Clippings – December 5, 2014

Clippings – December 5, 2014


Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection
Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library News

Libraries partner with Thrive by Five, focus on early learning
The Libraries of Stevens County has partnered with Thrive By Five Washington, the Washington State Department of Early Learning and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Thrive By Five Washington has created a program called Love.Talk.Play, to help provide early education information and encourage positive connections between young children and their parents/caregivers. (The Independent, Chewelah, 10/23/14)

Carlson new library board member
Sonja Carlson has been appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to the Spokane County Library District’s board of trustees. Carlson will fill the remainder of a term due to the resignation of Daniel Davis, whose term expires Dec. 31. (Valley News Herald, Spokane, 10/24/14)

Grandview Library marks its centennial in 2014
In 2014, Grandview Library celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding, which took place April 12, 1914, the date of the first meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. That birth date was commemorated April 15, with a party in the main area of the library, hosted by the Grandview Friends of the Library. That was the first of a number of other activities. (Grandview Herald, Grandview, 10/29/14)

MV library to offer telescope for checkout
Mount Vernon City Library patrons will soon be able to check out a telescope from the library, thanks to a donation by the Island County Astronomical Society. Society President Bob Scott donated an Orion Starblast 4.5–inch reflector telescope on behalf of the society to the library’s collection. The library will be the first in the state to offer a telescope for library card holders to check out. (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 11/2/14)

Off the Shelf: Library News by Prosser Branch Staff
If you haven’t had a chance to visit us at our temporary library location at 364 Chardonnay Ave., please come by soon and stock up on books and movies for those chilly days ahead. Our featured collection this month is the detective mystery, and classics and contemporary favorites alike will be on display and available for borrowing. (Record-Bulletin, Prosser, 11/5/14)

Poets Clem Starck and Charles Goodrich return to Stevenson Library
Award-winning poet/carpenter Clem Starck returns to Stevenson for a time honored evening of poetry recitation. Starck has been reading annually to an enthusiastic Stevenson following since the mid-1990s, when the tradition began. His engaging poetry draws on his life as a merchant seaman and journeyman carpenter among many other things. This year he will again be joined by his friend and fellow poet Charles Goodrich, who over the past six or seven years has acquired his own local following with his down-to-earth, often humorous poems. (The Skamania County Pioneer, Stevenson, 11/12/14)

South Hill Library to enhance experience for adult readers (The Herald, Puyallup, 11/29/14)


Morton: Library projects being reviewed by TRL, historical group
Pat Saldana, who was selected as chairman of the City’s Library committee reported the group has been meeting and hopes to determine soon if the Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society will be able to house the library at its Interpretive Center. According to Saldana, Historical Society members and city officials also need to agree to any rental terms at the building. (The East County Journal, Morton, 10/29/14)

Library remodel to move ahead
On Oct. 29, after a discussion about whether the Mercer Island Library remodel could be paused to allow for more time for community input, the Board of the King County Library System (KCLS) voted 3-2 to go ahead with the plans as they currently stand. (Mercer Island Reporter, Mercer Island, 11/5/14)

Letters & Editorials

Supporting library proposition
This letter to the editor expresses gratitude to the people of the community for coming together to save the library, and encourages support of the library levy. (The Independent, Chewelah, 10/23/14)

Libraries an exceptional value
This letter to the editor discusses the value of libraries not only to individuals but also to the community, and encourages support of lifting the levy lid for the Stevens County Rural Library District. (Statesman-Examiner, Colville, 10/29/14)

Library manager takes issue with negative portrayal (Olympia Power & Light, Olympia, 11/–/14)


Little Golden Books guru helps raise money for the library
An ardent supporter of the Grandview Library is using the biggest-selling children’s books of all time to help support her favorite institution. Gail Boose, long-time Grandview resident and member of the Grandview Friends of the Library, has taken advantage of the popularity of Little Golden Books to create a little gold mine to help fund library activities. (Grandview Herald, Grandview, 10/29/14)

Grandview Library Bookmark contest winner
Jonathan Smith, age 5, took second place in the pre-school division of the Library’s bookmark contest. (Grandview Herald, Grandview, 10/29/14)

Former school librarian new assistant principal at Chief Kamiakin
Yvette Jaramillo is not a new face in the Sunnyside School District. She started her career as a fourth grade teacher at Outlook Elementary School more than 20 years ago. Jaramillo, however, is the newest assistant principal at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School. Hired this past August, Jaramillo feels like she is home again. (Daily News, Sunnyside, 10/30/14)

Grandview Library Bookmark contest winner
Justin Adamson, age 8, took first place in the elementary division of the Library’s bookmark contest. (Grandview Herald, Grandview, 11/5/14)

Have you met Melanie Jones at the library? (Daily Record, Ellensburg, 11/4/14)


Familiar pumpkin faces at Gig Harbor library (Peninsula Gateway, Gig Harbor, 10/29/14)

La Hora Del Cuento
King County Libraries story time presenter Adriana Alvarez leads parents and children alike through a round of Spanish-language “Simon Says” during the Sammamish library’s World Language Story Time “Spanish Story times – Hola!” Monday, Sept. 22, at the Sammamish library. Multilingual story time sessions, geared towards toddlers and young children, are also available in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and Russian. For more information, call the Sammamish branch of the King County Library at 425-392-3130. (Issaquah Sammamish Reporter, Kent, 10/31/14)

SARC Passes
The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has partnered with the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center (SARC) in Sequim to make available two free passes available for checkout beginning Monday. One pass is for individuals who’d like to try fitness classes offered at SARC. The second pass grants up to six household members access to workout, cardio, and weight rooms, in addition to open swim and family fun night. (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 11/2/14)

Library receives Makerspace grant (The Wenatchee World, Wenatchee, 11/4/14)

Support local food banks, “Food for Fines” at Mid-Columbia Libraries
A popular program helping customers pay overdue fees while helping the local community starts at Mid-Columbia Libraries. “Food for Fines” returns Nov. 1, inviting customers to pay their fines using non-perishable food items. Each food item counts as $1 toward overdue fines, up to $10 per account. All food will be donated to local food banks throughout the region through December 31. (Record-Bulletin, Prosser, 11/5/14)

Author, poet, and worker: The world of Carlos Bulosan (International Examiner, Seattle, 11/5/14)

Library fine program yields 416 pounds of food donations (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 11/6/14)

[This summary of library news represents a selection of current newspaper clippings about Washington libraries received from Washington newspapers. The summary is created by Leanna Hammond, Staci Phillips, and Marilyn Lindholm of the Washington State Library, a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State. For further information about this summary or the clippings listed, contact Shirley Lewis at 360.570.5567 or]

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