What's Up with the App?

If you used the Library Now app to access Kitsap Regional Library, you may be wondering why you can no longer find us in the app’s list of libraries.  Unfortunately, we are no longer working with Library Now.

We first added the app to our services in November 2013 when the WA State Library offered it to us for a 1 year trial period – at no cost to KRL. This was a great opportunity to see how an app would be received by the community and the value it might add to our overall services.

Good for a Laugh

When the long and wet winter days have me down, I like a little levity to lighten my mood.  If you're in the same winter-blues boat as me, come by the library to check out a comedy DVD, or checkout an entire season of sitcoms and have a laugh-athon!  Another great source for giggles?  Books, of course.  We have enough variety to tickle even the pickiest of funny bones, such as:

Succeeding in the Second Half

Did you watch the game last week? It may have been a rollercoaster, but it was inspiring to see our Seahawks come back in the second half of the game. Winter break always feels like half-time when it comes to the school year. Whether you are finishing your finals for the first semester in high school or gearing up for graduation in spring, the second half of the school year can be daunting! So many big questions come into play: How can I stay organized? What do I need to succeed? Who can I turn to for help?

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

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