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Author Patricia Briggs visits Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

Author Patricia Briggs visits Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

On August 28th, author Patricia Briggs gave a presentation in the library at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center to inmates and the Institutional Libraries Services staff of the State Library, which is a division of the Office of Secretary of State. Nearly 50 inmates attended, and many posed insightful questions about how Briggs approaches the writing process. She said that if you want to be a writer, the first thing you should do is read anything and everything. Her mother was a…

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How libraries serve veterans

How libraries serve veterans

On May 2, the Washington State Library sponsored a First Tuesday webinar titled “Thousands Eligible with Millions Unclaimed.” First Tuesday presentations are funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.    Presenters from veteran service organizations WestCare Foundation, WAServes, and the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs described the array of social services and benefits available to veterans. Each of the speakers is an expert in coordinating services to veterans and their families….

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Federal publications at the Washington State Library

Federal publications at the Washington State Library

The Washington State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, is the Regional Federal Depository Library for Washington and Alaska in the FDLP program administered by the Government Publishing Office. This means that the Library receives almost all of the federal publications produced and distributed by the Government Publishing Office. In addition to providing historical and current information about federal programs and affairs, federal publications offer a surprising amount of state and local information for researchers. Perhaps…

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‘Cool’ block parties at libraries!

‘Cool’ block parties at libraries!

Kids build things using Legos at the Sequim Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System. (Photos courtesy of Sequim Branch Library) In the days since the State Library started shipping Cool Creation challenge kits to more than 30 local libraries throughout Washington, the educational invention kits have been a big hit with kids. The Sequim Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System recently held several Lego Challenge sessions for children. The photos that the Sequim library sent us…

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WSL Updates for March 12, 2015

WSL Updates for March 12, 2015

Volume 11, March 12, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE GRANT CYCLE OPEN 2) RECORDED BOOKS ONECLICK RENEWALS 3) SAN JUAN ISLAND LIBRARY WINS AWARD 4) STORYCORPS COMES TO NISQUALLY 5) WELL-FED & WELL-READ – SUMMER MEAL SITES 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK Please follow and like us:

WSL Updates for March 5, 2015

WSL Updates for March 5, 2015

Volume 11, March 5, 2015 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) FREE WORKSHOPS FROM WSL 2) MAPPING INCLUSION – FREE ALA WEBINAR 3) AMIGOS CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS 4) ARSL CALLS FOR 2015 CONFERENCE PROPOSALS 5) ANNUAL CONFERENCE ALERT 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK Please follow and like us:

Why Do We Need a State Library?

Why Do We Need a State Library?

To quote a prominent library administrator: “Every library is designed to serve a specific community: Public libraries serve the people of a specific city or county. Academic libraries serve the faculty, staff, and students of a specific college or university. School libraries serve the students and teachers of a specific school. Medical libraries serve doctors, nurses, and patients at a specific hospital. Law libraries serve the attorneys and staff of a specific law firm. Each library is designed to add value…

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WSL Updates for October 23, 2014

WSL Updates for October 23, 2014

Topics include: 1) CE GRANTS FOR STEM INSTITUTE 2) CAYAS FALL WORKSHOP REGISTRATION OPEN 3) $2.2 BILLION REASONS TO PAY ATTENTION TO WIOA 4) PNLA CONFERENCE PROGRAM PROPOSALS SOUGHT 5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) CE GRANTS FOR STEM INSTITUTE Continuing Education (CE) grants are available from the Washington State Library (WSL) for librarians and support staff who need financial assistance to attend the 2014 Early Learning STEM Institute. To provide additional support during these hard economic times,…

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WSL Updates for September 11, 2014

WSL Updates for September 11, 2014

Volume 10, September 11, 2014 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) CE NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY 2) AWE GROUP PURCHASE OFFER 3) FREE DISASTER RECOVERY WORKSHOP 4) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK ————————————————————————————————————— 1) CE NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY The Washington State Library/Washington Library Association Continuing Education Needs Assessment (CENA) Survey is now available. Your participation will help WSL and WLA offer valuable, targeted continuing education opportunities over the next 2 years. Please share this survey widely with all…

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Declaring support for libraries

Declaring support for libraries

Librarians staff a table inside the Legislative Building where people signed the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. (Photo courtesy of Gracelin Moore) Unlike the Founding Fathers in 1776, the people signing this declaration aren’t wearing wigs. They’re supporters of libraries. As part of Library Legislative Day, librarians gathered signatures from legislators and others for a Declaration for the Right to Libraries. Go here to see what the declaration says. The library declaration is a joint project of the Washington…

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