Culinary Literacy

Chef preparing mealSummer learning may be winding down, but the learning never stops here at the Library. Fall is just as good a season to tackle something new. Cooler weather, the start of school and the change of season always seem to inspire me to head back to books and back to the kitchen. I love baking and spending time trying new recipes and techniques, which is why I’m so excited about our new program starting this quarter at the Kingston location.

Get Messy This Summer—With Bubbles!

Add bubble fun to your summer and learn about surface tension and evaporation at the same time. Last month, I tried a new bubble solution recipe that called for sugar. Now, you can get some fun bubbles from combining water with dishwashing liquid. Adding a little bit of sugar and letting the solution sit overnight leads to big, long-lasting bubbles! Plus, the bubble mixture was just right for blowing bubbles inside other bubbles. Sound impossible?

Try this:

Solar S’more Ovens

Going green can be tasty! Did you know that you can make s’mores in a solar oven? That was the experiment we did this week at the library. Here are instructions so you can try this at home. Please note that this project requires the use of sharp tools and high temperatures, so grab a grown-up and take precautions. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Solar Oven:

Summer Showdown: Teen Lock-In 2017

Calling all teens! If you love reading and pizza and sneaking around in the library after dark, have we got the event for you! This year’s Summer Showdown Lock-In is taking place at four of our Library locations. You heard me right, FOUR locations. Whether you find yourself at Sylvan Way, Port Orchard, Poulsbo or Bainbridge Island, you can attend our second annual connected summer lock-in.

Mother Love

Sherman Alexie is one of my favorite authors--one of those authors you associate with a pivotal time in your life. My first introduction to him was many years ago when I was living far away from the Pacific Northwest and feeling completely lost. A dear friend wrote me a letter and included a photocopy of a story she had just read in The New Yorker. The story was called "Indian Country" and it was the best thing I had read in a long time.

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Go to and click on My Account (You'll find it in the upper right corner; if you are on a smart phone you'll find it at the bottom of the site menu.)

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I help all kinds of nonprofits all over the county with every aspect of the nonprofit life cycle, from conception and birth to sustainability, management and leadership, boards and a treasure trove of research resources, through the library’s role as a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center of New York.

The thing I do most of all is help nonprofits find funding and all that goes with it – the proposal writing and budgeting skills, collaboration models, trends and what to do after the grant.


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