Crossing Borders

By Kristi S. I’ve written before about the power of fiction to both educate and entertain. Obviously, nonfiction is incredibly important, giving voice to real experiences, but fiction adds extra emotion for me. For that reason, I turn to fiction when I am looking to take a deep dive into current events. I want to be […]

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Happiness Guaranteed: Love in Lit, Part 2

by Lisa C. If you read last month’s post, Happiness Not Guaranteed: Love in Lit Part 1, you may have assumed that I’d never met a happy love story I liked. Sure, I said great love stories are tragic and agonizing. Well, that was only partly true. To quote Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, […]

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Where My Ladies at?

By Kristi S. You know that old saying: behind every great man is a woman whose work he’s stolen? Well, that may not be the exact phrase but it has certainly happened often. For centuries (truly), women have gone unrecognized for their work. Colleagues snub their discoveries. Their intellectual ability is called into question. Their […]

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Surviving Your Summer Road Trip

By Kristi S. Are you planning a road trip for this summer? If you are, I both admire your courage and question your sanity. A road trip sounds like my literal nightmare. The motion sickness, the confinement, dealing with other drivers, the fact that the majority of your vacation is effort rather than relaxation. I […]

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My Childhood in Books

by Lindsey A. In February, I was fortunate to attend the 15th Annual Western Washington University’s Children’s Literature Conference. I watched presentations from Pam Muñoz Ryan, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Sophie Blackall, and Kevin Henkes. A common theme among these youth authors and illustrators was their personal history of reading; specially, what led them to become […]

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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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Picture Book Writers: Children’s Author Biographies

by Emily Z. In the other half of my library life I plan library storytimes for children. Before I ran away and joined the library, I ran the children’s department at a bookstore. At this point I’m no longer certain which came first, a love of children’s literature or a livelihood that demanded it. Either […]

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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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Awards Round-up: February 2017

by Michelle C. Welcome to the February Awards Round-up! At the end of each month we compile the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. February has the double whammy of the Grammys and the Oscars. Get ready to place some holds! Academy Awards Presented annually on television, the Oscars can cause a flurry of […]

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Nostalgia

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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