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.
Which do you prefer to experience first, a book or the film that’s based on it? Does it really matter whether you read the book, as long as you enjoy the story you’re watching? And does it matter how far from the original story the film version departs, as long as the general plot remains the same as the one in the book?
I couldn’t be more pleased with the great time we had at the Sober New Year’s Eve Party and Bad Fashion Show at the library. People reminisced playing the classic video games, enjoyed laughs over Cards Against Humanity and the bad fashion show was truly silly and bizarre in the best way. I’m seriously looking forward to the last Saturday of each month when we’ll have more Sober Night Out activities, and together we can make them more amazing.
Let’s meet-up for a discussion! Come to the next Sober Night Out events where we will also be planning for the future!
Black history is American history. The commemoration of African American History Month, or Black History Month, can trace its origins back to the 1920s, according to the http://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about/ website. Carter G. Woodson “conceived and announced Negro History Week”, which was first celebrated in February of 1926. President Gerald R.
Are you looking for a way to keep up with all of the awesome and engaging programs that we offer here at Kitsap Regional Library? Look no further than our new online registration feature! The Spring 2017 edition of Inspire will be released soon, but until then you can browse through our online calendar for exciting events near you. To gear up for spring events, I created a guide below for using our new online registration system. Not all events require registration, but for those that do, I recommend using this guide to make registering for the events online a breeze!
I’ve noticed that the books I pick, whether I know it or not, have had a romantic bent recently. While I’m not someone who searches out romance and love stories in my reading generally, here are some not-too-saccharine love stories featuring some great characters that I hope you might enjoy as well.
Beast by Brie Spangler
I am an unabashed foodie. Put your hand in the air if you're with me. There, you see, I am in good company. Have car, will travel for good food (especially fresh vegetables).
The current climate in which we live has felt stressful and overwhelming to many people including myself. I recently spent time talking to a friend about this and decided to cut back on my news media intake for a week. My goal was to clear my head, reduce stress and create balance.
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.
The following post was written by Jenny Bloom, Interim Teen Services Librarian at the Bainbridge Island location of Kitsap Regional Library.
Teens are integral part of our library community. At my location on Bainbridge Island, they include our BiblioTec intern who has great self-direction skills, members of our Teen Community Conversations group who are helping us stay relevant, and our drop-in weekly volunteers who come to organize carts of books but inevitably end up pitching in with so much more.
2017 is shaping up to be as good as 2016 in regard to stellar releases. Here’s what I’m looking forward to, musically speaking, for the next few weeks.
In July of 2015 Emmylou’s friends decided to throw her a party at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the recording of that little shindig.
This post was written by Joe Young, Teens Services Librarian at the Poulsbo location of Kitsap Regional Library.
One of the hallmarks of those who work at libraries is a more than healthy amount of professional level naval gazing. That may sound a bit odd, but what I mean to say is, in our journals, conversations, podcasts, conferences, and in a variety of other forums…we spend a lot of time talking and thinking about the future of libraries. Will libraries still be around 50 years from now? If they are around, will they still look like they do today? Will my job exist?
We'll be closed this coming Monday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In Kitsap, the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program will take place at the Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
Here’s a sampling of the Dylan albums you'll find in Freegal; all tracks are available with your library card:
Blonde on Blonde
The Basement Tapes Raw (with The Band)
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.