Off The Press — Your contest photos are an inspiration

September 3, 2015

Hi readers! Here is a heads-up to look forward to the work of some great photographers — your very own friends and neighbors — next week in your hometown weekly newspaper. You are going to be blown away!

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

I’ve already had an advance peek on account of it was my job to sort and collate the entries, but let me just say how envious I am of the skill and the special moments captured by all of you who have once again entered our annual Issaquah and Sammamish Amateur Photo Contest.

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Popular Wine Walk adds Author Fest

April 28, 2015

The fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Association Wine Walk series continues May 1.

The association’s first Friday event is from 6-9 p.m. and features samples of regional vintners, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, and snacks, all within easy walking distance along Front Street.

This month, the association is collaborating with the Issaquah Library and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for the first annual Author Fest. The new feature kicks off in the library meeting room with the following schedule: Read more

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Illustrating hunger — Local children’s book brings light to national problem

January 6, 2015

If you tell your best friend you’ll keep something secret, when is it OK to break the promise?

Photos by Greg Farrar Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

By Greg Farrar
Lois Brandt is teaching children about hunger with her book ‘Maddi’s Fridge.’ The book, published in September, is a big hit with fourth-graders.

Sofia struggles with the promise and the knowledge that her best friend, Maddi, doesn’t get enough to eat.

Lois Brandt, of Issaquah, wrote a book, “Maddi’s Fridge,” that poses that dilemma.

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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.

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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

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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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