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...
We are well into cold and flu season and it seems like everyone’s got the sniffles. Sick days are the perfect time to use library materials to catch up on reading, watching, or listening. But sick days are not a great time to visit the library. Instead, try one of these ways to take advantage of the library from home!
It’s that time of year for deals, deals, deals! With Black Friday now behind us, we’re inviting you to celebrate Cyber Monday with us here at the Kitsap Regional Library. Our deals are just too hot to pass up; with a Kitsap Regional Library card, be prepared to save big. Your library card will give you access to thousands of titles for the below bottom-dollar price of $0.00. Nada. Zilch. How do you get in on these amazing deals? I’m glad you asked!
Audiobooks and Ebooks
Ed Emberley loves to draw and believes that anyone can learn to do it; perhaps that’s why he’s one of my favorite illustrators. In 1970, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals became the first in a long line of books by the artist focused on teaching children to draw using simple shapes, letters, numbers, and fingerprints.
There is a wealth of heritage to celebrate, as there are 800 unique tribes spread out from Alaska to Florida, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coasts in the United States. Here are two ideas to commemorate the occasion:
Party! (and by "Party" I mean "Read a Book")
This week's blog is brought to you by Angelica Kristiansen, BiblioTEC Intern at our Sylvan Way location.
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.
Whether you got your ballot in the mail or still need a ballot, there are options for all registered voters to get their vote in and counted.
If you have lost your ballot or never got one in the mail, there are two locations in the county where you can go to receive a new ballot and vote. These locations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A new biography about E.B. White, the author of the children’s books Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and the Trumpet of the Swan was released a few weeks ago. Melissa Sweet, award winning author and illustrator, meticulously curates White’s lifetime of written work into a uniquely designed biography that includes stories and poems from his childhood, essays and articles he wrote for the New Yorker, and drafts and sketches from his beloved children’s books.
As we head out of October, you may notice the darkness encroaching earlier and the misty weather becoming more frequent. This is my favorite season and it reflects the kind of dark stories that are on my list for fall. Grab your hot cocoa and a cozy blanket and settle in for some creepy stories with female protagonists.
Come to the library for free, unbiased and confidential assistance enrolling for health insurance. Certified Navigators from Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS) will answer your questions, review health insurance options for you and your family, find out if you qualify for financial help, and work with you to complete the enrollment process. PCHS Navigators are qualified to answer questions about all your health insurance options, including Medicare.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their guidelines regarding screen time for youth of all ages. The old guidelines were more succinct and there were two basic premises: screen time for children two and under was not recommended and for children two and over, no more than two hours a day.
National Novel Writing Month is almost upon us! Whether you’re spending your November writing a novel or you write throughout the year, here are seven resources to get you started.
Lovers of history and low tech self-publishing rejoice! The Washington State Library has the contest for you. They are hosting the 2nd Annual Historical Zine Contest along with their co-sponsors Washington State Archives and the Timberland Regional Library. To enter you simply create a zine about some aspect of Washington State History.
Where can you go for your caravans, stuffed moose heads and Norwegian matchbook collection?
Why to Norway’s answer to eBay, finn.no, of course! Where do I find these things? Why the wonderful “supplier of Norwegian culture” ThorNews.com, my favorite blog lately.
The below blog post was written by Lia, a Make Do Share Intern at our Bainbridge Island location. Make Do Share 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.
One of the common complaints I hear from patrons is, "I thought libraries were supposed to be quiet!"
Usually, the person saying it is speaking at a volume at which everyone within a fifteen yard radius can hear the pronouncement. I never quite know how to respond to this one...is that a question, or an accusation? The unstated question being, "why aren't you [Mr. Librarian] doing anything about all this noise!?"