toys, treats, blankets or beds in the wrapped gifts but sometimes it’s nice to shake it up a bit and find a fun or interesting book that […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Dan Pedersen

  Dan Pedersen and his artist-wife Sue live in the woods of Whidbey Island where Dan writes, and studies and photographs wildlife, and explores the world before dawn with his canine partner, Duncan. A lifelong journalist, Dan finds his best stories today in the quirky joys of rural living and small-town people.       […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Sandra Pollard

by Sandra Pollard Sandra Pollard was brought up in Cornwall, England, and now lives on Whidbey Island, Washington State. She is a certified marine naturalist giving land and boat-based talks about the endangered Southern Resident orcas and other marine mammals of the Salish Sea; a volunteer with the local whale sightings and educational organization, Orca […]

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