‘All Are Welcome’ at the National Book Festival!

‘All Are Welcome’ at the National Book Festival!

We are delighted to share that the Washington Center for the Book has selected Seattle illustrator Suzanne Kaufman’s picture book All Are Welcome to represent Washington state at the 2019 National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress. The book wil be featured at the Washington state booth and in Festival materials. All Are Welcome lets young children know that…

Summer Book Bingo — for grown ups!

Summer Book Bingo — for grown ups!

  Looking for a way to connect your adult patrons to the fun of summer reading challenges? Here’s a book bingo card that you can download and adapt for your library. We’ve kept the back blank so you can add information about your library, special events, programs, and reading suggestions. We’ve seen some libraries in Washington do a drawing for prizes…

Six local authors win ALA youth media awards

Six local authors win ALA youth media awards

Washington authors had a big presence at the 2019 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle last month, with six of our state’s authors taking home prestigious awards in ALA’s Youth Media Awards.  Corey Tabor: Winner of the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book for Fox the Tiger, which he wrote and illustrated. Dori Hillestad…

Edgar Award finalists feature two Washington authors

Edgar Award finalists feature two Washington authors

If you’re a mystery lover, the annual announcement of the finalists for the Edgar Awards is always a great way to add excellent mysteries to your to-be-read pile. The Edgars, named for Edgar Allan Poe and awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, announced the 2019 finalists (for books published in 2018) on January 22 for the best in mystery…

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 –…