Best of 2015 – Books for Kids and Teens

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and if you’re like me, this is the time of year to scour all the awesome best of 2015 lists. Sure, best of lists aren’t always comprehensive, they may lack objectivity, they cannot account for everyone’s taste, and I would even go as far to say that they could be wrong. None-the-less, they are fun because you can devise your own list, compare with your friends, flat-out disagree or bond over shared favorites.

Music to My Ears

Duane Allman’s birthday was Nov 20th so I listened to music from The Allman Brothers Band all day. I was in the kitchen prepping for a houseful of guests scheduled to arrive Saturday for an early Thanksgiving celebration. More than once I found myself marveling at the genius of Duane’s slide guitar playing, the intricate harmonies of the dual guitar leads that he and Dickey Betts arranged, Gregg Allman’s soulful vocal deliveries and the solid foundation maintained by bassist Barry Oakley and drummers Butch Trucks and "Jaimoe" Johanson.

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.

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