October at Mount Vernon City Library
Breaking Free of Plastic Addiction

Breaking Free of Plastic Addiction

Tuesday, Oct. 2 | 6:30 p.m.
Resource Room

Self-proclaimed "Bag Lady" Carol Sullivan will discuss specifics about a community plastic bag ban ordinance, ways to “think outside the bag, bottle, container, and straw”, and current recycling guidelines. Come share your own ways of breaking free of plastic addiction and plan on learning a few new ideas from others.

MVCL Book Club

MVCL Book Club

Thursday, Oct. 11 | 12:30 p.m.  

“The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey” by Rinker Buck is an epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century—which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. New readers welcome. 

The Pine and the Cherry

The Pine and the Cherry:
Japanese Americans in Washington

Monday, Oct. 15 | 6:30 p.m.  
Resource Room

Mayumi Tsutakawa, writer and curator, will present how Washington’s Japanese Americans faced the injustice of internment, and how families who lost everything rebuilt their lives. Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau event.

The Ethics of Eating Meat

The Ethics of Eating Meat on a Small Planet

Monday, Oct. 22 | 6:30 p.m.  
Resource Room

What are the implications—for humans, animals, and the Earth—of raising more than 87 billion animals annually for food? Presented by Brian G. Henning, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University. Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau event.
Skagit Reads Fall 2018

Skagit Reads is a county-wide library program that brings Skagit County residents together to read and engage with one book.  Free events are hosted at various libraries around the county to help readers explore themes and issues related to the selected book.

Skagit Reads Fall 2018 Title:
"The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery


Sonic Sea

Movie Screening: Sonic Sea

Wednesday, Oct. 10 | 6 p.m.
Burlington Public Library

Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Burlington Public Library will be hosting this free showing and discussion of the award-winning documentary Sonic Sea. 60 minutes. Not rated.  

Puget Sound Underwater

Puget Sound Underwater

Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 6:30 p.m.  
Resource Room

Professional underwater photographer Drew Collins will share some of his work featuring the emerald green waters of Puget Sound.

Mystery in Burrows Bay

Mystery in Burrows Bay

Thursday, Oct. 25 | 6:30 p.m.  
Resource Room

In August 2014, octopuses with deep-water characteristics were discovered in the shallow waters of Burrows Bay, near Puget Sound, Washington. Have these octopuses simply been overlooked, or is something making them move to shallow water? Presented by Dr. Kirt Onthank, Assistant Professor of Biology at Walla Walla University. 


Eye Opening View of  Algae and Plankton

Monday, Oct. 29 | 6:30 p.m.  
Resource Room

Algae and plankton are more than fish food. WWU marine scientist Dr. Brady Olson will discuss the unique behaviors, ecosystems, and evolutionary paths of these organisms. 

October 2018 Youth Activities
Firefighter Storytime

Firefighter Storytime

Tuesday, Oct. 9 | 10:30 a.m. 
Ages 2-6

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with Firefighter Storytime  Firefighters from Mount Vernon Fire Department will read stories, do a uniform demonstration, talk about fire safety, and give a tour of a fire truck.


STEAM Lab: Grossology

Tuesday, Oct. 16 | 4-5 p.m.
Ages 6-8

What’s gross, slimy, and sometimes smelly? Science! Drop in for a truly revolting STEAM Lab.

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

Monday, October 22 - Wednesday, October 31
All Ages

Decorate a pumpkin (no bigger than a basketball) at home to look like one of your favorite book characters and bring it to the library to be displayed in our storybook pumpkin patch. Pumpkins will be displayed October 22- 31. No carved or cut pumpkins, please. Pumpkins need to be picked up November 1 or 2. Pumpkins not picked up will be put in our yard waste bin on November 3.

Costume Party Storytime

Costume Party Storytime

Wednesday, Oct. 31 | 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-5 

It’s Halloween, so come in costume to Preschool Storytime! There will be Halloween stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities. Siblings welcome.

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