Plenty of learning, fun activities on tap at Edmonds Library | Librarian's Desk

By Katharine Combs | Nov 19, 2018
Katharine Combs

At a recent story time, I read the book “Starry Giraffe” to a group of preschoolers and their parents and grandparents.

It’s a sweet story about a hungry giraffe who finds an apple tree and, just as she’s about to bite into a juicy one, along comes another animal who can’t reach an apple without help. Giraffe graciously picks apples for every kind of critter who comes along until the tree is bare and there are none left for her.

Spoiler alert: She’s standing at the edge of an entire grove of full apple trees.

There are some parallels between library service and shared resources. As long as we value and care for our resources, they will continue to supply us with what we need. Also, looking out for the needs of others has its own rewards.

Let me back up just a bit and introduce myself.

With 15 years of public library experience and a teaching background, I’m delighted to work with the Edmonds community as the children’s librarian. In my first several weeks at the Edmonds Library, I’ve met many active library users and volunteers who remind me that I made the right decision coming here.

As the school year is starting to ramp up a bit, this feels like a good time to remind how your library can help support learning.

There is live online homework help in English and in Spanish through HelpNow from Brainfuse. In addition to free one-on-one tutoring from 1-11 p.m. daily, HelpNow includes tutorials, writing critiques, practice tests and foreign language help.

If you prefer the personal touch, please stop by from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, through Dec. 11. An extraordinarily gifted teen volunteer will work with K-8 students on any homework, for free. Drop in and say hello to Alexander!

This year, once again, several schools in the Edmonds School District will be participating in the Third Grade Reading Challenge, sponsored in part by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Third-graders read one to six books identified for the challenge, and compete with other teams to answer questions about the books.

Teams from schools throughout Snohomish and Island counties compete to advance to the finals in the spring. Check out this year’s book titles at The Reading Challenge is a wonderful way to inspire children with the love of reading.

Book or movie better?

I just finished reading John Bellairs’ “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” recently turned into a movie. Which did you like better? Email me at

Guest columnist Katharine Combs is children's librarian at the Edmonds Library.

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