From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • Front page of Seattle P-I’s Jan. 3, 1897, edition. (Image courtesy Washington State Library) Chronicling America, a free, online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, recently reached a milestone by posting its 10 millionth page. Of that total, 306,000 pages are newspaper contributions from Washington state. Launched by the Library of Congress and the National […]
  • (Image courtesy of WTBBL) Legendary singer Ray Charles remains a beloved figure years after his death. That even carried over to our recent Library Jewels blog series featuring items of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle. WTBBL is part of the Washington State Library. A WTBBL patron ledger featuring the entertainer’s real […]
  • One of the most beloved services of our Washington State Library is the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle. We’ve featured three interesting WTBBL-related items for our September “Library Jewels” blog series, and now it’s time for you, our dear blog reader, to choose your favorite. Just go to the online poll below […]
  • (Photo courtesy of Washington Talking Book & Braille Library) During its long history, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle has had thousands of patrons. In fact, a handwritten ledger kept track of WTBBL patrons registered from 1919 to 1984. One name will grab your attention once you know his stage name. On […]
  • When you’re a state that has as many rivers, lakes and other waterways as Washington, you need a lot of bridges. In fact, according to the state Department of Transportation, WA has nearly 10,000 state and local bridges. Some of Washington’s earlier bridges are famous (or infamous): “Galloping Gertie,” which collapsed into the Tacoma Narrows […]