From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • If you’re a parent, you might have another reason to take your kids to the local library – “Cool Creations.” More than 30 local libraries throughout Washington will receive educational invention kits for children to use for a limited time, thanks to the Washington State Library. The State Library will send the libraries 32-piece Cool […]
  • (Image courtesy of Washington State Library) Looking at an atlas made today might not excite many of us since we’re so familiar with the shape of states, nations, continents and other landforms that we’d see. But seeing an atlas created nearly 500 years ago, during an era when conventional wisdom had just accepted that the […]
  • Nowadays, news can spread across the nation and around the world in just minutes, even seconds. That was not the case in 1865. When President Lincoln died April 15 of that year after being shot, readers of the Olympia-based Washington Standard didn’t see the story (right) about Lincoln’s death until a week later, in its […]
  • It’s time to show off three more State Library Jewels. With April being National Poetry Month, the first one is timely: a rare poster of a poem about Washington artist Christopher Stern, who died of cancer in 2006. The poster, a collaboration by Maralyn Crosetto of Day Moon Press and Mare Blocker, was printed at […]
  • After being praised by Secretary Wyman (left), John C. Hughes addresses the crowd at a reception honoring him in Wyman’s office. (Photo courtesy of Laura Mott)  John C. Hughes was honored by the state Senate and Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Tuesday for his robust 50-year career in journalism and doing critically acclaimed oral […]