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Clippings April 10, 2015 (Published May 8, 2015)

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of April 10, 2015

Library News

Puyallup to start search for new library director (The Herald, Puyallup, 3/18/15)

Library bond headed back to ballot
Area voters are going to get another chance to build two new libraries in Spokane Valley. The Spokane County Board of Commissioners adopted resolution No. 2015-0219 Tuesday regarding a proposition to finance the new construction and an expansion of the Argonne branch. This action places a proposition on the Aug. 4 ballot that more than doubles the public library space in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood. Ballots will be mailed and voting begins July 17. (Valley News Herald, Spokane, 3/20/15)

Library installs book drop in Marblemount
Users of the Upper Skagit Library who live in Marblemount now can return books and other library materials without making a long drive to Concrete. The library installed a book drop March 5 at the Marblemount Community Hall. The installation of the book drop signifies an essential, permanent library presence in the Marblemount community. (Courier Times, Sedro-Woolley, 3/24/15)

Historical headlines: Blaine Library receives newspaper archive (The Northern Light, Blaine, 3/26/15)


Remodeling continues on library’s Center
Work is moving along on The Center, the space next to the Colfax Library. Kristie Kirkpatrick, Whitman County Library Director, said The Center will help expand community meeting space as well as art and gallery events, local small business incubation, sales of local products, and regional tourism events. Estimated project cost is about $40,000, and work is being funded by the Whitman County Library Foundation and grants. (Whitman County Gazette, Colfax, 3/19/15)

City opts out of TRL library building
Following a recommendation by its finance committee, the Morton City Council will not be pursuing a building to house a Morton Timberland Regional Library in 2015. (The East County Journal, Morton, 3/25/15)

New library digs during remodeling (Daily News, Sunnyside, 3/27/15)

Woodland hopes to book new library (The Columbian, Vancouver, 3/28/15)


FriendShop sales aid programs, help stock library shelves (Anacortes American, Anacortes, 3/18/15)

FVRL district director to retire
A visible advocate for a larger library in Washougal has announced she will retire this summer. Nancy Tessman has served as executive director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District since July 2012. (Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Camas, 3/24/15)

New library branch manager plans on updating Dayton Library
Dayton Library’s new Branch Manager, Dusty Waltner, is bringing exciting updates for the Columbia County Rural Library District. Waltner’s intended updates for the library include converting the basement into a “youth zone,” creating a digital maker’s space for children and teens, Dayton Library’s first-ever adult summer reading program, and increasing technology resources. (Dayton Chronicle, Dayton, 3/25/15)


LitFest 2015 begins today
The Mid-Columbia’s annual literary festival is back with its first event of the season and is again aiming to inspire book lovers’ passion for the written word. The literacy festival is sponsored by CBC and several other partners including the Richland Public Library and Battelle Foundation. With this year’s speakers and events incorporating poetry, music and various forms of prose writing, there should be something for everyone to be excited about. LitFest ends May 20. (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, 4/10/15)

Chelan Library celebrates Dr. Seuss
About 140 area residents filled the Chelan Library on March 3 to celebrate the 111th birthday of author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. The library was decorated with Seuss books, posters, and flyers. (Douglas County Empire Press, East Wenatchee, 3/12/15)

Muckleshoot Library exhibit explores local native food traditions (Auburn Reporter, Kent, 4/13/15)

Camas Public Library plans monthly game night event
Local residents can get their game on during monthly board game nights at the Camas Library. The events, for ages 18 and older, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Fridays, March 13, April 24, May 22, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 11, October 23, November 20, and December 18. The library will provide the games and snacks. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own games. (Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Camas, 4/17/15)

‘The Sound of Music’ arrives at the Camas Public Library (Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Camas, 3/17/15)

Spotlight on book clubs (The Wenatchee World, Wenatchee, 3/18/15)

Library has new download service (The Sequim Gazette, Sequim, 4/25/15)

Libraries offer new digital service (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 3/29/15)

At library, building blocks of learning are … blocks
Three years ago, Pierce County Library executives concluded that the best way to help children develop their minds might be avoiding too much adult brain involvement. Their search for just the right program sent them back to the basics – kids with blocks of all shapes and colors. The program – Block Play – was recognized as a 2015 Harvard Ash Center “Bright Idea in Government,” one of 124 programs in the country so honored. (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 3/30/15)

[This summary of library news represents a selection of current newspaper clippings about Washington libraries received from Washington newspapers. The summary is created by Marilyn Lindholm and Leanna Hammond 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 [email protected]]

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