The below blog post was written by Hunter, a Make Do Share Intern at our Manchester location, and includes his reflections and experiences as an intern. Make Do Share internships are supported by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and provide teens and young adults (ages 16-25) with the opportunity to gain real world job experience while developing 21st century skills. They also help to make the Library's youth STEM programs more awesome!
This blog post is presented by Emily Hillis, an intern at the Sylvan Way location of Kitsap Regional Library. She has completed a project researching services and programs for New Adults as part of the Library's Make Do Share initiative.
It came to me suddenly. I realized I had a blog post due today, Monday, August 28, 2017. How did I forget? As a Kitsap Regional Library blog writer, I know my schedule months in advance. I tell myself, “That’s okay, I can still make my deadline August 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.” I recall and old post I wrote about dog stories. The title was witty – "Dogged Devotion," about classic dog stories. I told myself, “Yes! That’s it. It’s the dog days of summer.
Making the leap from beginning reader books with their 1 – 2 – 3 levels, small words and large print to regular chapter books can intimidate even the most excited reader. Chapter books have the perception of having smaller print, no pictures and lots and lots of pages. What a difference from the short, brightly illustrated beginning reader books! It can be challenging (sometimes scary or even heavy) to make the leap. Luckily that’s where these wonderful in-between books come in.
One of the things I frequently hear when I tell parents about storytime at the library is: (a) that their child won't sit still and listen to stories, or (b) that their child just isn't ready for storytime yet. It breaks my heart a little each time I hear it because all I can think about is how much of a missed opportunity this is for these families. In my mind, these statements signal a parent's lack of understanding about what storytime is really about, and why their worries are less important than they might think.
Summer learning may be winding down, but the learning never stops here at the Library. Fall is just as good a season to tackle something new. Cooler weather, the start of school and the change of season always seem to inspire me to head back to books and back to the kitchen. I love baking and spending time trying new recipes and techniques, which is why I’m so excited about our new program starting this quarter at the Kingston location.
Add bubble fun to your summer and learn about surface tension and evaporation at the same time. Last month, I tried a new bubble solution recipe that called for sugar. Now, you can get some fun bubbles from combining water with dishwashing liquid. Adding a little bit of sugar and letting the solution sit overnight leads to big, long-lasting bubbles! Plus, the bubble mixture was just right for blowing bubbles inside other bubbles. Sound impossible?
Going green can be tasty! Did you know that you can make s’mores in a solar oven? That was the experiment we did this week at the library. Here are instructions so you can try this at home. Please note that this project requires the use of sharp tools and high temperatures, so grab a grown-up and take precautions. Let’s get started!
Supplies Needed for the Solar Oven: