Meet the WA Authors of the 3rd Grade Reading Challenge

by Karin T. This month, Washington authors Patrick Jennings and Kelly Jones have even more third-grade fans than usual. Patrick and Kelly visited schools in Snohomish and Island counties as part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge. The Reading Challenge is a literary trivia program. Third graders work together to develop […]

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Audiobooks to Transcend Rush Hour

by Kristi S. Like most Western Washingtonians, I spend a lot of time sitting in traffic. A lot of time. Seriously, I spend more time on one freeway on-ramp than I do with my mother. So, I started bringing audiobooks on the road with me as a way to stay calm and composed while I drive. […]

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Urban Fantasy Spotlight: The Mortal Instruments

by Kimberly P.  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. Welcome back to […]

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Historical Teens

by Lindsey A. Recently I was talking with someone about youth lit. She told me she prefers middle grade to young adult because YA is “all about vampires.” That is so not true! I could tell this was someone who hasn’t looked at the genre in a while, because she’s about a decade late in […]

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Sno-Isle Staff Favorites of 2017

by Kimberly P. Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot. . . As the year winds down, it’s the customary time of “year-end” lists. Best movies of 2017, Best Books of 2017, Best Dressed of 2017. . . If you can think it, there’s probably a year-end list for it. At Sno-Isle, we’ve put together a list […]

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Take a Letter Maria

by Marina M. The inspiration for this post came from Dear Diary Day, which is September 22. As you saw from my list of books with lists, I enjoy a little something extra to move my stories along. In this case, it’s the journal entry or a letter (typically many) written to another character. Or […]

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Back to School Movies

by Michelle C.  I’ll admit it. I am one of those people who loved high school. Recess was also never my favorite subject in elementary school. Math was. The first day of school always filled me with joy. New pencils just waiting to be sharpened. The waxy smell of crayons. An attempt at curled bangs […]

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Through Space and Time

by Marina It’s about time . . . travel. I’m a sucker for books (and movies) with time travel or parallel world elements. In my somewhat limited reading of the genre, I have determined that they fall into two categories. The not-quite-so-detailed fantasy or down-to-the-smallest-detail science fiction. I lean more towards the fantasy ones. The […]

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Books with Lists

by Marina And my lists will go on . . . . I like making lists. Lists of things to do and buy (you know, that old reliable grocery list), places to visit, books to read (which you can do in BiblioCommons, as I’m sure you are well aware), movies to watch, plants to grow, […]

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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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