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.
Every year, hundreds of picture books are published and readers get the opportunity to experience new combinations of story and art. Along with amazing drawn and painted illustrations are those created using collage.
A new year can be the beginning of a new chapter, one that may include new goals to work towards. What’s on your resolution list?
On January 27th at the Coffee Oasis, a group of highly talented youth will take the stage to perform original songs at The Art of Hip Hop concert. The Art of Hip Hop class has given unique opportunities to teens at Coffee Oasis and Kitsap Regional Library since 2015. The class was featured last year in the Kitsap Sun and has been running strong through 2016. The class is lead by local rap talent, Darrell Thomas, the Outreach Director of Coffee Oasis-- or as we know him, Smiley D, fam! Darrell and the group of teens work for 6 months to create original songs.
Winter Solstice is December 21st and Wednesday will be the shortest day of the year with the least amount of light. In honor of the solstice, I am hoping to slow down and let myself start reflecting on the last year through writing, nature and limited access to the Internet. This has been a rough year for many of us (me included) because of what is happening in the United States and abroad. As I attempt to be mindful of the changing season, I hope to start thinking about what I can give back to my community, friends and family.
This is the time of year when I dig into “best of the year” lists. Whether it’s to compare, catch up, or to discover a missed gem, it’s a great way to reflect on the good things that happened in 2016. As a super-fan of books for kids and teens I always want to find out and share out what’s great. I’ve gathered some great recommendations from the best resource around, Kitsap Regional Library staff, and included professional book critic’s lists of the year too. Cheers to this year’s best books for kids and teens!
This post was written by Jenny Bloom, Interim Teen Services Librarian at the Bainbridge Island location.
YA (Young Adult) literature is a big field in the publishing world: Over four billion dollars in sales for 2015 with several national organizations dedicated to connecting books to young adult readers. It’s BIG.
So, you think it's been cold here lately? Here are some books that will make you glad our temps have only dropped to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit. In these titles you will find frigid temperatures, icy landscapes, and weather so threatening that it seems like it could be another character. Snow and ice are not to be taken lightly. They are literally breathtaking, twisting plots with a gust of well-placed wind.
Warning: If you do not appreciate potty talk, go ahead and skip today’s post. If you are among the number who celebrated World Toilet Day on November 19th, read on.
As the two librarian selectors for adult fiction and nonfiction at the Kitsap Regional Library, Gail Goodrick and I are usually focused on the future, on what’s coming out next, working to add titles to the collection when they are fresh and new. As the year winds to a close, we recently took a break to reflect back on some of the books that have stood out, focusing on books that have staying power, because of their subjects, quality of writing and relevance to the world we live in today.
Gail’s Nonfiction Favorites:
Many afternoons you'll find students doing homework and research projects at home or at the library. Librarians love to help students navigate through all the information they find on the Internet, especially in finding current, relevant, and accurate sources. With all the information available on the Internet, it can be challenging to make sure what you've found online is a reliable source for a project.
This post was written by Joe Young, a new staff member dedicated to Teen Services at our Poulsbo location.
It has begun - the holiday season, and everything that goes along with it. Of course, retail establishments all started back in October, but for people like me - I'm just realizing that yes, my holiday deadlines are just around the corner. I need to find gifts for people, and fast! I'm not worried though - I have secret librarian tricks up my sleeve. Sometimes, I like to tell people I have a very particular set of skills...