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Check out Prosser Heritage digital collection

Check out Prosser Heritage digital collection

Photo courtesy of Benton County Museum & Historical Society Whether you’re from Prosser or the Yakima Valley, or just like looking at old black and white photographs, you’ll want to take a look at the new digital collection of historical photographs documenting the early years of this town located along the Yakima River. The photo above shows a farmer operating a combine that is pulled by a horse team on the Horse Heaven Hills in 1907. The collection, entitled Prosser…

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Library levies fare well

Library levies fare well

Most of the attention in Washington’s recent Primary Election was on the U.S. Senate race, certain high-profile congressional contests and several legislative matchups. One of the other storylines from the Primary was that many local library levies passed, including the Fort Vancouver Regional Library and libraries in Clallam County, Spokane County, Castle Rock and Ocean Shores. The State Library did an extensive blog post about the library levies here . Please follow and like us:

And the award goes to…WTBBL!

And the award goes to…WTBBL!

For many years, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle has played a crucial role in providing services to Washingtonians who are visually or physically impaired, from talking books to Braille materials to the Evergreen Radio Reading Service. WTBBL’s great work has not gone unnoticed, as today it received the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Network’s 2009 Library of the Year award. “We are ecstatic and very honored to receive this national award,”…

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Your Top 10 influential books? Here are mine …

Your Top 10 influential books? Here are mine …

One of the side benefits of recuperating from my recent surgery has been long blocs of reading time.  I got four thick books as get-well gifts (including Douglas Brinkley’s “Wilderness Warrior,” about Teddy Roosevelt, from staff) and right now I’m plowing through an amazing book called “Citizens of London” by Lynne Olson. I  heard a book review on NPR and was intrigued. It is about an unsung hero, a former governor of New Hampshire who succeeds Joseph P. Kennedy as…

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Mahre family poster just in time for Olympics!

Mahre family poster just in time for Olympics!

With the Winter Olympics set to begin up in Vancouver and Whistler in a few weeks, the State Library has a new Washington Reads poster featuring two Olympics heroes from our state: the Mahre twins. At the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, Phil and Steve Mahre captured the gold and silver medals in the men’s slalom. The Mahres, who honed their skiing skills at White Pass, were among several Washingtonians who medaled at those Olympics. Others included gold medalist…

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State Library facing budget cuts – again

State Library facing budget cuts – again

As state legislators work to fix a projected $2.8 billion budget hole before the 2010 legislative session ends in March, the Washington State Library once again is in the crosshairs. Gov. Gregoire’s budget proposal would ax $2 million from the State Library, resulting in 31 full-time or part-time workers losing their jobs. That’s one-third of the library’s staff. The jobs lost would impact the library’s reference desk, the acquisition and cataloguing of material and preservation of old newspapers. It also…

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Wayfinder is way cool…No way!! Way!

Wayfinder is way cool…No way!! Way!

The folks at the State Library are offering a new and very helpful online program called Wayfinder that can let you search for something among millions and millions of items found in many libraries throughout Washington. Wayfinder is an online catalog that provides a single search for locating materials owned by the participating Washington libraries.  The catalog contains information on the collections of more than 250 public, academic, government, law, medical, corporate, special and tribal libraries throughout the state. Combined,…

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“Talking books” are going high-tech

“Talking books” are going high-tech

There is exciting news coming out of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in downtown Seattle: WTBBL just received its first shipment of digital talking book machines. These new machines (DBMs) represent a huge transition for WTBBL and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and it marks a major advancement in technology. In fact, WTBBL Program Manager Danielle King said it’s the biggest thing that WTBBL and the NLS have done in 30-35 years. As you…

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Love libraries? Visit our one-stop blog

Love libraries? Visit our one-stop blog

The Washington State Library has merged its five library program blogs into one big blog dedicated to everything libraries: books (of course), tips for librarians, the latest and greatest in library development, technology buzz, news for library users, and more. We have contributing library staffers from our library branches in state prisons, Library Development and Public Services team, Research and Development crew and the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date for librarians, educators…

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NBC’s ‘Today’: Libraries now more than ever

NBC’s ‘Today’: Libraries now more than ever

Months ago, we started tracking how people across Washington are relying on libraries more than ever during this deep recession.  That theme was picked up by NBC’s “Today Show” on Thursday with a segment called “Beyond books: Libraries lend a hand during recession.” The special report says 68 percent of Americans have a library card today, the highest percentage in many years.  Some of the key points: Some people who lost their job can’t afford to buy a new computer,…

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