Libraries remain responsible for acquiring or providing access to books, periodicals, and other media that meet the educational, recreational, and informational needs of their users. They continue to keep the business, legal, historical, and religious records of a civilization. They are the place where a toddler can hear his first story and a scholar can carry out research.
Ever since the 19th Century, December in the lower Puget Sound region traditionally has been an extra-special time. There’s a raft of gala holiday celebrations that are scheduled, beginning the day after Turkey Day.
America’s Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, contains more than 160 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 37 million books and other print materials, 3.5 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 7.1 million pieces of sheet music and 69 million manuscripts.
Have you ever carved a “Cucurbita?
That’s the Latin name for a family of vegetables that includes cucumbers and squash—especially the big orange variety that’s seen this time of year, piled in grocery store pyramids, or still waiting in a field to be harvested—you know, like Charlie Brown’s “Great Pumpkin.”
Wondering what to do in Steilacoom? Check out the Kiosk on Lafayette & Wilkes or read the signs on the Tennis Court. Be sure to drive by the large spider web at 1724 Worthington. Wouldn’t want to encounter a very large Charlotte there!
Just inside the entry to the Western State Hospital Cemetery in Ft. Steilacoom Park stands a covered kiosk with information about the cemetery’s restoration project under “Grave Concerns.” There are about 3,000 patients buried there.
Lakewold Garden is a good destination for an autumn afternoon stroll. Fall colors of purple, gold, crimson and gray (hmmm. is that some subtle hint about the Huskies and the Cougars?)–and a large spider-like web that’s visible to those who sit inside the Gazebo. The gardens are open on Fridays and Saturdays now, with the Decorated Tables show coming soon.
Former Pioneer Middle School student and teacher Lenore Rogers remains active in the School District in which she attended, taught and served. Now she’s assisting with a Kiwanis project, sprucing up the benches in the District Administrative Office’s courtyard.
One of Lakewood’s historic houses is open this Saturday for a tour. In fact it’s a house that was the first place to receive the LHS’s Historic Markers, and it is the location for LHS’s October meeting.
The Boatman/Ainsworth House at 6000 112th (across from Clover Park High School’s parking lot) welcomes Lakewood Historical Society members at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.
School newspaper history in the Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 extends back, at least, to 1898. That’s the year when students in Mr. George A. Russell’s 8th grade class created a paper that was called “The Schoolboy.”