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State Library’s annual report showcases successes

State Library’s annual report showcases successes

Every year, the Washington State Library (WSL) reports on its use of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). On December 21, 2017, the LSTA State Programs Report for use of the 2016 LSTA award was submitted to IMLS for their review, comment, and approval. The year’s report is 126 pages in length. Reporting is a team effort by all those who manage and support projects which use LSTA funding….

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Searching old newspapers is easier thanks to Gordon

Searching old newspapers is easier thanks to Gordon

Meet Gordon Russ. He won the Washington State Digital Archives’ 200 million contest, making the closest guess of December 5th for the day Digital Archives would make its 200 millionth entry into its database. There was no science behind this guess. He picked it simply because of the fact that it was his birthday. Gordon took home an Ancestry DNA kit, a fitting gift for the history buff.  Gordon is a volunteer at the Washington State Library. Retired in 2003,…

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State Library’s Teen Video Challenge has begun

State Library’s Teen Video Challenge has begun

Interested in creating video content? Love your local public library? You’re in luck, because the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge (TVC) is underway! Use your imagination and create a video promoting summer reading at the public library that includes the 2018 CSLP TVC teen slogan “Libraries Rock!,” and you could win $100 for yourself and a $50 award for your public library partner! One winning video will be selected as the Washington winner, and all state winning videos will…

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WTBBL offering braille transcribing course

WTBBL offering braille transcribing course

If you’ve ever been interested in learning braille, what better place to learn it than at the state’s premier braille-service library? Earlier this October, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library kicked off its annual braille transcribing course. (Sorry, it’s too late to join the class this year. But it’s likely the class will be offered next October.) The free class started with 21 enrollees, the second-highest number since the class was reintroduced in 2008 after WTBBL transitioned to a…

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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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