I can't quite explain it, but I can tell you this: ever since daylight savings time last week, my cats have been out of control. This isn’t all necessarily new behavior, but they are chasing invisible shadows like never before; scaling curtains to bold and valiant heights; and clawing furniture like it’s going out of style. When we gained that one hour, my cats gained a whole new bag of tricks.
Presidential elections are such interesting things. So many nuances. The combination of federal, state, and county rules can be confusing. With presidential hopefuls visiting our state, and the Democratic party's caucus next week, I wanted to share some resources I've found that can help give further information if you're interested in learning more about the election process.
Do you and your family have songs that you enjoy singing together? Well, don’t stop, because singing with your child or children can help develop their early reading skills.
Musician Nancy Stewart, on her amazing website www.singwithourkids.com, explains how:
I grew up with a passion for reading Encyclopedia Britannica, the alluring leather volumes (brown for adults, red for the “Junior” version) proudly on display in our living room. I especially relished every picture, every article about dog breeds and animals of all kinds. I decided being an international Zoologist would be a good career for me. Actually, becoming an Adult Services Librarian was a great fit for my lifetime curiosity about, well, pretty much everything.
There are two types of readers in this world: those that reread and those that do not. I am an unashamed rereader.
Everyone has a coping mechanism for dealing with stress. It can be spending time with family, binge watching shows on Netflix, exercising, taking a road trip, shopping, or eating comfort food. My coping mechanism is reading comfort books.
On March 14, math geeks the world around gather to recite the number pi to the furthest decimal they can. How far can you go without looking it up?
There are so many ways to celebrate Pi Day. You could calculate the circumference of a fresh baked pie or you could try out Raspberry Pi. Despite its delicious name, it is not the kind of pie you can take 3.14 slices of-- Raspberry Pi is a micro-sized computer that can run full linux and help emerging programmers with the designs of their dreams.
The library’s “Inspire” publication just keeps getting better and better. I can truly (and proudly) say that the glossy and gorgeous “Inspire” features events which appeal to a broad range of tastes and interests.
If you have a KRL card, then Freegal is your source for free music. Every week you get 5 free downloads and they're yours to keep -- forever. New music is added every week and it's not just a bunch of artists that you've never heard of.
I saw the Boss with the E Street Band a couple of times in the 70s and then again a few years ago during Clarence Clemmons last tour with the band. No pyrotechnics, no multi-media show, no fluff, just straight-ahead, high energy, no apologies Rock ‘N’ Roll performed by one of the best songwriters of the latter 20th with a tight combo of the hardest working musicians in show business.
Trying to figure out this adult thing is hard sometimes. Whether you are a high school, college or university student, or a graduate who is looking for tools for your next steps, we've got some great things coming up at the Library this spring.
This March, we’ll celebrate inspiring women from the past. It’s also a great time to recognize young women who are inspiring others in ways big and small. The following memoirs offer a range of experiences to read about; some will have you laughing, some will have your crying, but in the end they will all have you feeling proud of young women today. Descriptions from Baker & Taylor.
Do you have a child who loves reading action packed, adventurous, suspenseful chapter books? Then look no further. The "I Survived" series by Lauren Tarshis captures all of these elements and more. Each book in the series features a young male protagonist who gets caught up in a historical event. The events captured in the series range from natural disasters such as the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to the tragic events of September 11th. The books typically appeal to children in second through fourth grade. Many kids are hooked on this series--boys and girls alike.
Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" has had an enormous impact on our culture, has been part of the educational curriculum, has been referenced, studied, analyzed and interpreted.
“Play- especially active physical play, like roughhousing- makes kids smart, emotionally intelligent, loveable and likeable, ethical, physically fit, and joyful” is the bold assertion made by Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. in their book The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It.
As a librarian, I often get asked for advice or suggestions on how kids can use the library to complete research projects. I am always thrilled to answer because the library has so much to offer, particularly in the realm of digital resources!
Are you a Sci Fi fan, but ready for a new twist in your reading? Are you an avid Mystery reader, but looking for something a little different – but not TOO different? “Genreblending” between Science Fiction and other genres isn’t new, but it’s a lot bigger now and offers just the right mix for some people, whether as a temporary diversion or a newly discovered passion. Science Fiction and Fantasy have been together a long time, but want to try Sci Fi and Mystery? Read on!
I have been a lifetime lover of Legos. I have fond memories of spending entire afternoons with my older brother constructing creations conjured from our vivid imaginations just to tear them apart and start the adventure all over again. As Legos are becoming more and more prevalent as a teaching tool in education, I am thrilled that not only does my adventure not have to end, but that more and more adventures are being inspired each and every day.
If you're looking for Black History Month reads this February, there's some great web resources out there! One of my new favorites is using the hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, which should lead you to the story of Marley Dias. Dias is an 11 year old frustrated at not seeing black girls as characters in books she's assigned at school. She decided to do a book drive collecting 1000 books where black girls are the main character.
If the many wet, gray days of a northwest winter dampen your spirits, think of Frederick the mouse in Leo Lionni’s classic picture book Frederick: “While the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts for winter, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself. ‘I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days,’ he tells them.
The Eagles were one of the most successful bands to come out of Southern California in the 70s. This was due, in no small amount, to the crossover sound for which they were known, great Pop hooks and nicely crafted harmonies in their Country Rock approach. Their influence can be heard today, more so in the songs of the Indy music scene and on Country radio than your standard Top 40 fare.
If you used the Library Now app to access Kitsap Regional Library, you may be wondering why you can no longer find us in the app’s list of libraries. Unfortunately, we are no longer working with Library Now.
We first added the app to our services in November 2013 when the WA State Library offered it to us for a 1 year trial period – at no cost to KRL. This was a great opportunity to see how an app would be received by the community and the value it might add to our overall services.
When the long and wet winter days have me down, I like a little levity to lighten my mood. If you're in the same winter-blues boat as me, come by the library to check out a comedy DVD, or checkout an entire season of sitcoms and have a laugh-athon! Another great source for giggles? Books, of course. We have enough variety to tickle even the pickiest of funny bones, such as:
Did you watch the game last week? It may have been a rollercoaster, but it was inspiring to see our Seahawks come back in the second half of the game. Winter break always feels like half-time when it comes to the school year. Whether you are finishing your finals for the first semester in high school or gearing up for graduation in spring, the second half of the school year can be daunting! So many big questions come into play: How can I stay organized? What do I need to succeed? Who can I turn to for help?
Photo Credit: "A Beautiful Young Girl wih a Thoughtful Expression" by BenjaminMiller2651 on Freerange site.
People who don’t read mysteries sometimes think they are all alike. Nothing is worse than looking forward to that new mystery, and getting home to read, only to find it’s not “your kind of mystery” at all! Horrors! Not even worth trying. No way.
We in libraryland have ways of describing the different types of mysteries to help you find just what you want. If you run out of everything by an author you love, we can help you find authors from the same kind of mystery appeal. My favorite is a reference book called “Genreflecting”, by Diana Tixier Herald.
January is one of my favorite months--it is a new year ripe with possibility and most importantly it is when the Youth Media Awards are given to the best of the best in children's and teen literature. The awards are given annually at the American Library Association's midwinter conference. The 2016 awards were announced this morning at 8:00 am in Boston. Before I unveil the winners and honor books, I want to tell you a little bit more about the awards and some of my favorite reads this year that may have been contenders for the awards.
One way to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, is to learn more about the experiences of people who were part of the struggle for civil rights. In recent years, a number of highly engaging books have been written for middle and high schoolers on this subject. Descriptions from Baker & Taylor.
Led Zeppelin was a happy accident that gave us one of the most commercially and critically successful bands of the 20th century (in truth, initial reviews of Zeppelin’s albums were tepid at best, but the critics warmed eventually).