Sunday, March 17, 2013

Redesigned Events Calendar Online!

The King County Library System has an amazing variety of programming each month at their libraries, and their new events website makes it much easier to find topics that you might find interesting and relevant.



Want to see only programs designed for a certain age group or popular topic? Use the buttons at the top to quickly filter the upcoming events.

Want to see only programs at a specific library?  Use the filter on the left hand side to select your library.

My favorite view is the monthly view! If this existed before on the old site, I never figured it out.  At a glance you can see events across the month that might be of interest. 

Partial Monthly View

Clicking on an event brings you to the event description where you can use the icons at the top to add to your calendar, send an email to a friend, or like on Facebook.

Calendar Options

And speaking of events, stay tuned for more information about the KCLS series A Place at the Table!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

2013 Community Conversation – Emergency Preparedness

Building Neighborhood Networks

Redmond Neighborhood Network and Redmond Ready
Meet with Neighborhoods for a 2013 Community Conversation

Have you thought about how you would respond to a long-term disaster such as those experienced by the East Coast? How about how your neighborhood will respond?
This year’s Neighborhood Network series is an opportunity to work with neighbors and evaluate Redmond’s preparedness, neighborhood by neighborhood.

The Redmond Neighborhood Network series runs from March through May with three neighborhood events to meet with neighborhoods and share conversation. The Police Department’s Office of Emergency Management will provide a brief Redmond Ready workshop at each of the three events to help participants be informed regarding disaster/emergency preparedness and to be Redmond Ready.

The events take place in the neighborhoods from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and include light refreshments:
March 20: Downtown, Bear Creek, and Southeast Redmond neighborhoods at City Hall, 15670 NE 85th Street;
April 17: Education Hill, North Redmond, and Sammamish Valley neighborhoods at Horace Mann Elementary, 17001 NE 104th Street; and
May 15: Grass Lawn, Idylwood, Overlake, and Willows/Rose Hill neighborhoods at Audubon Elementary, 3045 180th Avenue NE.

Redmond’s Neighborhood Network provides the community, City officials and staff opportunities to check in on an annual basis. Participants meet City officials, learn about City programs and projects, and discuss their respective neighborhood plan including policies, code, and priority neighborhood projects.
To learn more about this community conversation and workshop regarding personal, family and neighborhood preparedness and to complete the annual neighborhood questionnaire, visit
or contact Kimberly Dietz at or 425-556-2415.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Stern Collection of Lincolniana

Portrait of LincolnThe Library of Congress online contains an extensive collection of Lincolniana (historical artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln). Alfred Stern presented his outstanding collection of Lincolniana to the Library of Congress in 1953. Begun by Mr. Stern in the 1920s, the collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics.

Collection Highlights
The Lincolniana collection highlights contain political cartoons, election posters, writings, as well as photos and portraits. Here’s an election poster from the 1864 presidential campaign:

Election poster - 1864

The collection also contains numerous letters from Lincoln written throughout his lifetime. In a letter to James H. Hackett, Lincoln writes:

Letter to James H. Hackett from Abraham Lincoln, November 2, 1863

"...I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. Yours truly, A. Lincoln"

Other Lincolniana in the collection includes newspaper headlines and posters, including one from Ford’s Theatre announcing the president as a special guest. It was to be a fateful night:

Ford's Theatre poster - April 14, 1865

For those who want to learn more about this extraordinary man, the Stern Collection of Lincolniana provides a wealth of information and artifacts.

Lorin Catudio
Redmond Library Board, Emeritus