The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

Monday, Oct. 15 | 6:30 p.m.

Resource Room

Mayumi Tsutakawa, writer and curator, will present how Washington’s Japanese Americans faced the injustice of internment, and how families who lost everything rebuilt their lives. A Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau event.

The Ethics of Eating Meat on a Small Planet

Monday, Oct. 22 | 6:30 p.m.

Resource Room

What are the implications—for humans, animals, and the Earth—of raising more than 87 billion animals annually for food? Presented by Brian G. Henning, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University. A Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau event.

Puget Sound Underwater - Skagit Reads Event

Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 6:30 p.m.

Resource Room

Professional underwater photographer Drew Collins will share some of his work featuring the emerald green waters of Puget Sound.

Mystery in Burrows Bay - Skagit Reads Event

Thursday, Oct. 25 | 6:30 p.m.

Resource Room

In August 2014, octopuses with deep-water characteristics were discovered in the shallow waters of Burrows Bay, near Puget Sound, Washington. Have these octopuses simply been overlooked, or is something making them move to shallow water? Presented by Dr. Kirt Onthank, Assistant Professor of Biology at Walla Walla University.  

Movie Screening: A Plastic Ocean - Skagit Reads Event

Friday, Oct. 26 | 6 p.m.

Central Skagit Library

In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. 

1 hr 42 min | NR

Eye Opening View of Algae and Plankton - Skagit Reads Event

Monday, Oct. 29 | 6:30 p.m.

Resource Room

Algae and plankton are more than fish food. WWU marine scientist Dr. Brady Olson will discuss the unique behaviors, ecosystems, and evolutionary paths of these organisms.  

Hollywood and the Homefront: Tinsel Town's Contribution to Wold War II 

Thrusday, Nov. 1 | 6:30 p.m.

Resource Room

Experience the still-powerful images, radio, and film that emerged from this dramatic time in American history. Presented by John, Jensen, lecturer and broadcaster. A Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau event. 

Controlling Cravings - Junk Food Withdrawal

Tuesday, Nov 6 | 6:30 p.m.

Resource Room

With the holidays approaching, eating healthy can be hard. The time is right to win your personal food fight. From sweet and fatty to salty and crunchy, Clinical Nutritionist Karl Mincin will discuss specific food cravings and their nutritional, herbal and behavioral support measures. You’ll bring home practical tips both for immediate relief and sustainable success.

Skagit Reads 

Skagit Reads Fall 2018 Title: "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery

"The Soul of an Octopus" explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus--a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature--and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. 

"Diving deeper than Jules Verne ever dreamed, The Soul of an Octopus is a page-turning adventure that will leave you breathless." - Vicki Constantine Croke

Skagit Reads is a county-wide library program that brings Skagit County residents together to read and engage with one book.  Free events are hosted at various libraries around the county to help readers explore themes and issues related to the selected book.

Book Club

"Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate

Thursday, November 8 | 12:30 p.m. | Conference Room

Summary:Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford, loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken.
Genre: Historical Fiction

"Killing and Dying" by Adrian Tomine

Thursday, December 13 | 12:30 p.m. | Conference Room

Summary: Killing and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. With this work, Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage) reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics but as one of the great voices of modern American literature.
Genre: Graphic Novel 


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