Two local historical organizations will be hosting upcoming versions of the “Bookmarks & Landmarks” program, a unique book group event that ties in directly with local historical sites, and readers of all ages are invited to participate.

This year the Bookmarks & Landmarks theme is “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.” The Thunder Dome Car Museum in Enumclaw hosted the first program, on cars, in October.

Next up, The Museum of Flight is hosting three different aviation-related programs on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023.  When you sign up to participate in one of the three discussions, and you’ll also get free admission to The Museum of Flight that day.

  • For children ages 3-7 (with adult) there will be a space-themed story time at the Museum at 11 a.m.
  • For ages 8-12 there will be a discussion of the book “Across the Desert” by Dusti Bowling at 11:45 a.m. (Some copies of the book may still be available for check-out at the Tukwila Library, and the downloadable audio book is available at


For adults, there will be a discussion of the book “West with the Night” by Beryl Markham at 2 p.m. (Audiobooks and e-books are available at


All of the programs mentioned above will be held at The Museum of Flight in Tukwila (map below). Admission to the Museum is free to participants in the “Bookmarks & Landmarks” program that day, but pre-registration is required.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108-4097:

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All Aboard with the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

Then on December 2, it’s all aboard when the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in Burien hosts kids’ and adult programs featuring stories and books about “Trains.”

At 11-11:30 a.m. there will be a train-themed story time, for ages 7 and younger with adult.

That will be followed at 11:45 a.m. by a program for older kids (ages 8-12), who are invited to participate in a discussion of the children’s book “I Survived the Wellington Avalanche, 1910” by Lauren Tarshis. (The Wellington snow slide engulfed two stranded trains in the Cascade Mountains was―and still is―the deadliest avalanche in America’s history.) A limited number of book copies will be available at the Burien library, or you can place a hold if you wish to pick up a copy at a different library. 

Register in advance for either of these children’s programs by e-mailing KCLS children’s librarian Lydia at

The adult book discussion will be held at 2 p.m. and will focus on the novel “Small World” by Jonathan Evison. Space is limited and pre-registration for the adult program is required at

The Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive is located at 425 SW 153rd Street in Burien (map below). Participants in the Bookmarks & Landmarks programs held here will also get a free tour of the archive and a peek at the extensive track system built by the Boeing Employees Model Railroad Club.

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive is located at 425 SW 153rd Street in Burien:

The Bookmarks & Landmarks program is a collaboration between members of SoCoCulture (the South King County Cultural Coalition) and the King County Library System.

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