Welcome to October!

Let's get spooky!

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'Tis the season for reading!

October is the perfect time of year for reading. Warm, colorful leaves mix with cool grey skies and white fog-filled mornings and evenings. The chill in the air calls for warm drinks and even warmer blankets as you lose yourself in seasonally-appropriate spooky novels. It's the best time to tackle your To-Be-Read lists - indoors or out!

Last month at the Upper Skagit Library we...

...held a Back-to-School Guessing Jar Contest!

Congratulations to Josiah Rider for winning the Back-to-School Guessing Jar full of fun school supplies. Josiah guessed the correct amount of items in the jar!

...had some troublemakers who got caught reading banned books!

Traditionally, September's celebration of Banned Books is only a week - September 23rd through 29th. Here at the Upper Skagit Library we celebrated all month long!

...created a mugshot booth to showcase our local Banned Readers!

This month folks came by the Library, picked up their favorite banned books, and took selfies in our 'Mugshot Booth!' Want to see them? Follow the hashtag #USLBannedReaders on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

...held a Banned Book-in-a-Jar contest!

Congrats to Chelsea Allen, Tina Warren, Athea Warren, Tera Becker, Teresa Bettikofter, Erin Meyer, and Charles Rocker & "Ju Ju" - they all guessed the name of the Banned Book-in-a-Jar! All of the winners got to pick out two bookmarks made by Tess!

For those who missed out - the answer was "Of Mice and Men."

...asked "What Does the Freedom to Read What You Choose Mean to You?"

All month long banned readers filled out note cards telling us what the freedom to read what you choose means to them. Here's our finished display!

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... celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19th!

Young landlubbers came by the library for a treasure hunt. They grabbed official pirate language handouts, and used a secrete pirate treasure map and didn't even have to walk the plank! (No eyes were lost in the process, though young buccaneers did receive eye patches for their troubles.)
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This month at the Upper Skagit Library

Storytime is back!

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.

Skagit Reads 2018 - The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Upper Skagit Library is participating in Skagit Reads again this year. What is Skagit Reads? Skagit Reads is a project that brings readers from across the county together to engage with one book. For Fall 2018, we are reading The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery!

From the publisher: “In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir, The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.”

To learn more about this exciting book, take a look at these websites:



Visit Upper Skagit Library, or any other library in Skagit Valley, to get a copy of the book.

Are you a member of the local book club? This year, the library is providing members copies of the book as part of a "Read and Release" program.

Skagit Reads Events:

Oct. 3: Water Through The Lens of Public Works @ Central Skagit Library 6-7pm

Join us for an evening with Dan Berentson from Skagit County Public Works, Department of Natural Resources. Like all Skagit Reads events, this program is free and open to the public.

Oct. 7: Author Visit - Sy Montgomery @ La Conner Maple Hall 4-5pm

Join us for a visit from Sy Montgomery, the author of The Soul of an Octopus. Like all Skagit Reads events, this program is free and open to the public.

Oct. 10: Movie Screening - Sonic Sea @ Burlington Public Library 6-8pm

Join us for a free showing and discussion of the award-winning film Sonic Sea. Like all Skagit Reads events, this program is free and open to the public.

Oct. 17: Flood Awareness @ Central Skagit Library 6-7pm

Join the Department of Emergency Management as we learn how to minimize damage and be prepared for flooding. Like all Skagit Reads events, this is free and open to the public.

Oct. 23: Puget Sound Underwater @ Mount Vernon City Library 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for an evening with underwater photographer Drew Collins as we explore the beauty beneath Puget Sound. Like all Skagit Reads events, this is free and open to the public.

Oct. 24: H2omg! Making Sense of Water Scarcity in an Insecure World @ Central Skagit Library 6-7pm

In this talk, participants learn about water scarcity and its effects both globally and at local levels here in Washington State. Participants are challenged to consider how they value water in its different uses, and explore whether taking an ethical approach to water issues changes how we manage and govern water on our increasingly thirsty and crowded planet. Like all Skagit Reads events, this is free and open to the public.

Oct. 25: Mystery in Burrows Bay @ Mount Vernon City Library 6:30-7:30pm

Join us, along with Dr. Kirt Onthank to learn more about the discovery of a new octopus species. Like all Skagit Reads events, this is free and open to the public.

Oct. 29: Eye Opening View of Algae and Plankton @ Mount Vernon City Library 6:30-7:30pm

Join Dr. Brady Olson for an evening filled with algae and plankton as you've never seen them before! Like all Skagit Reads events, this is free and open to the public.

Until October 10th: We're Reviewing Our 24/7 Wi-Fi Access Policy

If you live and/or work in Eastern Skagit County, the Upper Skagit Library would like your input on our public Wi-Fi service. Please take a moment to fill out this (brief!) survey. Prefer paper surveys? Come into the library and we'll have the survey and a pen ready for you! The survey will close on October 10th.


In an effort to gather as much data as possible before a decision is made regarding our Wi-Fi policy, we are open to receiving testimonials - for or against - 24/7 access. If you are willing, please send an email to upperskagitlibrary@gmail.com sharing your experiences.

How has our current access hours specifically impacted you? Has having 24/7 Wi-Fi access helped you out in a crisis? Or have you had a negative experience with the nighttime hours? Let us know! Your input is important!

Author Visit: Peter Randolph Keim

Skagit Valley author Peter Randolph Keim will read excerpts from his Jesse Cramer Mystery Series, based on the Concrete Ghost Walk, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. This event is FREE, but it is for adults only.

The first book in the series is called "Hollow Threat: Curse of the Ghost Walk." It is followed by "Perimeter Threat: Hell Comes to Concrete" and "Zombie Siege: Concrete's Final Ghost Walk."

You can follow him on his GoodReads account here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7515307.Peter_Randolph_Keim

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? Bring your questions and Tess and Chazlyn will help however they can!

Save the date! Coming soon to the Upper Skagit Library

Author Reading/Signing/Q&A: Lauren Danner, PhD Saturday, November 3rd 3:30-4:30pm

Lauren Danner, PhD, is a writer and historian based in Olympia, Washington. She focuses on public lands policy, Pacific Northwest and environmental history, and outdoor recreation. A former college professor, museum director, and Washington State field coordinator for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, she now writes at laurendanner.com. Join us in welcoming Lauren as she reads from her book Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park. This event is free and open to the public!
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New Materials at the Library

New in Fiction

New in Non-Fiction

New in Young Adult

New in Juvenile

New in Young Adult and Juvenile Non-fiction

New in Adult DVD

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Upper Skagit Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 11th, 6pm

45770 Main Street

Concrete, WA

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