Post-Truth, Alternative Facts, Fake News—What’s Next?

It seems as if these are new terms that we just began hearing about during the 2016 presidential election.  But lies and lying are hardly new.  In fact, I remember a book that was first published in 2005 titled On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt.  It surprised me because it turned into a best seller.  Critics called it a “gem of psychological insight, social commentary, philosophical analyses and good humor.”  The popular nonfiction author Sam Harris published a book titled Lying in 2013.  In it he suggested that we can improve our lives and our society by telling the truth in sit

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. According to the official National Hispanic Heritage Month's website, the month is a time for "celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America."

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Siri's Semi-Regular Book Post

This summer has been super busy, don’t you think? If you missed out on all the stellar programs offered by the Library because you were too busy doing all the other really great things you had planned this summer, I understand. If, however, you tell me there was no time for reading, I just simply won’t believe you. Here are a few of the great - nay, SUPERB - books I’ve read this summer. I hope you love these characters and stories as much as I did.

Make Do Share: The Story of a Library Intern

The below blog post was written by Hunter, a Make Do Share Intern at our Manchester location, and includes his reflections and experiences as an intern. 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!

It's So Easy - Procrastination

It came to me suddenly. I realized I had a blog post due today, Monday, August 28, 2017. How did I forget? As a Kitsap Regional Library blog writer, I know my schedule months in advance. I tell myself, “That’s okay, I can still make my deadline August 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.”  I recall and old post I wrote about dog stories. The title was witty – "Dogged Devotion," about classic dog stories. I told myself, “Yes! That’s it. It’s the dog days of summer.

Early chapter books for your emergent reader

Making the leap from beginning reader books with their 1 – 2 – 3 levels, small words and large print to regular chapter books can intimidate even the most excited reader. Chapter books have the perception of having smaller print, no pictures and lots and lots of pages. What a difference from the short, brightly illustrated beginning reader books! It can be challenging (sometimes scary or even heavy) to make the leap. Luckily that’s where these wonderful in-between books come in.

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