Top 3 Right Now: Rob’s Top 3 Albums on Rotation

This week we’re bringing you a compilation of albums from Rob, the teen services libraran at our Stanwood community library. Rob has notoriously excellent taste in music – check out this list of the 3 albums he’s currently been listening to over and over this spring!

King Gizzard and the Lizard WizardSketches of Brunswick East

“I was record shopping last fall down in Seattle and this album came on the store PA. I had no idea who it was but I was immediately captivated by sophisticated, jazz-inflected songcraft and the playful prog-rock vibe of the whole thing. It reminded me of the second Soft Machine LP, one of my all-time favorite records. This is the best new music I have heard in years. Great stuff.

The Velvet UndergroundSelf-Titled LP

This album – the Velvets’ third LP, from 1969 – has always been a favorite. This album is filled from floor to ceiling with great songs, some of their most gentle and introspective. “Candy Says” is a special favorite, one of Lou Reed’s most beautiful songs. Another favorite is “The Murder Mystery,” a bizarre and oddly gorgeous sound collage.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band – An Anthology: The Elektra Years

A superb compilation from this blazing, unjustly neglected band. The original lineup (captured on their first two LPs) was one of the most dynamic outfits of the 1960s, fronted by Butterfield’s sneering, swaggering vocals and wailing harp, and backed by the screaming dual-guitar monster of Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield. The band was far more eclectic than their name might first suggest, equally adept at howling blues, pop, and eastern-influenced psychedelia – ‘East/West’ must be heard to be believed. Earth-shattering music.”

Thanks, Rob, for the most excellent musical recommendations!

Next week Lisa will give us a list of her favorite teen fiction titles dealing with mental health challenges.

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Trailer Tuesday: Dread Nation

Trailer Tuesday: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

This new period zombie-thriller is sure to be an exciting read!

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Readers’ Corner: Confidence – It’s a Teen Thing

Confidence is something many people struggle with. Boost your self-esteem by reading a book from this weeks featured booklist: Confidence- Find Your Swagger.

These books will help give you the tools and knowledge to harness the power to feel good about yourself again.


Marissa @ Mariner Library

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You Count: Activism under 18

If you’ve spent anytime on website recently or checked your mailbox or read the Herald, you know that on April 24th, 2018, there’s a special election and Sno-Isle Libraries has a ballot measure for voters in Snohomish and Island counties to vote on.

But what if you’re too young to vote in this special election (or any election)? There are still many ways to get involved. Teen Topics: What do you want to discuss?

What are some other ways you can be involved?

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Trailer Tuesday: Fire Song

Trailer Tuesday: Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones

This LGBTQ read is based on the movie that shares its name.

Post your trailer suggestions in the comment section below!

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Readers’ Corner: Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate by reading something from this week’s featured Non-Fiction Poetry booklist.



Get your poetry on!


Marissa @ Mariner Library

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Top 3 Right Now: Danielle’s Top 3 Books

This week we’re featuring a list of our Teen Services Coordinator Danielle’s Top 3 books right now.

Danielle got to meet astronaut Wendy Lawrence at the UW Bothell Inspire STEM Festival last month!  How cool is that?

So, Danielle, what books have you loved lately?

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this beautifully written story made me ugly cry. Marvin and his twin brother Tyler are separated after police raid a party. Tyler never makes it home and Marvin and his friends search to find him before it’s too late. Waiting list? Try something else from our Black Lives Matter booklist.

Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeYuen Pham

This graphic novel about friends drifting apart is all too familiar from my middle school days! Waiting list? Try Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm.

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jameison

One of my favorite tropes is when a homeschooled student suddenly has to attend public school. Impy (Imogen) has spent her life working Renaissance Faires with her family and is struggling to adjust to middle school and mean girls.  If there’s a waiting list for this book, check Victoria Jameison’s other excellent graphic novel,  Roller Girl.

Thanks for the awesome suggestions, Danielle!
Stay tuned next week, when Rob, the teen librarian from our Stanwood community library, will give us his Top 3 Music Albums on Heavy Rotation This Spring!

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Trailer Tuesday: The Dark Days Club

Trailer Tuesday: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, first in the Lady Helen novels. The second book, The Dark Days Pact is also at Sno-Isle Libraries.

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Featured Event: Whidbey Island Comicon















Oak Harbor Library

Saturday, April 07
10:00am – 5:00pm

From youngling to sith lord, kohai to senpai, muggle to wizard, average to Super, join the FREE geek-fest hosted by Whidbey Island Sno-Isle Libraries. Family friendly and suitable for all ages.

All ages and fandoms will find something of interest with:
* Panels
* Workshops
* Geek Training Room to burn up some young energy
* Gaming Room for all levels of role playing experience* Introvert’s Alley for a break whenever needed
* Scavenger hunt through the Oak Harbor Library
* Costume contest
Test out your newest cosplay, or just grab a red shirt and communicator (we hope you make it through the episode!).
An important note: because this event is taking place at both the Oak Harbor Library and Skagit Valley College campus, there is a strict no weapons policy (even fake ones). We’re sorry for any frustration this may cause, but safety is our priority!

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Featured Event: Wilderness Survival: Cordage

Lake Stevens Library
Thursday, April 05: 3:00pm – 4:15pm 

You’re alone in the wilderness with nothing but a knife and the clothes on your back. Will you survive?

Join us for a workshop on a fundamental wilderness skill – making cordage. You’ll also learn about paracord and make a bracelet to take home. For ages 10-18. Space is limited; registration required.



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