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Clippings March 6, 2015

March 5th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of March 6, 2015

Library News

State archives, library named ‘best’ for genealogy search (Wenatchee Business Journal, Wenatchee, 2/–/15)

Sno-Isle seeking sculpture (The Herald, Everett, 2/2/15)

Central Skagit Library to offer evening hours
The Central Skagit Library District is opening its office from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Thursday for district residents who need help downloading books and audio books from the library website. The office at 100 W. State Street, Suite C, Sedro-Woolley, is regularly open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays. Stop by or call 360-755-3985 for more information. The Central Skagit Library District serves the area of the Sedro-Woolley School District outside of the city boundaries. (Courier Times, Sedro-Woolley, 2/3/15)
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The Impersonator, by Mary Miley

March 3rd, 2015 by Posted in Washington Reads | No Comments »

miley impersonatorThe Impersonator: A Mystery. By Mary Miley. (New York: Minotaur Books, 2014. 320 pp.)
(A Roaring Twenties Mystery, Book 1)

Recommendation by:
Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager, Library Development, Tumwater, WA.

Mary Miley’s Impersonator deserved to win the Minotaur Books/Mystery writers’ of America First Crime Novel competition.  The murder mystery begins with the heroine of the book, vaudevillian Leah Randall approached by a man who greets her as his long lost niece, heiress to a timber fortune. Beckett invites her to impersonate his niece and split the fortune due when the absent Jessie Carr turns  21.  Circumstances force Leah to accept Beckett’s offer. After  being tutored in the family history, Leah journeys to the Oregon coast to meet the family and begin her impersonation. A murdered woman’s body is discovered by the side of the road as Leah drives in the from the railroad station to the family mansion.  This is the first of several and Leah realizes that if she doesn’t uncover the serial murderer, she may well fall victim to him.

Descriptions of vaudeville, the life in a privileged family, and the vivid characterizations of life in a small Oregon coastal town as well as life in Portland in the 1920’s were accurate and fascinating. I’m hoping that this is the beginning of a murder series featuring the resourceful and independent Leah Randall

ISBN-10: 1250051371

ISBN-13: 978-1250051370

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Ask WA- Washington’s Virtual Reference Cooperative

March 2nd, 2015 by Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Technology and Resources | No Comments »

aubriImagine you are out and about and have a burning question.  Or maybe you have a big paper due tomorrow and there is something you need to cite that defies all logic.  What do you do?   Pull out your smartphone or tablet, or log on to the internet and Ask a Librarian of course.  Ask WA is the statewide virtual reference cooperative coordinated by Washington State Library.  Nearly 60 public and academic libraries around the state take part in the program.  Ask WA is also part of a global network of libraries that are available to answer questions 24/7.  Yes that’s right, 24/7.

Now imagine you are a teenager and the idea of actually visiting a library or talking to a librarian is either too scary or soooo uncool. But honestly you still need their help.  Ask WA is the perfect solution.  With the thought in mind that teenagers have their phones practically glued to them and love text as a form of communication, Whatcom County Library’s Ask WA Administrator, Aubri Keleman decided to do something about pairing the two.  Working with school librarians in her service area Aubri arranged a day where she could visit eleven classes of middle schoolers to demonstrate the service.   Just that statement sounds a little overwhelming but the preparation involved was so much more.  While the service has librarians available around the clock, having 30 students login at one time is more than it can handle, particularly all day long.  But it’s a cooperative right?  Whatcom County librarians as well as librarians from all over the state and even country volunteered to take on extra shifts.  Aubri created a great list of Q&A’s for the kids to use so that the librarians would be prepared with good answers.  The big day arrived and we were off to the races!

Over the course of the school day Aubri visited the classes, demoed the chat service and then had the kids login and try it.  315 questions were asked and answered in that one school day.  They wouldn’t be Middle Schoolers if there weren’t a few “Yo dog” type of questions but on the whole the kids were polite and asked good questions.  (An aside, the school librarian explained that “yo dog” is a sign of respect!)  Aubri reported that they were excited to be chatting with a real person, and wanted to know about them.   They were really excited when they got someone from out of state and of course, they loved having permission in school to pull out their phones.

Comments from the kids:

“Thanks that was awesome!”

“That was very helpful”

“Thank you that is exactly what I was looking for.”

“They were very helpful! Thank You!”

It sounds like the day was a big success and that the 7th and 8th graders of Mount Baker Middle School have discovered a new way to get help with their homework.

Currently almost 60 libraries and library systems in Washington participate in Ask WA. Are you interested in learning how your library can participate? Just contact Ask WA Coordinator Nono Burling.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 2/27/2015

February 27th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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WSL Updates for February 26, 2015

February 25th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates | No Comments »

Volume 11, February 26, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) FIRST TUESDAY ORAL HISTORY WEBINAR

2) WELL-FED & WELL READ: SUMMER MEAL SITES

3) TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

4) SUPERCHARGED STORYTIMES

5) PACIFIC NORTHWEST HISTORIANS GUILD CONFERENCE

6) PERFORMANCE PARTNERSHIP PILOTS FOR DISCONNECTED YOUTH

7) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 2/20/2015

February 20th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.12345


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clippings February 20, 2015

February 20th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates | No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of February 20, 2015

Library News

IRS makes fewer forms available at libraries (The Mukilteo Beacon, Mukilteo, 1/28/15)

Off the shelf: library news by Prosser branch staff
Storytimes are held every week in February. Preschool storytimes are held at the Prosser McDonalds on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the play area; Baby & Me storytimes are held at the Senior Center on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. For more information, visit our website at www.midcolumbialibraries.org. (Record-Bulletin, Prosser, 1/28/15)

IRS makes fewer forms available for library customers
Because of Internal Revenue Service cutbacks, Snohomish and Island County residents seeking printed tax forms will find fewer of them in their community libraries. “Some basic forms will be available, but even the number of those will be limited,” said Terry Beck, information services manager for Sno-Isle Libraries. Forms available in the library will include 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, as well as some tax-help publications. Beck said customers at their 21 community libraries can use their computers to access the IRS forms online, then make free copies using their printers. For more information, visit their website at www.sno-isle.org/taxtime. (The Edmonds Beacon, Mukilteo, 1/29/15)
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WSL Updates for February 19, 2015

February 18th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates | No Comments »

Volume 11, February 19, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list

Topics include:

1) MICROSOFT IT ACADEMY CUSTOMER FEEDBACK SURVEY

2) SUPERCHARGED STORYTIMES

3) SDL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEYS

4) FREE MRSC WEBINARS AVAILABLE

5) CALL FOR WOMEN OF LIBRARY HISTORY SUBMISSIONS

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Got CDs?

February 17th, 2015 by Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Institutional Library Services, Uncategorized | No Comments »

photo by Eelke de Blouw https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

photo by Eelke de Blouw https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

CDs… do people still use CDs or is all music “consumed” digitally these days?  Across the state, people are cleaning out their CD collections and think that these “dinosaurs” are no longer viable.  But wait… we have an audience in Washington who will gratefully, happily and enthusiastically take those CDs off your hands.  One of the more popular items in WSL’s Institutional libraries, the library branches in our prisons and state hospitals, are the CDs.  The inmates and patients do not have access to streaming music or digital players so CDs are an excellent alternative.  We are always on the lookout for donations of CDs so if you or anyone you know are cleaning out their music please keep the State Library in mind.

Donations may be sent to:

Washington State Library (attention Laura Sherbo)

6880 Capitol Blvd SE

Tumwater, WA 98504

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 2/13/2015

February 13th, 2015 by Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »

Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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