Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 3:02pm
What is a map?
A map is a drawing that tells you about a place. It shows a view from above, like the view you get looking down from an airplane or a satellite. A map also shows the view from below if it is a star map.
“Map” comes from the Latin word “mappa,” meaning napkin or cloth, on which medieval maps were drawn. However, maps have been made from many types of materials throughout history, including clay, stone, ivory, sticks and footprints!
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 4:10pm
Long before the Boys in the Boat picked up a paddle for the Olympics, local Tribes and First Nations were daily pulling canoes of their own. Now, this legacy has become an annual summer tradition known as the Canoe Journey.
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 1:55pm
What happened at the Pulse Club in Orlando on June 12 was a tragedy. 49 people were killed, and 53 more were injured. There are not words to express the horror of this event. But words seem to be called for, and words are definitely being used. As soon as this news was released, conversations started on social media, in homes, in coffee shops. There is hurt. There is pain. There is anger. There is misunderstanding.
I often feel helpless in the face of tragedy. I worry about what my response should be. Do I have a duty to respond publicly? Do I even have a right?
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 9:41pm
At a very special meeting last Wednesday night, the Sylvan Way Teen Advisory Board discussed their feelings about the tragedy in Orlando. The teens responded with empathy and thoughtfulness, and noted that it does not matter how far away, we are all connected. I listened to their comments and each person had a chance to reflect. When one community is in pain, all communities feel that pain. The teen group had an open dialog and many different viewpoints were shared with respect for all perspectives.
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016 - 11:51am
The below blog post was written by Cole, a BiblioTEC Intern at our Poulsbo location. BiblioTEC 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.
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:57am
This week we are so excited to welcome Conservation Director, Jonathan Decker, and Development Coordinator, Mary Zabinski, from the Great Peninsula Conservancy to Books to Action, a book group that combines reading and community discussion.
Join us Saturday, June 18, at 10:00am at the Sylvan Way Library!
We are discussing The Human Age: the world shaped by us by Diane Ackerman. The publisher description explains it best:
Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 5:54pm
I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted just thinking about final exams, end of year projects and making sure everyone has signed my yearbook (yes, I was THAT kid). With schools getting out in the next week or two, we have been planning a big party for our teens (grades 7-12).
Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 7:14pm
Having trouble getting library books onto your Kindle? Below are some common problems and the strategies to get around them. Still having trouble? See Additional Support at the end of today’s post.
Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 - 7:15am
Summer is almost here and hopefully that means a slower pace for most of us. It is a great time to vacation, read, socialize and expand ones horizons. Here at the library, our amazing Summer Learning program is in full swing and we want you to read and learn new things! Our program is for everyone: kids, teens and adults.
Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 5:19pm
When I was growing up we had an old Ford station wagon that my mother would fill with kids in the summertime and drive to Biscay Pond for swimming lessons. The car had an 8 track player and we had three tapes, Glen Campbell - Gentle on My Mind, Paul McCartney - McCartney I (Cherries) and Herb Alpert – Fresh Cream, and an AM radio. Between the 8 tracks and the Top 40 sounds from WRKO in Boston we had music.
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 3:34am
Summer vacation is drawing near and many families are planning and preparing for road trips. Whether you are ranging near or far this vacation season, here are a few books stock the car. No matter where you are headed, the library is also well-stocked with travel guides to the United States and beyond.
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 4:37pm
Today is a special holiday that honors all the brave men and women who have served and died in our country’s armed forces, past and present. It’s a day that many families celebrate by attending parades, gathering for picnics, going on trips, or hanging the flag in front of their house. Remembering.
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 3:04pm
I have always found it fascinating to learn about children’s picture books authored by celebrities. More often than not, these books are interesting to read, because they are a product of the personalities we know and love from TV, music, politics, and sport. I always read them when I find them on the shelves, and tuck the titles into the back of my head. The knowledge of them often comes up at some later point, when I can say something like, “Hey, speaking of John Travolta…did you know he wrote a picture book for kids!”
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 6:02pm
These days it feels like everyone is under a time crunch! School projects to finish, events to attend, and enough demands in your day to feel like you’re running out of time. At times like this, it can be difficult to fit the library in, even if you want to. So, here are three ways you can make your library visit a speedy (and fun!) part of your day.
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:59pm
On June 12th the annual Tony Awards will be presented, and this year, there may be extra attention to the results, due to a little juggernaut called "Hamilton." The Broadway smash has taken the critics and public by storm and looks to continue to do so for the near future.
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:25am
This summer will be loaded with fun STEM programming and activities at each of the Kitsap Regional Library branches. STEM topics and careers are such an important part of our future. Kitsap County is full of amazing and resourceful STEM professionals. In this blog, we asked some questions to local scientist Karen Hecht, about her career in STEM.
What is your field of expertise?
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 4:43pm
No one is making me write about our Community Conversations this month, but I have to tell you, I was totally surprised and impressed with the dynamic and heartfelt experience we had last week holding a Community Conversation with our own Poulsbo library staff. I was so moved by the authenticity of the things that were expressed there, as staff “took off their work hats” and spoke from the heart, as people who live here and care deeply about their neighbors, their town, their farm.
Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 2:54pm
Books, books, books; I can never get enough books! That being said, even though I have the amazing opportunity of sharing the stories I love with people every day, there are only so many library books I can have checked out for personal reading before I start feeling guilty. This is why it’s doubly important for me that I keep up on my personal library to ensure there is always a good book within reach.
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 3:52pm
Honestly, it can be difficult for me to think of a topic to blog about every month. I cannot imagine how professional bloggers do it everyday or even several times a week. So, on a hunt for something even remotely interesting to share, I went out to the desk to pay my fines <blush> and stumbled upon a pile of holds. There were three wonderful titles that I had been waiting for, so I thought I would share them with you here.
Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 - 2:12pm
Greetings from the new Kingston library! We are reveling in all the additional space, seating, and of course, books! If you have been able to visit, you know just how fabulous it is. If you haven’t yet had a chance to come see it, do come visit us sometime, especially if you have kids that love jellyfish and naming things…
As anyone who has ever moved knows, it takes some time to fully settle in and get all the little details nailed down. One detail to decide is a name for the artwork that hangs in the kid’s area:
Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 - 9:12am
Any time is a good time for an adventure, but spring and summer seem to bring up a thirst for new experiences.
Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 - 5:56pm
Wondering where your Youth Librarian is?
Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 8:16am
We’ve recently lost some very talented folks from the music industry.
David Bowie in January, the androgynous prince of Glam Rock who had us rocking out in the 70s and 80s
Merle Haggard in early April, the prince of hard-knock, Country & Western music who graced the airwaves over six decades
And Prince (Rogers Nelson), the androgynous prince of suggestive lyrics crossing nearly all genres of music
Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 11:27pm
Every day, patrons like you support the library by using our collections, attending our programs, and encouraging others to visit the library. Your uplifting passion for our libraries is greatly appreciated.
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:16am
Reading to babies and toddlers is a great way to encourage speech and language development but more importantly, it is a way to bond with your baby and establish a comforting connection between reading and learning.
Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 4:13pm
It’s spring! In order to avoid all those spring cleaning chores and the wicked heat outside, I’ve taken to reading even more than usual. The following is a list of books I’ve read recently and really enjoyed, in no particular order. I hope you too can stay out of the sun and beat the heat with these fun books.
Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 3:46pm
Last month launched the brand new and thoroughly revised SAT. If you plan to take the SAT in the future, you will be taking this redesigned version.
Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 4:25pm
This post is written by Lindsay, one of our awesome teen volunteers at the Bainbridge Island Library.