WA Secretary of State Blogs
Songs of Willow Frost. By Jaime Ford
December 10/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
Songs of Willow Frost. By Jamie Ford. (New York: Ballantine Books, 2013.) Recommendation submitted by:Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA. Our protagonist is William Eng, a 12-year-old living at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in 1930’s Seattle. He’s been there since he was seven; no one is interested in adopting a Chinese boy. Only, […] »
Truth Like the Sun By Jim Lynch
November 12/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
Truth Like the Sun. By Jim Lynch. (New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.) Recommendation submitted by:Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA. Jim Lynch’s third novel, Truth Like the Sun, set in Seattle, bounces back and forth between 1962 and 2001, telling us a story that revolves around the Seattle World’s Fair and […] »
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
October 31/2014 by mschaff
Washington Reads – A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. 416 pp.) Recommendation by Mary Paynton Schaff, Reference Librarian, Washington State Library Fall means ghosts, creepy old houses, and stories about families scarred by tragedy. So now’s the perfect opportunity to gather up your afghan, sit by the fire with […] »
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
September 24/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
When a diary sails across the Pacific in a Hello Kitty lunchbox to the shore of an island in British Columbia, it is recovered by a novelist named Ruth recently relocated from New York City. »
50 years of preserving and exploring in the North Cascades of Washington.
September 05/2014 by WSL NW & Special Collections
A small selection of resources tracing 50 years of preserving and exploring in the North Cascades of Washington. On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the wilderness act as a result of pressure from national and state level citizens and organizations who shared similar concerns about the protection of the United States uninhabited environments […] »
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. […] »

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