This spring I've been spending some time reading. Shocking, I know. I've been reading and re-reading books that focus around some pretty difficult themes: teen violence and suicide. I have been lucky to be able to participate in a grant through the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities called the Great Stories Club. This year our topic is "Structure of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide".
We have become so consumed by our digital devices that police now patrol for distracted drivers. Sometimes I think it would be great if there were patrols monitoring for distracted parenting and I, just as much as anyone else, would definitely get a ticket. Distracted parenting is pervasive and I am writing about this from the perspective as both a librarian and a parent. As a librarian, I notice parents consistently on their phones during storytime or when they are with their children looking for books.
In the following post Brianna, an intern at the Bainbridge Island location of Kitsap Regional Library, highlights the project that she created for the Library's Make Do Share initiative.
“From birth to age 5, a child learns faster than at any other time in his or her life. Those early learning experiences influence success in school and beyond” (Ready for Kindergarten)
Spring is here, which means Mother’s and Father’s Days are right around the corner! Need a last-minute gift idea for a favorite parental figure in your life? On April 26th, I will be hosting Project Maker: Mason Jar Planters at the Poulsbo Library from 3:30-5pm in our Community Room. Kitsap Regional Library is offering a similar program for adults, but the one at Poulsbo is particularly aimed at kids.
April is National Poetry Month – a time set aside every year to celebrate the written word and raise awareness and appreciation of poetry across the United States. Established in 1996, National Poetry Month was inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, celebrated each year in February and March, respectively. In 1995 the Academy of American Poets assembled a group of publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary organizations, poets and teachers to discuss the necessity and usefulness of establishing a yearly, month-long celebration of poetry.
This week, we welcome special guest bloggers, Erika Miller, Laura Richardson, and Myndie Petersen, from the Silverdale Library, Port Orchard Library and the Coeur de'Alene Public Library respectively.
What do you like in a book? Do you reach for fast-paced, page-turners? Do you like reading about characters that jump off the page? Do you want to be taken away to a different time or place? Or do you like to marvel at how an author uses words?
Choosing your next book is as easy as going to KRL.org and searching the catalog. Look up your favorite book and open its file; you’ll find suggestions for your next read, information about how many copies are available for checkout from the Library, and much more.
First, search for your favorite book. For more information, click Reviews & more.
Next, click Suggestions and more.
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!
“Plant a little seed,
Watch it grow,
Soon we will have a vegetable.”
--- Nancy Stewart
When the sun came out yesterday, Nancy Stewart’s song began running through my head and I started thinking about planting a vegetable garden. Although I’ll wait a couple of weeks to make sure that there won’t be another frost, I can begin planning now.
Spring is finally here! Now is the time for planting seeds. If digging in the dirt isn't your thing, what about supporting our local economy? Local farmers grow amazing food in our neck of the woods. You can meet many of them at farmer's markets around the county, almost every day of the week! Two markets open this weekend, with others to follow shortly after.
Below is a list of local markets with their dates and times courtesy of their websites.
What kind of community do you want to live in? That was the question that Kitsap Regional Library asked at 65 community gatherings in 2016.
This post was written by Jenny Bloom, Interim Teen Services Librarian at the Bainbridge Island branch of Kitsap Regional Library.
It’s Springtime and your stress level may be high. I am part of the problem. I mean well, and I try not to ask, but I always seem to anyway; “What’s new?”
I truly care, and I don’t want to add to your anxiety, but I bet I do. And you can see it in my pleading eyes. What I really mean is “what are your plans?”
Spring is officially here and with it comes a fresh new crop of authors visiting the Kitsap Regional Library. Through our Meet the Author events we want to share new ideas and perspectives; create connections between reader and writer; and help foster a sense of belonging to a greater community of readers, writers, and creators. If you haven't had a chance to come to one of our author visits, this season gives a wide variety opportunities.
Amongst my friends and family, I'm pretty well known for being the person who will talk about THAT THING that no one wants to bring up. Politics, religion, poverty, structures of violence and generational oppression? I am very much there for those conversations, but not everyone can be.
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.
Image Credit: "Jigsaw Puzzle (detail)" by James Petts
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.