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December News - 2013

Written By: Library Communications

Finally! More Open Hours at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail!

When the library-specific levy passed last February it seemed like an eternity until we'd be able to open East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail with an expanded schedule. Well, time sure has a way of slipping by (can you believe it's December?!) and we're on the cusp of increasing hours at those locations so they will be open 40 hours a week. The last time those branches were open that much was in 2004. Since then budget shortfalls have been serious and the library's budget was reduced many times. The Board of Trustees did not want to close any library locations so hours were reduced drastically to balance the budget.

We're thrilled to reopen with an expanded schedule in January! The new hours for East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail will be:

open signTuesday - 12 Noon - 8:00 pm
Wednesday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday/Monday - closed

Open House! On Tuesday, January 7 we'll be hosting snacks, activities and musical performances at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail in celebration of the expanded hours. Please stop by anytime that day to take part in the crafts and snacks. The musical performances will be at 4:00 pm at each location.

This expanded schedule is only possible because of the overwhelming support that was given to the Library Levy in February. Over 66% of voters approved the levy and we're very grateful for the community support. With these added hours we will be able to support the community in return with better access to books, CDs, DVDs, computers and learning opportunities. Thank you!



Discovering Details in Dewey - Janet's section


Three Songs From Thanksgiving Weekend

These three are from me (the library's newsletter editor), Eva Silverstone. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend my family visited with friends in Issaquah and watched a few movies. We watched Elf, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and The Princess Bride. Music plays a part in all of these and of course I turned to Freegal. Here's what I downloaded:

Sarah VaughanThere were about a zillion versions of Baby it's Cold Outside to choose from but I went with the one on, Sassy Sings Jazz: Sarah Vaughan: 18 Hits. You can't really go wrong with Sarah Vaughan!

Then we had to listen to the Charlie Brown theme song because isn't that one way to get an ear worm out of your head?! Vince Guaraldi: The Charlie Brown Suite And Other Favorites supplied plenty of festive Peanuts piano.

At the end of The Princess Bride we learned that the soundtrack was by Mark Knopfler of The Dire Straits. The most famous song in the movie, Storybook Love was sung by Willy DeVille. I wasn't crazy about Storybook Love but I found a version of Hey Joe sung by Willy DeVille and downloaded that instead. Next week I'll download the Jimi Hendrix version of Hey Joe.

Do you download free music from Freegal? What have you downloaded lately and why?

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January 20

ALL BRANCHES will be CLOSED on January 20 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.



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