Welcome to March

Happy National Women's Month!

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Think warm thoughts - spring is on the way!

February wasn't kind to our neck of the woods in terms of weather - thanks for nothing, Punxsutawney Phil! Still, March 20th is the first day of Spring, so warmer days are ahead, even if it doesn't seem like it right now.


Spring brings with it good news - the end is in sight in terms of getting into the new library building. Most of the structural work is complete or nearly complete as of this newsletter, and the remaining work is largely cosmetic before we begin moving things up the street. We're so close!


We want to give a huge thank you to everyone that's been involved in making the new library location a reality - it has taken a lot of time and effort, but the end result will be worth it.


In the meantime, as we're gearing up for the grand opening (still TBD), we've got lots of neat programs, events, and celebrations in store. This month we'll be celebrating Women's History!


Last month at the Upper Skagit Library we...

... played Winter Reading Fitness Bingo!

We partnered with 5b's Bakery this year for Winter Reading Fitness Bingo, which began on Jan. 15th and ended Feb. 28th. Participants were to complete a row of challenges on the card to win an entry towards the grand prize. Blackout cards earned three entries towards the prize. In addition, stopping by 5b's with completed bingo cards earned participants an UGLI Bar*!


*unusually good low-glycemic index


Congrats to our grand prize winner Nancy Paw, who received a $50 Amazon gift card.

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This month at the Upper Skagit Library...

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Women's History Month

The Upper Skagit Library is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month this March alongside the National Women's History Alliance.


This year, the National Women’s History Alliance theme is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence. This year's honorees are 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 will also be honoring all the women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.


Come by the Library to learn about the women whose courageous and selfless deeds have and do improve the quality of so many lives, and take away information on them through books, handouts, women’s history IQ tests, and much more! You can also participate by sharing with us a few words about a woman in history you admire, and why, on our display.


For more information about awesome women in history, check out the following sites!


www.2020centennial.org

wilpf.org

usip.org

nobelprize.org

nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org

womenshistory.org

peacewomen.org

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is on March 8th - come celebrate with us!


This year's theme is #BalanceForBetter, a call for a more gender-balanced world; learn more at www.internationalwomensday.com

Storytime!

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.

March's Staff Picks

Coming Soon: New Library Resources

Lynda.com

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.

Kanopy

Step aside Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime – Kanopy is on the way!


Kanopy is a streaming service geared towards libraries who want to provide thoughtful and engaging entertainment for their patrons. 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!


Be on the lookout for more information on how to access Kanopy via the Upper Skagit Library soon!

Newsbank

Via NewsBank and the Washington State Library, our patrons will have access to back issues of select Washington state newspapers such as The Seattle Times, the Bellingham Herald, The Olympian, and more, as well as access to world news in the form of newpapers, videos, and web-only content. This service will be available until Dec. 31st of this year, depending on interest. Use these collections, some of which go back 30 years or more, to kick-start research projects, or just catch up on the things you’ve missed.

Click here to learn more on how to use NewsBank.

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Keep your eyes out for a brand new Upper Skagit Library website!
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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

With Libby/Overdrive Washington Anytime Libraries 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!

Libby/Overdrive

RBDigital

#LibraryLife

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Upper Skagit Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 14th, 6pm

45770 Main Street

Concrete, WA

The Upper Skagit Library Board of Trustees Meeting occurs the second Thursday of each month. Next meeting: March 14th, 6pm, Upper Skagit Library.