Children's Rhymes and Fingerplays to Keep in Your Back Pocket

Fingerplays - or short rhymes using fingers, hands, and other parts of the body - are a fun and active way to engage with your child, but they are so much more than just that! Fingerplay rhymes are a beneficial tool in helping support young children in early learning. The motions help children sharpen those fine motor skills as they match and mirror the movements; the repetition of words and rhymes feed into an understanding of language and rhythm, and the interactive nature of the fingerplays strengthen social and emotional bonds between invested adults and children.

Top Children's books for 2017

I have always associated the holidays with books. (Okay, I associate A LOT of things with books!) As a kid, I would spend holiday vacations from school devouring as many books as I could before school resumed. I still have fond memories of curling up with a good book, while the smell of delicious food and the laughter of loved ones drifted by. As an adult, I miss having that leisurely time come December, but I still try to make time for reading and for sharing books with those I love.

The Emotional Toll of Emotions: Helping Children Understand Their Feelings

I will admit it, I am inherently a pretty emotional person. As I get older, I have noticed that the moment I think I've found ways to manage my emotions and stress levels, I turn around and another heap of emotions is piled on in a seemingly never-ending cycle. With constant stressors like finances, job security, world affairs and the in's and out's of everyday life, you may feel like you are constantly overcoming one obstacle after another.  How does one break that cycle? Well, I have yet to discover a magic Stress-A-Way spray or a guard to keep the emotions at bay.

Experiencing the Unpredictable through STEM

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!

Ready...Set...GOAL!

I am a librarian of many trades. By day, I am a book cheerleader; an advocate for youth, a storyteller extraordinaire, a juggler of many projects and meetings; and a research fiend, amongst many other things that might come to your mind when you think of a librarian, and a heap of things that probably don’t. By night (and sometimes early morning if I am feeling super motivated!), I am a concert-goer; a writer; a book hoarder; an instrument learner; a hiker; a crafter; a wannabe movie-enthusiast; and in an on-again, off-again love/hate relationship with the gym.

Express Yourself: Poetry Activities for Kids

It’s hard to believe that we are already a full week into April! April is one of my favorite months for many reasons, one of them being National Poetry Month. Reading poetry is one of my favorite past times, but writing poetry is an absolute favorite way for me to express myself and reflect on my thoughts.  As a kid, I was always busily scribbling away poems in a notebook, and it was a huge game changer when I discovered that poems don’t have to rhyme!

Cyber Monday at the library

It’s that time of year for deals, deals, deals!  With Black Friday now behind us, we’re inviting you to celebrate Cyber Monday with us here at the Kitsap Regional Library. Our deals are just too hot to pass up; with a Kitsap Regional Library card, be prepared to save big. Your library card will give you access to thousands of titles for the below bottom-dollar price of $0.00. Nada. Zilch. How do you get in on these amazing deals? I’m glad you asked!

Audiobooks and Ebooks

Fall into Halloween at the Library

Looking for fun and inexpensive Halloween-related activities for your family this month? Well, look no further than your local library. There are Halloween and Autumn themed events happening at many of our Kitsap Regional Libraries throughout the month of October, and, here’s the best part, they’re free! As you are planning your schedule of ghoulish entertainment, don’t forget to add one (or all!) of these library events which are sure to raise your spirits this October:

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