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Dream Big, READ!

Books often begin with a small seed of creativity, and sometimes even a dream. Or, so my talk went the other day during a visit at Friday Harbor Elementary School. In an attempt to stir up…

REMEMBERING ON FATHER’S DAY

I bet you could guess that Mother’s Day was established before Father’s Day. However, I’d be surprised if you knew that the father of the woman responsible for establishing Father’s Day was a single father. He…

HARD QUESTIONS

What do you say when you find out that a friend's adult daughter has been physically abused by her boyfriend, but doesn't want to seek a court order? What do you do when you discover that…

A Muzzy way to learn 8 languages

For almost a year now, Islanders have been accessing the Library's LiveMocha database to practice English or take a course in one of its 38 language offerings. Our patrons have participated in more than 600 sessions…

WHAT’S YOUR LIMIT?

There is something about every place on the planet that attracts people to it. It can be the natural beauty of the place, the charm of the community and those who live there, the calm and…

How to Read a Book

There are so many ways to read a print book these days: hardback, paperback, dedicated e-reader, mobile device, computer. How to choose? It really boils down to a very personal choice and one that can vary…

DOUBLE HOLIDAY WEEKENDS

Well, there is no doubt about tourist season having begun this week with a holiday weekend on either end. For our Canadian neighbors, it was Victoria Day weekend. For the Americans it is now Memorial Day…

Just Dewey It!

At the San Juan Island Library, we use the Dewey Decimal Classification System to organize all items that are considered non-fiction. According to Wikipedia: "This highly organized system categorizes books on library shelves in an efficient,…