New Year, New Series

Many people love a series! They enjoy watching characters grow, relationships change, and worlds being created. Some readers read the books right when they come out and wait in anticipation until the next one is released. Others like to hear about a series that has several titles so that they can dive in and read them all straight through -- kind of like binge watching your favorite t.v. show! One thing I know for sure is that everyone hates when their favorite series is over.

The Art of Hip Hop

On January 27th at the Coffee Oasis, a group of highly talented youth will take the stage to perform original songs at The Art of Hip Hop concert. The Art of Hip Hop class has given unique opportunities to teens at Coffee Oasis and Kitsap Regional Library since 2015. The class was featured last year in the Kitsap Sun and has been running strong through 2016. The class is lead by local rap talent, Darrell Thomas, the Outreach Director of Coffee Oasis-- or as we know him, Smiley D, fam!  Darrell and the group of teens work for 6 months to create original songs.

Simplify the Season

Winter Solstice is December 21st and Wednesday will be the shortest day of the year with the least amount of light. In honor of the solstice, I am hoping to slow down and let myself start reflecting on the last year through writing, nature and limited access to the Internet. This has been a rough year for many of us (me included) because of what is happening in the United States and abroad. As I attempt to be mindful of the changing season, I hope to start thinking about what I can give back to my community, friends and family.

Staff Picks: 2016 Best Books for Kids and Teens

This is the time of year when I dig into “best of the year” lists. Whether it’s to compare, catch up, or to discover a missed gem, it’s a great way to reflect on the good things that happened in 2016.  As a super-fan of books for kids and teens I always want to find out and share out what’s great.  I’ve gathered some great recommendations from the best resource around, Kitsap Regional Library staff, and included professional book critic’s lists of the year too. Cheers to this year’s best books for kids and teens!

Frigid reads for reading in front of the fireplace

So, you think it's been cold here lately? Here are some books that will make you glad our temps have only dropped to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit. In these titles you will find frigid temperatures, icy landscapes, and weather so threatening that it seems like it could be another character. Snow and ice are not to be taken lightly. They are literally breathtaking, twisting plots with a gust of well-placed wind. 

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