Category Archives: Staff Picks

Spring Migration and Hyperlocal Birding

By Alyssa S. For bird lovers, spring migration is a magical time. An unusual visitor or an unfamiliar song amidst the usual voices incites wonder, and we welcome the return of reliable favorites. With the current stay-at-home order, many people have more opportunity to observe the migration occurring through our own yards and neighborhoods. Yearly […]

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Self Care With Nerd Art

By Isaac H. As the world slowly re-opens from the Covid19 pandemic (safe and timely or otherwise), it’s a good time for self care. There is a lot going on right now and sometimes it can help to move your attention away from the news and everyday happenings and problems of life. One of the […]

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Nostalgic Summer Horror

by Hannah K.  Something about a hot summer day makes me want to curl up with a creepy read for a good old-fashioned scare. The kind of stories that take you back to the summer days of childhood- riding bikes and telling ghost stories with your friends. While I never joined a group of misfit […]

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Ice Cold Summer

by Lisa C. “I have never tasted ice cream. Diana tried to explain what it was like, but I guess ice cream is one of those things that are beyond imagination.” – Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery The sun is shining (sometimes), the temperature is rising (sometimes), and that can […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Toni Morrison

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) “What I’m interested in is writing without the gaze, without the white gaze. … In so many earlier books by African-American writers, particularly the men, I felt that they were not writing to me. But what interested me was the African-American experience throughout whichever time I spoke of. It […]

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Fantastic Heists

By Kristi S.  It all started with Mistborn: The Final Empire, recommended to me by a coworker (thank you, Grant). I was pulled in by page one and my love for the fantasy heist genre was born. There’s nothing like the thrill of following characters as they pull off a major theft, but it becomes […]

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Feline Be Mine!

By Julie T. June is Adopt-a-Cat Month! I am an unabashed, lifelong cat lover. The longest period I lived without feline companionship was during college. By senior year I was done waiting, so I went to a Seattle animal shelter and co-adopted Mickey and Minnie with a friend. It was love at first sight. I […]

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Black Lives Matter

by Craig B. Black Lives Matter is an organization that was founded in 2013 after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford, Florida, was acquitted for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager who was walking through his neighborhood. Since that time, Black Lives Matter has been one of the most active and vocal […]

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Fantastic Fictional Fathers

by Melleny T. As Father’s Day approaches, I would like to honor all the great dads out there by sharing some of my favorite fictional fathers (and father figures). Now, these dads aren’t perfect (because who is, and how boring would that be?), but they do their best to help their kids grow and thrive […]

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Author Spotlight: Tony Horwitz

By Alyssa S. Although restrictions are slowly lifting, life isn’t exactly back to normal in the age of COVID-19, so how about some fun and educational armchair travel with one of my favorite nonfiction writers, Tony Horwitz? When the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, embedded journalist, war correspondent, and historian died suddenly a year ago at age […]

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Celebrating Pride 2020

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) Every year in June, we commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots with a month-long celebration called Pride. The Stonewall Riots were demonstrations protesting police brutality against the LGBTQ+ community. While often thought of as the start of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the Stonewall Riots were one significant […]

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