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February 8  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
From the blues to infinity One of the most fascinating aspects of popular music is the interrelationship of different genres and the evolution/mixture of older genres into newer ones. This is a dense sentence which could earn me a professorship somewhere, but the gist of it is simply: music evolves. Rock and roll didn’t just happen one day. Early rock came out of blues, country, R&B (not the same thing as what we call R&B these days), Western swing, boogie woogie and honky tonk to name just...

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February 5  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for February 2016 These titles – from established, emerging, and under-the-radar authors – are some of the most anticipated new releases of the month, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm.



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February 3  |  by Emily, Everett Public Library staff
Children's fiction author puts down roots in Everett Enjoy a post written by Emily Dagg, EPL's head of Youth Services, about this weekends Ways to Read author event on Saturday February 6th where Carole Etsby Dagg will be talking about her latest book: Sweet Home Alaska.



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February 1  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Listen up! February new music For those of you not looking for another Bowie reflection/review, TL;DR, skip to the list at the bottom. For those of you who are into it, read on.



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January 28  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Failure is an option Promises, promises. They are easy to make, especially around the New Year, but much harder to keep. Maybe you have pledged to get a better attitude, lose some weight, or work on your relationship with a significant other. A couple of weeks into 2016, however, things might not be looking so good. Now you could beat yourself up about not meeting your goal, but maybe it is time to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective.

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January 25  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (eye edition) That the world’s biggest eyes belong to a mollusk! The giant squid has eyes the size of saucers, enabling it to see the movement of prey in even the faintest light.



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January 21  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
If you want your children to be intelligent Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. "If you want your children to be intelligent," he said, "read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. The creative imagination is the essential element of a true scientist, and fairy tales are the childhood stimulus to this quality."...

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January 19  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Dark dreams bought and sold I'm not overly fond of short stories any more (which is weird because all I ever do is write short stories that usually end up as long as a three-hour Uncle Morty War Story in which Morty gets his World Wars mixed up and tells you he shot the Archduke Ferdinand) but when Stephen King comes out with a new book of short stories, I eat them up. His newest collection is titled 

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January 14  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for January 2016 These titles – from established, emerging, and under-the-radar authors are some of the most anticipated new releases of the month, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm. Pride of place is given this month to Sunil Yapa's debut novel, 

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January 12  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Resolutions, library-style Everyone makes them, even if we don't always admit to it. Resolutions are as ingrained in most people's New Year's activities as lasagna and movies at home champagne and midnight kisses. If you made some resolutions you're not sure you can stick with, you should really take another look at your local library. Here's a handy guide to some of the big ones:



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January 11  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Listen up! January new music. Happy New Year, followers! This one is going to be short but sweet since it's made up of music that came in late in December, after my last post. Here are some albums that I particularly enjoyed:



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January 7  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
What's New Wave in the Library I'm a categorizer. Okay, in reality I’m a lazy categorizer. I don’t really care about absolute rigid labels, but when organizing music on my computer (and oh yes I do realize how nerdy that sounds) I like to put bands into categories that make sense to me. When it comes to the term new wave, I tend to think of most any new music I was introduced to from 1979 to the early 80s.



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January 5  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
<em>We Never Asked for Wings</em> The novel We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh gives a voice to the desperate and marginalized,...

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January 1  |  by Sarah, Everett Public Library staff
Sarah's latest by Lawson For your reading enjoyment, here are two reviews from Sarah. She has been reading books by Jenny Lawson lately. As always, check out our Facebook page for more reviews from Sarah and the latest happenings at Everett Public Library.



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December 30  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 6:1 - <i>With My Dog-Eyes</i> by Hilda Hilst This impressive, very brief book – the story is only 59 pages long – crosses a lot of terrain and mixes in mathematics, poetry, existentialism and madness. It won’t be for everyone, but readers of Virginia Woolf, Kafka, Beckett, and Joyce should all find things here to like.



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December 28  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
I already forgot to remember This is how James Renner’s The Great Forgetting opens: a Scoutmaster finds an ape-like arm, with a watch still attached to the wrist, at the memorial site of the crash of Flight 93, a plane hijacked on 9/11 but diverted from its intended course when the...

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December 23  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Imagine a blogger's holiday 'Tis the season for giving, and as you may have seen here on A Reading Life, we love the idea of giving friends and family books, books, and more books for the holidays. Leslie wrote about book-gifting traditions in her family, and we bombarded you with our staff members' favorite books, music, and movies...

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December 21  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Post-Punk for ninnies Labels are funny things.

I’m not a big fan of rigid music classification. Most music slides between genres and most genres are not composed of one simple set of characteristics.



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December 18  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2015 redux pt. 3: YA and children's If you've been following the blog this week you know we've been topping off our 2015 staff picks list with all the gems that didn't make it into the printed booklet we've had out at both libraries.Today we have reached the end of our journey, but these are by no means our least favorite. In fact, depending on your literary persuasion, today's chunk of awesomeness might be what you've been looking...

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December 16  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2015 redux pt. 2: music and graphic novels Library staff have a unique, and I would say coveted, opportunity: we get to see stuff that might not be on your radar, just because it comes across our desks in the course of our workdays. Because of this, our 2015 staff favorites list was just too long to publish in one piece. So this week we're bringing you even more goodies that we adored. To help cut down on your clicking (and our painstaking hyperlinking) we've provided

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December 14  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2015 redux pt. 1: fiction and nonfiction for adults Did you get a chance to read our 2015 staff favorites? Turns out there's more! All this week we're bringing you the books and music we loved--but had to be cut due to space limitations. To save us time linking (and save you time endlessly clicking) we've compiled all of these gems into

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December 11  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Listen up! December wrap-up and new music arrivals December is here and I'm catching my breath. It's been a long busy year at the library, and I've had a blast working with our music collection. It's been amazing to see how the unique character of our community influences the music that passes through our doors. Our users help determine what makes it to our shelves via donations, purchase requests, or simply checking certain items out more than others so we...

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December 9  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Make it a book Christmas! One of our family traditions when I was growing up was to give and receive books for Christmas. Christmas Eve meant opening that one gift of a book and reading it in new pajamas. I still have my cherished copies of Charlotte's Web, Island of the Blue Dolphins and Stuart Little that I received as gifts. Giving books is an easy way to show the children in your life how much you value reading and books. Yet, you'll want to find the perfect book of...

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December 8  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for December 2015 The titles listed here are some of the most anticipated December releases based on a consensus of advance review praise and book world enthusiasm. Click...

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December 7  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
NaNoWriMo 2015 National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo to those in the know, happens every November. It's a time of creativity and encouragement aimed at budding authors. If you ever wanted to write that book you’ve been dreaming of, NaNoWriMo is the time to do it! This year we asked you to share what you were writing for NaNoWriMo and promised we would share it. So without further ado, here are...

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December 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2015: film and music We wrap up or Best of 2015 list today with the world of film and music. So many choices, so little viewing/listening time.

Film:



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December 3  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2015: nonfiction for children and adults Today the Best of 2015 list continues with all things nonfiction for children and adults.

Children's Nonfiction:



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December 2  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2015: fiction and graphic novels for adults Another day, another great selection from our Best of 2015 list. Today we look at adult fiction and graphic novels hand picked by the Everett Public Library staff.

Fiction for Adults:



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December 1  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2015: teen fiction and graphic novels We continue our Best of 2015 list today with the ever popular category of fiction and graphic novels for teens. Don't let the teen label throw you. Plenty of adults love these titles as well.



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November 30  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Best of 2015: children's fiction and graphic novels Tis the season for best of the year lists. These lists always come in handy for finding great gifts for yourself and others. The only problem? There sure are a lot of them. To help you avoid 'best of year list fatigue' let us humbly suggest you look no further than our Best of 2015 list.



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