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August 28  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 4:5 - 'Hotel Andromeda' by Gabriel Josipovici In Hotel Andromeda, Gabriel Josipovici has written a beautiful and thoughtful tribute to eccentric 20th-century American artist...

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August 26  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
The (radio) play's the thing It will probably come as no surprise to learn that most of us in the library world like things to be in their proper place. This isn’t some kind of obsessive/compulsive disorder, usually anyway, but all in the name of access. Whole systems, both digital and physical, are created and designed to put materials into an organizational scheme and, most importantly, make all our great collections easy to find. Despite our best efforts, however, there are always a few types of...

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August 22  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (survival edition) Jerusalem artichokes, serviceberries and blue camas roots are just a few of the plants you can eat to survive. Sacagawea taught Lewis and Clark about them and other plants on their expedition. This information is from the book

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August 20  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
It's time to get romantic Romance. Erotica. What comes to mind when you read these words? Do you think of the "pinkies" in the Large Type collection? Harlequin romances your mom used to read?

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August 18  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
My name is Helen and I'm a Minotaur I am not a fantasy literature enthusiast. (Don’t even get me started on science fiction and fantasy being lumped together). Oh, there was a time when I would occasionally read a questing book, but seldom was my interest piqued. Then came a day when I could no longer tolerate the Hermit of Xymanocles and his winged steed Zqlkmoyx climbing the Teeth of Mekjalinm in search of Belxogggm's Sherbet. It didn’t matter if the story was compelling or well-written, I just...

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August 14  |  by David, Everett Public Library staff
Adventures in time and space - part 2 In Part 1 of Adventures in Time and Space we looked at the history of that epic TV show, Doctor Who. In part 2 we will examine some of the books written about this pop culture juggernaut.



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August 12  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Book club adventures A long time ago, in a job/city far away, I was tasked with forming a book discussion group. As a fairly introverted person whose previous work experience was along the lines of solo archival work with just a dash of librarianship, I found the idea a bit terrifying. Would I have to talk? With real people? Shudder to think. Little did I know that hosting the book group would soon become one of my favorite parts of the job.



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August 7  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
The best laid plans As you may recall, gentle reader, in June I devised a list of interesting non-fiction titles to guide my summer reading.  Well the good news is that I have been reading non-fiction. The bad news is that none of the titles I’ve chosen so far have been selected from that list. I had hoped to whittle away at my reading list, but sadly I’ve just added to it. Still, in the grand...

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August 4  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Explore Washington! The weather forecast is for a string of beautiful days here in the Pacific Northwest so that means it's time to get outside and explore our fair state. But, where to go and what to do? Start at the library with one of these guidebooks!



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July 31  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for August 2014 Here's our fiction selector's curated list of noteworthy August releases. Click the titles below and then the Full Display button to read summaries or reviews or to place titles on hold.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction   



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July 28  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Word on the Street Ah the typewriter. Those of a certain age may remember when these machines were not collectibles or antiques but vital tools for the writer and office worker alike.  It's probably been a while since you've seen a person hunched over a manual wordsmitherary, trying to produce a coherent sentence without the aid of spell check, but if you've been strolling down the streets of downtown Everett recently you may have stumbled upon this very scene.

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July 24  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Erotica (shhh!) Erotica is something that we don’t discuss so much in American culture, certainly don’t talk about as part of our current reading list. Yet books like Fifty Shades of Grey top the bestseller lists and romance novels, a staple of American reading, include more and more erotic content. So we may not admit to it, but we certainly do read it.

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July 22  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
When history splashes off the page You may recall I gave myself a list of reading challenges for 2014. They are all self-imposed and they all just randomly fell out of my brain one day in a burst of madness inspiration. Whether this is the first you're hearing of my reading resolutions or you just want to review, here is the list of my reading inspirations:



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July 18  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Must reads for summer 2014 There are good and bad things about working in a library. The good: all of the great books that you discover and get to read. The bad: all of the great books that you don't have time to read. We all have excuses and these are mine: full-time work and a toddler who just turned two years old and a baby who is ten months old. Oh yeah, and a house and garden and that guy I married 33 years ago. So, I often feel like that funny old bird the pelican whose beak holds more than his belly...

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July 16  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Ghosts in the shelf As librarians, we love it when our patrons get excited about the materials we purchase for them. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a title we've ordered fly off the shelf and accumulate holds; it's a good sign that we're on the right track to knowing what our readers want. Occasionally there's a downside to success: when we can't keep a title on the shelf because people don't want to return it. When titles go unreturned we charge the guilty party and replace the books...

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July 14  |  by summer reading participants
Adult summer reading reviews We are nearing the mid-way point for the Literary Elements Adult Summer Reading Challenge. Many of you have signed up and received lots of great prizes. Some of you have gone out of your way to share reviews of books that you have been reading this summer. It was hard to choose, but a few selected reviews are shown below from the ones we have received so far. Thanks to all for participating and sharing your reviews with us.

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July 10  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Watching the (flawed) detectives Some viewers like their television detectives to be close to infallible: Perhaps a dashing Sherlock Holmes, in all his variants, or a fastidious Hercule Poiroit who can stride into a room and suss out the killer by using only a few cigarette butts and a train timetable. I’ll admit that there is a definite fascination in watching a well-oiled intellect spring into action and I’ve enjoyed series with a super sleuth at the center, but in the end I find these characters a...

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July 8  |  by David, Everett Public Library staff
Adventures in time and space - part 1 I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since 1985, back when budgets were low and one had to stay up until 1am (or later) on Saturday night to get a weekly Doctor Who fix. The character of the Doctor appealed to me, generally using his wits rather than weapons to defeat his foes.



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July 4  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
<em>House</em> If you want to meet a real jerk watch House. I’ve gone through 5 seasons in a little under a month- don’t judge me! I do so have a life. It just involves watching a lot of TV. And let me tell you,...

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July 2  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for July 2014 Here's our list of fiction to look for in July. Click the titles below and then the Full Display button to read summaries or reviews or to place titles on hold.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction               



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June 30  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
A blogger's life for me I've made it to the middle! We're halfway through the year and I'm also halfway through my reading resolutions. Let's review what I've gotten myself into:

Read something a library patron recommends.

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June 26  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Them’s good readin’ Habits certainly change over the years and I’ve gone from a person who finishes each and every book regardless of quality to a person who reads the first few pages of many books in search of something irresistible. What is the indefinable quality I seek that makes some books impossible to put down?



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June 23  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 4:4 - 'The Birds' by Tarjei Vesaas The Birds is the story of Mattis, a man with learning disabilities in his late 30s, and his sister Hege who takes care of him. They live near the shore of a lake somewhere in rural Norway.

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June 19  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Tackling mixology Summer is fast approaching, and the social calendar is already filling up. One of the things my husband and I enjoy most is hosting groups of friends at our place for dinners and parties. When we host get-togethers, I always gravitate towards the kitchen, while Dan plays mixologist. There's something about mixing cocktails that has always spooked me by seeming a bit too precise. In order to get over this fear, I decided to hunt down some accessible books on how to make the perfect...

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June 17  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (knitting edition) The Kitchener stitch used in seamless knitting was designed by Lord Kitchener, a British military hero of the Boer War and WWI, to keep the toes of socks from irritating his soldier’s feet. I found this information on page 91 in the book

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June 13  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Books that started as blogs If you're like me, and I hope you are, you follow a blog or two just because it's fun. Of course I read this very blog because my smart and hip co-workers contribute valuable stuff to it. Hey, you're reading it right now! You must be just like me.



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June 11  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
Knitters unite, together they stitch They're out there and they are coming to a location near you! Wielding and working their needles, knitting communities worldwide have been gathering annually on the second Saturday in June since 2005. The occasion has been dubbed World Wide Knit in Public Day. Unaware of this phenomena and taken quite by surprise,I shot the photo above while on a trip to

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June 9  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
The facts of summer Just in case you haven’t noticed, the summer reading season is upon us. In addition to great programs at EPL encouraging people to read this summer, there are many summer reading lists from which to choose. Any list, however, has to grapple with an interesting conundrum: what exactly is a summer read? Some recommend escapist ‘light’ fiction while others promote the most...

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June 6  |  by David, Everett Public Library staff
Nilbog is goblin spelled backwards! Some movies are so bad that they‘re good.

One such movie is Troll 2. The movie’s original title was Goblins, but the studio thought it could cash in on the success of the movie Troll, despite the fact there are no trolls in the movie. Troll 2 has absolutely nothing to do with Troll.



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June 4  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
'NOS4A2' When I was a little girl my family would spend nearly every day at Silver Lake. To a 7-year-old this place was paradise. It had sand, a lifeguard in a tower who always seemed as still as a statue, a park to play in when you got sick of swimming, and some days there was a cart that sold snow-cones and hot dogs.



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