Introducing Books for You

The Everett Public Library is happy to be launching a new service during Phase 2 of the ongoing pandemic. For the past month we have been offering curbside service in which we bring to your vehicle the materials you have requested once they are ready for pick-up.

Now, with our Books for You project we’ll surprise you with 3-5 books that are similar to popular authors or titles you may have liked or that are focused on a variety of popular genres and subjects of interest.

Do you like true crime, or alternate histories, or mysteries featuring amateur sleuths?  We’ve got you covered. Maybe you loved Delia Owens’ bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing – we’ll bring you 3-5 similar books that you might also enjoy. Or say you’re waiting to read Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist or Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility – we’ll bring you some titles that also address racial equity and systemic racism in America.

Take a look through the Books for You categories below and give us a call at 425-257-8000 so we can surprise you with some handpicked read-alikes.

Books for You categories

While you wait for:
How to Be an Antiracist or White Fragility

If you liked:
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Handmaid’s Tale
Little Fires Everywhere
Where the Crawdads Sing

If you like:
Clive Cussler
David Baldacci

If you’re interested in:
Alternate Histories
Amateur Sleuths
Best Sellers from Around the World
The Black American Experience in Fiction
Books set in the Pacific Northwest
Culinary Mysteries
Debut Fiction
Diverse Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Everett History 101
Heartwarming Reads
Inspirational Fiction
The Latinx Experience
Pandemic Apocalypse Fiction
Science Books for Curious Minds
Short (but not so sweet) Stories
Small Press Fiction Sampler
True Crime
What They Didn’t Teach in History Class

Simply give us a call at 425-257-8000 or reach us at Ask a Librarian regarding the Books for You category you are interested in and we’ll contact you when they are ready for curbside pick-up.

Visit epls.org/bfy to see the current list of Books for You categories.

Of course, you’re not limited to the categories above – we’re here to help you discover good reading, whatever your areas of interest, so give us a call.

And for kids materials, click here to browse reading suggestions or to have our Youth Services librarians gather some Personal Picks for you.

We look forward to surprising you with some great reads!

O Canada

Yes, it is Canada Day! A perfect time to learn more about our neighbors to the north and their many great accomplishments.

A good place to start in your Canadian appreciation journey is by learning a little bit about their history. We have lots of books on the history of the nation, individual provinces and territories, first nations, and the many peoples that make up Canada today.

On the cultural front, Canada is no bit player. From artists, to authors, to the many productions of ‘Hollywood north,’ Canadian contributions are many and varied. And, of course, don’t forget the hockey and, yes, cuisine.

While, understandably but sadly, the border between the US and Canada is closed for travelers at this time, that just gives you more time to research your next trip. We have many travel books on all regions of Canada for you to explore.

For many of us in Washington, Canada means beautiful British Columbia. Appropriately, Everett Public Library has many books on that great province.

So, take a little time today to celebrate Canada and get to know our fellow North Americans a little better.

Take a Listen

If you are a regular visitor to A Reading Life you may have noticed some new features recently. In addition to our more dynamic links to library social media, we have just added a brand spanking new podcast page, with a link conveniently located under our signature image. Here you will find the latest podcasts created by our talented team of library audio enthusiasts as they roll off the presses.

And oh what a unique and talented group they are.

If you are in the mood for some music reviews, head over to Mr. Neutron’s Record Closet and enjoy reviews from all musical genres with some surprises and mysteries to discover as well. Towels recommended.

If books are more to your liking, take a listen to what the Lone Reader has to say. Librarians have always hung back, but now one librarian takes his guns to town.

For a unique audio take on notable films, settle in and listen to the Treatment Film Reviews.

If you want to learn more about the history of our fair city and its surroundings, you have a treasure trove of audio delights to sample. Far from dry and academic, these recordings incorporate unique voices, music and sound effects to bring the past to life. Here is a small sampling.

Find out about Snohomish resident and writer John Patric who in 1958 was involuntarily committed to Northern State Hospital for the Insane. As permitted by Washington State law, Patric demanded—and received—a jury trial to determine the matter of his sanity. This is the story of that trial, and of John Patric.

Amid mud and exploding stumps…a library! This podcast, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Everett Public Library, tells the story of how the Everett Woman’s Book Club parlayed political muscle and donated books to build an enduring civic institution during hard economic times.

Many fascinating stories are to be heard in the Smokestack Soundbites series, audio stories from the Everett Public Library about the history and life of our city and our county.

If you like your tales straight from the source, take a listen to the Everett Voices series. These podcasts are edited versions of recordings in Everett Public Library’s oral history collection, giving 21st Century listeners intimate insight into events and times otherwise lost to us today.

These are just a sampling of all the unique podcast content already created by the talented staff of the library. Check back often, for new and interesting tales and reviews to listen to. You won’t be disappointed!

Library Video Highlights

There is no doubt that our patrons (and staff!) miss going to our stellar buildings and accessing all the library has to offer in person. While our locations remain shuttered and quiet for now, there is actually quite a lot going on in the virtual realm here at the library. So much so that you might have missed some of the great content being created by members of the community and staff for you to enjoy.

To help keep you up to date, here are few recent video highlights that you just might want to check out.

If you are feeling crafty, Elizabeth is here to help you create funky figures for all to enjoy.

Fred Cruger, a volunteer at the Granite Falls Historical Museum, gives an interactive demo of the Snohomish County Historic Register Map. A big “thank you” to Fred for sharing his expertise!

We are all about telling stories here at the library. Enjoy a few from our ever expanding selection of stories for children of all ages, read by a diverse cast of characters.

Miss Andrea entertains with an enthusiastic Toddler Storytime all about shapes.

In this Baby Storytime, Miss Emily with the help of her cat Celia read “The Going to Bed Book” by Sandra Boynton.

If you want to access more of our video content (and why wouldn’t you?) visit the Everett Public Library YouTube Channel or Facebook video feed. Happy viewing and stay tuned for more!

Ghosts in the Machine

Are you missing personal interaction with people other than your immediate family nowadays? We sure are here at the library. Helping people to access the library’s resources in person is one of the pillars of our service and, truth be told, one of the major reasons we love our jobs.

But if, like us, you are in need of some human interaction, don’t despair. We have created several videos so you can spend some quality digital time with the staff here at the library. The topics range from crafting to storytimes and beyond. But the real benefit just might be staying visually connected in these isolating times.

Create & Explore:

Feeling creative? If so, definitely check out Elizabeth’s Create @ Home series and follow along as she takes household items and turns them into art. Her latest has her getting creative with paper coasters and trivets:

Since you probably have more than enough time to contemplate your immediate family right now, why not delve into your ancestry to make them seem more interesting? Lisa has you covered with an excellent video on how to get started with the Library edition of Ancestory.com. Enjoy the rocking intro!

Let Us Tell You a Story

When it comes to face time in the library world, let’s admit it, children’s librarians take the cake. Their enthusiasm is contagious to children and adults alike. We have two ongoing video series to highlight their talents and keep you entertained: eStorytimes and Book Bites. There is a lot of great content here, but here are two favorites.

Miss Eileen introduces us to the itsty, bitsy, spider:

Join Miss Andrea as she shows us the best way to say hello to friends:

From the Vault

We have actually been making short videos at the library for a fairly long time. Peruse our YouTube channel to access all of the content including our Everett Massacre Centennial series, poetry reading and much more. Here are two from the lighter side to make you chuckle and incite some nostalgia for out beloved downtown location. Hopefully we will all be back soon!

A Shakespeare fight between Tyler and Linaea in the sorting room.

A squirrel enjoys the reading room.

All the News that’s Fit to Read (for Free)

While normally we might just glance at the news, or even actively try to ignore it, recent events have turned many of us into news junkies. As newfound social distancing rules sink in, we are turning to online sources of news more and more. Newspaper websites definitely have a lot to offer, but often require pay subscriptions and can be cluttered with ads.

You might not know it but armed only with your Everett Public Library card you actually have access to the full text of tons of newspapers from around the world. While these resources general don’t have graphics or photographs, they do provide the text of all the articles written. Just what you need to keep abreast of current event. Here are two of these electronic resources to get you started.

NewsBank is a comprehensive collection of newspapers and other news sources at the regional, national and international level. While you can browse but title, including the full text of the Everett Herald and Seattle Times, you can also search by region and country. NewsBank really shines in its topic coverage. It brings together relevant articles from all over the world under one topic heading. It has done an admirable job recently by doing this for the recent Covid-19 pandemic, bringing all recent news available from a variety of news sources in one place.

ProQuest (found on our E-Resources page) is another great source for finding full text articles from newspapers. Among its many offerings, it has the full text of both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal the day they are published. In addition, it brings together many newspapers from our region in its Western Newsstand Collection.

So, while we stay at home, stay connected with the news using your library card. No subscription required.

Digital Magazines at the Library. No Wait. No Fees. Available 24/7!

Even with the library closed, you can still check out your favorite magazines! We have over 100 digital magazines to choose from. You can access these magazines online or on an app. 50 magazines are on Libby/OverDrive, and over 75 are on Flipster.

No needing to flip through pages of ads to find the right article. Simply click on the article and – like magic – you’re there.

These magazines cover just about every genre, including: Home & Garden, Health, Entertainment, Hobbies & Crafts, Business & Finance, Politics, News, Technology, Style, Religion & Spirituality, and more! We also have several magazines for kids!

Here is just a snapshot of which titles are included: People, Consumer Reports, House Beautiful, Sunset, Crochet World, Rolling Stone, Outside, Backpacker, Yoga, Runner’s, Guideposts, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Startups, Kiplingers, New York and Us Weekly.

Here’s how to Access them now:

Libby / OverDrive

Read Online | Read on Android | Read on Apple

Flipster

Read Online | Read on Android | Read on Apple

The Doctor is in

Enjoy this recommendation from Liz:

Even before COVID-19 changed all of our work and play routines, I was feeling thankful for the library’s streaming service through Hoopla. My coworkers and I were talking about how much we loved the TV show Doc Martin when I complained that it felt like I was waiting forever for the newest season to go on hold for me. When my coworker told me it was on Hoopla, I was so excited that I wouldn’t have to wait any longer to watch it. I went home that night, cancelled my hold, and watched the first three episodes of Season 9.

I love the brusque, blunt character of Doc Martin – a doctor with a fear of blood that continually threatens his career – almost as much as the scenery of idyllic Portwenn and all its crazy characters. Doc Martin’s deadpan answers to moronic patient questions always makes me chuckle.

Especially in these scary times where many of us are worrying about our health, it is so satisfying to see Doc Martin instantly diagnose his patients with all manner of illnesses that I’ve never heard of, and offer treatment options that will help them heal. I definitely wouldn’t mind having Doc Martin as my doctor during this current health crisis.

Seasons 1 – 9 of Doc Martin are available to stream on Hoopla now.

A Silver Lining

While the closing of both of our locations here at the Everett Pubic Library, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, is definitely a disappointment to all of us, there is one silver lining: it is a great time to learn about, and take advantage of, our many digital services. If you haven’t accessed them before, you might be surprised to discover just how many materials and databases we have to offer electronically. And best of all, they can all be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

Today’s post will introduce you to one of our most popular digital services: eBooks & eAudiobooks

The library has a large number of both eBooks and eAudiobooks for you to enjoy. While there is a little bit of a learning curve at first, once you get your account set up the first time, it definitely gets easier. Our two providers are OverDrive and CloudLibrary. While they are slightly different, they both operate in much the same way: You download an app to your reading or listening device, register with your library card on the app, and then begin checking out.

Definitely take a look at our basic explanation of how the process works on our webpage as a starting point. We also have more specific instructions on getting both OverDrive and CloudLibrary on your device. If you run into trouble, both OverDrive and CloudLibrary have detailed help pages to address specific issues and provide solutions. While we normally encourage people to bring in their devices or to set up a Book a Librarian session so we can walk you through the process, those services are not available at this time. Once we are back up and running though, please do come in!

In the meantime, stay tuned for more posts highlighting our large array of digital services. The perfect way to connect with the library during the unique times we are living through.

Spot-Lit for March 2020

These titles – from established, new, and emerging authors – are some of the most anticipated new releases of the month, based on advance reviews and book world enthusiasm.

Click here to see all of these titles in the Everett Public Library catalog, where you can read reviews or summaries and place holds. Or click on a book cover below to enlarge it, or to view the covers as a slide show.

Notable New Fiction 2020 (to date) | All On-Order Fiction | 2020 Debuts