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May 24  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Picking up your dropped haikus April is National Poetry Month and this year to celebrate we asked you to create a haiku. We shared some on our social media, and had a virtual poetry slam on April 30th. Now comes the best part: seeing all your hard work in one place.



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May 20  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library
Listen up! May new music. Here are my quick picks for new music arrivals from late April and early May. Place your holds now!

Mayer Hawthorne – Man About Town – Soul and RnB with a real 70s dusties feel to it. Lots of harmonizing and falsetto vocals bring smooth slow jams to life.



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May 18  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
A constant need I think I may have discovered another universal constant. Along with gravity and the speed of light there is the constant need for my family unit (consisting of my wife, me and a very grumpy dog) to be watching a science fiction television series of some kind. If we don’t get a weekly dose of a show with at least some type of science fiction hook, we tend to get listless and feel that something is missing in our lives (O.K. the dog probably doesn’t care, but we...

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May 16  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 6:3 - <I>The Invention of Morel</I> The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares, is a remarkable and strange tale of the experiences of a marooned fugitive on a now deserted island. The tale unfolds as a kind of Dr.

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May 12  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Read to, make that read with, a child Everyone knows that reading together with children is the single most important way to help them get ready to read, but I often hear care-givers reading to children in very boring, monotone voices as if they just want to get through the book quickly and be done with it. I may be preaching to the choir, but I would like to encourage a more enjoyable way for one on one sharing of books with young children.



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May 9  |  by Katie, Everett Public Library staff
The big tiny I am obsessed with tiny houses.



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May 6  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (cell phone edition) That nomophobia is a new phobia that describes the feeling of severe anxiety that results from being without your cell phone.



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May 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for May 2016 These titles – from honored, established, emerging, new, 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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May 2  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone Oh em gee, this cover is gorgeous! Here's another straight-up book review all thanks to the power of advance reader copies from our publishers. Thanks, publishers!



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April 28  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
The rebirth of country music As I grew up in suburban western Washington, I developed a … strong hatred for country music. Perhaps because it was my parents’ music of choice, perhaps because it was uncool amongst my peers or perhaps because the country music created at that time was easy to hate.



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April 25  |  by Sarah, Everett Public Library staff
Seattle events in truth and fiction Here are two new book reviews from Sarah about events in the Emerald city. Make sure to check out our Facebook page for more reviews from Sarah and the latest happenings at Everett Public Library.



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April 21  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
The means of production Growing up, there was always one person on the block who made their own home brew. Usually it was something really appetizing like ‘wine’ made from cherries/dandelions/elderberries that you would be forced to taste, without making a gagging noise, when you visited their house. Nowadays, the creation of fermented beverages at home is no longer the purview of the neighborhood eccentric. In fact, the corporations are getting a run for their money with the masses producing a...

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April 18  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Listen up! April new music Warming temperatures must have me in the mood to dance, because this month's picks have a lot of electronic, rock, hip-hop and world offerings. Place your holds now at epls.org.



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April 14  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Most people have never sailed.  So when you take them out, they wear clumsy shoes and start calling you Ahab or Bligh.  Or if they're particularly nervous, they'll quote Whitman- Captain my Captain!- and shout Bon voyage! or talk like pirates, as if this were the freshest improv:  Arrrggh!  Keelhaul the Wrench!  They'll offer to help, but what they really want to know is where to sit and what to hold on to and when you'll get...

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April 12  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
She came in through the bathroom window Who came in through the bathroom window? That’s what I wondered. Local legend has it that an exuberant Beatles fan tried to sneak a peek of Paul McCarthy in his home, giving birth to the now famous song "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window." A lyric from that song is the title of Christine Reilly’s debut novel

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April 8  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
Revenge rhapsody I have a brother who is two and a half years older than me. When I was in school, he was always 2 grades ahead of me. The older I get, the waters of my childhood get a little murky and I don’t recall things the way they exactly happened-just that they happened. But one thing sticks firm: the bus ride home from Lowell Elementary school, a bully named Sheldon, and my seemingly fearless brother.



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April 6  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for April 2016 These titles are some of the most anticipated new releases coming out in April, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm. This month’s top pick is Alice and Oliver by...

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April 4  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
The curious mind of Mary Roach Thank goodness for the curious mind of Mary Roach. Without it we would never have found out the hilarious peculiarities of applying the scientific method. I know the terms ‘hilarious’ and ‘scientific method’ are rarely used in the same sentence, but read one of Roach’s wonderful books and you will understand that in her world they actually fit quite well together. Also things can get a bit, well, gross and embarrassing. Throwing caution to the wind, she...

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March 31  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Catastrophic Happiness Want to hear something weird? I love reading parenting books, but I'm not a parent. How-tos, essays, memoirs, cartoons, pretty much everything except those photographic encyclopedias that help you diagnose your baby's latest rash. No. Thanks!



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March 29  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
The new Beatles? I’ve been thinking about the Beatles lately, specifically about recent bands that show an obvious Beatle influence.



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March 25  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did You know? Gold edition That the gold on earth came from asteroids?



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March 23  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
Listen up! March new music We've got a lot of ground to cover this month, so let's get right to it! Place your holds now for these great new arrivals.



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March 21  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Hint Fiction standouts The results are in! What results you ask? Why, the results from our Hint Fiction Contest. It wasn't easy, but we have selected 20 of the most intriguing entries and are publishing them here on A Reading Life. If you aren't familiar with Hint Fiction, it is basically a story of 25 words or less that suggests a larger, more complex tale. So without further ado, here are the 20 entries selected by...

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March 17  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Scandinavian crime or not? Did you like the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books or the

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March 14  |  by Katie, Everett Public Library staff
My reading challenge Enjoy this post from our new contributor Katie:



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March 11  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
They sure look like ants from up here I have always wondered what it would be like to be so far down the rabbit hole of love that you don’t need to doubt it. I’ll admit it; I’ve never been in love. Not proper love, not the kind where you fall asleep at night assured that love is going to be there in the morning. I’ve also wondered what it would be like to be abducted by aliens and told I’m the deciding factor for whether the world ends or not.



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March 9  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 6:2 - The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas The Ice Palace is a story set in Norway about a girl, Unn, who has moved to a new town to live with her aunt after the death of her mother (her still-living father is someone she has never known). At school Unn is...

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March 7  |  by Margo, Everett Public Library staff
Whiskey, Charlie and Lucy Barton Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith



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March 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for March 2016 These titles are some of the most anticipated new releases for March, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm.



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March 2  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Just regular Joes By the time you are reading this fascinating post, the following statement will not be true: Tonight I am going to see (and hear) The Tripwires, Girl Trouble and the Young Fresh Fellows. While I’ve never even heard of The...

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