The below blog post was written by Karmen, a Make Do Share Intern at our Sylvan Way location, as she reflects on her experience at the end of her internship. Make Do Share internships are supported by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and provide teens and young adults (ages 16-25) with the opportunity to gain real world job experience while developing 21st century skills. They also help to make the Library's youth STEM programs more awesome!
Before school gets out, Youth Services Librarians visit the local schools to tell students about the Library’s Summer Learning program. I love visiting each classroom and engaging with the students, they always have the best questions. Oftentimes students want to know if we have a particular book, or books about a certain subject. The answer? We do, at least 99% anyway. We have all kinds of books, as wide, weird, and wonderful as only the human brain can imagine. Here is just a small sample of some of the more unique titles in our collection:
Over the past year, the Teen Advisory Board has been designing events for teens at the Sylvan Way Library And in fact, teens across communities throughout Kitsap, who are part of Advisory Boards at our Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Kingston, and Bainbridge Island locations are shaping programs for their peers as well.
It’s Pride Month! June is the month in which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated in remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall riots that took place in Manhattan. The riot that began with a police raid on the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969 is often cited as the beginning of the gay rights movement. More information and resources can be found at the Library of Congress Pride month webpage.
Summer Learning has begun and all of the Youth Services Librarians at Kitsap Regional Library have been visiting schools and getting kids and teens excited about reading and learning! There are definite incentives for reading at the library. If you read ten hours, you get a free book of your choice and a ticket to the Kitsap County Fair. If you read 100 hours, you get to pick one of our limited edition 100 hour reader t-shirts and you get your picture on our Facebook page.
We’ve had quite a few warm and sunny days here in Kitsap County, which makes me think that our summer season is finally here! Many of you may be furiously planning last minute vacations, camps, or activities for your kiddos to do once school is out. My family tends to be last minute planners, as much as I try to force us to be otherwise, so I’m totally with you. In the midst of figuring out the perfect summer for your kids (and participating in Summer Learning, of course), I want to remind you of an activity so simple you may overlook it—going outside.
Summer Learning at Kitsap Regional Library is here! Whether you, as a Summer Learning participant, choose to read 10 hours, 100 hours, or tackle a learning goal, the library is open and free to all kids and adults to engage in their community, to learn, and yes, to read. Reading and learning throughout summer positively impacts everyone.
Rejoice feline fanciers, because June is the cat's meow! Every year the American Humane Society spends the month of June encouraging people across the country to adopt cats and kittens from local shelters through a national promotional event they have dubbed Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane website:
Ask me what I thought of joining a book group two years ago, and I would have cringed. Don’t get me wrong, I love discussing books I’ve read. But the idea of having an assigned book to read each month? It felt a little too much like being back in school.