Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | October 23, 2014

Learn about this election season issues !

Learn about this year’s ballot, find voter registration forms and remember to vote!  The library always has information resources (books, articles, data, statistics) on issues plus there is a new website with fact checking capabilities called the LivingVotersGuide.org.  Stay informed and Vote!

Make the most of your vote!

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | October 16, 2014

Practice makes perfect!

If you are planning to take the SAT, GRE, GED or other career qualifying exam, click here to practice the exams using the Testing & Education Reference Center. Your library card allows you to spend time focusing on the tests and sample questions to prepare you for the best scores! You can take the tests over and over again to get it just right!

Practice taking your entrance and qualifying exams on the Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier. TERC is provides easy access to information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level. Plus, the resume Builder and Virtual career library make TERC perfect for job seekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search. It also provides provides a vast collection of information on two- and four-year institutions across the United States to help students (and parents) screen potential schools.  This resource is available in the library or from home 24/7.  Contact us if you need help.

GED®
HSPT (High School Placement Test)
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admission Test)
SHSAT
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
ACT
Academic Skills Question Banks
Mathematics, Grades 6-8
Mathematics, Grades 9-12
Reading, Grades 6-8
Reading, Grades 9-12
Science, Grades 9-12
Writing, Grades 6-8
Writing, Grades 9-12
AP (Advanced Placement)
AP Biology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP European History
AP Human Geography NEW
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP Physics B
AP Physics C
AP Psychology
AP Spanish Language
AP Statistics
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP World History
COOP (Cooperative Entrance Examination)
GED®
HSPT (High School Placement Test)
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admission Test)
SHSAT
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
ACT
Cosmetology
Barbering
Nail Technology
Esthetics Fundamentals
Esthetics Advanced
Massage
Firefighter Exam
Law Enforcement Exams
Border Patrol
Corrections Officer
Court Officer
Parole Officer
Police Officer
Police Promotion
Probation Officer
State Trooper
Medical/Nursing Exams
Medical Assistant Course
NCLEX-PN
NCLEX-RN
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
CLEP
DSST
Ethics in America
Introduction to Computing
Management Information Systems
Principles of Supervision
Substance Abuse
PSAT
SAT
SAT Subject Tests
Biology E/M
Chemistry
French
Literature
Math Level 1
Math Level 2
Physics
Spanish
U.S. History
World History
International Tools
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
TOEFL Reading Comprehension
TOEFL Vocabulary
TOEFL Writing and Grammar
TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
TOEIC
U.S. Citizenship
Accountant/Auditor Exams
Accountant/Auditor
ACT WorkKeys
Reading for Information
Applied Mathematics
American Foreign Service Officer
Basic Computer Skills
Microsoft Windows 7 NEW
Microsoft Word 2010 NEW
Microsoft Excel 2010 NEW
Microsoft Access 2010 NEW
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 NEW
Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
Postal 473/473-C Exams
Postal 710/711 Exams
Real Estate
Caseworker
Court Officer
Parole Officer
Probation Officer
PRAXIS I
Treasury Enforcement Agent

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | October 3, 2014

If you liked…

Under A Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown

Under A Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown

It isn’t very often we have over 5 holds on a non-fiction book so we have ordered an extra copy of “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.  This title has been on the best-seller list for months.

For those of you who are waiting, several of us agree it is worth the wait. If you also liked Timothy Egan’s “Big Burn” you may also want to read “Under a Flaming Sky”, an earlier title by Brown.

All three are historical narratives with good stories of improbable survival, triumph and tragedy.  They serve to keep us aware of our tentative hold on life and humanity.

-Karen

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | September 30, 2014

Skagit Reads “Closing the Food Gap”

Mark Winne's Closing the Food Gap - Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (c 2008)

Mark Winne’s Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (c 2008)

The book “Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty” is Skagit Libraries community reads book for the month of October.  It involves everyone in reading, discussing, debating and analyzing the same book.

In this case, the book is about food, health and social policies that have shaped the way we eat, work and live.  Skagit County’s economy is very dependent on agriculture.  There are 1074 farms in Skagit County according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture though that number has decreased since 2007.  But there is an active effort to encourage fresh, safe, sustainable and healthy food crops for all of our residents by various agencies, small farms, small distribution, processing and retail sales businesses.

Author, Mark Winne’s book describes his career as a community food activist dedicated to improving social policies that advocate healthy fresh meals especially for those whose incomes make it hard for them to afford.  It includes a history of food programs for the poor as they evolved – both governmental and non-profit – with discussion of what works and what hasn’t. He will be visiting Skagit County – dates tba.

Pick up a free copy of the book at your local Skagit library and join in on the discussion at our several scheduled events!

Skagit Reads event schedule updates

Food Day, October 24th, 2014 is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Skagit Reads Schedule of Events

Skagit Reads Schedule of Events

 

 

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | September 12, 2014

Discover Burlington History @ the Library

Discovery Burlington History at the Library

Discover Burlington History Program Sept 16 7 pm at the Burlington Library

Tuesday evening, Sept 16, 7 pm
Burlington Public Library Community Meeting Room
820 E Washington Ave

Learn to find Burlington historical places, people, events, buildings, houses, dates, using the library and other new resources – print and online.  Also learn about the new Hub History Digital Collection of online photographs and documents for learning history.

Bring your questions and share your history stories with the Burlington Historical Society group for a fascinating trip back in time here in Skagit County.

Reference Librarian and local historian Karen Prasse will talk about finding the hidden-in-plain-site resources for history.

The program is sponsored by the Burlington Historical Society

For more information call 360-757-4757

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | September 11, 2014

Burlington Public Summer Reading Bike winner !

Ciro Raygoza, 3, is the proud recipient of a Mongoose bike donated by the Mount Vernon Wal-Mart.

Ciro Raygoza, 3, is the proud recipient of a Mongoose bike donated by the Mount Vernon Wal-Mart for the Burlington Library Summer Reading program

Ciro Raygoza was one of 322 children who registered for the free Summer Reading Program, Fizz, Boom, Read, at the Burlington Public Library.

Each week, his family faithfully read to Ciro and filled out raffle tickets.
One hundred twenty-one (121) children completed the eight-week reading program and were eligible for a complimentary paperback book.

FBR2

2014 Burlington Library Summer Reading Program

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | August 7, 2014

For our ebook and audiobook readers

Washington Anytime Library logoThe Washington Anytime Library (aka Overdrive) has some new checkout options for you!  See below:

 

suspendSuspend a hold 

You can now “suspend” a hold on Overdrive. When you do this, you continue to move up the waiting list for that title, but the system won’t fill your hold until your suspension period is over. For example, you’re getting close to the top of a waiting list for a popular title, but you’re in the middle of reading another book, you might want to suspend your hold to make sure that you won’t receive the new title until you are ready for it.  There are more details on Overdrive’s website.

autoAutomatic Borrowing

You can also turn on “automatic borrowing” when you place a title on hold.  This way you have the option to have titles automatically check out to your account when it becomes available.  Again, you can learn more about this feature from Overdrive.

 

-Karen

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | August 6, 2014

Finding inspiration in the library

Janis Joplin in 1969

Janis Joplin found her inspiration reading about the blues in her local library

The Library of Congress has been working to digitize interviews that broadcaster Studs Terkel did with prominent musicians.  There is a lot of fascinating material in this collection, including interviews with Oscar Peterson and Bob Dylan.

The one that caught our interest, though, was Janis Joplin talking about how she was inspired by Bessie Smith and other blues singers, and how she “started reading books on the blues that I found in the library.”  Take a listen:

 

Thanks to the Library of Congress and its partners, you can find a number of Studs’ interviews, with musicians and other notable interviewees, available for streaming online.

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 28, 2014

Attention Whovians!

Invitation from the DoctorDon’t blink… or you might miss our upcoming Doctor Who party!  We’ll be designing dalek t-shirts, putting your Whoniverse knowledge to the test in a trivia contest, and writing cryptic messages in Circular Gallifreyan.

Bring your sonic screwdriver!  Or better yet, come dressed as your favorite doctor, companion, or alien!  We will be having a fantastic costume contest with brilliant prizes.

10th and 11th doctorsThe party will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 on Saturday, August 2, at 48° 28′ 33″ N 122° 19′ 31″ W (better known as the Burlington Public Library).  The party is free and open to adults, teens, and kids ages 10+, so we hope to see you there!

 

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 26, 2014

Got kids? We want to hear from you

Storytime SurveyWe’re planning out our storytimes for this fall, and trying to find the times that work best for parents and guardians in the Burlington community.  You can help us out by filling out a short online survey with the days and times that work well for you.  Whether you and your little one are storytime regulars, or if you haven’t yet been able to bring your child to any of our early literacy programs, we’d love to have your input.

There are different surveys for different age groups — if you might be bringing children of multiple age groups, we’d appreciate it if you could fill out a separate survey for each one:

Hope to see you and your kids at one of our storytimes this fall!

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 24, 2014

Vote for this October’s Big Library Read!

6bf53eb9-f725-4d6f-9b0f-8a713c4f141aOverdrive — the company that manages most of the library’s ebooks — is gearing up for another “Big Library Read.”  During one of these big library reads, people all over the world can read and discuss a single ebook together, without being stuck for weeks on a wait list.

But there’s a catch to October’s Big Library Read — Overdrive hasn’t decided on a book yet!  They’ve sent out an online survey, which you are more than welcome to weigh in on.  It looks like their short list includes a bunch of teen titles that look pretty fun!

Vote in their survey, or let us know your preference in the comments below!  I hope you’re looking forward to October’s Big Library Read.

-Jane

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 14, 2014

Writers: are you going to PNWA?

The logo for the Pacific Northwest Writers AssociationA lot of local authors make their home in the library, and we don’t blame them.  We’ve got a relaxing environment, contact information for every publisher you could possibly think of, and books filled with writing tips.

However, all you authors might want to consider spending your time in Seattle this weekend, because the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) will be throwing a fantastic conference.  It will be great for several reasons:

  1. Authors will have the chance to pitch their books to literary agents and editors in person, rather than sending in an email or a letter with (maybe) a few pages of their book. As you can imagine, agents gets thousands of these query letters every week; pitching it in person is an opportunity not to be missed.
  2. There will be lots of other authors, many published, that unpublished authors can rub elbows with.  It will be a great chance to make friends and important connections.
  3. There are tons of workshops scheduled to help even the most seasoned writer hone their craft.
  4. PNWA is regarded as one of the best writers conferences in the country.  Even though it’s on the pricey side (about $600), it saves on traveling fees by being in our own backyard; most of the other big conferences are on the east coast.

So, authors, will any of you be at PNWA?  If so, be sure to tell us all about it when you get back!

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