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Glory of Trees

November 25th, 2015 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

John Muir

James Ellenwood and his co-authors have created a magnificent book, The National individual tree species atlas (Fort Collins, CO: United States Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, [2015])

This reference volume covers each tree species in the United States and precisely where each species is likely to grow and not grow.National Individual Tree Species Atlas

According to the GPO Bookstore “this illustrated work will benefit silviculturists, foresters, geneticists, researchers, botanists, wildlife habitat biologists, landscape ecologists—essentially anyone involved in natural resources management, monitoring impacts of climate change or visiting America’s forests and landscapes.” (Description from GPO Bookstore.)

But what about people who simply love the beauty of trees or being out and among them? You will be rewarded with wonderful photographs and fascinating maps.

Would you like to look at this book? You are in luck! It is available at the Washington State Library (did I mention it is a rather large book?). Its call number is OVERSIZ A 13.110/18:15-01. You need to call ahead before coming to the library (360-704-5200). It’s at our storage facility.

Can’t get to Tumwater? Ask your local public library to borrow it from us.

You can also view it online at http://1.usa.gov/1LrmQ7H. This is a large file so have patience while it downloads.

If you must have your own copy, the GPO Bookstore will be happy to sell it to you:  .

Federal publications. They are for everyday living!

Rand Simmons is the Federal Collection Executive Manager at the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.

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Dispatches from the Newport Miner, 1907-08

November 16th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized No Comments »

From the Desk of Marlys Rudeen – Former Washington Deputy State Librarian

Let’s take a look at Newport in the early part of the 20th century through the lens of the local newspaper.  Front page news articles focus on the shipping, mining and lumber industries that provide the life blood for Newport and its surrounding areas, and on the railroads that allow that lifeblood to flow freely.

The lives of the residents are usually chronicled further back in the paper.  From the local news sections we can see that Newport residents were great travelers, both for business and pleasure, and their comings and goings were recorded in the local news section “Just Among Ourselves.”  In fact, the section begins each day with the train schedule for both passengers and freight trains between Newport and Spokane.  Social notes about lodge meetings, church schedules and social events are included.  Businesses and services are advertised.  Lost and found items are publicized.  Work place injuries and illnesses are reported.

You can explore the Newport Miner from 1907-1912 at the Chronicling America web site.  Choose the Browse Issues link, select a year from the drop down box, and then choose an issue from the calendar display.  I’ve listed some of the dates and pages below for some interesting tidbits. lady

Nov. 9, 1907

p. 1 “Criminal Element Busy During Past Week.”

Loot taken during a burglary at the Reid Hardware Company included “four revolvers, about fifty pocket knives, a razor, magnifying glass and other small articles…”  On Monday evening Ralph Kennedy was returning home through the lumber yards when he was accosted and robbed of $2.80.  “The holdup man compelled Ralph to walk back into the yards about a block with him and then bade him good night with a ‘much obliged.’”

p. 5 “The Silver Birch Dairy Wagon, which was smashed in a runaway about three weeks ago, has been rebuilt and painted and is in commission again.”

“Ralph Kennedy says that the gun that held him up the other night was of a new-sized caliber.  He would judge it to be about the size of a stove pipe.”

Nov. 16, 1907, p. 1

“Tough Element Busy – Burglaries and Hold-ups Becoming Frequent – City Jail Full Wednesday”

George Edge, local architect was relieved of 80 cents cash by a “big burly bum.” On Wed. evening men steal flour from a railcar and attempt to sell it to a local restaurant.

p. 5 “One of our south town bachelors has a large sign, “Wife Wanted,” over his door. Won’t some old maid take pity on the poor fellow.”

Nov. 22, 1907

p. 1 “News of Old Town” – “Spot Emery has gone to Medial Lake to boil out, so he says. The general impression is, however, that he has gone there for other treatment, and his friends do not expect him to return until the doctors are through with him”

Dec. 12, 1907

p. 1 “Chapter of Accidents” – Ted Shoemaker of Cusick shot by accident; George Terpenning, broken leg while skidding logs; Sam Higginson falls off a train car cutting his head; Franks Staley hit by flying rock from a blast; and the daughter of Rev. R. C. Moore injured when her horse falls and rolls over her.

p. 5 “’As Told in the Hills,’ a western melo-drama, is booked for the Opera House Tuesday evening, Jan. 31st.” Sincerity Clothes

Jan. 9, 1908, p. 5

’Billy’ Heffron is arranging a wrestling match between “Earl Rusho, a farmer residing between Newport and Spirit Lake, and Heinrich, the well-known professional from Spokane.”  The match was scheduled for the Opera House.

p. 5 “Poor old Spokane has had to bow to the inevitable, and beginning next Sunday the lid will be jammed down so hard that visitors will hardly recognize the town. Mayor Moore has issued an order calling for the closing of all saloons on Sunday and abolishing the notorious cribs and concert halls.”

Feb. 13, 1908, p. 1

“News of the Old Town” – An altercation is reported –  “One of the milkmen ran up against a rounder who thought he owned the town.  The rounder was flattened out by a couple of swift hard blows; so also was a showcase.  Damages about $3.  No arrests.”

Feb. 29, 1908

p. 3 “Neighborhood News” – “The work of crusading against disorderly houses and their inmates goes merrily on in Bonner county.”

p. 5 “Just Among Ourselves” “The new Stevens county jail at Colville does not seem to be entirely proof against breaking out of the detained.”  A prisoner escaped on Monday but was recaptured on Tuesday near Chewelah.

“The council has granted a license for a moving picture show, which will occupy the Opera House for an extended period…”

corsetp. 6 “Tiger Talk” – “The next meeting of the Bachelor’s Club will be at their air castle on Poverty Flat, located on Pitfall avenue, some time in the near future, to consider ways and means in which to encourage spinsters to make use of the privilege granted to them once every four years.  The club is in a healthy financial condition, with a cash capital of $0,000.01 in the treasury and all dues paid up to date.”

“Usk Items” – “Ole Olson was perambulating the streets of Usk this week.”

Feb. 27, 1908

p. 3 “News from the Metalines” – “Several strangers are in town today. Some of them are looking up a location for a saloon, a good sign that the town is on the boom.”

“Tiger Talk” – “Frank Schultz brought a sled load of people down from Yocum to the Socialist meeting at Renshaw’s hall.

And finally, an excerpt from some tongue in cheek poetry – “An invitation to the ‘Utterly Lost.’”

“Come and visit ‘mong us,

Bring your things and stay;

You’ll find no growth of fungus

Adown the Pon de Ray.”  (3rd stanza)

“Note [from the poet] – As the construction of the above may not meet the approval of a critical public,

My name is not appended,

For my muse has gone astray…”

The Newport Miner was digitized through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the National Digital Newspaper Program.  The Miner and many other American newspapers can be found online at Chronicling America at the Library of Congress.

Additional newspapers for Washington can be found at Historic Newspapers at the Washington State Library’s web site.  The State Library is a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State.


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Clippings November 6, 2015 (published November 10, 2015)

November 10th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

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Library Clippings for the week of November 6, 2015


Construction at The Center
The Center project, slated to be an educational, social, cultural, and business hub for Whitman County located at the Whitman County Library in Colfax, is moving along. Fundraising continues for the project which is estimated will cost $504,450. (Whitman County Gazette, Colfax, 10/15/15)

Letters to the Editor

Our library is changing, much for the better (The Leader, Port Townsend, 10/14/15)

Why change the books on hold service? (Issaquah Press, Issaquah, 10/15/15)
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Washington State’s Letters About Literature Contest for 2016 is underway.

November 8th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Letters About Literature No Comments »

“I truly believe that without your book, I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to you today.”

Teresa Zhan 2014 Level 3 winner

“The moment I started reading your books it changed me! “

Emily Cordero, 2014 Level 2 winner

“Pastwatch showed me that to be the person I want to be, I must face my fears and voice my beliefs – even if they are different from the beliefs of people around me.”

Owen Bernstein, 2013 Level 2 winner

Every year powerful statements such as these are written by students from all over Washington State.  The Letters About Literature contest encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves.  2016 marks the eleventh year that the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has sponsored the contest as part of Washington Reads.  Washington is a strong state in the contest routinely receiving over 3000 entries every year.

The contest has a tremendous impact on students and their appreciation for the books they read.  Here’s what last year’s winners had to say about the contest.


Would you like to learn more about the contest or read letters of past winners?  Here’s where to find the information.

The 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.



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Federal Documents for Everyday Living: Thanksgiving

November 6th, 2015 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Federal and State Publications, For Libraries, For the Public, Government Publication No Comments »

Federal Documents for Everyday Living:Thanksgiving pumkin fruit
Vol. 1 no 2 November 5, 2015.

Thanksgiving Resources


Federal publications and web sites

Civil War: Thanksgiving Foods. Terrell, E. (2013) Library of Congress.
Available at WSL! http://blogs.loc.gov/inside_adams/2013/11/civil-war-thanksgiving-foods/

Congress Establishes Thanksgiving. (n.d.). National Archives. https://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/thanksgiving/ Note: If this link does not work copy the link and enter it into your browser.

Countdown to the Thanksgiving holiday United States. Food Safety and Inspection Service. (2010). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service. Available at WSL! Online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/gpo19074/Countdown-to-Thanksgiving-Holiday.pdf; Print: A 110.29:T 32

Family guide: The winter holidays: National Gallery of Art (U.S.). (1993). Washington: The Gallery. Available at WSL! Print: SI 8.8:W 73

MyPlate holiday makeover: United States. Department of Agriculture. (2013). Visit www.choosemyplate.gov and search “holidays” for healthier options during the holidays.

Prepare a Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving Meal. (2013). USDA. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/11/0561.xml

Preparing for a Safe and Easy Thanksgiving Dinner – One Day at a Time. (2013). USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/seasonal-food-safety/thanksgiving-recipes

Teacher’s Guide to Thanksgiving. (n.d.). http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/thanksgiving/pdf/teacher_guide.pdf

USDA Invites You to ‘Ask Karen’ to Your Thanksgiving Meal. (2013). USDA. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/news-releases-statements-transcripts/news-release-archives-by-year/archive/2013/nr-11182013-01

State Publications

Teaching about Thanksgiving. Ross, Cathy. (1986). Superintendent of Public Instruction. Available at WSL! Call No. 370 Ed8tea a 1986

Thanksgiving Proclamation. Semple, Governor, E. (1888). Available at WSL! http://www.sos.wa.gov/legacy/publicationsviewer/?title=Thanksgiving%20proclamation&ID=326

Thanksgiving dinner: serve it safely. Spindler, E. B. (n.d.). Washington State University. Available at WSL!
Call No. 378 e Ex8emz 4076

Other Resources

Proclamation of Thanksgiving Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, A. (1863). Abraham Lincoln Online. http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm

How to search the online catalog: Set your browser to: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/catalog.aspx (1) set “search by” to keyword, (2) enter a search term, e.g., bullying, in the “search words box,” (3) set “additional options/search in” to “federal publications” (4) then click on the search button.
You should get a list of federal publications about bullying. Documents may be online, in print or in a variety of other medium. Entries indicating “call ahead” mean you should call us and ask that the document be retrieved from storage and brought to the central library for your use.

Your local library can send us an “interlibrary loan” request and borrow materials on your behalf. In many circumstances, our librarians also are able to scan and send you electronic copies. Contact Ask a Librarian to inquire about specific titles and availability. Our Ask a Librarian service is available at 360-704-5221 (Monday – Friday noon to 5:00 p.m.) or use our chat box at http://1.usa.gov/1OoGTct. It’s easy.

This publication was prepared by Rand Simmons, Federal Collection Executive Manager, with the assistance of Staci Phillips. For more information contact Rand at rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov.


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Clippings October 23, 2015 (published November 4, 2015)

November 4th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

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Library Clippings for the week of October 23, 2015

Library News

Anacortes releases preliminary budget (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 10/8/15)

Holocaust Center has new home in Belltown (Daily Journal of Commerce, Seattle, 10/20/15)


Uniontown Library project begins
On September 28, Mangum Construction of Clarkston began cutting out the old concrete floor of the former fire station garage which will be the main room of the new Uniontown Library. The existing library, which will remain open throughout construction, will become the new city clerk’s office. (Whitman County Gazette, Colfax, 10/8/15)
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Clippings October 9, 2015 (published Nov. 3, 2015)

November 3rd, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of October 9, 2015

Library News

Letters About Literature contest kicks off
The annual Letters About Literature writing contest is under way and Washington is again taking part. The contest encourages students in grades four through 12 to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead, and explain how a particular book by the author changed their view of the world or themselves. The state’s winners will be announced in April 2016. The contest is co-sponsored by the Washington State Library (a division of the Office of the Secretary of State), the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and the Library of Congress Center for the Book. (The Outlook, Othello, 10/1/15)

Two essay contests for students (Stanwood/Camano News, Stanwood, 10/6/15)
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Clippings October 2, 2015 (published November 2, 2015)

November 2nd, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of October 2, 2015

Library News

Teen builds a Little Free Library, makes big impact in Spiritbrook neighborhood (Redmond Reporter, Kent, 9/25/15)

Washington program to offer more affordable legal advice (The Seattle Times, Seattle, 9/28/15)

Voters to decide on library access (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 10/2/15)


Morton Council selects Class A biosolids approach; Friends of Library request
Betty Hutchison, representing the Friends of the Library, requested the Morton City Council consider the inclusion of funding in the upcoming City budget for the operation of a physical site for a library in Morton. After some discussion, the council requested Hutchison come back to a council meeting and present the council with a written proposal for the project. (The East County Journal, Morton, 9/30/15)
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Two attend Federal Depository Library conference

November 2nd, 2015 Rand Simmons Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, Government Publication No Comments »


Pentagon in Arlington, Va. View from the SkyDome, Double Tree Hotel (Arlington), FDL Conference, October 18, 2015. Photo: Rand Simmons

Crystal Lentz and Rand Simmons attended the Federal Depository Library Conference in Arlington, VA, October 19-21, 2015. Crystal manages the Central Library of the Washington State Library (WSL) and also is the Coordinator of the library’s Regional Federal Depository (Regional Library) for the states of Washington and Alaska.

As a Regional Depository Library, WSL receives and houses all publications distributed by the Government Publishing Office (GPO) through its Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Federal publications are published in many mediums including print, digital, microform, video and audio.

There is only one Regional Depository in the states of Washington and Alaska — the Washington State Library. As a Regional Depository WSL selects and retains all FDLP publications indefinitely (unless otherwise allowed by GPO) for use by the residents of Washington and Alaska.  All others are known as “selective depositories” and are less restricted under GPO requirements.

Crystal observed,”The Federal Depository Library conference is my yearly opportunity to network face to face with my colleagues from all states and territories, to learn what they are doing and glean best practices.”

GPO, as a conference teaser, said they had some very good news for participants. “We have been eagerly awaiting news about the regulation on discarding materials and we were hoping this would be the good news,” Crystal stated.

Her wish was granted when Davita Vance-Cooks, Director of the Government Publishing Office and Mary Alice Baish, Superintendent of Documents, announced the congressional Joint Committee on Printing had accepted GPO’s proposal that Regional Libraries be allowed to discard federal publications after seven years when a digital copy exists. The applause was deafening! But, there are “as long as” stipulations. GPO will conduct pilot tests with six Regional Libraries around the nation in 2016 before allowing all Regional Libraries to participate.

“This is wonderful news for us,” Rand noted. “We want to shrink our footprint for federal documents. We cannot house all of our federal collection in our current building. For many years we have leased space from the Department of Printing to house lesser used publications but we are near capacity. Something needs to be done soon. Going digital is desirable because it makes our federal publications available to many more people but the new policy will help us address the storage issue. That’s the good news. The other side of the coin is that with more than a million items and few staff progress in digitizing will be slow.”

Washington, Oregon and Alaska depository librarians, Federal Depository Library conference, Arlington, VA.

Washington, Oregon and Alaska depository librarians enjoy lunch during the Federal Depository Library conference in Arlington, VA. Featured above, left to right, Cass Hartnett, University of Washington; Aimee Quinn, Central Washington University; Oregon Librarian; Crystal Lentz, Washington State Library; Oregon Librarian; Daniel Cornwall, Alaska State Library; Peggy Jarrett, University of Washington Law; Rand Simmons, Washington State Library. Not shown, Barb Massey, King County Library System.

Depository librarians from Washington and Alaska attended the conference. Along with two Oregon, one Alaskan and one Boston depository librarian the group met for lunch to network over pizza. “It was a great opportunity to meet colleagues,” Rand said. “That is crucial if I am to be successful in my new assignment.”

As the Executive Manager of the Federal Collection Rand works collaboratively with Crystal on specific assignments that include focusing on increasing the amount of federal publications available online and implementing a Regional Depository Library model that is shared among selective depositories. WSL will remain the official Regional Library.






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Clippings September 25, 2015 (published October 30, 2015)

October 30th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

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Library Clippings for the week of September 25, 2015

Library News

County to fill library, planning positions (Spokesman Review, Spokane, 8/27/15)

SCLD looks to next chapter after ballot defeat
As SCLD moves forward after the recent ballot defeat, a new three-year strategic plan will pave the way, and the district’s board of trustees will look at other options for funding new libraries. In building upon the district’s current inventory, services, and programs, the strategic plan will look at various options such as a technology resource center that would be used not just to access and consume information, but also to create knowledge. The district will also look at ways to take library collections and services to the places where people gather; going beyond each library’s walls to extend services to the community. The Current, Liberty Lake, 9/–/15)
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