Sarah: A New Bookseller Appears!!

I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember. I have wonderful memories of visiting the old downtown Bellevue Library on Main Street, signing up for the annual summer reading program at the Eastgate KCLS branch, and running my fingers along the spines of books at the University Bookstore whenever my family ate out at the nearby Azteca restaurant. My mom almost always bought me the latest Baby Sitter’s Club or Sweet Valley Twins book. I was such a devoted reader that I used to force my friends to lounge under our family’s ping-pong table and listen to me read aloud some of my favorite novels, including Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, and Wendy and the Bullies. It was a surprise to no one when I became a 6th grade reading teacher and then an elementary librarian!

Independent Bookstore Day 2024!

As we welcome April, we know all you Indie Bookstore aficionados are getting ready for your (and our) favorite day of the year: Independent Bookstore Day! Celebrated across the country, here in the Puget Sound area we have so many fantastic Independent Bookstores to visit, it really is an embarrassment of riches for book lovers. Whether this is your first—or tenth—Independent Bookstore Day, we hope you stop by to see us at Island Books and enjoy a day of discovering new bookstores or revisiting old favorites.

At Island Books we’ll have lots of treats and snacks throughout the day. We’ll have some of the famous Island Books typewriters set up for visitors to try. Plus a $100 gift card to Island Books will be hidden in our children's section! Our staff rec shelves will be stocked and you can check out all our seasonal tables and browse our various sections, including our new romance section, to find that perfect serendipitous read!

Book Notes: A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic

My reading in the first quarter of this year has had an inadvertent theme of suffragists and polar exploration. I haven’t gone out searching for them; these books keep finding me. Which was made all the more obvious when I picked up Yi Shun Lai’s YA historical, A Suffragist’s Guide to the Antarctic.

Clara Kettering-Dunbar is 18 years old and the sole female in a British expedition to the Antarctic in the close of the year 1914. An American veteran of the suffrage movement in Britain, posing as a Canadian, Clara knows she is already pushing the boundaries of what women are societally expected to do. She does have supporters amongst the expedition crew, namely the captain, but just as many who expect her to fail. It will take all of Clara’s strength of will, and an ability to reach beyond her own well-earned beliefs, to see the lessons to be learned from the Antarctic and from her fellow crew.

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