The Great Courses

by Craig B. I’m a hermit by nature. A shiftless layabout. A couch potato. While you, a socially adjusted human being, are having dinner with your friends, I’m eating Fancy Lads Snack Cakes in a post-nuclear wasteland. While you’re counting footsteps in the local park, I’m eating cookie dough off my Snuggie. But my life […]

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Thinking and Drinking

by Melleny T. Pairing knowledge and adult beverages is nothing new (pairing stupidity and adult beverages is also nothing new, but I digress). In case you didn’t know, pub trivia is a thing, and apparently a big enough thing to have controversy. In many communities, it’s even a library thing. If you’re a dedicated nerd and […]

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Adventure and Calamity at Sea

by Alyssa S While I don’t own a boat, and the longest water voyage I’ve ever taken was an overnight ferry from Ireland to France, I do love a perilous, eventful sea story, whether fact or fiction. I’m fascinated by the Shackleton expedition, by Polynesians and Vikings and their ability to navigate long distances without […]

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2019 Sno-Isle Staff Favorites

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) Throughout the first month of 2020, we asked Sno-Isle staff to send us their favorite titles from the previous year. It’s a tradition we’ve upheld over the years and this year we have even more lists! All submissions had to be published or released in 2019 and staff were […]

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True Stories from the Roaring Twenties

By Hannah K. Welcome to 2020! I’m a little late in wishing you a Happy New Year, but it’s still January, so I’m going to ask you to let this one slide. 2020 New Year’s celebrations were awash in Jazz Age finery. People wanted to celebrate like a Great Gatsby party, with flapper fashion, craft […]

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Ten for ’20

by Lisa C. It has recently been brought to my attention (thanks colleagues and this New York Times article) that there are some who claim that a new decade hasn’t started and won’t start until January 1, 2021. Well, is 2020 the start of a new decade or the end? In any case, there is one […]

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That’s What She Read

By Kristi S.  With the release of the podcast Office Ladies, I have decided to re-watch the series yet again. This time, I find myself thinking of what the characters of The Office might be reading. I mean, not a lot of work gets done in their office so I am assuming they all have […]

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Build a Better Life with Books

by Melleny T. You may recall from school (or from Goldeneye) that January was named after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces, one looking ahead and the other back. He was the god of choices, doors, beginnings, and endings. This makes perfect sense for January, the doorway between two years, the time of […]

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Body Positive Resolutions

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) As another year comes to its end, I find myself drawn to the ever tantalizing New Years’ resolution. Maybe this year I’ll actually complete Book Riot’s 2020 Read Harder Challenge. Or the Northwest Winter Challenge, where you run or walk outside for at least one mile every day in […]

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The Sound of Music: Instructional DVDs

By Julie T. Calling all player piano enthusiasts and anyone interested in gaining proficiency with a musical instrument! Learn how to play an instrument and read sheet music with video instruction. You can learn the essentials of piano without needing to schedule time with a teacher or pay for lessons. It’s all at your own […]

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