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Clippings August 7, 2015 (published August 28, 2015)

August 28th, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of August 7, 2015 (published August 28, 2015)

Library News

Everett libraries to let outsiders share (Everett/Mukilteo Tribune, Snohomish, 7/8/15)

Tech upgrade to close library for a bit (The News Tribune, Tacoma, 7/28/15)

Library Lego contest winners
Winners of this summer’s Lego contest at the library under the “Every Hero Has A Story,” theme were Seth Lustig for grades 4-6, Caleb Lustig for grades K-3, and Jenna Harwood for grades 7-12. The projects were judged on creativity, originality, and theme. (Whitman County Gazette, Colfax, 7/9/15)
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WSL Updates, August 27, 2015

August 27th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAM

2) 2015 WALE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN

3) WLMA CONFERENCE 2015 REGISTRATION OPEN

4) PROQUEST INTERFACE UPGRADES

5) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Visit the San Juan Islands – Winter and Spring 1907!

August 26th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public No Comments »

From the desk of Marlys Rudeen – Deputy State Librarian

Traipsing through issues of the San Juan Islander for January-April 1907 is serious business.  For the islanders are a litigious lot and there seems to be a fair amount of news regarding lawyers, courts, suits and arrests in what we think of today as an idyllic vacation spot.  I’ve picked out a few events that struck me as interesting, but there is far more to be explored.

Feel free to browse through the issues for 1898-1914 on your own at the Chronicling America site,

(http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88085190/) at the Library of Congress.  Choose the link to ‘Browse’, then use the drop down to choose a year, and the calendar display to choose an issue.

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Jan. 5, 1907

  1. 1 The first electric street light in Friday Harbor lights up the intersection of Spring and Main streets. Voluntary contributions from citizens will be necessary to purchase additional lights.  The paper takes the stance that incorporation is advisable in order to fund such civic improvements.

Jan. 12, 1907

  1. 1 The danger working in lumber mills is underlined by the report of the accident suffered by Dutton McNallie, a 19-year old, who lost his left arm to the planer at the Friday Harbor Mill.
  2. 3 Under the heading “No Women Politicians”, the paper quotes Pope Pius X where he exhorts women to do everything they can to care for the poor and uplift civilization, including education. “They should study everything, with, of course, the exception of theology.”  He continues that women should be lawyers, doctors and teacher, but should not enter politics.  “Women in Parliament!  The idea is preposterous.  Men there make blunders sufficient.”

Jan. 26, 1907

  1. 1 Former San Juan Co. resident, W. C. Boone, is in jail in Salem, OR, charged with bigamy. Also it seems his name is actually D. M. Richards.  He married a Miss McFadden in Salem on Sept. 15, 1906, failing to mention that he already had a wife in the Bellingham area (and several children) from whom he had never obtained a divorce.  It is also charged that when he married the wife in Bellingham, he already had a wife in Ohio.

The Whatcom County Bar Association has instituted proceeding for the disbarment of E. J. Grover.  Specific charges include misappropriation of funds and soliciting a bribe.  Grover is known for “having been associated with Mr. Garrett in the trial of the Wold-Ziegler cow case.”

The case of the McCrary Liquor License – whether or not to issue a liquor license to W. H. McCrary becomes a burning question in San Juan County.  There will charges and countercharges, sworn affadavits, lawyers and county commissioners weighing in over several months.  See “Officials Clash on License Question.”

Feb. 2, 1907

  1. 1 “McCrary Liquor License Held Up.”

Feb. 9, 1907

  1. 1 “The ‘Pirates of Penzance’ would have to ‘go away back and sit down’ if they were to come into competition with the fruit and produce commission pirates of Seattle. Compared with them the ‘Forty Thieves’ of the Arabian Nights were mere novices in the art of robbing the public.”

What sort of tactics do fruit and produce pirates employ?  An Orcas Island orchardist shipped 70 boxes of choice apples to the commission, for which he expected payment of about $60 according to current fruit prices.  After considerable time and several letters he went to Seattle and confronted the owner of the shop which had sold the fruit.  The shop owner admitted he had received the fruit in good order and sold it at good prices, but instead of paying the grower he had used the money in his business and so didn’t have it to make payment, and “what are you going to do about it?”  (Pirates, indeed!)

Street lights  – It turns out the single street light was being donated free for a couple months by the local power company.  Now they announce that it will be shut off unless someone raises the money to pay the monthly fee.

Feb. 16, 1907

  1. 1 “Special Meeting of Commissioners” (McCrary Liquor License.)

Feb. 23, 1907

  1. 1 An argument between citizens, A. Stoliker and Fred Peasley became heated, with such florid language that Mr. Peasely went so far as to attempt to have Mr. Stoliker placed “under bonds to keep the peace.” There was a hearing before Justice Oscar Bergman of the Valley Precinct. “While the evidence showed that the language used by Stoliker wasn’t indicative of a feeling of brotherly love toward Peasley and that it would be somewhat out of place in a Christian Endeavor meeting or high class literary symposium, it did not impress the justice as being of such a character as to indicate that Stoliker was really thirsting for Peasley’s gore… and he was accordingly discharged.”

Mar. 2, 1907

  1. 1 “A repeated Misstatement Corrected” (McCrary Liquor License.)
  2. 6 The current serialized novel is “The Iron Pirate” by Max Pemberton.iron pirate

Mar. 16, 1907

  1. “A Statement from Commissioner Sandwith.” (McCrary Liquor License.)

Also a new physician settle in Friday Harbor, Dr. George H. Shrodes.

Mar. 23, 1907

  1. 1 “Mr. Frits Demands a Retraction.” (McCrary Liquor License.)

Apr. 6, 1907

  1. 1 Another saloonkeeper, Fred Lightheart is acquitted in a case involving gambling in his saloon. “While the fact of gambling in the saloon was clearly established, the evidence failed to show that it was done with his knowledge or consent.”  (Perhaps they limited their play to darkened corners?)

Apr. 27, 1907

  1. 1 A proposed tax on dogs ($1 for a male, $2 for a female) is said to be unconstitutional by the attorney general. The county attorney had consulted him after the county commissioners proposed the tax.

Ed Gilshenan who was thought to be drowned in the San Juan Channel, turned up safe and sound at his home on Waldron Island.  He did indeed capsize, but managed to reach Brush Island.  Once there it took several days to flag down a steamer that picked him up and allowed him to find his way home.

I’ll leave the islands now but hope you will visit and make the acquaintance of the early citizens.  And in case you’re wondering, Mr. McCrary does indeed get his license, though I would be hard put to identify exactly where and when it happened.

The San Juan Islander was digitized through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the National Digital Newspaper Program.  The Islander and many other American newspapers can be found online at Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) at the Library of Congress.

Additional newspapers for Washington can be found at Historic Newspapers (www.sos.wa.gov/legacy/newspapers.aspx) at the Washington State Library’s web site.  The State Library is a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

 

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WSL Updates Special Edition for August 26, 2015

August 26th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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WSL UPDATES SPECIAL EDITION FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015

Note: The next regular edition of WSL Updates will appear on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Topics include:

1) LEADING FROM ANY POSITION: CREATING LEARNING LIBRARIES IN FIVE EASY LESSONS

2) COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP

3) COMMUNICATING IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE WORKSHOP

4) DIGITAL LITERACY: PUBLIC TECHNOLOGY TRAINING IN LIBRARIES

5) BRIDGES TO CITIZENSHIP FALL INSTITUTE

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WSL Updates for August 20, 2015

August 19th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING PATRON BEHAVIOR FREE WEBINAR

2) EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

3) JOIN THE SUPERCHARGED COMMUNITY

4) ZINE CONTEST ENTRIES DUE AUGUST 31

5) OCLC MEMBER FORUM IN CHENEY

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Even boring machines can be interesting.

August 17th, 2015 Nono Burling Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, State Library Collections No Comments »

With Big Bertha in the news on a regular basis we got to thinking about boring machines in general. Or rather, interesting boring machines.  One in particular comes to mind, from the historic coal mining community of Roslyn, Washington:

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From Roslyn local historian, Sue Litchfield:

Steep-pitched mines predominated the Roslyn-Cle Elum Coal Field, making it more expensive to extract coal than the relatively flat coal seams in the east and Midwest. In an effort to cut costs Tom Murphy the mine’s general manager designed and built the N.W.I. Company’s coal boring machine. The boring machine was able to drill crosscuts and air tunnels in a third of the time required by conventional means. “Murphy earned recognition from engineers throughout America and other countries for his genius in coping with the problems of steep-pitch mining in the Roslyn Cle Elum Field,” wrote Cle Elum’s Miner Echo. “A boring machine, first put on paper about 1940 and finally constructed in the Roslyn shops about 2 years ago, was one of his pet projects. Employed at the No. 3 Mine, the machine has eliminated the expensive upkeep of ordinary main airways by boring them 42 inches in diameter through the coal.

These photos of the Northwest Improvement Company’s coal boring machine, as well as other mining machinery and equipment photos were digitized by the Roslyn Public Library with grant assistance from the Washington State Library. They are part of the Washington Rural Heritage Collection and come from the family photo collection of a descendant of Frank Badda, who worked for decades in the Roslyn mines, working his way up to the position of Superintendent until the last mine was closed in 1963.

Oh and back to Big Bertha, she does have one thing that the Roslyn boring machine lacked… a Twitter page.

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August 13th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) LEADING FROM ANY POSITION: CREATING LEARNING LIBRARIES IN FIVE EASY LESSONS

2) EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY: ET KITS GRANT CYCLE OPEN

3) TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

4) EARLY LEARNING CONFERENCES – FALL 2015

5) CITY/COUNTY CONFERENCE & ASSOCIATION

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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WSL Updates for August 6, 2015

August 6th, 2015 Shirley Lewis Posted in For Libraries, Grants and Funding, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

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Topics include:

1) IT ACADEMY WEBINARS

2) EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY: ET KITS GRANT CYCLE OPEN

3) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

4) OUTSIDE THE LINES COMING IN SEPTEMBER

5) NORTHWEST ELEARN CONFERENCE 2015

6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK

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Clippings July 31, 2015

July 31st, 2015 Marilyn Lindholm Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Updates No Comments »

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of July 31, 2015

Library News

Little libraries with big hearts (Mercer Island Reporter, Mercer Island, 7/8/2015)

Buildings

Tukwila is growing up
Drive by the corner of South 144th Street and Tukwila International Boulevard and you’ll see big piles of dirt. It’s hard to miss that Tukwila Village is becoming reality. And, soon, work will begin on the new King County Library branch for Tukwila. (Tukwila Reporter, Kent, 7/–/15)

People

Library recognizes three with Bullitt scholarships
The Seattle Public Library Foundation has announced the winners for the 2015 Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship. Three scholarships were awarded to: Natalie Quek, $5,000, for her essay “Preserve Our Islands’ Fight to Protect Maury Island”; Noah Foster-Koth, $2,500, for his essay “Washington State’s Greatest Civil Rights Advocate”; and Lena Easton-Calabria, $2,500, for her essay “Reviving an Ancient Whaling Tradition in the Face of Discrimination: Cultural Courage by the Makah Tribe”. The winning essays can be read at www.civiccouragescholarship.com. (City Living Seattle, Seattle, 7/–/15)
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WSL Updates Special Edition for Friday, July 31, 2015

July 30th, 2015 Diane Hutchins Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, News, Training and Continuing Education, Updates No Comments »

WSL UPDATES SPECIAL EDITION FOR FRIDAY, July 31, 2015

Note: The next regular edition of WSL Updates will appear on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

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JOIN THE SUPERCHARGED COMMUNITY

The Washington State Library is pleased to offer a new learning opportunity for all public library staff members and volunteers in Washington State who are interested in early childhood literacy and storytimes. Supercharged Storytimes, made possible through a partnership of the Washington State Library, Thrive Washington, and OCLC, introduces public library storytime providers to a more effective way to plan and deliver storytimes. Supercharged Storytimes does not replace existing library programs, such as Every Child Ready to Read – it enhances them through techniques proven to be effective by Project VIEWS2 research.

After joining the Supercharged community, public library staff members and volunteers in the state of Washington have access to:

  • Recorded webinars that provide an overview of the science and the significance of Supercharged Storytimes;
  • Online supporting materials, such as videos, articles, and tools and tip sheets;
  • Supercharged discussion forums, offering the ability to share ideas and collaborate with other public library colleagues around the state.

There is no cost for public library staff and volunteers in Washington State to participate. To sign up:

  • Go to webjunction.org and click on “Log in” in the upper right-hand corner.
    • Have a WebJunction account? Simply log in with your username and password.
    • New to WebJunction? Follow the instructions to create a new account.
  • After logging in, enroll in Supercharged Central -Washington by going to the WebJunction Course Catalog and search courses by entering: Supercharged
  • At the enrollment options page, enter the following enrollment key: superchargedWA and then click on “Enroll me.”
  • After you select “Enroll me,” you will be see the Supercharged Storytimes community of practice page.
  • Welcome to the community – and get ready to supercharge your practice!

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