New Magazine Subscriptions: Part 1

We are excited to announce the start of several new print magazines subscriptions at the Central Library and at many branches! Thank you to all the patrons and staff who made suggestions over the last two years. You have helped our magazine collection remain current and a reflection of the many interests of our community. Here are some of Central Library’s most recent additions, with more to come in the near future:

City Dog Seattle famously contains more dogs than children, so it’s no wonder that our city also offers an excellent magazine for the pooch-loving city dweller. If that’s you, City Dog is an excellent local source for information on training, socialization, gear, wellness, and a variety of dog-related local events.

Continue reading “New Magazine Subscriptions: Part 1”

Wuthering Weather

Up here at the Central Library science desk, weather conversations are often much more than small talk. Patrons often want to know how their perceptions match available data, and recently it’s been all about fat raindrops and heavy coats. Has this winter really been unusual? Our research says yes. Seattle has just experienced the coldest winter in 32 years, as explained by Q13. Cliff Mass reports that we received a year’s worth of rain in five months.

Cliff Mass

So: What happened? Continue reading “Wuthering Weather”

Finding Potter’s Field: Indigent Burial in the United States

A patron recently called the library to ask what happens when someone dies without means to pay for cremation or burial. In some cases, such a person might have no living relatives. In others, the identity of the deceased is simply unknown.

Here’s what we learned: Continue reading “Finding Potter’s Field: Indigent Burial in the United States”

Born in January

January marks the start of a new year for most of us, but for these famous people it also marked the beginning of an eventful and impactful life! Click on any name below to discover a list of nonfiction books that explore the lives and works of some of the world’s more influential January babies. Continue reading “Born in January”

Slow cooking for cold weather

-posted by Anne C.

This winter, I visited my aunt at her home in rural England. I love her old house, with its thick stone walls, but my favorite feature is the oil-fired aga in the heart of the kitchen. An aga, rare in the US, is a very efficient, unique kind of cast-iron stove that is used as both a cooking appliance and a source of heat. There are no temperature controls, but it works perfectly for everything from frying eggs to baking bread. It particularly excels at any kind of slow cooking. Entranced, I experimented with stew, crumble, and cottage pie during our short time there. Continue reading “Slow cooking for cold weather”