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  • By now we hope you’ve heard about the new partnership between the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and the Washington State Library.  Yes, we are talking about the Washington Center for the Book. As with all new  endeavors, it can take a while for the behind the scenes work to emerge but that doesn’t mean it’s […]

  • In the early days of the Seattle-based Washington Hellenic Civic Society, little did community citizens know their comings and goings would reach an international audience through the publication of the monthly newspaper, the Washington Hellenic Review. It had just over a 10-year run (1924-1936) under the vision of WHCS president Pericles H. Scarlatos.   It reached […]

  • For many years one of the projects of the State Library was an emailing and blog post called “Clippings.” We contracted with a newspaper clipping service to scour Washington newspapers for mentions of our libraries.  These stories were collected and published weekly, as a way of keeping all of us up to date on what […]

  • The Washington State Library has joined forces with The Seattle Public Library to lead the work of the Washington Center for the Book. The Seattle Public Library was designated as the home for the Washington State Center for the Book by the U.S. Library of Congress back in 1989. The mission of the Washington Center […]

  • From the desk of Ken McDouall, Library Associate, Washington Corrections Center for Women The Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) library branch was pleased to welcome Tacoma’s newest Poet Laureate last week. Kellie Richardson is a lifelong resident of Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, and her poetry is informed by her intersecting identities as an activist, an African […]

  • The Government Printing Office (GPO) in partnership with the Library of Congress just announce the release of the digital (online) availability of the Bound Congressional Record, 1961 – 1970 on  This means you can now search the Bound Congressional Record from 1961 to the present! If you remember that era there is probably some iconic […]

  • From the desk of Anna Nash Every year I look forward to April because it’s National Poetry Month. It is my favorite time for programming in the Institutional Library Services branches. The talent I see each year is at time overwhelming. It is a labor of love. We arrange workshops, presentations, and open mics and […]

  • The meagre lighthouse all in white, haunting the seaboard, as if it were the ghost of an edifice that had once had colour and rotundity, dripped melancholy tears after its late buffeting by the waves. ~Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit A lighthouse is … Although we often think of a tower with a bright light at […]

  • Here at the State Library we love maps.  We have a large number of maps in our collection, some which have been digitized and many, many more in our stacks. In recent years we’ve fallen in love with something called Storymaps, which is a web platform that allows you to create maps to tell a […]

  • Remember these? The Administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter Passage/ratification of the 26th Amendment (allowing 18-year-olds to vote) Watergate The end of the Vietnam War The US Bicentennial Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 The Iran Hostage Crisis OPEC and the Oil Crises of the 1970s Title IX Amendment of the […]

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