Welcome to January!

2019 has arrived!

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New Year, New....You get the idea.

Happy New Year everyone!

December 2018 was a bit of a doozy in terms of weather and power, but all of that - all of 2018 as a matter of fact - is behind us. It's time to wipe the slate clean, start new reading challenges, and take 2019 by the wheel.

For the Upper Skagit Library, this will be a year of big change! A new staff member, a new building (eventually!), new materials, and new programs. There's a lot to look forward to, and our staff is very excited about everything to come. We hope you are too.

Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2018, who plan to support us in 2019, and beyond.

Here's to new things - cheers! *queue Auld Lang Syne*

New Building Progress

Progress on the new building has been slower than we would like, but we are indeed making progress. A new roof was needed direly, and the installation of that was finished quite recently. New doors, designed to keep out winter weather and small animals have been put in place and look great. We're still waiting on structural ceiling reinforcement, lighting, carpeting, shelving, and furniture. As of this moment, we're expecting to be ready for move in sometime in the spring. Keep on the lookout for our calls for help with moving all the books! ;)

We now have a YouTube account!

Check it out to see cool vids of our programs and to listen to our KSVU radio spots every month! [Note - its still under construction, so check back every so often if you don't see any content the first time you visit!]

Last month at the Upper Skagit Library we...

...welcomed a new Library Technology Specialist - Loly Gomez!

Loly, originally from Venezuela, comes to us from Miami, FL. She and her husband are relatively new to the pacific northwest but are finding that it's very beautiful. Loly's previous work experience includes time as a university professor and as a web designer. Loly started work here at the Upper Skagit Library in December, and will be overseeing an update to our website and the planning of our technological needs at the new building, in addition keeping everything running smoothly at the current space.

We're very excited to have Loly here, and look forward to learning from her and benefitting from her experience. When you see her, come say hi - she's ready to meet everyone!

...made Story Snowflakes with Miss Brooke!

Big thanks to 5b's Bakery for letting us borrow their space!

...held a Winter Wear Drive!

Along with the East County Resource Center we made sure that those in need were able to keep warm!

Upper Skagit Library Foundation Fundraiser

Brooke has partnered with Steve Johnson to create keychain replicas of the Concrete Silos! They're crafted using Steve's 3-D printer and come with an informational card detailing the history of the silos. The keychains are available at 5b's Bakery for a minimum donation of $5 per keychain, and all proceeds go to the Upper Skagit Library Foundation.

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This month at the Upper Skagit Library...

Winter Reading Fitness Bingo!

Winter Reading Fitness Bingo begins on Jan. 15th and goes to Feb. 28th. Bingo cards will be available at the library for anyone who wishes to participate. Complete the challenges on the card to win a prize. One grand prize winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Skagit Eagle Festival Participation!

We're going to be part of the Eagle Fest activities this year with Drop-in Arts & Crafts! Every Saturday this month, families with young children are invited to join us here at the library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn about eagles and other wildlife through stories, songs, and a simple craft.


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

Game Night!

Second and Fourth Saturday of the Month, 5-8pm. Come play cribbage, backgammon, rummy, or bring your own board games.

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!

It's time to get Knitting and Crocheting with Sylvia!

Knitting/Crocheting sessions are held next door at the Resource Center Conference Room from 5-8pm every Tuesday.
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New Materials at the Library

New in Fiction

New in Non-Fiction

New in Young Adult

New in Juvenile/Children's Fiction

New in Adult's Movies

With Libby & Washington Anytime Libraries, you never have to be without new stories!

Get Libby!

With Libby, 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.

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


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Upper Skagit Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 10th, 6pm

45770 Main Street

Concrete, WA

The Upper Skagit Library Board of Trustees Meeting occurs the second Thursday of each month. Next meeting: January 10th, 6pm, Upper Skagit Library.