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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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January 16  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Out with the old, in with the new The end of the old year and the beginning of the new tends to be a time of reflection and planning for the future. A byproduct of all this activity is the creation of many, many, book lists: the two major types are of the ‘best of 2014’ and ‘books to look out for in 2015’ variety. Now, if you are a person who sees the glass as half full, this is great since you have lots of titles to choose from. If you are a half empty type, however, you look at all those...

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January 14  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Send in the clowns Clowns have always scared me, yet I seek out the most terrifying clown images. A few years ago there were reports of a clown standing on a dark Northampton street, under just enough light to make it scary as hell. It’s not illegal to stand on a dark street corner dressed as a clown. It should be.



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January 12  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for January 2015 The new Spot-Lit list of notable new fiction is here.



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January 8  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Year-end roundup 2014 Meatloaf sandwich, fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Mmmmm. Comfort food. As I look back at 2014, I realize that I indulge in comfort books. So many books I want to read but dang it, Perry Mason is so entertaining. And comforting.

And so I overindulge in Mr. Mason.



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January 5  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
New year, new TBR I am waving a white flag of surrender, admitting defeat, giving up. I had an uber-ambitious list of reading resolutions in 2014 and I did not complete it. However, I did manage to cross off 8 of the 12, meaning it's by far my most successful set of resolutions I've ever attempted. Here's a last look back at what I wanted to read last year:



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January 1  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 5:1 - <i>Tristram Shandy</i> Tristram Shandy
by Laurence Sterne  (1713-1768)
749 pgs.  Everyman’s Library, 1991.
Originally...

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December 30  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
2014: my year in short stories Every year I like to set some reading goals for myself; it's about the closest thing I come to making New Year's resolutions. This year I set out to read 75 books (I just barely made it!), start reading graphic novels, and start reading short story collections. I managed to do all three, and have compiled a list of my favorite short reads (graphic novel or otherwise).



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December 26  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (ivory edition) That elk have two ivory teeth? The two well-defined upper canine teeth (also called buglers, bugle teeth, whistlers or tusks) of elk are rounded, extremely hard and ivory-like. I found this information in the book Elk...

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December 23  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
The library and family holiday traditions Do you celebrate the holidays? My family celebrates Christmas and this year I turned to the library for help with all of the decorating, events, and family gatherings. Here's what I found!



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December 22  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
'The Book of Bad Things' by Dan Poblocki I should keep a notebook of bad things so I’ll always be able to look out for them. I should have started it 30 years ago but better late than never.

BAD THING # 1

Never eat anything out of the staff room vending machines. The trail mix expired two years ago and the grape juice has gone back to grapes.



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December 19  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2014: Audiovisual We end our Best of 2014 list with all things vision and sound. Enjoy our staff selected list of the best in film and music for the year.

Film & Television



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December 18  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2014: Young Adult Fiction and Graphic Novels We continue our Best of 2014 staff picked list today with two very popular categories that people of all ages enjoy: young adult books and graphic novels.

Young Adult Fiction



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December 17  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2014: Children's Books We continue our Best of 2014 list today with books for the younger set. From picture books to graphic novels, take a look at our staff selected titles.

Picture Books and Easy Readers



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December 16  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2014: Nonfiction We continue our daily posts from our staff picked Best of 2014 list with all things factual. Read on for great nonfiction books ranging in topic from Wall Street shenanigans, Hollywood scandals, cookbooks, humor and much more.



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December 15  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2014: Fiction It's that time again. While it seems like only yesterday, 2014 is about to leave us and enter the history books. While there is no denying the passage of time, here at the library we like to make the most of it by reflecting on all the great items we have purchased and sharing our favorites with you. Since we order a lot of material, our list of favorites is pretty long. To make it more manageable for you to digest, here at A Reading Life we are going to publish a post a day this...

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December 11  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library
Heavenly pulp It’s become a habit, a sleazy late-night habit, when the stars are out and the ladies are tucked away between chenille and damask sheets. But then we’re not dealing with ladies here are we? Broads, dames, happy cha-cha marimba girls in twirling sequined dresses and little else if you know what I mean and I think you do.

Pulp.



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