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April 17  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Meet a children's book author: Laura Vaccaro Seeger Laura Vaccaro Seeger is known as "the queen of the concept book," and young children around the world are overwhelmingly glad that she creates beautiful books that bring new life to familiar subjects. She is famous for making books that appear simple and straight forward at first glance, but when you look closer they reveal deep, rich layers that enhance your enjoyment. Using signature die-cut art and wonderful painting, readers...

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April 15  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
Welcome to the jungle There is no doubt about it. Spring is here. So, is the glass half empty or half full? If full, you might see this time as a period of wonderful regeneration with the earth awakening from its slumber and bursting into life. If empty, you might cast your gaze at all that bursting life and see a tide of noxious weeds attempting to drown all that is desirable. Whichever position you take, a certain fact remains: weeds exist and must be dealt with. Luckily, the library has a wide variety...

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April 11  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Is Poetry Literature? Is poetry literature? Should one consider written verse, poems or prose, to be classified as literature? For someone not really big into labels, I am going to give the tie to the runner in this case so that I can cross off yet another of my self-imposed reading resolutions:

Read something a library patron recommends

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April 9  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
<em>The Hit</em> by Melvin Burgess Oh God, I hope my mom doesn’t read this. Usually she’s busy being retired and teaching our dog tricks. Don’t read this, Mom. I’ll give you $5 not to read this. I think the dog pooped in the hallway. You better go check that situation out. I don’t think you want to hear that the only reason your kid doesn’t do drugs is because she’s too lazy to go find them.

I don’t do drugs. I don’t avoid them...

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April 7  |  by Kathy, Everett Public Library staff
If I could turn back time Excuse me for inviting you to buy into our youth-obsessed cultural stereotypes, but have you ever wanted to look, feel, or actually be younger? Turns out all of these are possible, although the last may only happen if you lie about your age. Also, they take a lot of work, maybe more than you're willing to do.

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April 3  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for April 2014 Lots of good fiction is headed your way this month. Click the titles below and then the Full Display button to read summaries or reviews or to place titles on hold.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction



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April 1  |  By Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Stories from before detective work was all about technology Recently I've noticed that television detectives' detection skills have been replaced by technology. Between cell phones, email, tracking devices and the multitude of cameras that cover every nook and cranny of the earth, it's nearly impossible for a modern TV criminal to operate in anonymity. This is a strange and drastic change from Dragnet days when phone dialing,...

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March 28  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (fungus edition) The biggest living thing in the world is the Honey mushroom?

You can't see it because it lives mostly underground, but it measures 24.6 miles from side to side, and is at least 2400 years old!

I found this information on page 7 in the book

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March 26  |  by Lisa, Everett Public Library staff
A Day in the life: local history librarian Last weekend the Northwest History Room celebrated its 37th anniversary. For those who are well acquainted with our local history department, this longevity comes as no surprise. The uninitiated, on the other hand, may be wondering what we've been doing with ourselves all this time. In order to giver you a clearer picture, I thought I'd take you through a day in my life as a local history librarian:

Early in the day I received a call from a woman...

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March 24  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Meet a Children's Book Author: Jennifer L. Holm Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts I've created to introduce you to various children's book authors. There are a lot of great ones out there and it's worth knowing about them. Who knows, you may find yourself reading some really great (children's) literature.

I recently had a chance to meet some children's book authors at the Children's Literature Conference held at Western Washington University in Bellingham. It was a pleasure to meet...

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March 22  |  by Alan, Everett Public Library staff
Movie's better IX: Rebecca Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again... I came upon it suddenly; the approach masked by the unnatural growth of a vast shrub that spread in all directions... There was Manderley, our Manderley, secretive and silent as it had always been, the gray stone shining in the moonlight of my dream, the mullioned windows reflecting the green lawns and terrace. Time could not wreck the perfect symmetry of those walls, nor the site itself, a jewel in the...

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March 20  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Book awards with a twist Many, many book awards are given out every year, but here are three unique awards you might want to add to your bookmarks.

On the whole, U.S. citizens have very little awareness of non-English language literature; for this reason alone the Best Translated Book...

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March 17  |  by Richard, Everett Public Library staff
You really like me Popularity can bring many things: sitting with the cool kids during lunch, strangers recognizing you on the street, a crushing sense of hollowness when you realize how little you have actually accomplished that is worthwhile (o.k. that last one is just bitter wish fulfilment on my part). In the world of audiobooks, where sales and the number of titles have been

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March 13  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
<em>A Long Way Down</em> by Nick Hornby My co-worker Leslie recently wrote a post about books that are going to be made into movies. Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down is one of them. He's also the...

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March 11  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
Getting graphic We're heading steadily through March, and I have to say I'm a wee bit proud of myself for continuing to work through my only New Years resolution this year. If you're a regular reader, you may recall my self-imposed reading challenge which was designed to stretch my mind and read outside of my comfort zone.

Here's a quick rundown of my 2014 Reading Resolutions:



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March 7  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for March 2014 Here's our hand-picked list of fiction titles coming out in March. Click the titles below and then the Full Display button to read summaries or reviews or to place holds.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction



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March 5  |  by Heartwood, Everett Public Library staff
Heartwood 4:2 - <em>Lands of Memory</em> Turn off your interruptive devices and find a comfortable chair where you can slip into the dreamlike short fiction of Felisberto Hernández's Lands of Memory.

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March 3  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Pulp rock Once upon a time various musical genres – blues, country, honkytonk, western swing and others – amalgamated into an exciting new sound called rock and roll. The music was edgy, full of vim and vigor, and never boring. As time moved on, corporate lackeys watered down the rock and roll to appeal to a wider fan base and generate taller stacks of money. Later still, rock evolved into a highly orchestrated, squeaky clean entity, in the process losing its edge and becoming,...

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February 27  |  by Leslie, Everett Public Library staff
Easy ideas for Literary Mardi Gras Gala costumes Are you thinking of joining in on the Mardi Gras fun at the library this Saturday, but hesitant because of the costume piece of the puzzle? You can always 'come as you are', but I'd like to suggest some really easy author and literary character costume ideas for your inspiration.

You could come as Madeline, Virginia Woolf, or Mark Twain, but those costumes require some specific clothing. Here are some ideas which can come straight from your closet...

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February 26  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? (rabies edition) You almost certainly can't get rabies from a squirrel?

Squirrels can get rabies but there has never been a documented case of squirrel to human transmission.

I found this information on page 130 in the book

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February 24  |  by Alan, Everett Public Library staff
Movie's Better VIII: <em>The Lady Vanishes</em> Back again for another adaptation argument! This one conveniently coincides with The Evergreen Branch Library's screening and discussion of our latest installment in the Dial H for Hitchcock series, The Lady Vanishes, this Wednesday at 1:30. At 6:30 we...

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February 21  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Stranger than Fiction -  a gala for everyone! In the Thursday Next series, author Jasper Fforde has created an alternate Britain where literature plays a prominent role in day to day life. Children swap Henry Fielding bubble gum cards; there’s a branch of the police who deal...

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February 19  |  by Kathy, Everett Public Library staff
<em>The Mushroom Hunters</em> As our days grow dark, dank, and dismal, I like to read books about people who work outdoors in all types of weather. Maybe it just makes me feel warm and snug as I sit inside reading.

If you are interested in foraged foods or just eating,

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February 17  |  by Richard, Everett Public LIbrary staff
Let's go to Antarctica Of the many surprises I discovered while chuckling my way through this year's Everett Reads selection, Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, the one that stood out the most was the fact that Antarctica is...

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February 13  |  by Jennifer, Everett Public Library staff
<em>Byzantium</em> or 2013's <em>Interview with the Vampire</em> I went through a HUGE Anne Rice phase as a teenager. This was when vampires were cold-blooded (hahaha) killers and didn't sparkle when the sun came out. They couldn'tgo out into the light.

Here we are almost 30 years after the publication of

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February 10  |  by Carol, Everett Public Library staff
I love Bernie (and so will you) This year I decided to give my reading life a little bit of direction and structure. Though I tend to prance through life with copious amounts of chaos, I decided that I could and would cram in some reading goals for 2014. Why not stretch my mind a little? Though I'll still be reading fun, fluffy, and frivolous books (currently reading a YA spy thriller) I thought if I mapped out my year I could easily shift in some unexpected titles and see how well I do following directions, even...

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February 6  |  by Ron, Everett Public Library staff
Nostalgia, or, whatever happened to Beany and Cecil? I don't know if it's a common progression in the first-world aging process, but I seem to have hit the part of life where I crave things from my youth, perhaps to reconnect, perhaps for comfort. In the world of books this translates into re-reading favorites, something I've seldom done in the past as I'm always seeking out new treasures. Perchance I'm searching for old friends to see if our relationships have changed. Whatever the reason, I'm firmly entrenched in a tour of...

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February 4  |  by Everett Public Library staff
Spot-Lit for February 2014 Lots of good fiction is coming out this February, including many strong debuts. Click the titles below and then the Full Display button to read reviews or to place titles on hold.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction



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February 1  |  by Kate, Everett Public Library
Everett reads <em>Where'd You Go, Bernadette</em> February is the Everett Public Library's 4th annual, month-long Everett Reads! celebration. All of Everett is invited to read the same book. This year the selected title is Maria Semple's bestseller,

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January 30  |  by Linda, Everett Public Library staff
Did you know? honey edition Honey made from rhododendron flowers is toxic?

Rhododendrons, azaleas and their cousin the mountain laurel are all deadly poisonous narcotics so, consequently, the honey made from their flowers is toxic as well! I found this information on page 221 in the book

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