Local library readers’ appetite for ‘The Hunger Games’ dominates top titles

December 27, 2011

“The Hunger Games” — Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel set in a dystopian future — ranked as the top title requested throughout the King County Library System in 2011.

The top titles requested throughout local libraries mirror bestseller lists and offer a glimpse at readers’ tastes. “The Hunger Games” — No. 1 in a popular series about a post-apocalyptic world — and other books in Collins’ lineup jousted against titles from authors Rick Riordan and Laura Hillenbrand, and comedienne Tina Fey, for the top spot.

King County Library System librarians tracked the most-requested titles by determining the number of holds on a particular book. The number indicates readers’ most likely checked out the book, although the figure is not a precise count.

The system does not release the information for individual libraries due to confidentiality policies.

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Zombies overrun Issaquah, menace unsuspecting residents

November 1, 2011

Zombies lift a fallen comrade from the pavement on Front Street North as traffic stops for the horde of undead in downtown Issaquah on Oct. 29. By Warren Kagarise

The undead creaked and rasped to life in Issaquah hours before sunset Oct. 29, as zombie hordes menaced motorists on a downtown street and overran a festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

The zombies, groaning and ashen-faced, clad in blood-spattered and torn clothes, started to creep south along Front Street North just after 3 p.m.

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Issaquah Library’s book sale offers plenty of bang for the buck

November 1, 2011

The local nonprofit group Friends of the Issaquah Library will sponsor the second of its bi-annual Issaquah Library Book Sales this weekend.

Proceeds will go toward library events such as the opera club, story time for children, teen reading groups and a handful of other programs.

“The librarians in King County sponsor the events, we simply pay for them. So we supplement the programs at the library,” said David Wettstein, president of Friends of the Issaquah Library.

The sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 6. Organizers hope to raise about $3,500. The sale will take place in the library’s conference room and will be staffed entirely by Friends volunteers.

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Zombies overrun Issaquah, menace unsuspecting residents

October 29, 2011

The undead, including zombie physician, overrun downtown Issaquah en route to the Issaquah Library for a 'Thriller' dance routine Saturday. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 p.m. Oct. 29, 2011

The undead creaked and rasped to life in Issaquah late Saturday afternoon, as zombie hordes menaced motorists on a downtown street and overran a festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

Zombies, groaning and ashen-faced, clad in blood-spattered and torn clothes, started to creep south along Front Street North just after 3 p.m.

Traffic decelerated to a crawl as zombies shambled down the centerline and along the lanes’ edges as motorists — some bewildered, some bemused — aimed cameras at the horde. Others stared straight ahead in stunned silence as zombies peered inside and tapped on windows.

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Zombie dancers shuffle, step to ‘Thriller’ for record attempt

October 25, 2011

Chandler Osman, 12, an Issaquah Middle School student, strikes a ‘Thriller’ pose Oct. 22 during rehearsal for Green Halloween Festival performances. By Greg Farrar

The undead shuffle across TV and cinema screens. Zombies chomp across bestseller lists. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a droll guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse.

The zombie zeitgeist is ceaseless. Just like a horde of the undead on a mindless search for brains.

The pop culture phenomenon reaches Issaquah on Oct. 29 as revelers dressed as the undead shuffle downtown and in the Issaquah Highlands just before Halloween.

The most able-bodied zombies plan to inch to the Green Halloween Festival and the Issaquah Library to duplicate the complicated choreography from the 1983 Michael Jackson epic, “Thriller” — a 14-minute MTV masterpiece from “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis.

Zombies plan to re-create “Thriller” at 2 p.m. for festivalgoers and at 4 p.m. at the downtown library. Then, zombies around the globe plan to gather for Thrill the World, a simultaneous attempt to dance to “Thriller” and set a world record. In Issaquah, 6 p.m. is the designated hour for the Thrill the World attempt.

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King County Library System adds Kindle e-books to collection

September 27, 2011

King County Library System users on the hunt for a popular title, like say, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” — a comic tale about a mother balancing children and a career — no longer need to head to the brick-and-mortar library for a paper-and-ink book.

The library system started offering e-books to Kindle e-reader users. The rollout came as Kindle maker Amazon.com started offering books for the device at libraries nationwide.

“With the increase in popularity of digital readers, at about last year’s holiday gift-giving season, we ramped up our digital collection significantly,” said Marsha Iverson, public relations specialist for the Issaquah-based library system. “We kind of saw of it coming and got a little bit ahead of the curve, so we do have a good selection of digital downloads.”

Before the announcement Sept. 21, the library system offered books only on other e-readers, but not the popular Kindle. The library uses e-book distributor OverDrive for digital titles.

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Invasion Issaquah: Encounter invaders from outer space at library

September 20, 2011

In the early 1950s, as the long shadow of the Cold War settled across the landscape, Hollywood used invaders from outer space as a stand-in for the threat posed by communists on the other side of the planet.

The anxiety underpinned “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and other sci-fi films from the Eisenhower era, some classic, others less so. Robert Horton, film critic for The Herald in Everett and KUOW-FM in Seattle, is due to offer a presentation at the Issaquah Library on Sept. 27 about the link between such films and Cold War paranoia.

The anxieties present in 1950s sci-fi flicks show “the way that movies reflect our culture and sort of tell us about our culture, sometimes even when we’re not paying attention,” Horton said in a recent interview.

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Issaquah meeting to focus on King County outreach

August 16, 2011

The way King County leaders and residents interact is due to change soon.

In a decision last month, leaders changed how county government and unincorporated-area residents interact. Now, Countywide Community Forums of King County — a public-engagement program overseen by the county auditor — is asking citizens for feedback about the updated outreach effort. The effort includes a forum at the Issaquah Library and a survey for residents to complete online.

The outreach model adopted by the County Council establishes eight to 12 community service areas to cover all rural and unincorporated areas in sprawling King County, not just the communities included in the six existing unincorporated area councils.

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King County residents can complete outreach survey

August 9, 2011

Countywide Community Forums of King County is planning a forum at the Issaquah Library to discuss the county’s outreach plan for unincorporated area residents.

Residents in the rural, suburban and urban unincorporated areas can weigh in at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

In the meantime, citizens can complete a survey to help county leaders learn how to best to expand community participation, and strengthen the communication link between residents in unincorporated areas and county government.

From Aug. 19 to Sept. 9, citizens can attend forums or offer opinions at www.communityforums.org.

The outreach model adopted by the King County Council last month establishes eight to 12 community service areas to cover all unincorporated areas, not just the communities included in the unincorporated area councils.

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Issaquah forum to focus on King County outreach

August 4, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 4, 2011

Countywide Community Forums of King County is planning a forum at the Issaquah Library to discuss the county’s outreach plan for unincorporated area residents.

Residents in the rural, suburban and urban unincorporated areas can weigh in at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Participants should RSVP to the forum.

The model adopted by the King County Council last month establishes eight to 12 community service areas to cover all unincorporated areas, not just the communities included in the unincorporated area councils.

The framework affects the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council, a liaison for unincorporated area residents near Issaquah to the county government based in Seattle.

The framework calls for a single point of contact to hold meetings, develop work programs, and provide regular opportunities for homeowner associations, community development groups and unincorporated area councils to meet county officials.

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