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Clippings – November 21, 2014

November 25th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library News

PA council eyes bridge measures (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 10/19/14).

Library levy lift would help maintain services, meet requests (The Independent, Chewelah, 10/16/14).

Planning for new $7M library underway (Central Kitsap Reporter, Silverdale, 10/17/14).

Library grant to fund science, technology lab (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 10/19/14).

Book Corner: County library programs promote food awareness (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 10/26/14).

Uniontown Library aims for new space. The Uniontown Library may be three times as big by this time next year if plans by Whitman County Library staff and volunteers come to fruition. The Uniontown branch is now housed in a 10 x 14 foot room at city hall. A new proposal would move the library into a current fire department garage next door. (Whitman County Gazette, Colfax, 10/16/14).
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UNUSUAL BIRD IS MADE A PRISONER

November 20th, 2014 Nono Burling Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Random News from the Newspapers on Microfilm Collection, Uncategorized No Comments »

The jumblies and other nonsense verses" (1910) http://bit.ly/1pNxtrZ

The jumblies and other nonsense verses” (1910)
http://bit.ly/1pNxtrZ

From the desk of Steve Willis, Central Library Services Program Manager of the Washington State Library:

Edward Lear’s classic nonsense poem The Owl and Pussycat has such a charming conclusion:

 And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced by the light of the moon,

The moon,

The moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.

 Well, er, that’s not exactly how this piece of Random News ends. It is an article that will mortify birders and make us cat lovers shake our heads sadly but knowingly. Our precious purring little pointy eared felines

dance at the thrill of the kill,

the kill,

the kill,

They dance at the thrill of the kill.

 But I am giving away the ending. owl newspaper

This installment of Random News comes from The Yakima Daily Republic, Jan. 15, 1910:

 UNUSUAL BIRD IS MADE A PRISONER

 What Is believed to Be an Elf Owl Has Wandered Far from its Native Haunts.

 Fowl Found Only in the Far South Is Taken on Nob Hill by J.B. Dougherty.

 What is believed to be an elf owl which naturalists say is seldom found further north than the border line of the United States, it rarely coming into California, has been captured in the Yakima valley. It was taken by J.B. Dougherty of Nob Hill Wednesday. The little bird offered no resistance, it appeared stunned by the cold weather.

 The little owl sat on the fence in front of Mr. Dougherty’s residence. As he approached the small fowl it showed no signs of fright and allowed its captor to put his hand around it without apparently the least alarm.

 Killed by the Cat.

 Mr. Dougherty released the little bird in the hope that it would fly away. It fell, however, a prey to the ever watchful eye of the house cat and was brought onto the porch of the house dead. The unusual appearance of the little bird aroused Mr. Dougherty’s curiosity and he took it to Taxidermist Harmer that he might ascertain the species.

 The body of the bird is scarcely larger than that of a canary, although its feathers, projecting almost at right angles from its body, gives it the appearance of being much larger. On the scales it tips the beam at less than two ounces.

 Mr. Harmer searched Dawson & Bowles’ Birds of Washington and was unable to find a description answering to this fowl. He went to the Color Key to North American Birds, a book known to the taxidermist as the bird dictionary. It is published by Frank M. Chapman and Chester A. Reed. There he found the elf owl, the description of which in every way answers to this unusual species.

 The book says that the range of the bird is on the tablelands of Mexico, from Pueblo north to the Mexican border of the United States and in lower California, rarely in California.

The birds of Washington : a complete, scientific and popular account of the 372 species of birds found in the state" (1909)  http://bit.ly/1uYfqGp

The birds of Washington : a complete, scientific and popular account of the 372 species of birds found in the state” (1909) http://bit.ly/1uYfqGp

 

 Its Colorings.

Its appearance is like that of any other owl except that it is very small. On the back it is a grayish brown, the head is spotted and the back is barred with rust. The under parts are irregularly spotted with an ashy gray.

The bird dictionary says the elf owl utters a tremulous “cha-cha” in different keys, sometimes low and distinct. There is no other description given than that already referred to.

 How this little species should have wandered so far from its native haunts is a wonder to all those who have seen it. Naturalists who have seen the little owl are even at a loss to give a theory as to how it ever became so far separated from its habitat.

 The bird will be mounted on the profile of a half moon.

 A modern work in the WSL collection, Elf owl : Micrathene whitneyi / Susanna G. Henry and Frederick R. Gehlbach (1999) confirms that the 1910 Yakima Elf Owl was indeed about 1000 miles outside its range. It is possible what Dougherty captured was in fact a Northern Pygmy Owl, which would be totally in range. However, the Pygmy Owl is included in Dawson and Bowles’ work and Harmer didn’t think his specimen in hand matched the description.

A viewing of that stuffed and mounted little owl would settle the issue, but the artifact has slipped away. Alfred Sterling Harmer, the taxidermist, had a variety of occupations. He was born in Ontario in 1879, became a United States citizen in 1901, and served overseas in the US Army during World War I. Harmer moved to Western Washington where he worked as an employee for Puget Power for 20 years. He died in Seattle, Nov. 12, 1951.

As for the fate of the feline, I guess the whole episode left a fowl taste in its mouth.elf owl

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Library Clippings November 14, 2014

November 17th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library News

Olympia Library a hot spot for crime calls to police (The Olympian, Olympia, 09/28/14).

Book bonanza: Chinook Pass Lending Library takes delivery of $12,000 in donated volumes (Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima, 10/01/14).

Woman charged with setting fire to books in Tacoma library
(The New Tribune, Tacoma, 10/21/14).

Books burned at main library, forcing it to close (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 10/19/14).

Friends’ projects bolster library programs (Liberty Lake Splash, Liberty Lake, 09/29/14).

Heywood provides commissioners with libraries’ strategic plan.
At last Tuesday’s (Sept. 23) Pacific County Commissioner’s meeting, Cheryl Heywood spoke on behalf of the Timberland Regional Library to report the new “strategic plan” for the upcoming year, including new resources, services, and programs the Timberland Libraries has to offer. (Willapa Harbor Herald, Raymond, 10/01/14).
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Words of Wisdom from a future Washington voter.

November 12th, 2014 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized No Comments »

amelie

 

Amelie, a third-grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Olympia, Washington, is learning to write persuasive essays. For this assignment her essay prompt was how can we improve our school? Amelie did not hesitate, she knew exactly what she and her fellow students needed.

 

amalie

(Spelling and grammar as per the original essay).

We need more library time:

We should get more lirarby time Becasue some of us Don’t have a Good amont of money so we need a library. And if we did not have a library we would not have Donna!! And we would not Get into a Good Collge!!  So this pretty much depenes on liBrary. ThereFore we sloud have more library.

When asked for a comment Donna Dannenmiller, Lincoln’s school librarian, said, “My greatest thrill for library time, as I foster literacy and expose children to a diverse collection of meaningful language experiences, is to connect the right book… with the right child… at the right time. It’s purely magical! They want to come back for more and more of that magic.”

Amelie is clearly one third grader who will be voting for libraries in the future.

 

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Library Clippings November 7, 2014

November 10th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library News

 Commissioners seek applicants to serve on regional library board: One of three Clark County positions to be filled (Reflector, Battle Ground, 10/05/14).

Meyer Farm listed on Clark County Heritage Register. Meyers were active in critical decision-making in county(Reflector, Battle Ground, 10/15/14).

 Here’s the story on StoryCon (The Columbian, Vancouver, 10/17/14).

Library will reduce fines for those who donate food.

It may not seem like it, but one can of food can go a long way. Especially at the Burlington Public Library. This month, the library is participating in a Food for Fines program, where one donation of a canned or nonperishable good will knock $1 off patrons’ late fees. (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 10/06/14).

Elite Care at Sylvan Park opens lending library: Library stocked with resources for caregivers and diagnosed individuals (Reflector, Battle Ground, 09/17/14).

 City, schools link libraries, share resources: PT libraries join forces, focus education on Common Core, future economy (The Leader, Port Townsend, 09/24/14). Read the rest of this entry »

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Library Clippings October 10, 2014

October 13th, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library News

Ridgefield library celebrates 100 years (The Reflector, Battleground, 09/10/14).

Opening the book on health: KVH Community Health Library serves community, staff (Daily Record, Ellensburg, 09/05/14).

Timberland Libraries boost service hours.
Library patrons in the five-county Timberland Regional Library (TRL) service area asked for longer hours: as of September 2, they’ve got them! District-wide, 26 libraries and the Ask-A-Librarian service added hours – a total of 58 more each week. The increased scheduled comes at no additional cost. (Pacific County Press, South Bend, 09/04/14).

SCLD launches business card: New card provides businesses with access to digital resources.
Born out of a desire to help local businesses prosper, grow or begin, the Spokane County Library District (SCLD) is launching a new card designed just for business users. (The Current, Liberty Lake, 09/00/14).

Rural library district creates ‘digital petting zoo’ with grant: Tour of items planned for this fall.
The Libraries of Stevens County was one of 12 libraries awarded a grant this summer to support digital literacy efforts in Washington State. The grant cycle provided funding for digital literacy projects which focused on giving patrons the ability to perform business transactions in a digital environment, using technology to retrieve information and helping patrons to develop skills to enhance their employability by using email and online job searches. (The Independent, Chewelah, 09/11/14).
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Little known facts about WA State Library Employees

October 13th, 2014 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections, Uncategorized No Comments »

Photo by Don Hankins licensed under CC 2.0

Photo by Don Hankins licensed under CC 2.0

Paul Longwell a Washington State Library IT specialist by day is a Beekeeper by night. Paul recently told us about his participation in the Washington State Beekeeping Association apprentice beekeeper program.   In order to reach the highest level of Master Beekeeper it takes six years of study. To prepare for the exams you need several hard to find references from both State and Federal documents. But have no fear, Paul works in a library! On searching our catalog he discovered that we had every single one of them. The Washington Beekeeping Association now uses these resources for their Journeyman training classes.

To name just a few:

Evaluating honey bee colonies for pollination a guide for commercial growers and beekeepers

Bee pollination of tree fruits

Beekeeping in the United States

So if honey or bees are your passion, remember the Washington State Library is a sweet spot to study and learn more about your hobby.

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Our Pacific Northwest card file is now online!

October 2nd, 2014 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Library 21 Initiative, Public Services, State Library Collections, Uncategorized 1 Comment »

From the desk of Steve Willis, Program Manager for Central Library Services

card catalogThe Pacific Northwest Card File appears to have been started in the early 1950s as a finding aid for biographical and historical information in the Washington State Library. Information was indexed from newspapers across the state as well as many published local histories, creating a very unique point of access.

Comprised of hundreds of thousands of cards, the drawers are divided into a Name File and a Subject File. Work began in late 2012, chiefly with WSL volunteer David Lane, on the Name File. We are now up to the surname “C” and will continue to update the online index as progress is made.  See the open drawer in the picture? That’s where we are currently working.

The Card File was closed in the early 1990s.  Please remember however that this is a historical card file and not every item listed is still on the shelves of the library.  A quick chat, email or phone call to the reference desk will help to ensure  you get the proper resource.

To see a nice sampling, simply type in the name “Anderson” in the “Last Name” box.

Many thanks to Evelyn Lindberg for creating the utility that made this possible

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September 22nd, 2014 Staci Phillips Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Uncategorized, Updates No Comments »

 

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of September 19, 2014

Library News
Puyallup Library takes joy in connecting books and readers: Library offers for free what people are paying for online. (The Herald, Puyallup, 08/13/14).

Volunteers and tutors needed at library. (Sentinel, Goldendale, 08/20/14).

Library boss search down to three.
Three finalists- one of them already working for the organization- have been named as the possible new Pierce County Library System executive director. (South Pierce County Dispatch, Eatonville, 08/20/14).

Three finalists selected for library system executive director.
The Pierce County Library System is in the final stages of identifying and hiring a new executive director. Three finalists identified are Nate Hill, Georgia Lomax and Jeff Scott. (The Herald, Puyallup, 08/20/14).

New Book-to-film group launched
The North Olympic Library System is launching a new book-to-film discussion group at the Port Angeles and Sequim libraries. Padge2Schree is a forum that explores themes and issues in classic and contemporary books and the movies inspired by them. (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 08/24/14).
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Zombies Make Perfect Library Patrons

July 30th, 2014 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized No Comments »

I’m sure you know that staff of the Washington State Library travels to all corner’s of the state and reaches out to diverse communities.  Today we received a missive from Lyla Brekke, of the Eastern State Hospital Branch that shows you just how far we are willing to go to reach all the citizens of Washington State.  We felt that Lyla’s message should be shared.

The Washington State Library does a wonderful job of bringing quality library services to its many and varied branches throughout the state. Recently in Eastern Washington I have discovered an underserved population that is in dire need of just these services.

On the set of Z Nation 7-20-2014

On the set of Z Nation 7-20-2014

A zombie community has sprung up in and around the Spokane and Medical lake area. My first customers, pictured here, weren’t able to articulate the nature of their needs, but helping patrons choose library materials is part of my job, so I made a few selections on their behalf. I think it shows on their dear faces that they are pretty pleased. I know it made my day! Now you might think the ‘undead’ would not make good library patrons…but you would be wrong. Just think of all the time they have for reading because unlike the rest of us, they don’t need to sleep.

Read more about my new friends at the following link;

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/apr/24/zombie-tv-series-z-nation-will-provide-spokane/

Lyla Brekke

Eastern State Hospital Branch

Washington State Library

 

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