Trailer Tuesday: Everless

Trailer Tuesday: Everless by Sara Holland

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Reader’s Corner: #OwnVoices

This week’s featured booklist focuses on diversity with the #OwnVoices Booklist. The #OwnVoices movement was started with a simple hashtag suggestion by Corinne Duyvis who wanted a way to identify youth literature about diverse characters written by a member of the marginalized community it depicts, allowing them to be a voice in their own storytelling. For example, a book with a disabled protagonist written by a disabled author. The hashtag is meant to encompass all forms of diversity including, but not limited to, disability, sexual orientation, race, and religion.

For more information about the #OwnVoices movement, check out YALSA’s blog on Why The #OwnVoices Movement is Crucial For Young Readers.


Marissa @ Mariner Library

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Featured Event: Drop-in Job Help

Lynnwood Library
Wednesday, February 21
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Drop-in Job Help with a WorkSource specialist.

Where support for most job-match sites stops at the keyboard WorkSource and Sno-Isle Libraries offer you access to career specialists who can help you with your job hunt. Let the WorkSource team help you with answers to your job search resume career coaching and other questions you may have concerning getting back to work finding a better job or advancing your career. Drop in and see a WorkSource specialist right here.

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Top 3 Right Now: Marta’s Tunes for All the Feels of Coco

Did you know that Coco comes out on DVD February 27th? We did! You can even get on the waiting list for the 66 copies we’ve got on order now if you like.

In the meantime, we’re featuring a list of free stream-able songs to give you all the feels of Coco, as compilied by Marta, the teen librarian at our Marysville community library.

Take it away, Marta!

Marta in her natural environment: creating fun games to play in your library!


“If you loved all the feels in the Pixar film Coco, but have to wait to get the movie until the end of the month, what are the best versions of Un Poco Loco should can stream or download while you wait?
In the film Miguel and Hector (portrayed by Anthony Gonzalez and Gael García Bernal, respectively) wow the audience in the Land of the Dead with their heartfelt rendition of jazz composer Bud Powell’s song Un Poco Loco. Written in the 1950s, the song has been covered in many styles and many ways, and Sno-Isle’s Freegal music service offers several versions of this popular song, including my three top picks:

• Sa’s Ne Grem Na Kolena poppy rendition of Poco Loco is the closest to Miguel and Hector’s and you’ll really want to dance.
• Kollo-T’s album Kollo-T features a pop version of Poco Loco
• Trevor McShane’s album Evolution of Cool features a pop country of Poco Loco with English lyrics.

And if you’re more than a little bit crazy for Coco, you might try Daniel José Older’s Shadowhouse Fall, (book 2 in the The Shadowshaper Cypher Series) on audio book.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat with another take on spirits and the dead as Sierra Santiago and her friends use drawing and rapping to shape shadows and defend Brooklin. Voice actress Anika Noni Rose sings and raps the songs Older wrote for his book. The climax goes down on Halloween, just before Dia De Los Muertos and embraces the characters’ Puerto Rican and Caribbean traditions.”

Thanks for the suggestions, Marta!
Join us next week when Jessica from Oak Harbor will compile a list of her favorite YA romance stories!


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Featured Event: Teen Gaming: Card Games and Board Games

Monroe Library
Tuesday, February 27
3:30pm – 5:00pm

Join us this week for some old-school fun!

Choose from a variety of board and card games bring your own favorite game to share or battle your Teen Librarian using our Yu-Gi-Oh starter decks. Supported by the Friends of the Monroe Library.

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Trailer Tuesday: Warcross

Trailer Tuesday: Warcross by Marie Lu

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Readers’ Corner: Laugh-Out-Loud

Have you ever read a book that was so funny you just couldn’t help but laughing-out-loud, whether you were in a public location or at home?  If not, you’re in for a treat! This weeks booklist features our favorite funny books with something for everyone.



Marissa @ Mariner Library

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Jennifer’s Top 3 Right Now: Gender-Flipped Sherlock Holmes

This week, Jennifer from our Mill Creek community library has an awesome theme for her Top 3 list: Gender-flipped Sherlock Holmes stories!  Take it away, Jennifer!

“I love Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and novels about the consulting detective. It was a holiday tradition, when I was growing up, for my family to get together and read “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” a Sherlock Holmes Christmas story featuring a dead goose, a battered hat, and a stolen diamond. And I have strong opinions on which are the best movie and TV adaptations. (Jeremy Brett: Yes. Robert Downey, Jr.: No.)

(I assume that, like all worthy humans, you’ve read at least a couple Sherlock Holmes stories, too. If not: here’s a good place to start.)

But the Holmes stories don’t exactly feature a lot of empowered, dynamic women characters. Which is why I’ve gotten interested in Holmes stories written by other authors that do focus on women. Here are three:

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

The famous detective has a secret: Sherlock Holmes is actually a brilliant, unconventional woman, Charlotte Holmes. Victorian England doesn’t know what to do with unconventional brilliance in a female, so she’s concocted a pseudonym in order to do her crime-solving work. The plot is complicated, with lots of characters and a convoluted mystery, but I was won over by this portrait of a female detective attempting to navigate a restrictive society and the social rules that bind her.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

This book falls in the tradition of Holmes stories re-cast in the modern day (like the excellent BBC TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch). Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are the great-great-great grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, and they just happen to attend the same ritzy boarding school together. A student is murdered and suspicion falls upon Charlotte, who must solve the crime (with Jamie’s help) and clear her name.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

Okay, this is the best one. The BEST. Mary Russell is a brainy, egotistical teenager when she meets the retired detective Holmes. She is his intellectual equal and soon becomes his apprentice and then partner in a series of crime-solving adventures that are full of deduction, disguises, and suspense. This is the first of a terrific series; it’s not spoiler to tell you that a May/December romance between Russell and Holmes will flare to life in subsequent volumes (when she’s a little older). I love this series, and Mary Russell is one of my favorite literary characters – right up there with Holmes himself.”

Join us next week, readers, for even more excellent book suggestions from your local librarians! If you’d like to send in your Top 3 Right Now to contribute to the blog, email with your picks, as well as a sentence or two about why you love those particular books.

Happy reading!

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You Count: Local voting resources

Next week is a Special Election. If you’re new to voting or learning about ballot measures you might be asking yourself, How am I supposed to know what to vote for? Where do I learn about the issues? 

Voting on ballot measures is a task not to be taken lightly. Here at the library, we want you to be aware of both sides of the issue (much like we help you learn more about the pros and cons of an issue with our Opposing Viewpoints electronic resource when you’re working on a project!). So we’ve put together a teen voting page and an elections page to give you the best sources to learn about local issues and ballot measures.

Some of our favorites resources allow you to:

Check out Sno-Isle Library’s Elections in Washington page for a calendar of upcoming election dates.

Get familiar with election websites for Snohomish County or Island County.

Keep current with HeraldNet’s politics page, or through the Whidbey News-Times.

Watch gavel-to-gavel coverage of Washington State Legislature sessions and coverage of the Washington State Supreme Court and public affairs events on TVW.

Learn more about volunteering, voter information, and who your elected officials are with the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island or League of Women Voters of Snohomish County.

And speaking of local resources, librarians in your community libraries have created a list of books and movies to inspire you to lead, volunteer, and vote!

Sound off: did I miss a resource? How do you learn about elections and ballot measures?

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Trailer Tuesday: Things I’m Seeing Without You

Trailer Tuesday: Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

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