NCRL News and Events

Speakers coming to libraries

Michelle McNiel - Thursday, September 22, 2016

North Central Regional Library is bringing several speakers to libraries in October in partnership with Humanities Washington.


First up, scholar Lance Rhoades will present a multi-media program on Mary Shelley's masterpiece Frankenstein at the Entiat, Cashmere, Quincy and Soap Lake branches.

The tale of a scientist driven mad by his obsession to animate the dead has resonated widely in the popular imagination, most notably in theater and cinema. Rhoades will lead a conversation about how the work, more than two centuries after its publication, continues to serve as an allegory in debates about technology, slavery and universal suffrage.

Rhoades regularly lectures on the history of literature and film and serves as a program director for the Mercer Island Library and Arts Council.

Oct. 4 at 5:30, Entiat Public Library

Oct. 5 at 2 p.m., Soap Lake Public Library; 6 p.m. Quincy Public Library

Oct. 7 at 4 p.m., Cashmere Public Library

Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshal will give a poetry reading and presentation at the Chelan Public Library on Oct 6 at 7 p.m.

Marshal is the state's poetry spokesperson for 2016-2018. As well as a poet, he is a humanities professor at Gonzaga University. His poems have been published in numerous journals and he has written several books, most recently Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award.

The Washington State Poet Laureate program works to build awareness and appreciation for poetry through public readings, workshops and presentations.

Author and professor Dr. Cornell Clayton will explore political polarization in a program at Winthrop Public Library on Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.

Clayton is director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University. In his program, "Political Incivility and Polarization in America," he will look at the relationship between civility and democratic participation as he's observed and recorded over the last 30 years.


Next up, scholar David Fenner will present "Islam 101: Perceptions, Misconceptions, and Context for the 21st Century" at Twisp Public Library on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

Fenner strives to promote a greater understanding of Islam, its history and its place in the modern world. The discussion will address topics such as who is Mohammed, what is the Qur-an, and the use and history of head scarves.

Fenner's interest in Islam dates back to his experience as a young man living in the Sultanate of Oman on the Arabian Peninsula for six years. He retired from the University of Washington in 2007 as the assistant vice provost for International Education after a career that included establishing exchange programs with universities in Egypt, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Pakistan.

He and his wife later founded an educational center for Arab and Western students on the Arabian Peninsula.

Finally, radio host and producer Amanda Wilde will talk about the influences of Bing Crosby, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain on technology, business and the notoriety of Washington state.

Wilde's program will address how Washington was a rich breeding ground for these three distinct and revolutionary musicians to push artistic and technological limits to break new ground in their eras and genres of music.

Wilde was a key figure in the development of the cutting-edge Seattle music station KEXP, hosting its afternoon drive show for 12 years. She currently hosts and produces the music program The Swing Years and Beyond for KUOW. In 2014, she was honored by Seattle Women in Jazz for her contributions to the jazz community.

Oct. 24: Royal City Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 25: Ephrata Public Library, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26: Okanogan Public Library, 1:30 p.m.


Summer Reading Success

Michelle McNiel - Thursday, September 15, 2016

North Central Washington readers collectively logged more than 92,000 hours of reading this summer.

Children and adults who participated in North Central Regional Library’s annual summer reading program kept track of their hours of reading to win a range of prizes.

In all, 6,768 children signed up at their local libraries and another 535 teens, children and adults signed up online for the program, designed to keep kids reading during the long summer months out of school. They recorded a total of 92,348 hours (that’s more than 5.5 million minutes) — surpassing last summer’s 75,726 hours.

The summer reading program is a great antidote to the summer slide, when children tend to lose reading skills, said NCRL Executive Director Dan Howard. “Kids that read over the summer perform better when school resumes in the fall.

The books, the amazing prizes like bikes and iPads, and the free programs make our summer reading program a fun and effective way to inspire reading among our children, Howard added.

Prizes donated by businesses around the region also included book collections, Kindle Fires, waterpark passes, movie passes, and toys.

In addition to promoting reading, NCRL's 30 branch libraries in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties offered nearly 900 free programs, including story times in English and Spanish, arts and crafts, puppet shows, science experiments, theatrical productions, children's yoga, and Knights of Veritas demonstrations.

Soap Lake readers fueled the increase in reading hours, logging 2,687 more hours this summer than in 2015. They were followed by Grand Coulee readers, who tallied 2,262 more hours this year.

Also of note, Wenatchee Public Library had the highest number of kids who read at least 10 hours — 495; and every child who signed up for the program at the Republic Library clocked at least 10 hours of reading.

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