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State Library kicks off Historical Zine contest

State Library kicks off Historical Zine contest

The Washington State Library has launched a fun contest for Washington students and adults that allow them to express themselves about some part of state history. The Historical Zine Contest is in its third year. For those wondering what are Zines (rhymes with beans), they are basically self-published magazines – often via a photocopier – that give the creator’s point of view on a subject. Contest participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington history. The…

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State Library helps Eastern WA libraries with day camps

State Library helps Eastern WA libraries with day camps

Everyone thinks of libraries as the place to read or check out books. But a summer day camp program in three Eastern Washington communities demonstrated that local libraries are much more. For six weeks this summer, kids in Harrington, Lind and Reardan took part in the Stimulating Summers Enriching Young Minds day camps in the communities that were supported by their libraries. Camp attendees explored different themes through crafts, games and reading. Themes included space camp, art around the world,…

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State Library closed Aug. 30 for training

State Library closed Aug. 30 for training

The Washington State Library will be closed Aug. 30 for staff training. No appointments, online chat service or telephone assistance will be available that day. The State Library will resume normal operations on Aug. 31. The State Library’s Reading Room is open by appointment Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Its front lobby, which includes two computers available for public use, also is open during this time. The library is located at 6880 Capitol Blvd. SE in…

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Scenes from State Library’s Eclipse Event

Scenes from State Library’s Eclipse Event

For those who couldn’t make the trip (or chose not to go due to the expected large crowds and brutal traffic) south to Oregon and watch this morning’s solar eclipse in its totality, there were many eclipse events held in different Washington communities. The Eclipse Event at the Washington State Library in Tumwater proved to be one of the most popular, as an estimated 500 people gathered on the south side of the library building to view an astronomical event…

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WTBBL hosts event to help voters with disabilities

WTBBL hosts event to help voters with disabilities

In conjunction with Get out the Disability Vote Week, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library  hosted an event to help members of the disability community take part in this summer’s Primary. Accessible voting units were made available at WTBBL Wednesday for voters who need assistance completing their ballot. The event was a partnership between WTBBL and the National Federation of the Blind of Washington, Washington Council of the Blind, King County Elections and the state Elections Division. WTBBL is…

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Greek history in Seattle again reaches for global audience

Greek history in Seattle again reaches for global audience

In the early days of the Seattle-based Washington Hellenic Civic Society, little did community citizens know their comings and goings would reach an international audience through the publication of the monthly newspaper, the Washington Hellenic Review. It had just over a 10-year run (1924-1936) under the vision of WHCS president Pericles H. Scarlatos.   It reached an audience mostly in Seattle, but also across to subscribers in 33 cities, and even a few in Greece. The many activities of members of…

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Writing contest champions share their winning letters

Writing contest champions share their winning letters

Three Washington students showed that the emotional power and inspiration of the written word is as strong as ever. The three state champions in this year’s Letters About Literature contest read aloud their winning entries before a large audience in the Capitol Friday, sharing life lessons they learned from authors who inspired them. Sponsored by the Washington State Library – a division of the Office of Secretary of State – and the Library of Congress, the competition encourages students to…

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WTBBL’s 2016 Annual Report is out

WTBBL’s 2016 Annual Report is out

If you want to see how Washington Talking Book & Braille Library is doing and how it helps patrons, check out its recently released 2016 Annual Report. You can view the report here. It also can be viewed in an electronic-braille format or audio format. The WTBBL report shows the library in fiscal year 2016 circulated 289,492 audiobooks and 4,858 braille books, and had 86,606 Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) audio downloads and 3,043 BARD braille downloads. The report…

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See how the State Library helps Washington communities

See how the State Library helps Washington communities

You might think the Washington State Library primarily serves as a great place to access rare books or collections about our state or the Northwest that usually are unavailable elsewhere. But the State Library, located in Tumwater, also benefits many communities throughout Washington. It’s the only agency in Washington that is specifically designated by law to assist libraries and to ensure that Washington residents have access to library and information services. The State Library achieves these goals by using federal…

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WTBBL hosts Regional Braille Challenge event

WTBBL hosts Regional Braille Challenge event

Students meet Oskar the cat at Regional Braille Challenge. (Photos courtesy of WTBBL) Several Washington kids came to the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle last Saturday to compete in an academic competition that promotes braille literacy. The Braille Challenge tests braille skills in five categories: reading comprehension, spelling, tactile charts and graphs, proofreading, and speed and accuracy. Any grade school student who is blind or visually impaired and reads braille is eligible to participate. Appearing at the…

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