Featured Event: Dewey Decimal Cupcake Challenge

Mukilteo Library
Tuesday, February 06
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Here’s how it works: You get a blank cupcake and a range of the Dewey Decimal System. Your mission is to decorate your cupcake using inspiration from that section of the library. Will you get 510 (math)? Or maybe 780 (music) or 950 (Asian history)? You won’t know until you show up! Bring a friend along for an afternoon of fun creativity snacks and prizes. For teens (grades 6-12).

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Top 3 Right Now: Marissa’s Favorite Fantasy Reads

This week we’re featuring an awesome Top 3 list from Marissa, the new teen services guru at our Mariner Library.  Marissa loves fantasy books and reads a lot of them – these are her favorite 3 that she’s read recently, so you know they’re going to be great.

Take it away, Marissa!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch, first in The Witchlands series, is sure to be a quick read for any fantasy lover. It features a vibrant world full of elemental magic and richly-drawn diverse characters brimming with personality and humor. Although there are hints of romance here and there, the heart of the story is about fierce, life-altering female friendship.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

If you’re looking for a new fantasy series with some dark elements, look no further. The land of Aratay is full of malevolent, destructive spirits who want nothing more than to shred humans into tiny pieces and taste their blood. However, they need a human Queen to control their urge for violence lest they destroy all the land, themselves included. This first book in the series follows Daleina’s journey as she fights for her chance to become one of the Queen’s heirs. I really enjoyed that the characters were realistic, full of flaws and imperfections.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I thought this was a very interesting take on Wonder Woman’s origin story that combined some traditional elements with new ones. It is a coming-of-age story where Diana and Alia fight against their perceived fates in order to forge their own destiny.”

Awesome suggestions, Marissa!

What about you, reader? Have you read any amazing fantasy titles lately?

Check back next week, when Jennifer from our Mill Creek Library will give us an excellent list of gender-flipped Sherlock Holmes-esque stories.

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Trailer Tuesday: Truly Devious

Trailer Tuesday: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Post your book trailer suggestions in the comments below.

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Readers’ Corner: Alex Award Winners

There are a multitude of books published each year that teens would adore that end up being categorized as Adult and put into the another section of the library, making it hard to find and read these wonderful books. Luckily, there’s been an annual awards list for this purpose called the Alex Awards. This weeks booklist features the 10 winners of the 2017 Alex Awards which are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18.



The winning titles are selected from the previous year. You can find more information about the previous winners on YALSA’s Alex Award Winner page.

Happy reading!


Marissa @ Mariner Library

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Featured Event: Stanwood/Camano Area Oral History Project

Project Kick-Off Event

Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center
Wednesday, January 31: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Age group:  Teens (15-19 years),Adults (20-85+ years)
Event type:   Community Event

We want to hear your stories! Join us to learn more about an upcoming oral history project partnership between the Stanwood Library, the Stanwood Camano Resource Center, and the Stanwood Area Historical Society. The project will be based off of the StoryCorps model and interviews will be uploaded to the StoryCorps archives. Further details on how you can participate will be shared at the event, and you can also sit in and observe as former WA state senator Mary Margaret Haugen gives the first interview and tells some of her own stories! January 31st, 6-7:30pm, across the street from the library at the Stanwood Camano Resource Center 9612 271st Street NW Stanwood, WA.



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Top 3 Right Now: Emily’s LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels: Summer Camp Edition

This week’s little list of graphic novels set at summer camps featuring LGBTQ+ characters is brought to you by Emily, our teen librarian at our Monroe Library.

So, Emily, what do you suggest?

Emily is so amazing she can cross country ski in -5F!









Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Honor Girl is a memoir that reads a bit like a diary. The illustrations look like sketches and give the book a really intimate, personal feel. I also love that Maggie is into Backstreet Boys – I think the author is about the same age as me, and the hype was real!

Lumberjanes series by Noelle Stevenson

The Lumberjanes are my friendship role models! The storyline is a little wacky, but I appreciate how every character has their own personality and how they all support each other individually and as a group.

As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman

This is a quick read that focuses mostly on Charlie – young, queer, black and navigating her identities at an all-white Christian summer camp – but most characters have some development and learn something in this graphic novel. I enjoyed the setting of a backpacking trip – that’s a great place to learn about yourself and to grapple with life’s big questions.

These all look great. Thanks, Emily!

What are your top 3 books these days, readers?


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Trailer Tuesday: Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People

Trailer Tuesday: Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People by Eldon Yellowhorn

Contact Marta @ the Marysville Library with book trailer suggestions or post in the comments below.

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Readers’ Corner: Eco-Fiction

Climate change is a major concern for most people these days, especially with the storms getting stronger (um, what’s a bomb cyclone?) and the temperature getting more extreme (snow in the Sahara?!).

This week’s featured booklist includes some pretty amazing stories about what the world might be like in the future if climate change continues to grow more extreme.

Sno-Isle Teens Booklist: Eco-Fiction

We have a little bit of everything on this list, from new ice ages, floods, and droughts to the famine, plagues, pollution, and societal breakdown that could happen in the aftermath. Maybe a story from this list will inspire you to do something for the environment, or maybe you’ll just read a good story that will make you appreciate what we have now.

Either way, happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo

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Featured Event: DIY Denim Bags

Lake Stevens Library
Monday, January 29: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

DIY Denim Bags
Transform ordinary pairs of jeans into one-of-a-kind bags with the help of the Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors. For ages 10-18. Registration required.

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