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“Archaeology in Washington” Event this Thursday

Posted by wastatelib on January 11, 2008

We hope you’ll join us for “Archaeology in Washington” with authors Ruth Kirk and Richard D. Daugherty, this Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm!  Ruth and Richard’s new book explores many of the archaeological finds in Washington State, including Clovis points found in Wenatchee and the infamous Kennewick Man.  Their appearance at the State Library will feature both authors speaking about their work, as well as their film on Washington archaeology.  Mark your calendars and see you in Tumwater on Thursday!

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Government Gem: Aeronautical and Astronautical Resources

Posted by wastatelib on December 28, 2007

LCAirplaneOnce again the State Library’s status as a Federal Depository Library has paid off with a beautiful new book published based on the collections of the Library of Congress.  Aeronautical and Astronautical Resources of the Library of Congress: A Comprehensive Guide has a clumsy title, but is jam packed with beautiful full-color reproductions of some of the most compelling moments in the history of flight.  The usual suspects are here (the Wright brothers, World War II photographs and government propaganda), but there are also some real stunners.  Take for example, a two page reproduction of a photograph of the city of San Francisco after the 1906 fire and earthquake…taken by a camera mounted to a series of kites.  Or a group of postcards depicting the early French ballooning craze in the 1780s.  Aeronautical and Astronautical Resources is pretty reasonably priced for a book of this type, but free is even more reasonably priced!  This book is now available for checkout at the Washington State Library, as well as many other Depository libraries.

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Washington State Poet Laureate

Posted by wastatelib on December 21, 2007

This past Thursday, Governor Chris Gregoire named Samuel Green as the very first Washington State Poet Laureate.  Legislation for the post of Poet Laureate was passed this year with House Bill 1279.  In addition to being a poet, Sam and his wife Sally run Brooding Heron Press on Waldron Island.  The Washington State Library has acquired a number of books produced by this small specialty press for the past several years, including many signed, hand-bound, and even one-of-a-kind editions.  You can find these books, and those produced by Brooding Heron’s precursor Jawbone Press, in our online catalog.

According to the Governor’s press release, Sam “will serve a two-year term and build awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities and other public settings in geographically diverse areas of the state.”  Congratulations on this momentous achievement, Sam!

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2007 Letters About Literature Deadline

Posted by wastatelib on December 7, 2007

Today marks the one week mark for those still wanting to participate in the Letters About Literature contest, sponsored in part by the Washington State LibraryAll letters must be postmarked by Friday, December 14, 2007. Information about Letters About Literature, including a pdf with the participation guidelines, is available here.  We encourage all students in grades 4-12 to participate in this great contest!  Click here and here to be inspired by last year’s winners!

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Dear Medora: Join us for Lunch!

Posted by wastatelib on November 27, 2007

We hope you can join us at the Washington State Library this Thursday, November 29, 2007!  Author Sydney Stevens will be presenting on her book, “Dear Medora: Child of Oysterville’s Forgotten Years” in a special brownbag (lunchtime) event.  We’ll start at 12:10 PM, so bring your sack lunch and come hear this local author talk about Oysterville holidays during the early 1900s, and the writing of her most recent book!

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Newspaper Gems: First Apple Cup

Posted by wastatelib on November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here at the State Library, we’re thankful for a lot of things, including football and especially The Apple Cup.  This weekend marks the 100th meeting of the University of Washington and Washington State University (at that time the Washington Agricultural College).  The teams first met on Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1900 on Denny Field at the UW campus.

The Seattle Times has already posted a great article about their game day coverage from 1900.  Hopefully the Seattle Post-Intelligencer will get around to posting theirs as well; there’s some great stuff in the P-I but unfortunately our microfilm is pretty poor quality for that day.   We were able to capture their profile of the two team captains the day before, but the P-I also had team photos and lots of coverage of the game on the day after that just don’t reproduce well from the film.  Their coverage included the observation that “in the main grand stand was rank on rank of pretty girls, chiefly university coeds, with the omnipresent male escort.”  Also of note was the fact that the rival teams attended an evening of musical entertainment at the Grand Opera that same night.  “Several of the players who presented a battered appearance were kept carefully in the background by their comrades.”

The coverage from the December 1, 1900 Pullman Herald was concise and to the point, opining that while the game was officially a tie,  the game was dominated by the Aggies.  The wordy University of Washington newspaper “The Pacific Wave” (forerunner to The Daily) had exhaustive coverage in its December 7th edition; live bloggers had nothing on this sports writer.  The comparison to early football to rugby is apt.  The Pacific Wave details a number of injuries, and all the papers describe the muddy, rainy conditions (with the Herald noting that because of the rain “every fumble was excusable”).

Happy reading!  And if this whets your appetite for more football reading, check out the large number of books on that topic in our collection.

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Event Rewind: Looking Like the Enemy

Posted by wastatelib on November 16, 2007

Holy Cow!  We had standing (and sitting on the floor) room only for our event last Thursday featuring Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, writer of “Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps.“  Mary spoke passionately about her experiences during World War II, the similarities between the experiences of Japanese-Americans then and Muslim-Americans today, and the critical importance of voting

We especially enjoyed the presence of so many students that night, especially the middle school students (most from Tumwater Middle School), who not only gave Mary their full attention but willingly gave up their seats for others.  Bravo!

Our staff photographer got a bunch of great pictures that night, many of which can be found on Flickr.

Washington State Library’s next event is Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 12:10 PM, when we’ll be welcoming Sydney Stevens, author of “Dear Medora: Child of Oysterville’s Forgotten Years.”  Please join us!

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