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May 28  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Brief reads Summer is almost here and soon people in Library Land will start buzzing about beach reads. I say forget the beach reads and pick up some brief reads! Nope, I'm not talking about underpants. I mean books that won't take you very long to read. And if you're like me and have been experiencing a series of disappointments, be it books that let you down or ones that were too terrible to finish (looking at you,

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May 26  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library
Failed fiction forays I don't usually set reading goals, but at the start of this year I felt that I’d fallen into a bit of a rut. A bit of a rut. A bit… (thud!) So I devised what middle management types call soft goals (unless I made this term up), meaning that it’s not so important whether I achieve said objectives. Mostly I’m looking to stretch myself in new literary directions, hence the vague guidelines for choosing reading materials.

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May 22  |  by Gloria, Everett Public Library staff
My journey into yoga I began my journey into yoga a few years ago. I was overweight and due to past injuries (broken leg, repeated ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis) I wanted to get some exercise that wouldn’t pound on my joints. I wasn’t sure of the commitment I wanted to give this new fitness, so I took a class with my local school district to see if it would be a success or failure. I discovered that yoga isn’t about success, failure or competition, it is all...

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May 20  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library
May new music - local sounds As Carol announced earlier on our blog, the Everett Public Library recently launched a new local music collection, aptly named "Local." You can now find Local sections at both library locations, and there's even a special display right now by the check out desk of the Main Library. In preparation for Local, we reached out to local bands to fill out our collection. We've...

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May 18  |  by Carol and Everett Public Library staff
Where were you? The eruption of Mount St. Helens It may be surprising to note that we've reached the 35th anniversary of the disastrous eruption of Mount St. Helens. On May 18, 1980, a beautiful Sunday morning was shattered by a 5.1 earthquake near Spirit Lake, starting a chain reaction that resulted in the explosion of the active volcano we have come to fear and respect. As stated on the USDA's Mount St. Helens website:

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May 15  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Game over, man I've always been a bit of a history geek. Well, okay, pretty much a full-blown history geek. My second major in college was history, not because I planned it that way, but because almost all the elective courses I took for fun were in the History department.  Come my senior year, I found that all those credits actually added up to a second degree. Lest you think I was a practical youth, my ‘major’ major netted me an equally bankable English degree. Hey, at least it...

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May 13  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Your new prince or princess Well, the new British princess has a lovely name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. I wonder if the royals consulted a name book before they chose so wisely. Did you know that the library has a parenting section which includes fabulous books on names and everything baby and child related? We use it often, especially when there are questions about children's discipline, potty training, sleeping and eating issues. There are some really excellent titles in this collection and I'd like to...

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May 11  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 5:3 - <i>Adventures in Immediate Irreality</i> For a moment I had the feeling of existing only in the photograph.

To read this book is to put yourself into the hands of a writer of uncommon sensitivity, insight and intelligence.



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May 8  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
'What's the Point of This Story' Girl Strikes Again I know what my super power would be. Not invisibility. Not speed. Not flying. I would be called 'What’s the Point of This Story' Girl or 'Could You Wrap This Story Up' Girl. Sometimes I’ll be talking to a co-worker and I’ll see that glaze come over their eyes. You know what glaze I’m talking about. It’s the one where they appear to be listening to you but what they’re really doing is thinking about what they’re going to...

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May 6  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Locally grown music For years we've heard a lot of noise from the music industry about the death of CDs and other physical media, and how downloadable media has doomed the CD and vinyl pressing business. Guess what? Much like the rumors of the obsolescence of libraries, this is patently untrue.



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May 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for May 2015 These titles – from established, emerging, and under-the-radar authors – are some of the most anticipated new releases based on a consensus of advance reviews, publisher interest, and bookish social media. Click the link below and then the Full Display button beside each title to read summaries or reviews or to place titles on hold.



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April 30  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
When life gives you lemons When life gives you lemons, make lemonade



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April 29  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Historical photos come to life Amongst the many treasures here at Everett Public Library are the historical digital photo collections maintained by the Northwest History staff. We are currently highlighting the King & Baskerville Studio photos which were taken in a short period in 1892. These amazing pictures offer some insight into what the lay of the land used to be in and around Everett, and what day-to-day...

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April 28  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Best of the (half) decade We saw a list of the top 100 books written in the past half-decade. We were not amused. Items chosen were limited almost exclusively to adult fiction, and the fiction itself seemed to be fairly narrow in scope. So quite obviously it’s time for a better list. Created by me.



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April 23  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
April new music picks Spring has been a busy time for new releases and reissues. We've been keeping busy with great patron requests and staff discoveries alike. Here's a quick rundown of some of the new arrival highlights from this month. Place your holds now!



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April 21  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (spider web edition) That a spider web strand reaching all the way around the world would only weigh 12 ounces?



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April 17  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Memoirs, old and new My father loved to tell a good story and what made a story good for him was if it was about someone's life: where it started, what happened, how the person re-acted and how it all ended. It was so interesting to hear these stories as a child around the dinner table, but what is equally fascinating is to read someone else's story of their life in their own words- in their memoir.



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April 15  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
A serious vocational error One of the great things about reading fiction is the way you can visit a person’s, admittedly fictional, life and experience the world from a different angle. I’ve always found stories to be much more helpful in dealing with the trials and tribulations of everyday existence than the numerous self-help and motivation works out there. Perhaps this is delusional and a tad unhealthy (you don’t want to pattern your life too closely on Mr. Kurtz after all ) but hey, it...

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April 13  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
A stroll through the pun forest or crime and pun-ishment Hello poetry lovers. Today’s poem is a pun of stunning disregard for human frailties. It is titled, Names of Hair Salons:



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April 9  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
A serial killer in love I read somewhere that the average person will walk by a serial killer 36 times in their life. I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s another reason not to leave the house. Just to be safe. I found this hilarious postcard a few years ago. The scene on the front is a gorgeous blue purple pink sunset and ocean waves lapping the shore. Then off to the other side of the picture someone had written I’ve seen enough crime shows to know that I don’t want to...

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April 6  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Surfing the purple stickers (Ewoks included) What do Batman, Ms. Marvel, Constantine, andHellboy have in common? We've recently rescued them from obscurity in the Dewey 741s and have given them a shiny new home in a fresh collection, aptly named Graphic Novels.

*Cue happy dance!*



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April 2  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for April 2015 Every month our fiction buyer scours the new fiction landscape and presents here a curated list of some of the most anticipated new releases based on advance review praise, publisher enthusiasm, library- and lit-crowd social media, and other sources (some well below the radar).

Click the link below to read summaries or reviews or to place titles on hold.



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March 31  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition! In one of the greatest Monty Python skits, Cardinal Ximinez of Spain pontificates, Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red...

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March 26  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
March new music: a horse of a different color edition When I was a kid, one of my favorite scenes in The Wizard of Oz was when Dorothy, wide-eyed and full of wonder, was pulled through Emerald City by the Horse of a Different Color. Not one to bow its shaggy mane to conventional horse ways, this amazing beast would periodically change its color to various vibrant shades to suit its fancy. I see a similarity between Dorothy's...

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March 23  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 5:2 - The Green Child Herbert Read’s three-part novel, The Green Child, starts out with a bang. In the first paragraph, a South American dictator’s assassination...

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March 19  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Erik Larson's new book I'll read anything by certain non-fiction writers. Timothy Egan has gotten me to read about the dust bowl era in

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March 17  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
It came from the 300s You may have an image of the library, and library workers, as lovers of order and method. While there is definitely some truth in that (it is handy to actually know where a book is located after all) there is also a surprising amount of chaos just underneath the surface.  Take the vaunted Dewey Decimal System for example. The idea is a noble one: assigning all non-fiction work a simple number code based on subject so similar books are grouped together and easy to find on the...

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March 13  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Terry Pratchett remembered There are plenty of opportunities to read about his life, so I thought I’d share how Terry (as I called him in my head) affected me.



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March 12  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Here there be monsters I have a bedtime ritual. I go to bed, do a little reading, maybe do a little writing (because some stupid part of me, no matter how old I get, still wants to be a writer but I can’t say it out loud because for me, it’s right up there with saying "I want to be a space cowboy when I grow up!"). Then I have to watch a horror movie. I have to.



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March 9  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Favorite 65X series: plot-your-own stories edition Don't even ask. I know what you're wondering. "Carol, what the heck is a 65X? And why should I care?" In cataloger-speak, that's how we code subject headings and genre terms. Generally, 650s are subject headings and 655s are genres. Relax, though. You're not getting a lesson in cataloging, though I'd be happy to talk your ear off about MARC, RDA, and FRBR.



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