16 in ’16: Read a New Book

by Jocelyn Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final challenge in the Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16 contest. For the next three weeks, we challenge you to read…a book published in 2016 (also known as a “New” book). With about 300,000 books published in the United States every year, that gives you A LOT of […]

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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

by Marina It seems like a lot of centennials* are taking place this year. First Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday and now the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years on August 25th. The National Park Service (NPS) idea started with a bill in 1864, signed by Abraham Lincoln, to preserve the area now known as Yosemite […]

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2016 Olympic Games in Rio

by Ruth The Olympic Games start today, Friday August 5, and run through August 21. To celebrate the occasion, you obviously need to start with a selfie with the Olympic mascots, Vinicius and Tom: (and then ask yourself: just what creature IS Vinicius?) At this point, you might need some Olympics trivia to get into […]

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Encounters with Wildlife

by Ruth G. As the weather warms up and schools let out, the season for outdoor adventures begins.  And with it, the magical possibility of encountering wildlife. Here in Washington state, you might see marmots on Mount Rainier, puffins at the Pacific coast, harbor seals at the Edmonds ferry dock, or orcas out on the Puget […]

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DIY Outdoor Entertainment

by Marina Summer is here! At least the calendar is telling us that. Actual summer weather may or may not begin to coincide with the season until after July 4th. But, along with summer comes, presumably, an increase in outdoor eating. And activities! But, mostly eating, am I right? I’m thinking of a good, old fashioned picnic. Or […]

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Retirement Wish List

by Ruth G. Having crossed the threshold of 50 some time ago, and thus become the recipient of flyers from AARP, the idea of retirement has started to intrigue me. Retirement won’t be happening anytime soon, but sometimes I see a book and think, “This one goes on the stuff-to-do-when-I’m-retired list.”     Maybe I’ll eat my […]

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You might be a Mariners fan if…

by Danielle You might be a Seattle Mariners fan if: Your baby’s fist word is “Boomstick” (after another Nelson Cruz home run) You’ve ever traveled to an Everett Aquasox or Tacoma Rainiers game You dream of garlic fries and shiskaberries You’ve willingly gone to a weeknight game in April to see them play a team that […]

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Summertime Fun!

by Liz School is almost out and with it comes summer vacation season. I am sure we have a few readers for whom summer break means fantastical European tours (!), but I would be willing to bet that for most, summer vacation involves sticking much closer to home. Lucky for us we live in such […]

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Take A Hike!

March 30th is Take a Walk in the Park Day. With the many city and county parks, walking trails and national parks we have in our surrounding area it shouldn’t be too hard to find the right location for you to celebrate this day. I wanted to specifically highlight this book, The Dog Lover’s Companion […]

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Are You Ready for Some (More) Football?

Another Super Bowl (and the football season) has come and gone and I’m sure, after one day, you’re feeling some withdrawals. Well, fear not! I come bearing a list of books and movies (both fiction and non-fiction) that will keep your football off-season at bay for weeks to come.

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