Welcome to April

Happy National Poetry Month!

Big picture

Let's wax poetic about April!

After February's snows and March's underwhelming follow up, its nice to see April bringing some much needed sunshine! Take the opportunity to get out there in the wilderness or explore the town - you'll need it not only to complete this month's scavenger hunt, but also to inspire your poetry! April is National Poetry Month and we have a lot of neat programs planned to help you tackle a form of writing that some consider intimidating. Don't worry - we've got some great prompts which will help your poems practically write themselves!

You've probably heard the news...

Big picture

Thank you, Brooke!

Please join us in giving Brooke the biggest thanks in the universe for her dedication to our library and our community. Her tireless work and love for the upriver community has blessed the Upper Skagit Library District for the last five years, and has allowed it to grow and expand, without ever losing sight of its goals, through both achievements and challenges. We're going to miss her an extraordinary amount, but we're also very excited to hear about the adventures and good things she'll do with our friends at the Whatcom County Library System on Lummi Island.
Big picture

Last month at the Upper Skagit Library we...

Big picture

...celebrated Women's History Month alongside the National Women's History Alliance.

This year's theme was Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence. The honorees were eleven women who have devoted their lives to the cause of peace and justice; from opposing nuclear weapons and ending domestic violence, to promoting nonviolent action and advocating peaceful co-existence. In addition, we honored all of the women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

...attended the Upper Skagit Library Foundation meeting and had a small open house at the new building!

This month at the Upper Skagit Library...

Big picture

Spring Break Scavenger Hunt!

April 1-6: Spring Break Scavenger Hunt! Grab your phone (or camera) and head out for some spring break scavenger fun. There is a theme to this scavenger hunt: reading! Pick up full instructions at the library or on our website. Open to all ages. Complete your hunt by April 6th and win an awesome prize!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Magazine Cut-Out Poetry Craft Class

Join us on April 20th at 3pm for a craft class where you create your own poetry or picture collage from the pages of magazines. You can join us on the Earth Day theme or work on any subject you choose. Craft paper, magazines, and glue provided. Please bring your own sharp scissors. Refreshments provided.
Big picture

Poetry Reading, April 26th, 5pm

Andrea Weiser will read new poems from her book in progress, Crazy Good and from published works, Thunder Blossom, River Bed, and co-inspired audio cd Sacred Breath, featuring Bellingham flutist Peter Ali. Weiser gains her inspiration from the heart of the wilderness and the wilderness of the heart. She has worked as an archaeologist, writer, and researcher for over 25 years in eight National Parks and six National Forests, including North Cascades National Park, as well as Mount Rainier and the Olympic mountains. Her works will be offered for sale at the reading.

Jason Miller is the publisher and editor of the Concrete Herald. His poetry and short stories have been published in Kinesis, Northwest Boulevard, and Passages Northwest. He is pulling together his first collection of poetry, and continues to work on his first novel, Riprap. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University.

Blackout Poetry Challenge

Grab a page from a newspaper, magazine, or book, and a pencil and a black sharpie, and create a Blackout Poem! Never attempted one before? Never heard of one before? Don’t worry, we have instructions, samples, and advice!

A blackout poem is one where you scan a page of print, pick out words that appeal to you, circle them to create the lines of a poem, then blackout the words you do not need with a black sharpie to create a poem. It is like searching in the dark for a treasure that you create! You can find directions at www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/john-depasquale/blackout-poetry, or come by the Library and pick them up.

Happy Poem Writing!

Disclaimer: the act of creating blackout poems can be highly addictive and you may become obsessed…Continue at your own risk!

Big picture

Brooke Pederson Send-Off Party

Join us in sending Brooke off with best wishes! She has accepted a position with the Whatcom County Library System on Lummi Island. Bring a book to swap. A luminary craft, drinks, and treats provided.

April 26th, 7-9pm, 5b's Bakery.


We are conducting two surveys from now until April 13th. The first survey has to do with our magazine collection and potential updates to do with our upcoming, newly designed, website. The second survey has to do with the library's social media use. The surveys can be taken online via SurveyMonkey or you can come into the library and fill out a paper version. The choice is yours! We're really excited for all of the feedback we'll get, so make sure your voice is heard!


Families are welcome to join us every second and fourth Saturday of each month for stories and a simple craft from 11 a.m. to noon.

Drop-In Computer Assistance!

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, we will have Drop-In Computer Assistance from 11am-1pm. Have questions about your laptop? Or your Smartphone? Did you get some new gadgets for the winter holidays and aren't sure how they work? Bring your questions and Tess and Chazlyn will help however they can!

Knit and Crochet with Sylvia!

Knitting/Crocheting sessions are held next door at the East County Resource Center Conference Room from 5-8pm every Tuesday.
Big picture

New Materials at the Library

New in Fiction

New in Non-Fiction

New in Young Adult

New in Juvenile/Children's Fiction

With Libby/Overdrive and RBDigital, you never have to be without new stories!

Get Libby!

Get RBDigital!

With Libby/Overdrive and RBDigital, you can access eBooks and eAudiobooks in all genres, for all ages, without having to leave your home. Take stories on the go and gain access to materials we don't yet have physically at the library!

Don't know how to get started? Here's some online instructions for Libby. Here's some instructions for RBDigital. [Note: Your RBDigital app and account must be initially set up here at the library. After its set up, you can use it anywhere!]

Of course, you can always stop by the circulation desk and ask for help!




Kanopy is a streaming service geared towards thoughtful and engaging entertainment. Kanopy provides access to over 30,000 documentaries, hit Hollywood films, and children’s programming for free – all you need is your library card!

Films, TV episodes, and educational videos from the Criterion collection, PBS, The Great Courses, and more will be available on your computer, tablet, or smartphone 24/7 to inspire, educate, and entertain all without commercials or hidden fees. There is something in Kanopy’s catalog for everyone. Kanopy also offers a special service for young patrons – Kanopy Kids!

Log into Kanopy here.

New in Kanopy


Want to learn a new skill but don’t have access to expensive college courses? With Lynda.com you won’t need them!

Lynda.com (also known as LinkedIn Learning after its acquisition) is an online learning platform that offers a plethora of in-depth classes on a variety of topics taught by professionals and industry leaders to help you develop skills for work, hobbies, art, and self-improvement. Now, through the Upper Skagit Library, patrons can access Lynda’s offerings for free!

Classes on Lynda range from art, graphic design, music, writing, business, marketing, project management, programming/coding, and in-depth looks at specific software used in all of these industries. Many courses are closed captioned and offered in multiple languages. Lynda also offers “Learning Paths” – recommendations on which classes to take on your journey into a particular career, such as becoming a music producer, improving your songwriting skills, becoming a small business owner, transitioning from the military into civilian employment, becoming a graphic designer, publishing an eBook, becoming an app developer or web designer, or making your own film.

Together, Lynda.com and the Upper Skagit Library want to help you learn the skills you need to achieve your full potential.

To access Lynda.com through the library, click here.

New Courses Through Lynda


Big picture

Upper Skagit Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting

Thursday, April 11th, 6pm

45770 Main Street

Concrete, WA

The Upper Skagit Library Board of Trustees Meeting occurs the second Thursday of each month. Next meeting: April 11th, 6pm, Upper Skagit Library.

There will also be a special Board Retreat on April 5th, from 1-4pm in the new library building at 45952 Main St.