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.
Attention 12-18 year olds! Do you love to read? Do you like keeping up on the newest YA titles? And, do you love giving your opinions on books? If you answered yes to these questions, be part of Teens’ Top Ten!
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.
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)?
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.
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.
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!
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".
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:
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.