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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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WTBBL director learns about global disability issues during Egypt trip

WTBBL director learns about global disability issues during Egypt trip

WTBBL Director Danielle Miller visits the Federal Egyptian Association for Intellectual Disabilities during her trip to Egypt. (Photos courtesy of Danielle Miller) The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library provides a comprehensive library service to Washington residents unable to read standard print. As its director, Danielle Miller is very aware of issues involving persons with disabilities. During a recent trip to Egypt, Miller had a chance to discuss and learn more about issues involving rights for persons with disabilities globally….

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A poetry book just for Valentine’s Day

A poetry book just for Valentine’s Day

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Library) For those of you who love poetry and rank Valentine’s Day among your favorite holidays, the State Library has just the thing for you. It’s a hand-pressed book of romantic and Valentine’s Day-themed poems from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Ted Kooser. The book is called “Out of That Moment: Twenty-one Years of Valentines.” It was published by Brooding Heron Press, operated by former State Poet Laureate Samuel Green and his wife, Sally. The book is…

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Hey, I don’t see Benton County on this map!

Hey, I don’t see Benton County on this map!

1904 Washington map. (Image courtesy of Legacy Washington)  Anyone who is really into Washington geography knows that our state has 39 counties. But did you know that hasn’t always been the case? There was a time when a few of today’s counties weren’t even around at the turn of the 20th century. This 1904 map of Washington offers visual proof. What is now Benton County was part of Yakima and Klickitat counties. Douglas County was A LOT larger in 1904…

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WTBBL director goes to Egypt

WTBBL director goes to Egypt

WTBBL Director Danielle Miller. (Photo courtesy of WTBBL) As director of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle, Danielle Miller has devoted many years to helping thousands of Washingtonians who are unable to read standard print. Miller soon will have an opportunity to share her experience and expertise with people in Egypt. How did this happen? Last May, Miller hosted two participants in the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program (PFP), administered by Hands Along the Nile…

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Centralia, Eatonville, Spokane historic newspapers join digital collection

Centralia, Eatonville, Spokane historic newspapers join digital collection

Front page of Dec. 20, 1956, edition of The Eatonville Dispatch (Image courtesy Washington State Library) Nearly 50,000 newly digitized pages from historic newspapers based in Centralia, Eatonville, Tacoma and Spokane are being added to the Washington State Library’s online newspaper collection this year. The latest titles are the Centralia Daily Hub (1914-16), The Eatonville Dispatch (1916-61) and Den Danske Kronike (1916-17), a Danish-English publication based in Spokane. The Centralia and Eatonville papers were added this month. Den Danske Kronike…

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Archives and Library’s connection to `Queen of the Fakers’

Archives and Library’s connection to `Queen of the Fakers’

Maud Wagnon’s State Penitentiary mug shots. (Image courtesy of Washington State Archives) Many people associate our State Archives and State Library with old government documents and historic books and collections that are like gold to genealogists and history buffs. But many of those documents and collections kept by the Archives and Library also tell fascinating stories. One example focuses on an Oregon woman named Maud Wagnon (aka Maud Johnson), who defrauded interurban railroads more than a century ago, earning her…

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