Two college planning workshops scheduled this month

July 8, 2014

Local high-school students and their families are invited to attend a pair of college-planning events July 16 and 29.

The “Are You College Ready?” workshop will be from 6-8:30 p.m. July 16 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. A follow-up workshop is from 6-8:30 p.m. July 29 at the Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E.

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Learn about joining library board at informational session June 25

June 25, 2014

NEW — 10 a.m. June 25, 2014

Care about books and the services the King County Library System provides to Issaquah residents?

The city is looking for Library Board members, and will hold an informational session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. There, you can learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a Library Board member.

The board acts as a bridge between the library and the community, and communicates with the city, library system and library staff members about needs in the community that the local library can help address.

ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

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May 6, 2014

Tiger Mountain

Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come

My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.

I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.

I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.

In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.

I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).

The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.

I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.

Marnie Webb


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Library Magic Show with Jeff Evans / Feb. 18, 2014

February 25, 2014

Issaquah library hosts mental awareness session

October 1, 2013

With Salmon Days visitors crowding the streets of Issaquah, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Eastside hopes to attract people to the library to a “Get a Head Start on Mental Illness Awareness Week.”

Judi Jeanotte, administrative assistant at NAMI Eastside, said the session, at 11 a.m. Oct. 5, is for people with mental illness, and family members and caregivers of mentally ill people.

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Off The Press

September 24, 2013

Go places, learn new things on the cheap

 Do you have a King County library card? At the low price of free, it’s one of the best values on the planet.

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid. Oh, the lives and worlds I’ve escaped into. Books can do that.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

I still have my first library card, which I got when I was 5. I also have my library awards from reading contests when I was a child. If they said read 50 books, I read 100. Ahh, nostalgia.

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Meet author J.A. Jance at Issaquah Library today

September 10, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2013

Meet bestselling author J. A. Jance, who will discuss her 21st mystery featuring Seattle detective J. P. Beaumont, at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Issaquah Library.

The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Jance will sign books, and copies of her latest book will be for sale at the event.

In “Second Watch,” Beaumont is finally getting around to having his knee replacement surgery, but he’s in for more than that.

A series of dreams bring him back first to his early days on the force at Seattle Police Department and then, even earlier, to his days in Vietnam.

Drug induced hallucinations? Maybe. But his haunting visitors from the past lead him into current complications where the dead bodies from the “Second Watch” won’t stay buried.


Advances in technology changes local libraries for the better

June 11, 2013

Pamela Timmons marched into the Issaquah Library on a mission. She hustled over to the hold shelf, where she picked up the books she’d reserved online. After a quick question for a librarian, she popped over to the computer bank where she checked out the books herself. She was back at her car in enough time that she’d been able to park in the front lane reserved for book returns.

Timmons, an Issaquah resident, said technology has made her library trips quick and easy.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, Kette Ravnsborg, 3, of Snoqualmie, works to master a shape recognition video game on a computer recently at the Issaquah Library. At right, the laser beam of a barcode reader at the Issaquah Library stands ready to scan patrons’ books at a self check out station.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, Kette Ravnsborg, 3, of Snoqualmie, works to master a shape recognition video game on a computer recently at the Issaquah Library.

“I use it all the time,” she said. “It’s so fast. It’s unbelievable.”

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Issaquah memorable moments from 2012 entertain, educate

December 25, 2012

The cast of the national tour of the jukebox musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ performs a song in the Tony Award-winning show. File

Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.

Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.

The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.

Reality TV plugs in local contestants

Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.

Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.

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