Living History: John Muir in the Pacific Northwest

Founder of the Sierra Club, the naturalist John Muir is also known for his essays and poetry in addition to his nature activism. He advocated for nature conservancy, specifically the preservation of forests in the American west. During his lifetime, he published six books and four more were published posthumously as well as several collections of essays. When he wasn't writing, he was working to establish the Yosemite National Park and preserve other wilderness areas.

Sharpie Mugs

As the weather begins to turn a little chillier and a little damper, take some time to treat yourself to a warm mug of something cozy and delicious. While you're at it, why not treat yourself to a new mug too? This fall at several Kitsap Regional Library locations, you can join us to decorate your own mug using oil-based Sharpies in an array of colors. All you need to bring is yourself! We'll have the mugs, the Sharpies, and some inspiring ideas to get you started. Then, take your mug home and bake it to make your design permanent.

Haunting Award-Winning Reads

Fall is fast approaching and if crinkling leaves, early sunsets, and morning fog put you in the mood for some thrilling, chilling, and otherwise spooky reads, check out some of these Bram Stoker Award nominees and winners. The Bram Stoker Awards are given each year by the Horror Writers Association to original works written in English and have a variety of categories, like Novel, First Novel, Young Adult, and Graphic Novels.

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

Awarded to the best original novel written in English, the Man Booker Prize has been awarded annually since 1969. Originally, the prize was limited to books published in the UK, but in 2013, eligibility was expanded to include any new book originally written in English. The judging panel for this prestigious prize has just announced their Shortlist. Check out their choices or some of the previous winners below!

 

The 2016 Shortlist Nominees:

Crafting at the Library: How to Backstitch

Backstitch is a versatile stitch that can be used purely as decorative embroidery or functionally in hand sewing. Backstitch creates a single, unbroken line of stitches that can be straight or curved. The length of each individual stitch can be very short or very long, but the stitches should all be the same length.

Thread your needle and tie a knot at the tail of your thread.

Insert your needle from the back of the fabric to the front so that the knot is at the back of your fabric.

Getting Started with Chainmaille

Chainmaille is fabric that has been woven by linking metals rings. Historically, it was used as armor, but today many people incorporate chainmaille (or chain mail) in their jewelry design and use jump rings to get their projects started. Jump rings are small circles of metal -- such as aluminum, silver, copper, or other precious metals -- that have a split cut into them so they can be twisted open and closed.

Subscribe to RSS - ksandy's blog