The Right Mystery for You Awaits

People who don’t read mysteries sometimes think they are all alike. Nothing is worse than looking forward to that new mystery, and getting home to read, only to find it’s not “your kind of mystery” at all! Horrors! Not even worth trying. No way.

We in libraryland have ways of describing the different types of mysteries to help you find just what you want. If you run out of everything by an author you love, we can help you find authors from the same kind of mystery appeal. My favorite is a reference book called “Genreflecting”, by Diana Tixier Herald.

Youth Media Awards: And the Winners Are...

January is one of my favorite months--it is a new year ripe with possibility and most importantly it is when the Youth Media Awards are given to the best of the best in children's and teen literature. The awards are given annually at the American Library Association's midwinter conference. The 2016 awards were announced this morning at 8:00 am in Boston. Before I unveil the winners and honor books, I want to tell you a little bit more about the awards and some of my favorite reads this year that may have been contenders for the awards.

The Fight for Civil Rights: Compelling Middle and High School Titles

One way to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, is to learn more about the experiences of people who were part of the struggle for civil rights. In recent years, a number of highly engaging books have been written for middle and high schoolers on this subject. Descriptions from Baker & Taylor.

Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Hours by Ann Bausum

The Library as a whole body experience

It's common knowledge that the library caters to your research and entertainment needs. You visit the library to do homework, to borrow books or dvds, to use a computer, and even to make copies. But did you know that the library can be a place for activities beyond these common uses? Visiting the library not only provides a work out for your mind and imagination, but can also offer programs for your whole body.

Winter is a Time for Storytime

Winter is here…so bundle up your pre-school age kids and head over to your local Kitsap Regional Library location for some great stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs presented by your friendly children’s librarian! We children’s librarians always talk about the importance of developing early literacy skills and building school readiness. The latest research shows that children who participate in storytimes have increased language knowledge and fine motor skills, which leads to greater academic success later in life.

More Apps for Early Learners

Last year I published a blog post looking at apps that help encourage development of critical literacy skills for early learners. It was a great opportunity to try out and explore different apps for As this year comes to a close, I'd like to expand upon that list by looking at the developers behind some of those apps, and take a look at even more app options that continued to challenge and inspire young minds in 2015.

 

Fiction to Read in Early 2016

With the end of the year drawing towards its close many are using this time to reflect back, take stock, put things into perspective,  and make 'best of' lists.  If you're interested in catching up with reading, have a look at EarlyWord's downloadable spreadsheet.  If, however, you're ready to put 2015 behind you and look squarely toward the future of 2016, I have some reading suggestions for you. Expect to see the titles in the online catalog beginning in January. (All descriptions are provided by the publisher)

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