WA Secretary of State Blogs
Dia! Diversity in Action
April 30/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
From the desk of Kathryn Devine April 30 marks Día, the culmination of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Dia is an initiative started by the American Library Association to “emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.” For more information about Día, check […] »
Washington’s State Flower
April 25/2014 by Kim Smeenk
In 1892, there was a hotly contested election in Washington State…for a flower.   The 1893 World’s Fair was fast approaching, and the state flower would be part of the exhibit for Washington State. It came down to Clover vs. Rhododendron, and it was decided that the women of the state would vote…and only the women. […] »
Celebrate Teen Literature Day!
April 17/2014 by Kim Smeenk
From the desk of Kathryn Devine Every year, the Thursday of National Library Week, April 17th  this year, is set aside as Teen Literature Day. Check out these teen books at the Washington State Library.     Meet Hannah West—smart, resilient, slightly sarcastic, and sometimes too nosy for her own good. She’s a young Seattleite whose favorite […] »
Have you read a poem lately?
April 11/2014 by Kim Smeenk
If you haven’t read poetry in a while, now is the perfect time to start again - April is National Poetry Month. In his National Poetry Month proclamation, Governor Inslee called on “…all the people of Washington to observe National Poetry Month in a more meaningful, personal way…as a means to offer comfort and solace to […] »
Double Trouble in Walla Walla
April 02/2014 by Kim Smeenk
Double Trouble in Walla Walla. The Adventure on Klickitat Island What do these titles have in common? Well, they contain two of Washington State’s very unique place names.  Walla Walla and Klickitat are just fun to say. They are also part of our collection of children’s books here at the Washington State Library. We don’t […] »
Mercy Thompson Series
March 28/2014 by Kim Smeenk
  From the desk of Kim Smeenk There is a bestselling fantasy series about werewolves and vampires in Washington State, and it isn’t the one you’re thinking of.   Instead of the rain, mountains and misty forests that most people think of when they picture Washington State, Patricia Briggs has set her Mercy Thompson series […] »
Border Songs, by Jim Lynch
March 05/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
Border Songs. By Jim Lynch (New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. 291 pp.) Recommendation submitted by: Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA. Jim Lynch’s second novel, Border Songs (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009), follows his enormously popular debut novel, The Highest Tide. In Border Songs, we follow the adventures of a zany and […] »

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