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August 27  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Did you eat your bowl of darkness today? Sometimes I dream about traveling to far off countries, seeing historic sites, meeting new people. And then I think of using public toilets in a foreign country and I think: Nope. Nope. Nope. I have a problem using the toilets at work. Me, travel to a completely foreign country where I might get diarrhea forever? Or eat unrecognizable food. I might have to eat something raw from the ocean that is still opening and closing its mouth: Nope. Nope. Nope. I can’t imagine walking...

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August 24  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 5:4 - Journey by Moonlight With the encroaching demands of respectability hovering over his life as a lawyer and confirmed bourgeoisie, Mihály leaves Budapest with his wife Erzsi for their honeymoon in Italy. But he seems to be happier wandering the dark back streets of Venice alone than spending time with his new wife. While at an outdoor café in Ravenna, János, an old rival of Mihály’s, speeds up on a scooter and urges him (while also insulting Erzsi) to help him find their...

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August 20  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did You Know? (Tooth Edition) That George Washington’s teeth were carved from hippopotamus tusks?



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August 17  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Music for a lifetime The year: Nineteen-eighty-something. The place: Bellingham. Our protagonist is a handsome young man finishing his studies in music whilst working in the college library. A mile or more from his modest roach-infested home sits the Bellingham Public Library, a bastion of free knowledge. Much to the delight of our hero, the building sports an eclectic vinyl...

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August 13  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
I used to be cool It’s official. I’m no longer cool. Admittedly, my coolness peaked a long time ago (we are talking the late 80s to early 90s) and it is true that my coolness may have been just in my head. That hasn’t kept me from clinging to the illusion of coolness for decades, however. The latest example of my extreme distance for all that is hip and happening (see I don’t even know what term to use) recently came in an unexpected area. The Dewey 780s range to be exact.

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August 10  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Staff picks: the music edition One of the best things about working in a library is that you can never complain about the lack of new discoveries. Whether it's an interesting reference question that takes you down a rabbit hole into a topic you'd never thought much about, or chatting with your colleagues about their likes and dislikes, you're bound to learn something. For that reason, I love talking to people about their favorite music. I enjoy listening to new things, but have to admit I can get stuck in a...

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August 6  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Arts and Crafts at the Library Did you know that the library offers many wonderful programs for children and adults? Well, if you missed our arts and crafts series called "Crafternoons" in July, here's some of the books we used and the projects they inspired.



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August 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for August 2015 An embarrassment of riches is coming your way in August (and it’s a shame that many worthy contenders had to be left off this list).



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July 30  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Fear the Banana Man We didn't have any urban legends in the neighborhood I grew up in. Not unless you count the story about Timmy eating yellow snow and it ended up being radioactive snow and now there’s a super hero called Pee Boy, but that’s a whole different story. As a kid, we kept our boogeymen where they belonged: in the closet and under the bed. And sometimes in the bathtub behind the shower curtain that flutters when there’s no breeze. Creepy. Where was I? Oh. Urban legends.

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July 27  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
I guess I'll grow up: adulting for beginners I was born middle-aged. I was always the kid that adults called an "old soul." I was the responsible, dependable one, even though I was a middle child. Despite all that pressure (thanks, adults!), or maybe because of it, I've always prided myself on being hilariously spontaneous and incredibly forgetful when it comes to certain aspects of my life. The pressures and stresses of life have gotten to me recently, and because of that I'm making a pledge to take adulting more...

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July 23  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Bang your head with The Sonics The Seattle of the 1980s, in which Nirvana came to life, was a rainy city of lakes, rusty bridges, and more than a few disaffected . . . teenagers. . . . Jimi Hendrix had grown up in the city in the 1950s but had to go to London to get noticed, and not much happened of note musically in Seattle until Nirvana formed in 1987. . . .



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July 20  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Crazy man, crazy! As an avid follower of my blog posts you are undoubtedly aware that my 2015 has featured a lamentable dearth of palatable fiction. Yet even now things begin to look upperly. Finally I have achieved literary contentment, finding a tale about which to crow to the heavens: By the gods, read this book!



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July 16  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Music Swap wrap up Trying something new at work can bring a mix of emotions: excitement and anticipation when people start responding to it, and fear and anxiety that something might go wrong. Over the last couple months I experienced a lot of these things as I worked towards our July music swap. I'm happy to say that the result was mostly positive, though there were some downsides that resulted in a very valuable learning experience.



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July 14  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library desk
Did You Know? (Beetle Edition) That if all the dung beetles left the plains of Africa, within a month the whole place would be waist-deep in excrement!



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July 9  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Pluto and Beyond! Do you remember where you were on January 19th, 2006 at 14:00 EST? Unless you have an extremely detailed journaling addiction, I’m guessing you don’t. If you have a fondness for a certain celestial object, however, you just might. You see, on that fateful day the New Horizons probe launched on a journey to Pluto and the mysterious...

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July 7  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
My 2015 Summer Reading List Ahhh summer! Freshly mowed lawns and the sound of sprinklers, grilled corn on the cob and cold slices of juicy watermelon and summer reading. Definitely summer reading. My summer memories are filled with trips to the downtown library, coming home with a stack of hardbacks and afternoons reading.



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July 2  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for July 2015 Many a popular author is back with a new book this July, including To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee! You'll also find a handful of excellent first novels, and a lively mix of mysteries, suspense, science fiction and fantasy.

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June 30  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Jeepers Creepers Where'd You Get Those Peepers? I once saw something that almost made me go crazy. I was in the ladies changing room at the public pool. I was putting my socks on (I dress and undress in a bathroom stall because like a normal woman, I hate my body) and all of a sudden the room turned into an 80 year old’s version of Girls Gone Wild. Boobs and nether regions flapping around, sagging butts, sagging fronts. Sagging everything. I didn’t know my eyes could snap so fast to the ceiling so I...

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June 26  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library
Stranger than, er... , non-fiction! As I search for non-fiction books to read, I come across many titles that, while not of interest to me, are unusual, surprising or outlandish. Welcome to the world of: Stranger than, er..., non-fiction!



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June 24  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
A dream come true My dream to start a book club ignited about 6 years ago when my husband and I stepped into a coffee shop in downtown Yakima: the smell of fresh roasted coffee, the inviting ambient atmosphere, the comfortable seating, the ample space to play chess or cribbage OR, as I imagined, ‘have a book discussion.' As I sat there sipping a good brew my wheels began to spin.



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June 22  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Go the distance with audiobooks For those of you who don't keep up with obscure monthly observances, June happens to be National Audiobook Month. This, in my opinion, is excellent timing. What better month to celebrate a form of reading that allows us to enjoy the best of summer? We can safely read while we run, garden, hike, or embark on long road trips. It should come as no surprise that our library employees are avid consumers of the audiobook in its many forms. In order to help you choose your next ear-read...

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June 18  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (piggy bank edition) That piggy banks are named for the clay material pygg that money jars were originally made from?



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June 15  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
What's old is new: swap your music Does your music collection need some refreshing? Tired of listening to the same old tunes? Just feel like listening to some great live music? Well we have just the free event for you!



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June 11  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Selfish, shallow and short Much like Carol, I’ve got a fondness for brevity when it comes to reading. I could blame this tendency on the evil information age shortening my attention span. Really though I’ve liked short reads long before the interweb came on the scene. I’m told that The Snowy Day and

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June 9  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
June 5  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for June 2015 These titles – from established, emerging, and under-the-radar authors – are some of the most anticipated new releases based on a consensus of advance reviews, publisher interest, and bookish social media.

Click the link below and then the Full Display button beside each title to read summaries or reviews or to place titles on hold.



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June 3  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
It's the End of the World or <em>Our Endless Numbered Days</em> by Claire Fuller This was one messed up novel. If I were in a group of people and we were standing around talking about this book I would be the one raising my eyebrows, shoving another cocktail weenie in my mouth and shouting "Wasn’t that the most messed up book ever?"



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May 28  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Brief reads Summer is almost here and soon people in Library Land will start buzzing about beach reads. I say forget the beach reads and pick up some brief reads! Nope, I'm not talking about underpants. I mean books that won't take you very long to read. And if you're like me and have been experiencing a series of disappointments, be it books that let you down or ones that were too terrible to finish (looking at you,

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May 26  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library
Failed fiction forays I don't usually set reading goals, but at the start of this year I felt that I’d fallen into a bit of a rut. A bit of a rut. A bit… (thud!) So I devised what middle management types call soft goals (unless I made this term up), meaning that it’s not so important whether I achieve said objectives. Mostly I’m looking to stretch myself in new literary directions, hence the vague guidelines for choosing reading materials.

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May 22  |  by Gloria, Everett Public Library staff
My journey into yoga I began my journey into yoga a few years ago. I was overweight and due to past injuries (broken leg, repeated ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis) I wanted to get some exercise that wouldn’t pound on my joints. I wasn’t sure of the commitment I wanted to give this new fitness, so I took a class with my local school district to see if it would be a success or failure. I discovered that yoga isn’t about success, failure or competition, it is all...

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