Photo of Reading Room and words Everett Public Library Newsletter, September

Civil Everett event series

At what point does a conversation become a battle? Starting this fall, Everett Public Library, the City of Everett, and community partners will host a series of events centered on the theme of civil discourse. Tackle tough conversations together with other members of the community. 

The kick-off event for the Civil Everett series features philosopher David E. Smith. He takes a deep look at those moments when civility breaks down and explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on notoriously difficult topics. Smith provides participants with the tools needed to embark upon more thoughtful, fruitful discussions. This event  will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Cascade High School. Call 425-257-8000 to register.

Future Civil Everett events will be posted at

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Librarian of Congress visits Everett

Everett Public Library recently had the honor of welcoming Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden and Congressman Rick Larsen. Hayden visited Everett Public Library on Aug. 1 as part of a tour of Washington state libraries. Congressman Larsen, a lifelong fan of libraries, personally selected a variety of books from the Library of Congress surplus book program. Together, Larsen and Hayden presented this selection to Library Director Abigail Cooley and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin to grow and enhance the Everett Public Library collection. Click here to find these books and place a hold in the library catalog.  

Group photo of staff with Representative Larsen and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
Photo of Mayor Cassie Franklin, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Library Director Abby Cooley,  Representative Rick Larsen, and others look at archives in the Northwest Room
Photo of Rick Larsen, Carla Hayden, Cassie Franklin, and Abby Cooley accepting a gift of books from the Library of Congress
Congressman Rick Larsen on stage with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
Staff member Carol shakes Carla Hayden's hand
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on the Auditorium stage

Photo of woman trying out a virtual reality headset at the library

Virtual Reality is back!

Have you ever wanted to visit the moon? Or swim with dolphins? Have you navigated through the International Space Station, or created three dimensional art on a digital canvas?
From the comfort of the library, you can do so with our virtual reality program. Virtual reality headsets immerse users into 3-dimensional experiences. Many allow users to interact with and navigate through the environment.
In January 2019, the Washington State Library, in conjunction with the University of Washington, selected Everett Public Library as a host site for public programs using the Oculus Rift and Go virtual reality headsets. Now we’ve extended the program to run from September to March 2020.
Sessions run from 1- 4 p.m. on Saturdays at the Main Library through the end of the year. In 2020, the program will be held at the newly remodeled Evergreen Branch. Whether you’re an early adopter of technology, or simply want to revisit favorite places in the world, this program is for you. For more information, visit

Summer Reading celebrations

Mayor Cassie Franklin congratulated over 250 of our Summer Readers at two celebrations on Aug. 20 at the Main Library and Emerson Elementary School. Thank you to volunteers, staff, and attendees for making these parties a success. Nearly 700 children completed the 24-hour summer reading challenge!

Photo collage of adults and children who attended the summer reading celebration

Events for Adults

Hands on History: Documentaries from the Archives: "Such a Special Place: Clark Park"
Tuesday Sept. 10, 6-7:30 p.m.

Join local history enthusiasts for a screening of "Such a Special Place: Clark Park," produced by the Bayside Neighborhood Association. Capturing the voices of early Everett through oral history, this documentary describes the important role that Clark Park played in building a sense of community among residents. A question and answer session with filmmakers, Elle Ray and Lloyd Weller, will follow the screening.
Photo of oak trees in Clark park in the autumn with the sun shining through and mist on the street
Portrait photo of musicians Pint and Dale

Sea Songs, New and Old

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2-3:30 p.m.

Whether they are singing contemporary songs with maritime themes or the old sea shanties of the Age of Sail, Pint & Dale deliver a high energy performance with dynamic vocals and exciting instrumental fireworks. Early music to modern, traditional to contemporary, heart wrenching to downright silly. It’s hard to believe that two people can make so much music.

Make a Graphic Memoir!

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2-3:30 p.m.

Bring your story to life in a graphic format.
Acclaimed comics artist Mita Mahato will present a workshop at Everett Public Library showing how to bring your story to life using the unique strengths of the graphic format. Teens and adults are welcome. No artistic talent required, but registration is. Call 425-257-8000 to register. 

Image of three panel artwork by Mita Mahato about National Oceans Month showing various politicians faces on a variety of sea creatures
Black and white photo taken in 1986 of musician Pete Seeger on stage with guitar. Photo by Josef Schwarz.

Pete Seeger: The Man and the Music

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m.

Hank and Claire will explore how Pete Seeger’s activism inspired his music, tell stories from his life, and sing songs he wrote or popularized.  You’ll see historic photos, and learn the backstories for songs like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” A powerful blend of history, politics, and songs in tribute to this legendary activist.

Events for Youth

Preschool age boy sitting on a stack of books looking at a paperback children's book

Fall Storytimes begin Sept. 9

10:30 a.m., Activity Room

Mondays: Waddlers - for ages 12-24 months
Tuesdays: Baby - f
or infants ages 3 - 12 months 
Wednesdays: Toddler - for children 2 years old
Thursdays: Preschool - for children 3-5 years old

Parents and caregivers participate in storytime with their children to help them learn.

Brick Builders Club

Thursdays from 4-5 p.m., beginning Sept. 12
Activity Room

This club is for children ages 4 to 12 years old who like to build and create. The library provides the LEGO® bricks, you provide the imagination. Parents or caregivers of children under 12 should remain in the library during this program.

The programs conducted by The Everett Public Library are not affiliated, sponsored, or endorsed by LEGO® Education or the LEGO® Group.

Photo of plastic building bricks in yellow, orange, green, and red
Photo of parents and young children playing with colorful scarves while listening to music

Music and Movement

Saturdays in September and October
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Activity Room

This class emphasizes the importance of music and movement in early childhood development. The fun-filled, interactive program is geared toward families with children ages 3 and under.  

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