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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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March 5  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Science fiction - no longer just for nerds I’m in a rut, in a rut, in a rut rut rut root, rutabaga!

Ah, blessed escape.



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March 3  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for March 2015 Get the jump on these highly anticipated new releases coming out in March.
Click the link below to read more or to place titles on hold.



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February 27  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Stranger Than Fiction: After Dark in the Library What does happen at the library when the doors have closed and the people have left? Do all the characters contained in our many volumes come out to talk amongst themselves? Is it o.k. to skate through the stacks? You can answer these questions and many more by attending our after hours gala: Stranger Than Fiction: After Dark in the Library.



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February 25  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Meet Everett's boy in the boat If you're like me, you accepted the challenge of reading this year's Everett Reads! selection,

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February 23  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
New music picks for February We get a lot of great new music in every week at the EPL, so sometimes it's hard to keep up. I got the chance to peek through the latest stack of new arrivals down in the cataloging department and wanted to give you a preview of what's about to hit the shelves.



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February 19  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Northwest Flower and Garden Show books If you're like me, you didn't make it down to last week's Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle and even if you did, it's unlikely that you had time to attend all of the author seminars. Never fear because your local public library has your back. I was pleased to see that the library has almost all of the gardening books that authors were selling at the garden show. Why not just borrow them from...

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February 17  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Morbid curiosity It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens. Death (A Play) by Woody Allen



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February 12  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
For better or for worse Once upon a time there was love and passion. When passion’s embers were banked and didn’t burn so intensely there was still love. And familiarity. 27 years of marriage witnessed both tenderness and dismay, the dismay being a wet towel left on the bathroom floor, the tenderness in caring for someone who ate bad shrimp. A good marriage is fluent in short hand and silences. A good marriage is being able to unbutton your jeans after pizza and beer. A good marriage is...

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February 10  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Jackaby or waiting for sequels Well, shoot. You deserve an explanation for what you are about to read. I want you to know, dear reader, that I did not plan this. When I wrote my last post about how I wanted to approach my reading this year and featured some book titles that were of particular interest, I did not intend on reading one immediately afterward. So please do not hold me to this pace, as there is

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February 6  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Spies like them It’s a new year, time for a clean start and all of that. 2014 was my year of the hard-boiled detective. And so I wonder what 2015 will bring.



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February 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for February 2015 The Notable New Fiction list for February is here.



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February 2  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Everett Reads! 2015 February means only one thing here at the Everett Public Library: It's time for Everett Reads! At this time of year we encourage all of Everett to read a single book, discuss it, and come meet the author. This year we are very excited to be talking about the book

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January 29  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (pasta edition) That the difference between noodles and macaroni is eggs?



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January 26  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Mexico: the cookbook Every once in a while a book comes along that you just fall in love with. Right now I have stars in my eyes, and they only shine for Mexico: The Cookbook by chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte. Here is a book that speaks to almost all of my interests. At the very base level, it's a beautiful volume. The hot pink dust jacket is decorated in traditional Mexican

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January 22  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Best blue books Occasionally a library patron will be searching for a book and can only remember that it has a certain colored cover. It's usually hard to find books just by color, but here's a group of blue books that you'll surely want to find. They obviously all have blue covers, but they are also about some sort of human frailty. I've read almost all of them in the last month. Mostly, they're all excellent!



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January 20  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
Pizza  evolution My early memories of making pizza consisted of splitting an English muffin in two, slathering it with ketchup sauce, sprinkling cheese and if we had any, adding sliced bologna.

Since those days my culinary skills have developed and my palette has become more discriminating.



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