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  • 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 […]

  • From the desk of Kathryn Devine, from materials compiled in part by Judy Pitchford. Have you seen the library’s Classics in Washington History page? It’s an online collection of full-text books on Washington History. Topics include county and regional history, military history, women’s stories, and other special collections that “bring together rare, out of print […]

  • Since taking the helm of the State Library on August 1, 2016 our new librarian Cindy Aden has been on the go!   While Cindy is a past president of WLA and has worked in Washington for many years, it’s been a while since she visited some of the more remote corners of the state. Cindy […]

  • From the desk of Nikki Chiampa The Centralia Daily Hub began as an Independent newspaper on September 29, 1913 with editor George A. Dew and publisher Madison “Elsy” Ellsworth Cue at the helm. The other publisher of the paper was the Hub Printing Company, Inc., an enterprise of which Cue was president. The Daily Hub […]

  • The Washington State Library (WSL) has compiled fact sheets to illustrate funding and support from WSL to libraries across the state. We do this annually organized by legislative and congressional district. Our Congressional District fact sheets are now available online and we expect to have Legislative District fact sheets posted on our website by the end of […]

  • We received this message from Jamie Allwine, the Library Manager at Timberland’s Winlock Library.  It was such a great story that we asked her permission to share it.  Thanks Jamie, you’ve made our day. The Winlock Library’s ascent into STEM really started with a WSL workshop that Joe Olayvar and Evelyn Lindberg put on at […]

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