Downloading Kindle Books From the Library

Did you take advantage of Amazon’s recent Kindle sale?  Getting ebooks to your Kindle is easy! Do you also have a smart phone or non-Amazon tablet? Install Amazon’s free Kindle Reader app and send Kindle books to those devices, too; sending the book to both places allows you to you start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.

There are 3 steps to getting a Kindle book from the Library to your device:

STEM: Not Just for School

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become an emphasis in many schools throughout the United States.You have probably noticed that here at Kitsap Regional Library, we offer STEM programs for children and teens. So why the push? Youth need to be grounded in these subjects as they start to navigate life in the 21st century, especially in their career paths. STEM jobs are steadily increasing and it is important that youth are prepared to successfully enter these professions.

Foodie Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

Who doesn’t read a book where characters cook elaborate meals or bake delicious desserts without getting hungry? On Friday Carmine wrote about picture books with recipes that you can use to cook with children. I wanted to share with you a similar genre some call “foodie fiction” that has emerged in middle grade fiction (books for kids aged 8-12). These books feature protagonists who cook and bake—sometimes as their special Talent, or they dream of being on a famous cooking show, or perhaps it’s their way of bringing joy into other people’s lives.

Silver Sophisticates and Digital Dependents…Bulls Eye!

Are you a Silver Sophisticate (global-consciousness, ecological lifestyle, experienced travelers, established neighborhoods, stylish homes, empty nests, philanthropic, art connoisseurs, liberal, retirees)? Or more of a Digital Dependent (eco-minded, outdoor activities, gamers and bloggers, digital trendsetters, risk takers, ubiquitous Internet use, generation x and y, active social lives, appearances are important, artistic type)?

Sharing Heritage through Food

As the holidays swiftly approach, my mind has been turning toward one of the central aspects of any celebration...the food! This year we have several family members joining us for Thanksgiving, so we all sat down to draft this year's menu. This is an annual event in my family. It doesn't matter that 99% of the time the menu is exactly the same as it was the year before, it still needs to be discussed. Will we have the holiday fruit salad with pineapple, or the holiday jello mold with pineapple?  Will we do peas or green beans? Can we get away with only doing the Mrs.

Crafting at the Library: How to Backstitch

Backstitch is a versatile stitch that can be used purely as decorative embroidery or functionally in hand sewing. Backstitch creates a single, unbroken line of stitches that can be straight or curved. The length of each individual stitch can be very short or very long, but the stitches should all be the same length.

Thread your needle and tie a knot at the tail of your thread.

Insert your needle from the back of the fabric to the front so that the knot is at the back of your fabric.

Does Your Book Move?

Flaps to lift, tabs to pull, wheels to turn, an image springing out of a book when you turn the page—you may find any or all of these in a movable book. 

My earliest memory of movable books is pulling a tab to help Hansel and Gretel’s father chop wood by moving his arm up and down.  The book was one of dozens created by Czech artist Vojtech Kubasta and one of two that my sisters and I read almost to pieces.  I still enjoy reading pop-up books myself and sharing them with others, especially during storytime!

It's All About Character!

Character development is a really big deal to me. When I am watching a television series or picking up a graphic novel, I want the characters to progress, grow, change, and evolve! I seek out casts of characters that are diverse and have depth in their narratives. Characters can break the mold, they don't need to be likable or relatable. There are some characters I would want to be best friends with, some that I see as great teachers, and others I admire but would avoid. It's also nearly impossible for anyone to have a "favorite character".  

Write On! With NaNoWriMo

If you have ever wanted to write a book, now is the time!  November is known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  According to its creators, NaNoWriMO is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing…Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”  The goal for participants is to try to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November. 

Many successful novels had their start as NaNoWriMo projects, including these bestsellers:

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