One of my passions as a youth services librarian is promoting early literacy skills (the skills a child needs in order to read successfully) at my storytimes. The main reason we promote these skills is to help get children ready for kindergarten and support their parents in this endeavor. However, literacy is not the only skill a child needs in order to find success in the kindergarten classroom.
Four weeks ago I returned to the library from being on maternity leave. My daughter is now five months old and quite the smiley, curious baby. I can scarcely believe how quickly this time has passed, but also, as many parents know, how long the past five months have felt. Parenthood truly is “the longest shortest time.”
To raise awareness about Women's History Month and to inspire young readers, here is a selection of books about women who challenged the status quo, broke through barriers, and changed the world for the better.
And if you still want more check out these additional resources.
We see it every day: you use Google to find a blank resume template, but after filling it out and clicking 'Print' - surprise! The website requires you to pay a fee.
Avoid the frustration and use your library card to access not only free templates, but free feedback too.
On January 21, 2017, women all around the world organized and marched to advocate for legislation and policies regarding human rights, women's rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers' rights. The event drew more than 500,000 marchers to Washington D.C., the site of the first planned protest, and worldwide participation was estimated at over five million marchers. The march drew the largest crowd of political protestors since anti-Vietnam protests held during the 1960s and 1970s.
Dogs have been on my mind a lot lately. My wife says I've never met a dog I didn't fall in love with, and visiting any type of dog shelter for me is a bit like asking a two year old not to touch a dish of marshmallows placed in front of them - it's not a question of if I will pick up the marshmallow (or dog, in this case), but when. In other words, when it comes to puppies, I have the impulse control of a toddler. I admit it, I love dogs, and can count on one hand the number of years in my life that I haven't had one (or two, or three). In my opinion, dogs just make life better!
Music to My Ears
Here’s what I’m looking forward to, musically speaking, for the next few weeks.
She’s won 27 Grammys. This collection of classic county covers is her first release in 6 years, ‘bout time.
We spend a lot of time around here on storytimes. That's because we know how important it is for kids ages 0-3 to get the opportunity to learn with their grown-ups. We hope everyone who comes to storytime has the chance to talk, listen, and play together! These are key elements to help kids get ready to read on their own one day.
For the first time in Kitsap Regional Library history, adults participating in Summer Learning by reading at least 10 hours between June and August would receive a book prize. The book, the One Book One Community selection, was shrouded in secrecy until September when it would be officially announced. Those who received their book prize would have a sneak peek.
Amongst the library folk there was concern: would adults actually want the book?
We shouldn't have worried.