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.
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:
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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
Any time is a good time for an adventure, but spring and summer seem to bring up a thirst for new experiences.
Wondering where your Youth Librarian is?
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
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.
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.
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.
This post is written by Lindsay, one of our awesome teen volunteers at the Bainbridge Island Library.
You've heard word around town about the development of a co-op in the area. This Saturday, April 16th, at 10:00am @ the Sylvan Way Library will be your opportunity to hear all about it!
So, what is Books to Action?
If the daffodils, cherry blossoms, and tulips sprouting everywhere didn’t convince you, then last weeks’ beautiful warm weather must have shown that spring is officially here. And what’s a better way to spend spring outside than gardening? I may only have a balcony with container planters instead of a yard with a garden, but I’m still itching to plant tomatoes, carrots, and green beans. While it may still be a bit early for planting vegetables, it’s not too early to start preparing your garden—and your little gardener—for what’s to come.
Music to My Ears: Bob Dylan
People listen to audiobooks while traveling, gardening, cooking, cleaning, walking and even while falling asleep. The ability to download audiobooks has made it easier to read no matter where you are or what you’re doing.