Why people love to visit other libraries …

Why people love to visit other libraries …

This summer we hosted a Passport to Washington Libraries activity (some may say “competition”) to encourage people to visit new libraries as they travel around the state. We asked people to stop by a new library, take a photo, and post that photo along with something they learned about that library on our Passport map. We added extra incentives –…

Washington’s Level 2 Letters About Literature Champion is recognized by the Library of Congress.

Washington’s Level 2 Letters About Literature Champion is recognized by the Library of Congress.

We are very pleased to announce that Washington’s Level 2 champion, Riya Sharma, has been selected as a National honor award winner for the letter she wrote about the book “The Confidence Code.” Riya is an 8th grade student at The Overlake School in Redmond.  Honestly we were not one bit surprised by her recognition, though the question this year…

New books from Washington authors: February 2018

New books from Washington authors: February 2018

It’s been a busy month for authors in Washington State. Fiction: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah: In 1974 a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move wife, Cora, and daughter, Leni north, to Alaska, where they will live off…

2017 Washington State Book Award Finalists

2017 Washington State Book Award Finalists

The Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library, announces the finalists in eight categories for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2016. This is the 51st year of the program, formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards. Winners will be announced at the…

The 2017 selection for the National Book Festival

The 2017 selection for the National Book Festival

In September of 2001 the first National Book Festival was held in Washington D.C.  Laura Bush, a retired librarian, then First Lady of the United States, worked with the Librarian of Congress to launch this new event to encourage a lifelong love of reading.  James Billington, then Librarian of Congress, said, “We must all try, in every way we can, to…