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Library Clippings November 14, 2014

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library News

Olympia Library a hot spot for crime calls to police (The Olympian, Olympia, 09/28/14).

Book bonanza: Chinook Pass Lending Library takes delivery of $12,000 in donated volumes (Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima, 10/01/14).

Woman charged with setting fire to books in Tacoma library
(The New Tribune, Tacoma, 10/21/14).

Books burned at main library, forcing it to close (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 10/19/14).

Friends’ projects bolster library programs (Liberty Lake Splash, Liberty Lake, 09/29/14).

Heywood provides commissioners with libraries’ strategic plan.
At last Tuesday’s (Sept. 23) Pacific County Commissioner’s meeting, Cheryl Heywood spoke on behalf of the Timberland Regional Library to report the new “strategic plan” for the upcoming year, including new resources, services, and programs the Timberland Libraries has to offer. (Willapa Harbor Herald, Raymond, 10/01/14).

WA students encouraged to compete in letter-writing contest.
An annual national contest encouraging students to write about a favorite or influential book is under way. The contest is co-sponsored by the Washington State Library. “Book inspire kids and open new worlds to them, and that’s what this contest is all about,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. State Librarian Rand Simmons says Letters About Literature is a favorite program for him and the State Library staff. (Record-Bulletin, Prosser, 10/08/14).

Orcas Library seeks trustee (The Island’s Sounder, Eastsound, 10/15/14).

AH library give council annual progress report (Cheney Free Press, Cheney, 10/02/14).

Autumn reading lists (The Island Sounder, Eastsound, 10/08/14).

Doing time reading: Books allow inmates to ‘step out of the bad ways’ (The Herald, Everett, 09/26/14).

Libraries may shelve cheapest workers.
When you find a book on the shelves at any of Tacoma’s eight libraries, chances are you can thank a library page for putting it back in the right spot. Some of the most experienced o those workers could be gone next year if the City Council passes a proposed 2015-16 budget. (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 10/29/14).

Oak Harbor book fairs a win-win for schools (Whidbey News-Times, Oak Harbor, 10/11/14).

Math problems? Help is on the way (Bellevue Reporter, Kent, 10/30/14).

Library services to expand to Lind.
The Ritzville Public Library District No. 2 is partnering with the Lind School District to provide the Lind community with library resources on a weekly basis. The programs begin on Oct. 7 with an open house for all Lind residents. (Ritzville-Adams County Journal, Ritzville, 10/02/14).

Citizen group continues to fight for more say on library (Mercer Island Reporter, Mercer Island, 10/15/14).

Morton’s Library – what’s ahead?
Two months after a Morton School board split vote left the Morton Timberland Regional Library project in limbo, a new plan may bring hopes of a brick and mortar library back to life. (The East County Journal, Morton, 10/15/14).

Jefferson Library to hold programs for after school.
Jefferson County Library will begin offering after-school programs every Thursday afternoon for pre-teens and teens 11-to 18 and for children ages 6-11. (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 10/15/14).

Commissioners seek applicants to serve on regional library board (Reflector, Battle Ground, 10/15/14).

Girl Scouts help library grow
(Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 10/13/14).

New library process moves along (All Point Bulletin, Point Roberts, 10/31/14).

There’s a whole lot more than books at the local library (All Point Bulletin, Point Roberts, 10/31/14).


Remodel proposed for library (The Wenatchee World, Wenatchee, 10/09/14).

Ferndale library project nearing completion (Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, 09/25/14).

Letters & Editorials

Library remodel planning did not begin correctly
(Mercer Island Reporter, Mercer Island, 10/01/14).

Libraries are important for youth.
One of the most important items on the upcoming November ballot is the opportunity to help the Stevens County Rural Library District continue to provide vital services to our community. If the levy does not pass, one of the most frightening outcomes would be the possible elimination of literacy and youth programs. (The Independent, Chewelah, 10/02/14).

We deserve the best libraries available.
Where else in Steven’s County can you go to explore the world- through books, the internet, dvd’s, programs, and more? Where can you go to find help when acquiring a new piece of technology- a cell phone, a computer tablet, a computer? Who can help you fil out a job application on line- required by many businesses in Stevens County these days? If you answer the Stevens County Library District network of library locations, you got it right! (Statesman- Examiner, Colville, 10/15/14).

Tacoma: Library layoffs sure to affect service.
Re: “Library may shelve cheapest workers” Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax wants to slash $400,000 from the Tacoma public libraries without slashing services. (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 11/02/14).

Library Levy
On November 4, voters will be asked to approve a small tax increase to pay for the operating costs of the Libraries of Stevens County. Because of state law, libraries receive no funding from the state or federal governments, but must be entirely funded with local taxes. (Statesman-Examiner, Colville, 10/15/14).

Tacoma: Hypocrisy in library staff cutbacks.
Re: “Libraries may shelve cheapest workers.” Anyone else see the hypocrisy of the mayor selecting “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbary Ehrenreich, for the Tacoma Reds book, yet the city is getting rid of living-wage jobs to replace them with two part-time jobs? (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 10/30/14).


MV library to use STEM grant for mobile lab.
The Mount Vernon City Library was recently awarded a $3,650 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. The grant will be used to set up a mobile computer lave with one teacher station and five student stations. (Skagit Argus, Burlington, 10/14/14).

Library puts out call for recycled art (Daily Record, Ellensburg, 10/08/14).

Play & Learn Group meets Friday, October thru December.
The Marysville Library is set to host a “Play & Learn Group” on Fridays, from October through December. (Marysville Globe, Marysville, 10/05/14).

Library continues local author events in fall.
Mount Vernon City Library continues its series of local author events on select Monday evenings throughout the fall and early winter. (Concrete Herald, Concrete, 10/00/14).

Another successful summer reading program.
The Tonasket Library summer reading program was a great success. Our children read 2,400 hours this summer. We are so proud of their reading accomplishments. North Central Regional Library provided five programs and the Library Board provided for two additional programs. Scott the Reptile Man and Paul the Magician and Juggler. This year there were five craft programs in addition to the other programs and numerous creative things were made. (Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, Oroville, 10/09/14).

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