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.


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.



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.


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!

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 8, 2014

What’s new?

Wowbrary: the newest stuff at your libraryEvery week, we place several orders for new books, DVDs, and other materials for the library.  Want to know what treasures are on their way?  Check out our Wowbrary service!  Each week, it includes a list of everything we’ve ordered.  You don’t have to constantly check the website to stay up-to-date, though; you can also register to receive weekly e-mails about the hottest new titles we’ve ordered.

Take a look and let us know what you think!

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 5, 2014

Grade school life in 1930s Burlington

Purity, Loyalty, and Knowledge are the three main themes of the Burlington Grade School Honor Code.

An excerpt from the 1934 grade school scrapbook lists the honor code that “graders” were expected to follow

In 1934, student Elsie Ovenell assembled the Lincoln Grade School’s annual scrapbook.  The scrapbook includes photographs and newspaper clippings representing a year at Lincoln.  From the looks of it, the school year was filled with orchestra concerts, puppet shows, diphtheria vaccines, basketball games, broken arms, faculty picnics, and, of course, a lot of learning.

The scrapbook currently resides in the library, but it has a home online as well: the entire scrapbook is available through our new Hub History project.  Take a look for a trip back to 1930s Burlington.

Want to see more documents from Burlington’s early days?  Take some time to immerse yourself in our Hub History project, a digital collection of family and community history.

Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 1, 2014

The Youth Science Expo is coming up!

We are absolutely thrilled about our upcoming Youth Science Expo on Tuesday, July 8th from 2-4 p.m.  The expo will be a library-wide festival where youth ages 8-18 can design some cool projects while learning about scientific concepts.  Kids and teens will learn to take their pulse, shoot a vortex cannon, make computer keyboards out of gummy worms, and design some slick e-textile accessories.

One of our favorite activities is a station where kids can design their own balloon-powered cars.  Here’s a video to get a flavor for the project.  We hope that you can come to the expo to design a car with us, of course, but if you can’t make it, you can use this video’s instructions to create some air pressure-powered racers at home:




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

How do you compare?

Screens — whether they are attached to computers, e-readers, phones, or TVs — take up a lot of our time.  But how does your screen time compare to the average person’s screen time in this country?  Or in the world as a whole?

Gizmodo recently re-printed a cool graph that shows just that.  The graph is taken from a rather long report on Internet trends by venture capitalist Mary Meeker.

What do you think?  How much does your screen time compare?  Let us know in the comments below!

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