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.

Music to My Ears

I just watched the new documentary about Keith Richards (currently only available on NetFlix), guitarist and one of the songwriters for The Rolling Stones. I was fascinated to see how the once bad boy of Rock N Roll has transformed into elder statesman of the music genre. It seemed like yesterday when every guitarist in a rock band formed from the late 60s forward wanted to be Keith. The death-defying king of hedonism who produced more sweet riffs and memorable hooks than Carter has Little Pills.

Hey, Something Looks Different

Yes, we have updated our website. And we did it with the help of many of you in the community. So thank you for helping to make it possible and thank you (in advance) to the many individuals we hope will share their feedback to make it even better. It is just getting started! It will grow and develop over time, your input will help make it great.

Although there are a lot of pretty pictures (which are nice too!) the core of our mission with the new website was to improve the function not only for today but for the future.

Halloween Events

As the weather cools and fall looms I begin to think about Halloween. At my house Halloween is a BIG DEAL. My highly creative engineer husband (who was obviously a movie set designer in a previous life) loves to decorate the house for Halloween and create a faux cemetery in the front yard (complete with a skeleton clawing its way out of a grave). I, on the other hand, prefer the cozier, gentler side of Halloween.

The National Book Award: Young People's Literature Longlist

Today I am focusing on the National Book Award, specifically the category of Young People's Literature. But first let me tell you a little bit about the National Book Award. The National Book Award has been around since 1950 and the mission of this organization is to "celebrate the best of American Literature." The award has four different categories and a winner is chosen from each one. The categories are Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.

Let’s Play! From console games to tabletops

Video games are like celebrated novels--their immersive narratives and distant worlds transport us into unique story experiences. Just as you close the final page in a fantastic book, finishing a game can become a challenging quest to find something new to enjoy.The mini-games are over, you’ve collected all the secret items, and unlocked bonus characters, so what should you play next? The same challenges apply to gaming as when you want to find your next good read.

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