Marysville Library Blog

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ring in the New Year with Reading


While many people around the world will be out and about celebrating the New Year with spirited whoops of mirth and laughter and glasses at the ready for toasting, I will be at home--far away from careening crowds, celebrating the event with one of many books that I seldom seem to find the time to read. Here are just a few titles from the pile I will be choosing from, come Friday night. Perhaps you'll find one of interest and start your own tradition of Reading in the New Year.

If Big Stone Gap means anything to you, you'll be happy to know that Adriana Trigiani has begun another family saga--this time centering around the Roncalli and Angelini families. Filled with Trigiani's signature hilarity and endearing family dynamics, the first installment in the new trilogy is Very Valentine.

You don't have to be a birdbrain to enjoy Alex & Me, the true account of an amazing parrot and a heartwarming relationship between bird and scientist. Written by Irene Pepperberg, this bestselling book just may change the way you think about animal intelligence.

Writing about Love is a Four-Letter Word, a collection of breakups and broken hearts edited by Michael Taeckens, one reviewer has this to say, "These dispatches from the deep, dark depths of romantic doom will make you cringe, laugh, wince, sigh, laugh again and nod along." This handful of bestselling authors baring their souls and sharing their own tales of love's woes may be just the thing to make you feel better about not having someone to kiss when the ball drops!

With the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina deep in the recesses of our memories, Tom Piazza brings the importance of reviving New Orleans back to the front seat of our minds with Why New Orleans Matters. Both heartwrenching and hilarious, the author asks the reader to consider the spirit, grace and soul of this resilient city.

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz has written yet another winning tale about Izzy, a rescued Border Collie and resident of Bedlam Farm. In Izzy & Lenore, you'll meet two dogs who bring comfort and companionship to people who need it the most. Izzy and Lenore's boundless capacity for love will steal your heart and their real life jobs as trained hospice volunteers can only open your eyes to the ways in which animals can make a huge and lasting difference in our lives.

A graduate of Yale and Oxford, author Charles Finch made his writing debut in the Charles Lenox series with A Beautiful Blue Death, a book which was nominated for an Agatha Award. The ongoing detective work of this mid-Victorian sleuth continues to intrigue readers in The September Society. The case begins in the middle of the night, with Lady Annabelle Payson insisting on seeing Lenox. Her son George at Oxford has disappeared in alarming circumstances.

The health of the planet is literally within our power to alter--whether for better or for worse.
The World without Us by Alan Weisman adds a bit of fiction to science as it depicts the spectacle of humanity's impact on the planet Earth in language and scenario that will rattle the reader to the core. Hang onto your seat for a bumpy, yet strangely optimistic ride on the road to humankind's disappearance from the earth.

And on that note, this busy reader wishes everyone a most happy and book-filled New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Local History

Amidst the hundreds of books in the Marysville Library's Reference Collection is a distinct Local History collection. These items contain information specifically about the city of Marysville and/or Snohomish County. They include town histories, pictorial histories, and even a picture postcard history. There are collections of biographies about prominent citizens and memories from local community members. We also have pamphlets, newspaper clippings (two binders solely pertaining to the Tulalip Tribes), and 100 years of Marysville-Pilchuck High School Quil Ceda Summit yearbooks. Many of the titles were written by local authors and published by local presses or historical societies.
While you are here meandering down memory lane, you can scroll through the microfilm of the Marysville Globe newspaper, which we have back to 1905. (We also retain the newspaper microfilm for the Stanwood and Arlington newspapers.)
So stop by some time and delve into the history of "the birthplace of the Pacific Northwest."

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter Weather Tips

Who can forget the winter weather from last year? Many of us have anxiety when snow is in the forecast, fearing a repeat of last year's flakes. Be prepared for this year's winter weather by checking out some of the resources available online:

Headed out to play in the cold? The Washington State Parks have info on winter safety, including what to bring to be prepared. The Washington Trails Association also has information on winter basics saftey when enjoying the trails.

For those driving throughout the season, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a brochure on winter driving safety. Also on the WSDOT site is a winter section including tips, links to the status of the passes, travel alerts and tire and chain options info.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has an Extreme Cold Prevention Guide as well as an Emergency Preparedness page including information on preparing your home and car for winter weather and storm saftey.

Be sure to keep an eye on the forecast by checking out the Weather Channel site for local forecasts, weather news and other weather-related tips and information.

And of course, be sure to check the Sno-Isle website for books, movies, music, downloadable audiobooks and events to keep you entertained and enlightened this winter.