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”

Summer Fun and Washington Facts

WASummer is the best time to enjoy all Seattle and Washington has to offer! Check out this list of books to help you explore your recreation options. If you check out any of these (or other) great books, you are not alone. The Seattle Public Library system has the highest percentage of library card-holders per capita in the country. Way to go Seattle! Before you go on that hike/tour/bike ride/ or visit that ghost town here are a few interesting facts to get you ready! Continue reading “Summer Fun and Washington Facts”

Future Books about Seattle’s Past (and Present)

~posted by Frank

From history and science to food and music, there are a bounty of books about our fair city and environs being published over the next few months. Here are a dozen of the most noteworthy titles.

Classical Seattle: Maestros, Impresarios, Virtuosi, and Other Music MakersProfiles of 35 musicians and arts leaders who have made Seattle a world-class city for classical music. Continue reading “Future Books about Seattle’s Past (and Present)”

Two Nonfiction books about the Pacific Northwest: ‘The Boys in the Boat’ and ‘The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff’

I must confess–every year I tell myself that I will try to read more nonfiction and ever year I read a bit more but perhaps not as much as I had intended.

Last year I happened to read two nonfiction titles that delve into different slices of Washington state history.

The Boys in the BoatFirst, I had heard so much about The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown. It is one of those books that has captured the spirit and the imagination of our region with a story of timeless triumph. So when a bookstore customer told me, “You need to read it–it will make your heart bigger!”–I finally took the plunge. Continue reading “Two Nonfiction books about the Pacific Northwest: ‘The Boys in the Boat’ and ‘The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff’”