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:

Music to My Ears

The most significant thing about The Beatles isn’t that they have had the most number one albums and the most number one singles on the US charts or that they’ve sold more music than any band or single act in history (nearly three times that of their contemporaries, The Rolling Stones, who are still together) or that, according to Forbes magazine, The Beatles earned a combined $71 million in 2013 from work they completed over 40 years ago.

Are You Covered? Health Insurance at the Library

Come to the library for one-on-one assistance enrolling for health insurance using WA Healthplanfinder! Certified Navigators from Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS) will answer your questions, review health insurance options for you and your family, find out if you qualify for financial help, and work with you to complete the enrollment process.

Java Jive

It used to be that the arrival of autumn was marked by the changing colors of leaves. In recent years, however, it seems to be marked by the addition of pumpkin spice lattes back onto coffee shop menus. Americans love coffee. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 54% of us drink coffee everyday at a cost of approximately 40 billion dollars a year. There are 75 coffee shops in Kitsap County alone! What is it about coffee that speaks to us? How has it won over the hearts and palates of our nation?

Getting Started with Chainmaille

Chainmaille is fabric that has been woven by linking metals rings. Historically, it was used as armor, but today many people incorporate chainmaille (or chain mail) in their jewelry design and use jump rings to get their projects started. Jump rings are small circles of metal -- such as aluminum, silver, copper, or other precious metals -- that have a split cut into them so they can be twisted open and closed.

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