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Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

Whether you are sewing from scratch or upcycling, we’ve got you covered! In honor of National Sewing Month and recent worldwide interest in upcycling clothes, we’d like to share some little-known resources here at The Washington State Library. A quick keyword search of our library catalog for the word ‘sewing’ shows a surprising number of books from our State Documents collection available to check out. These may help you with your next project. And of course you can peruse historical…

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Big wins for WA libraries in the 2019 legislative session

Big wins for WA libraries in the 2019 legislative session

The 2019 legislative session has ended, and thanks to the hard work of many people, libraries across Washington will benefit immensely. The Office of the Secretary of State, which oversees the Washington State Library, played a huge part in making that success a reality. There is so much good news to report! First, thanks to library advocates everywhere. Lawmakers included eleven rural libraries around the state in the capital budget. Each of these libraries will receive funds to improve their…

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Winners of the 2019 Zine Contest announced

Winners of the 2019 Zine Contest announced

The advent of the internet opened all sorts of possibilities for self-expression but even before the internet, people with something to say have always found a way to get their story out.  One of the ways, that originated in the 1930s, are Zines.  Originally created by science fiction fans to share ideas and analyses, later adopted by the Beat generation, and the art and literary scene of the 1960s and 70s, people used the Zine format publish their own stories.The…

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Goodbye and Hello

Goodbye and Hello

Did you know that the Washington State Library was one of the first state agencies to jump into blogging? We’ve been blogging since 2006. Our loyal readers will remember Steve Willis’s “Random News” posts, the fascinating newspaper stories that Marlys Rudeen unearthed, Rand Simmon’s well researched articles on Federal documents, or the wonderful Washington Reads book recommendations, as well as all the other stories about the State Library written over the years. However, after all these years of maintaining our own…

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WSL Updates for March 29, 2018

WSL Updates for March 29, 2018

Volume 14, March 29, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) IMLS FUNDING INCREASE 2) PUBLIC LIBRARY POLICIES UPDATE 3) TURNING OUTWARD TO LEAD CHANGE 4) LIBRARY SNAPSHOT DAY RETURNS 5) DIVERSITY RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) IMLS FUNDING INCREASE On Friday, March 23, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September 2018. The legislation includes $240 million…

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WSL Updates for March 22, 2018

WSL Updates for March 22, 2018

Volume 14, March 22, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) CHAOS WITH A PURPOSE 2) ALL ABOARD FOR STORYTIME 3) PROMOTING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES 4) WHAT’S HIDING IN YOUR LIBRARY? 5) GRANT – ACTIVATING COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) CHAOS WITH A PURPOSE It started off with a simple idea: bring your NERF gun (or use ours), and a friend (or make some here), and let’s battle! What began as a serendipitous…

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WSL Updates for March 15, 2018

WSL Updates for March 15, 2018

Volume 14, March 15, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) EVERYLIBRARY TRAINING 2) CULTIVATING COMMUNITIES, HARVESTING IDEAS 3) HEALTH INFORMATION FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIANS 4) LIBRARY SCIENCE COURSES 5) DPLA’S NEW WEBSITE 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) EVERYLIBRARY TRAINING Before you consider asking for any new funding for your library, it is critical to understand that supporters, constituents, and donors are driven by their perceptions and attitudes, and not by their library user experience….

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WSL Updates for March 8, 2014

WSL Updates for March 8, 2014

Volume 14, March 8, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) DIGITIZATION GRANTS 2) FREE BOOKS 3) TURNING OUTWARD TO LEAD CHANGE 4) RENDEZVOUS WITH LOCKED DOORS 5) NATIVE AMERICAN LIBRARY GRANTS 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) DIGITIZATION GRANTS A new round of grant funding from the Washington State Library (WSL) is available to support Washington libraries in carrying out a variety of digital initiatives related to archival and special collections. Public, academic (two…

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Reality Check

Reality Check

From the Desk of Joe Olayvar If you haven’t noticed, there’s a device craze going on.  Nearly everywhere you look in any town or city across the globe, someone is absorbed in conversation, web searching, or game play.  Yes, we’ve come a long way since the Atari or the early phone and its five pound battery pack.  But like every technology, there’s always something new that will eventually overshadow it, or at least add a new facet; in this case,…

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WSL Updates for March 1, 2018

WSL Updates for March 1, 2018

Volume 14, March 1, 2018 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) ALL ABOARD FOR STORYTIME 2) COPYRIGHT LIBRARIAN STARTER KIT 3) READ-A-RAMA 4) DIVERSITY INTERNSHIPS 5) FEDERAL BUDGET WOULD CLOSE IMLS 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) ALL ABOARD FOR STORYTIME Registration is now open for All Aboard for Storytime: Preparing for Kindergarten Readiness. Join the Washington State Library (WSL) for this workshop on what children need to know before they start kindergarten and how…

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