Author Archives: Marina M.

Quarantine Sweat Routine

by Marina M. Besides for the health of ourselves and others, much of quarantine seems to be finding an outlet to maintain a small piece of normalcy in a world turned upside down. (Yes, I’ve watched Hamilton too many times to count.) We’ve discussed the baking or crafting accomplished during quarantine (I am now an […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Colson Whitehead

by Marina M. Colson Whitehead was publishing long before the critical acclaim and runaway success of his book The Underground Railroad (soon to be in production as a limited series for Amazon). And with the follow up of The Nickel Boys you might assume that Whitehead’s back catalog consists solely of historical fiction with African-American […]

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A Troublemaker by Any Other Name

by Marina M. His name was Rolihlahla. It means “troublemaker” in Xhosa. But the world knew him as Nelson Mandela. And, as a result of his life’s work, on July 18 we honor him, and the political and social changes he achieved, with Mandela Day.

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Consumer Research With Your Library Card

by Marina M. My car is creeping up on 15 years old. And the air conditioner just died. For the second time. (The last time it happened was during a drive back from Wenatchee with two newly adopted kittens in my car. It was the summer and temperatures were hitting 100 degrees. Definitely bad timing.)

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Narrator Spotlight: January LaVoy

by Marina M. To me, audiobooks are synonymous with car travel. I can’t remember the last time I was in my car and listened to the radio. It’s either an audiobook or some of my favorite podcasts playing while I tool around town. (I also adore Office Ladies but I’ll leave the better words said […]

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Spilling the Tea

by Marina M. A few weeks ago we had a post about adult beverages and their connection to the nerd world of pub trivia, knowledge, and libraries (both hosting trivia nights and the books for knowledge and recipes). I would like to offer up another beverage synonymous with libraries and reading. Tea! How often do […]

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The Not-So-Forbidden Fruit

by Marina M. What’s one thing Washington state is known for world-wide? Besides our rainy weather. Which isn’t as rainy as people outside the area might think. Amazon? Microsoft? Starbucks? The ferry system, which is the largest in the country? Having four out of the five longest floating bridges IN THE WORLD? Well, maybe all […]

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The Writing Stuff

by Marina M. A few months ago I took a hand lettering class. I thought, I have pretty good handwriting so it should be fun to make improvements on that. But, whoa. There’s a lot more work involved in making it look good. But it was so much fun. And lettering doesn’t require a huge […]

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History’s Hidden Stories

by Marina M. Over the course of this blog post I will link to several articles in our research databases. Any article link you click on will require you to log into your Sno-Isle account. I recently finished reading The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. Almost eight years of research by Sepetys went into […]

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Narrator Spotlight: More Read by the Author

by Marina M. I presented my first list of audio favorites read by the author over two years ago. I’m back to add to that list with a whole new crop of author-narrated audio favorites. In my own completely unscientific poll I’ve found that audiobooks read by the author tend to be memoirs. But there’s […]

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