Found Relics Display

Pieces of people’s lives are often left behind in the library, tucked away between pages of books and forgotten underneath tables. This summer, the UW Bothell/Cascadia Library has been home to a display of such items, collected by various members of the library staff over the years. The found relics display showcases many precious snapshots of life, and each item has been given a fun, colorful code name for identification purposes.  Some of my favorite code names are: the crimson wolf, the lilac lady, the golden goodbye, and the magenta mullets.

On display is a wide variety of materials, including:


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An old piece of a German newspaper (the sepia slipper),


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A few  handmade bookmarks (the turquoise paperweight and the plum predators),



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Artwork of an anchor, perhaps a tattoo design (the indigo shipwreck),



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A note found in a book of Nobel prize winners (the Copenhagen collective),



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And finally, my personal favorite, the hilarious to-do list of someone with a lot going on (the ivory key).




Library visitors have been invited to invent stories about the items on display, and there have been many creative submissions, such as the one below.


Photo by Tate Crowley


Unnerstones are always bad news. In the world of improvised magical objects, this was the thing that skipped past hexes and curses and went right to blowing off limbs.  The one I saw in the library, made from a cardboard cut-out of a crow and tacked to a bulletin board, was designed to be placed between the pages of book and go off as soon it was discovered.

From where I stood, I could see the crow’s feet were missing, which meant that phase three: carnage never happened —  the trap was sprung but the Unnerstone never went bang.  That’s probably how it got here.  Whomever this was meant for just closed the book and turned it back in, not realizing that they were almost pulverized.  Now Unnerstone was more dangerous than ever because anything could set it off — such as tacking it head hight to a bulletin board. I glanced at the librarian behind the circulation counter.  Why didn’t you drive a nail through a rusty land mine while you were at it?

She looked back at me with an eye tempered by the fiery heat of experience and painted me as a someone worth watching until closing time.

I caught a break when the phone rang and diverted the her attention. If I was lucky, then it’s one of those calls where the person on the other end asks the same question six different ways before demanding to talk to a supervisor.  Her back is turned. I’m on my feet and fast casual it over to the bulletin board.  In my bag is a big metal water bottle, not only BPA free, but etched in enough runes to keep the Unnerstone happy enough to prevent it from creating a blast zone.

I was holding the rune bottle under the under the Unnerstone when it spoke. “From the opening of the book begins the time of reckoning.” When it cawed at me, I thought it was over. Most of the time a dud spell simply doesn’t work— the worst thing about them is the cleanup. But when a spell starts talking to you, the spell is telegraphing the fact that disaster has transitioned from  an ’if’ to a ‘when.’

Just as I made my move, the Librarian is right there in my face, ready to regulate. “What are you doing?” She asked. I’ve done this gig for a decade and change and there’s still no good answer to that question. She looked at the crow cut-out. “Are you the one who made this?”

I could have told her the truth about the Unnerstone.  Instead, she got a much simpler “Yes. Yes I am.”

“Really?” She said. “Do you remember what book you left it in?”

I looked at the crow cut-out. Some of the runes were visible and displayed the specifics of the spell. Item three was the title of the book it was meant for.

“Carly’s Paranormal Index. ” I said.

She reached up and unpinned the crow. With an outstretched hand, she presented it to me. “Here you go. I’m glad we could get it back to you.”

Inside I’m calling a code brown.  Outside it was a polite “thank you” as I gently took the crow and sealed it in the water bottle.

“What are you going to do with it?” She asked.

“I’ve got a special place for these things.” I told her.

“Did you make the other ones?”

I stop. Holy crap. The Librarian’s right. Since when is there ever just one Unnerstone?

“Maybe.” I said. “Can I see them?”

“Sure.” She said. I followed her to small room off to the side of the circulation desk. She removed a key from her pocket and opened the door. Inside, the walls were covered with dozens of cardboard cut-outs of different animals.

Let me say it again: the walls are covered in dozens of Unnerstones.

Suddenly I am forced into a new theory of the crime. Some rage mage  had been making Unnerstones for months and putting them in library books. The Librarians have been finding these things and instead of throwing them away, chose to collect them into the largest concentration of magical Armageddon that I’d ever seen in my life.  That’s the problem with magic — even the most dangerous things are nowadays considered nothing more than imaginary folklore.

“Yes. They’re mine.” I said. “All mine.” I hope that my voice doesn’t sound like panic.  “Do you have a box?”

It took me ten minutes to rune up the cardboard box the Librarian had brought from the circulation counter. Then another ten minutes to rip the Unnerstones from the wall and place them in said box, and finally another five to concoct a BS story before leaving a card asking her to call me if anymore cardboard animals turned up.

As I sat in traffic, I realized that I’m effectively a car bomb waiting to happen. The broken Unnerstone from the bulletin board has been talking to the ones from the back room, and now they’re convinced that they should all peace out and detonate right then and there. The only thing that holds them back are the runes written in sharpie on the box. They kept up the chatter until I reached a small field in banjo country and the stone circle I built there three days earlier.

After that, there wasn’t much too it. Some crystals, a couple of chicken bones, and a road flare delivered by tracked robot, and the whole thing went up with a roar. I watched the glowing embers rain down from the night sky and bounce within the confines of the stone circle. I’d be back in a couple of days to go through the pieces and find out which self proclaimed wizard has decided to LARP the Unibomber.

When I got back to my car there’s a long message on my phone from the Librarian. She  found another Unnerstone and being a librarian, has done a lot more reading. After deciphering a few of the runes,  she wanted answers, and in her words: “not the BS story you fed me before.”

I’ve got two more jobs in front of me: a bound wraith without a master and a malformed magic circle that could be as innocent or as dangerous as the description of  ‘wonky’ allowed.

I took the freeway back to the library with no intention of telling the Librarian the truth but seeing that as the only outcome. Maybe it’s finally time to get some help.



The found relics display won’t be up for much longer, so be sure to stop by the UW Bothell library soon and check it out!


There’s Still Time for Summer!

Although we are approaching the start of a new school year, there is still much to do to make the summer worthwhile! After an intense school year, I found that it made this summer so much sweeter. Before having to go back to spending my weekends doing assignments, studying, and reloading my Starbucks Rewards card for coffee, there are still some events around Washington that I plan on attending and hopefully you will too! Check out some upcoming events below:

  • Seattle Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival
    • Where? Chinatown-International District of Seattle, WA
    • When? Saturday, September 9th @ 4PM-Midnight
    • What? My first time to the Seattle Moon Festival was in 2015 and it was a night filled with street food and free entertainment! In previous years, the types of entertainment that were there included hip-hop dance battles and live band performances. Wondering what exactly is a Moon Festival? To keep it short, in Chinese and Vietnamese culture, people would give offerings such as fruit and moon cake to worship the moon goddess. In doing so, it was believed that the moon goddess will bless the people with a plentiful harvest for the following year.
    • Additional info/tips:
      • Admission: FREE
      • Bring cash! Vendors and food trucks sometimes prefer cash over credit cards. There will be ATM’s in Chinatown.
      • Check the weather before you go. The event will be held outdoors and mostly at night.
      • Don’t want to deal with traffic and having to find parking IN SEATTLE? Take the Light Rail and get off at the Chinatown/International District stop. The walk from the light rail station to the event is about 5 minutes.
      • The history of the Moon Festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival) –
      • More info @
    • Here’s a picture of the live band performance from Lions Ambition when I went!

Lions Ambition. Photo taken by author.

  • Washington State Fair
    • Where? Washington State Fair Events Center
    • When? September 1st-24th (Closed on Tuesdays and 9/6/17)
    • What? The Washington State Fair is just like any other fair. There are many food vendors and tents where people sell things from t-shirts to little crafts. For those who are thrill seekers, the fair also has a number of rides and games to win prizes. It is definitely a place where you can spend all day at so grab some family and friends and come!
    • Additional info/tips:
      • Admission: adults $14
      • Parking:
        • MWThF $10
        • Sat. & Sun. $15
      • Certain fair dates have special deals. Check them out here!
      • Wear comfortable shoes. The fair takes a lot of walking to be able to do everything.
      • More info @

Washington State Fair 2015” © 2015 atomic80, made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

  • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit
    • Where? Seattle Art Museum
    • When? June 30th-September 10th
    • What? The Infinity Mirrors is one of the SAM’s most popular exhibits to have ever come to Seattle! Tickets are available on-site at the SAM (With student discounts so bring your school ID!). Upon entering the exhibit, you will experience Yayoi Kusama’s vision of what the vast concept of “infinity” is through multiple mirror rooms.
    • Additional info/tips:
      • Get to the SAM early or even before they open to increase your chances of scoring tickets! Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.
      • Try going on the weekdays. Weekends are more crowded since people usually have more free time.
      • Take the Light Rail and get off at the University Street Station to avoid driving in the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle.
      • More info @

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Photos taken by Melissa Logan.

Seattle’s Link Light Rail system: it’s (been) here!

Earlier this summer I had my first experience with the Seattle light rail system while exploring around downtown with a few of my friends. I consider myself a huge public transportation enthusiast and user. During my academic year I commute via bus to and from school, in the summers I will also take the bus to work and to places I volunteer at. But as much as I love busing, there’s just something special about traveling underground. This might not sound like the flashiest, most exciting thing to everyone, but personally my experience on the light rail took me back to the summer of my sophomore year in high school when I took a three week long trip to Europe. It made me feel like I was in a big city again and this filled me with excitement. My experience with the light rail made me ask myself “why hadn’t I tried this before…? It’s so convenient!”

There are plenty of people who have not ridden the light rail even though it has been running for over a year now (and recently opened two new stops, including UW Seattle!). If you’ve been one of the people who have not heard much about the light rail, or a little intimidated by it, do not worry! It is not complicated at all there are just a few things to remember:



  • ORCA Card/Passes (Anyone): Purchase an ORCA card for $5 ($3 for seniors 65+, or riders with disabilities), and add as much many as you like between $5 and $300.
    • ORCA Regional Day Passes, can be loaded onto your ORCA card for $8 per day. The Day Pass expires at the end of transit service on the day that it is used. Multiple days can be loaded onto one pass. These passes can also be used for buses, streetcars, trains, and water taxis.
  • UPASS (UW Students/Staff): Your Husky Card also works as an ORCA Card! This means that as long as you’ve activated the UPASS feature on your Husky Card, all you have to do is scan your card before AND after getting on/off the light rail.

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    Where to scan your Orca card or UPass – Image via Seattle Times

***Scan before and after getting on/off the light rail (this was something my friends kept needing to remind me of)***

  • Tickets (Anyone):
    • One-Way: Ticket prices for one-way rides vary (depending on how far your trip is) and range between $2.25-$3.25. You should note these passes are one use only, and intended to be used between the specified stations printed on the ticket.
    • Day Pass: Day passes can be purchased for $4.50 and may be used anywhere throughout the Link Light Rail. These are especially nice for if you’re having a friend or relative visit, and you’re wanting to explore around Seattle the whole day.
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One-way ticket from SeaTac to Westlake – Image via Bittersweetbyte

***Note: Rail tickets can only be used for the light rail, unlike the ORCA cards and UPASS.***


  • Off the rail:
    • Stand to the right on the escalators going up or down if you will not be walking up them. As much as you might want to stand next to friend or loved one on the escalator (or take in the sights of the underground), there’s people who need to get to work on time or make it to an appointment, by standing to the right you’re giving them space to walk (sometimes run) up the escalators.
    • Have your pass/ticket ready to scan, this way everyone can get to their destination much faster.
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Escalator rules – Image via Torontoist

  • On the rail:
    • Stay away from the doors! You don’t want to be the person blocking the entrance/exit for everyone else. If the train is reaching max capacity, do your best to make room for people exiting.
    • Don’t take up more space than you need for yourself, this includes laying on the seats, placing a backpack or purse on a seat next to you, etc.
    • Don’t do anything that would require you to have a private space, the light rail is meant for transportation (this also includes eating on the rail, don’t feast on the rail).
The MTA's New Subway Etiquette Campaign Focuses On Spatial Awareness!

Be courteous and leave space for others. – Image via darnellthenewsman


  • Use the Sound Transit Website to find when the next train arrives.
  • Use this map of the rail to find where the stations are located (entire red line, including the dashed part is open for use):
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Map of current light rail (July 2017) – Image via thenorthwesturbanist

  • Google Maps: You can use Google Maps to typing in the location of the place you want to get to, and where your trip would start from.
    • Google Maps also lets you choose what method of transportation you would like to use, by clicking on the image of the light rail, then it can give you the best walking or driving route to the light rail.
    • You can also find routes with less walking (which my result in a longer commute time from taking multiple buses).


I found my experience with the Link Light Rail to be very excited and worry free, I hope that with these tips anyone who felt a little intimidated or less inclined to ride the light rail, will be find it easier to understand.

National Poetry & Letter Writing Month

The air inside the trailer is slightly musty, reminiscent of cedar and memories just out of reach.  Inside, stacks of paper and notebooks and postcards eagerly await someone’s pen.  They rest on two small tables, a slight breeze causing them to ripple like the sea, and they whisper secrets to each other.  If the trailer sat there long enough, grass would begin to ensnare its tires and eventually invade the wooden interior.  Perhaps that is what the trailer wanted for those few sunny days, to sit in that glow as the voices of students passed endlessly by.

As April comes to a close, so does 2017’s poetry and letter writing month.  On April 3rd and 4th, the small campus trailer was parked next to the library and I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time inside!  Here are some pictures of the trailer:

(a short video of the inside can be found here:

The UWB/Cascadia library had a poetry month celebration of its own, via the children’s literature display.  Students were invited to write poetry and read some of the sweet children’s poetry books.  Here are some pictures of the display, which can be found on the second floor of the library through the end of the month:


All images and video taken by the author.

Why I am UW Bothell Bound


Photo taken by author.

Last fall I began my Running Start journey at Cascadia College, prompting many other new beginnings. I found a job that I actually enjoyed at the campus library, decided to pursue a degree in Computer Science, and have just recently been accepted at the UW Bothell for the Fall of 2017.

The decision to attend UW Bothell was an easy one; I fell in love with the campus this past year. Below are just a few of the many reasons for how this came to be.



Screenshot via Google Maps.

Of course, traffic on I-405 and downtown Bothell will be outrageous at times. But, this is really only during rush hours (from my experience), and isn’t nearly as bad as Seattle’s usual traffic. I can oftentimes get home to Lynnwood in as little as ten minutes!

There’s also so much to do around campus: hikes, museums, and our amazing downtown. UW Bothell has a great page on this here.

Small Class Sizes


The average classroom at UW Bothell. Photo via UWB Learning Technologies.

UW Bothell and Cascadia are the Goldilocks of classes – not too big, not too small, but just right. Classes usually contain around 30 students total, allowing easy access to both classmates and the professor. Also, since these professor will have less students than ones teaching lecture halls, office hours are generally more practical. I love knowing that if I’m ever struggling, I’ll have opportunities to seek help from the instructor themselves.

Both colleges on campus currently have around 5,000 students each (compared to UW Seattle’s 45,000), which is really nice for people like me who tend to be intimidated by large crowds.



Panorama shot of fields on campus. Photo taken by author.


Photo taken by author

The campus works hard to ensure that there’s a place for everyone here.

Clubs – We have many clubs for all kinds of cultures, majors, and interests… this website has currently listed 91 for UW Bothell students!

Campus EventsCascadia and Bothell have their own frequent events on campus, and sometimes they’re conjoined! For example, our HERO program had hosted healthy snacking and free massages in the library right before Fall Quarter finals this year.



Stairwell in UW Bothell. Photo taken by author.

With two schools, it’s no surprise that the campus has a large range of degrees available. Cascadia offers certificates, associate (2 year) degrees, and even a couple undergraduate. While the selection is not as vast as Seattle’s, UW Bothell does offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Because of the wide range of degrees available on campus, many students earning associate degrees at Cascadia attempt to transfer over to UWB! I’m personally hoping to take this route for a degree in Computer Science.



Some of our textbooks on Closed Reserve. Photo taken by author.

College is expensive, with tuition being only part of the battle. Luckily, our campus has lots of student resources.

Most materials needed for class (textbooks, laptops, equipment) can be acquired from the library, UW Bothell’s Qualitative Skills Center (QSC), and Cascadia’s Open Learning Center.

Both colleges on campus offer free in-person and online tutoring to their students. Here are links to what’s currently available:

UW Writing and Qualitative Skills ; Cascadia Writing and Math.

My absolute favorite part of campus is all of the space available to us, since our colleges realize that student homes aren’t always an ideal place to work. In addition to space in UWB (which can found here), many students also take advantage of Cascadia, the ARC, and the Food for Thought Cafe.


The beautiful silent reading room. Photo via UWB Business.

Tip: My go-to study area is the library’s third floor. This is the silent floor, home to the majority of our study rooms and the completely silent reading room.



The intriguing “Ancestors” statues on campus. Photo taken by author.

We may not have beautiful cherry blossom trees like Seattle, but we still have plenty more to offer.

Come here in the Spring or Summer, and you’ll find fruit, vegetation, and flowers growing right in the center of campus. Since it’s our community garden, anyone on campus is free to pick and plant (within reason, of course).


An older overview of campus and the wetlands. Photo via NBBJ.

Many consider the North Creek Wetlands to be the highlight of campus, and for good reason; it’s a great, quiet place to walk through and just take a break from the stresses of school. For more info, click here. For AMAZING pictures, here.

The artwork around campus is incredible, and there’s a lot to see! Our library has composed a page showcasing much of the art. Meanwhile, Cascadia College houses the Mobius Art Gallery.


An older view of UW Bothell from the side. Photo via NBBJ.

In the year I’ve been here, I’ve truly grown to love this campus; it is the only college I can see myself at and want to attend these next couple of years. UW Bothell tailors more to my own learning style than the other campuses, so I chose to only apply there. My advice is that instead of making a decision based on what others consider to be the better school, base it on which is the better school for you as an individual student. This is your education and your choice.

Tips for Bussing to Campus


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Fall quarter is just around the corner, and there are so many decisions that have to be made: what classes to take, when to take them, whether to buy or rent your textbooks, etc. The cornerstone decision for everything on campus, though, is how to get there. Luckily, our campus allows for quite a few options, and one of those is public transportation! I know, it’s not the most luxurious means of travel. Riding the public bus for the first time can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be!

Taking the bus is a great way to save time, money, and stress… If done correctly. I’ve been using buses as my main means of transportation for years now, and so I’ve compiled a list of what I wish I had known before starting.


On paying:


Image via Daily UW

  • Purchase a bus pass. If your route consists of transfers, DO NOT use cash, and buy a pass for the bus instead. This will save you a lot of money that could be used for other things, like coffee to get you through those morning classes.
    • Cascadia students/staff: Once you receive your campus ID card, you can take this form over to the Kodiak Corner (with your payment of $91) and get your new Orca Card through U-Pass. For the duration of the quarter, that card will have unlimited rides on three local transit systems.
    • UW Bothell students/staff: You can activate your U-Pass at the UWB Cashier’s Office in UW1. Much like Cascadia’s, this U-Pass costs $91 for the quarter, and is conveniently your husky card!
    • Other: For those not eligible for a campus bus pass, there’s still hope! Visit for more information on how to purchase a general Orca Card.

Planning trips:


Screenshot via Google Maps

  • Use a website or an app. There’s so much to consider when planning your bus route – transfers, walking distance, time, etc. Thankfully, there are many free sites that will figure all of this out for you. Use any of the following to find the most convenient route possible.
  • Have backup routes. Buses often run late, so if there’s an alternate bus that comes and will get you to your destination, take it!
  • Test out your route (at the same time you intend to bus) before classes start. This will be especially helpful if the route consists of transfers or is a long one. If there’s anything you are not sure about – traffic, where the bus stops, if the next bus will be made – test the route, and make sure that everything will go smoothly on the first day of class.
  • If not using a pass that is already paid for, check the ride cost. Different transit systems have different costs, and crossing county lines will typically cost more.

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  • Have exact change. Bus drivers do not carry change, so if all you have is a ten dollar bill, you’ll have to pay with that.
  • Even better, have EXTRA change. You’ll need it in case you get on the wrong bus and have to pay for another.
  • Keep a charged phone. I know, it’s tempting to use that last 5% on the bus ride back home. But, you’ll be glad you didn’t in case something goes wrong (like missing your stop) and have to call for a ride.

 Getting on:


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  • Have payment ready BEFORE getting on the bus. Don’t be that person to hold up the line!
  • Be at your stop at least five minutes before. This is commonly suggested by bus drivers, manuals, websites, etc. Trust me, it’s not a tip you will want to skip. Times shown are only an estimate, and so you never know when the bus will come early. Not all drivers will wait to depart.
  • Make sure you are on the right side of the road. Buses often have stops at the same intersection, but obviously going in different directions. Ending up in Shoreline when you meant to go to Everett? Not fun.
  • Double check the bus you’re getting on. The route number and destination are digitally printed on both the side and front of the bus, so make sure it’s exactly what you’re looking for before you leave on it. If uncertain, ask the driver!

During the ride:


Image via Tulsa Transit

  • Only take one seat. No one likes the person taking up two seats on a full bus, so keep your belongings either on your lap or on the floor. Not only does this prevent valuables from being potentially stolen, but others getting on the bus will appreciate that they won’t have to ask for you to move your things in order to sit.
  • Refrain from long, personal phone conversations. These are irritating, and it’s helpful (and somewhat worrying) to assume that everyone on the bus has nothing better to do than listen to every word during the ride. Of course, if you need to take a call, then take it; but try to keep it as short and quiet as possible.
  • Be respectful to your fellow commuters. They’re all like you in just trying to get to their destination pain-free. Respect includes taking only one seat, talking quietly on the phone or with a friend, giving up your seat to a senior, etc.
  • DO NOT fall asleep on the bus. A forty minute bus ride right before your 8am class may sound like the perfect opportunity for a nap, but beware: a missed stop can potentially cost you time and money. Plus, one of the scariest feelings is not knowing where you are when you wake up.
    • Instead of spending the ride snoozing, take the time to study or read a book! I’ve been making my way through A Game of Thrones during my commutes.

Image via Extrovert Diary

If this list of tips for riding the bus scared rather than consoled, seriously, don’t worry. Practice makes perfect, and it’s not as scary as it seems. All of these tips come from personal experience (aka hundreds accounts of falling asleep, missing a stop, getting on the wrong bus) and here I am: perfectly okay and still a frequent rider. Follow these tips, and you will be too!

If that’s not enough to convince, keep in mind that you will no longer have to deal with driving through traffic and parking.

Happy bussing!

Small Books

More than meets the eye


There is something rather magical about books small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, books you can carry with you wherever you go.  A few months ago, I was talking to a fellow library employee about the wonderful world of small books and was thrilled to discover I wasn’t the only one completely in love with them.  I then decided I needed to know exactly how small the smallest book in the library was.  I set off on my nearly hour-long adventure, beginning at A and trekking all the way to Z.  Past gargantuan textbooks, hidden away between mountainous instruction manuals were my treasures: tiny books.  They are good at blending in, some even seem to disappear on the shelf.  However, when caught, these little storytellers can prove to contain multitudes.


Here are just a few of my discoveries:


A Book Of Glyphs by Edward Sanders



Time Will Say Nothing by Ramin Jahanbegloo



Crown Of Olive by John Ruskin




This set of charming yellow play scripts



Left to Right:

Night Moves By Stephanie Barber

Avatar by Evan Lavendar Smith

Attempts At Life by Danielle Dutton



Left to Right:

Love At First Bark by Julie Klam (who wrote another book with an equally adorable title: You Had Me At Woof)

The Case Against Perfection by Michael J. Sandel

The Lost Art Of Reading by David L. Ulin



Clockwise from bottom left:

Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton

Les Chatiments by Victor Hugo

Book Of Wonder by Lord Dunsany



And of course, the smallest book I could find, Turtle Island by Gary Snyder which measures a mere 4.5 x 3 inches.



And there are even more of these lovely little books to be found throughout the library, in fact, here are all of the small stories that didn’t make it into this post!


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