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.
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.
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)
Looking for something to do over winter break? Worried about finding presents for the people in your life? Do not despair--there is still time to create something fun for--or with--your family and friends, while using your imagination and creativity. And you can create while recycling old t-shirts, yarn, CDs and more!
At the moment all things related to refugees, particularly from Syria, are up for debate and discussion. All of us, no matter what age, have questions. What makes a person become a refugee? What is life like for them? When my own understanding falls short, books help me bridge the gap. Whether fiction or not, stories allow us to experience life from another person’s perspective. Books are a great resource to share information and begin conversations, especially with children.
Working for yourself. Not for the faint of heart. But totally worth it. IF you have what it takes. Do you?
When someone tells me they want to start their own business, but need help, I say “Have you met Dayna”? Business counseling, training and even financial assistance to attend workshops is right here in Kitsap with Dayna Ebersole in Kitsap Community Resources BE$T program. That stands for Business Education Support Training, and they mean it!
Star Wars + STEM? Now these are the droids you were looking for! As Kitsap Regional Library celebrates Star Wars Week with many events happening at a library not far away, we also encourage all padawans (jedi in training) to improve their computer programming skills with an Hour of Code.
In the wake of tragedies such as the November 13 Paris attacks and December 2 mass shooting at San Bernadino, discussions on gun control and terrorism have been dominating the news. Regardless of your stance on gun control, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and have a plan for your safety if you find yourself in a situation with an active shooter. RUN. HIDE.
Whether you are in your favorite chair, alone by the fire, or snuggled up with the kids, it is that time of year. When it's cold outside there is nothing better than getting cozy with a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. These books are sure to settle your holiday stress and warm your heart this season. Here you'll find a little something for all members of the family, and maybe even an idea for a gift or two.