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Jan 31

Oldest Books in Our Library Followup

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

I got an interesting response today from Sean Lanksbury (and forwarded by Jeff Martin) at our very own Washington State Library regarding that "Oldest Books in the Library" post I made back on January 10th. Sean writes:

History of Washington, The Evergreen State, from Early Dawn to Daylight is done in a grandiose and heroic style very common to late 19th century histories.  The Editor, Julian Hawthorne (1846 - 1934) was the only son of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and painter Sophia Peabody.  The work was the editor’s second work of Historical Non-Fiction, following The Story of Oregon: A History With Portraits and Biographies, (New York, NY: American Historical Publishing, 1892.)  Hawthorne was also known as a writer of gothically-styled Romantic Era novels, which were commercially successful but critically disdained for not following in his father’s footsteps.  His non-fiction editing fared better in critical circles.

Colonel George Douglas Brewerton was a poet, sketch artist and painter who during his military service was part of Kit Carson's 1848 expedition from Los Angeles, California to New Mexico. He gained some notoriety for publishing a three-part work on the trip in Harper's Weekly.   Brewerton came to Tacoma in the mid to late 1880s. WSL has a copy of a poem he wrote and recited memorializing the Grand Army of the Republic and fallen soldiers to a Tacoma crowd on Decoration Day (c/k/a Memorial Day) in 1889:


"George Douglas Brewerton: Painter, Historian, and Poet of the Far West," by Lewis O. Saum. The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 94, No. 1 (Winter, 2002/2003), pp. 3-13)

"Julian Hawthorne." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Literature Resource Center. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. 


Sean Lanksbury

So now we know more about these lovely old books in our collection. :-)

Jan 10

The Oldest Books in Our Library

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

While doing research in our newspaper archive other day, I had a patron ask me what the oldest book in our library was.

I did a little sleuthing and this is what I came up with:

Two books, Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World: History of Oregon, Illustrated and History of Washington Volume 1, both with print dates in 1893.

The Pen Pictures book has a lovely, embossed leather cover.

Unfortunately, we don't know much about these two books, other than they are very old. Both have complete page counts, and are an interesting look into the history of the Pacific Northwest.

If you are interested in taking a gander at these old tomes, please inquire about the Genealogy Reference section at the front desk. :-)

Dec 04

Get in the Christmas Mood with Some Christmas Books

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

Come check out our new display of Christmas books for the holiday season!

Nov 07

Booking Meeting Spaces

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

As you may know, the library offers a lovely meeting space for private bookings called the Delany Room:

The Delany Room is available for non-commercial purposes simply by calling us to schedule a day, however, we are seeing so many bookings that we are now having to ask patrons to book the room at least three (3!) months in advance.

So what are some other options if you cannot schedule a day in Delany?

You can try:

  • The Youth Building or Pavilion at the Columbia County Fairgrounds (call Public Works at 382-2534)
  • The basement at Banner Bank (382-4714)
  • The Seneca Activity Center (382-8318)
  • The General Store (382-1042)
  • The conference room at Best Western (382-4790)
  • The conference room at the Port of Columbia (382-2577)

Please keep in mind these spaces may or may not be free, and are subject to the rules and policies of the managing entity.

Good luck!

Oct 09

Spooky books for spooky weather

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

It's October once again and there's that distinctive chill in the air that says Autumn is here! It's an excellent time of year to hunker down with a cup of tea and a spooky read. We have lots!

Book display by Heather, featuring selections from our general collection, DVDs, Sci-Fi, children's books, teen, and non-fiction.

Aug 02

WA-List Library Card Gallery

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

The WA-List website has done something very, very cool -- they've put together a mosaic map of the state of Washington using images of library cards from around the state.

"We contacted every public library in Washington and asked them to contribute a card (real or digital image) to our project.  The first card arrived within ten minutes... In the end we collected 99 cards from 49 different library systems... (FYI: There are 58 library systems in Washington that use cards and two that don’t.  Only nine libraries did not submit cards to the project.)"

And guess what? Our library card is on the map! :)

Apr 03

Books "for Dummies" on a Wide Range of Topics!

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

Did you know we have a HUGE selection of "Dummies" books? Topics ranging from computer help to animals, speaking a foreign language to coaching a football team. :)

(top shelf) iPod & iTunes for Dummies, Grant Writing for Dummies, QuickBooks 2011 for Dummies, Laptops for Seniors for Dummies, Kindle Fire for Dummies, Laptops for Dummies

(bottom shelf) Basic Math & Pre-Algebra for Dummies, Organic Chemistry I for Dummies, Weather for Dummies, Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies, Windows 8 for Dummies, Art History for Dummies

Mar 27

Graphic Novels Galore!

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

Did you know we have an entire graphic novel collection? Comics, manga, illustrated versions of classics, and more for all ages and reading levels! Just ask at the front desk and we'll show you where. :)

Display by Sandy Dare


(Top shelf) A Game of Thrones, Superman Grounded, The Outfit, The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song, Embroideries, and The Walking Dead Compendium 1.

(Bottom Shelf) Frankenstein, Gulliver's Travels, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days,  Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Mysterious Island, Tom Sawyer, The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Redmoon, and New Spring

Mar 08

March is Women's History Month

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

March is Women's History Month! Throughout American History, women have worked in the home, in the fields, and then in the factories with the advent of war.

Featured Books:

  • Top shelf...
    • "Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman" by Charles East
    • "During the War, Women Went to Work" by The Voice of WWII Project (DVD)
    • "Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman's Work" by Mari Grana
  • Bottom shelf...
    • "Women in Pacific Northwest History" edited by Karen J. Blair
    • "Women's Votes, Women's Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington" by Shanna Stevenson
    • "More than Petticoats: Remarkable Washington Women" by L.E. Bragg
    • "Wily Women of the West" by Grace Ernestine Ray
    • "The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: Not For Ourselves Alone" by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes for PBS (DVD)
    • "Rebel for Rights: Abigail Scott Duniway" by Ruth Barnes Moynihan

You may place any of these titles on hold via our online card catalog, or by giving us a call at 509-382-4131.

Display by Sandy Dare

Nov 09

Veteran's Day: For All Who Served

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

(photo by vox efx)

Veteran's Day is a day set aside to honor ALL our brave men and women who have clocked in any military service, be it peace time or wartime. It is a time to pay our respects to those who sacrificed for our continued freedom.

The library will be closed Monday, November 12th in observance of the holiday.

To learn more about Veteran's Day:

Or check out these books (and many more!):




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