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).
Most people think of the library as a place to borrow books; Kitsap Regional Library is that and so much more! ‘Checkout’ these under-the-radar services:
It's common knowledge that the library caters to your research and entertainment needs. You visit the library to do homework, to borrow books or dvds, to use a computer, and even to make copies. But did you know that the library can be a place for activities beyond these common uses? Visiting the library not only provides a work out for your mind and imagination, but can also offer programs for your whole body.
Winter is here…so bundle up your pre-school age kids and head over to your local Kitsap Regional Library location for some great stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs presented by your friendly children’s librarian! We children’s librarians always talk about the importance of developing early literacy skills and building school readiness. The latest research shows that children who participate in storytimes have increased language knowledge and fine motor skills, which leads to greater academic success later in life.
Last year I published a blog post looking at apps that help encourage development of critical literacy skills for early learners. It was a great opportunity to try out and explore different apps for As this year comes to a close, I'd like to expand upon that list by looking at the developers behind some of those apps, and take a look at even more app options that continued to challenge and inspire young minds in 2015.
With the end of the year drawing towards its close many are using this time to reflect back, take stock, put things into perspective, and make 'best of' lists. If you're interested in catching up with reading, have a look at EarlyWord's downloadable spreadsheet. If, however, you're ready to put 2015 behind you and look squarely toward the future of 2016, I have some reading suggestions for you. Expect to see the titles in the online catalog beginning in January. (All descriptions are provided by the publisher)
Looking for something to do over winter break? Worried about finding presents for the people in your life? Do not despair--there is still time to create something fun for--or with--your family and friends, while using your imagination and creativity. And you can create while recycling old t-shirts, yarn, CDs and more!
At the moment all things related to refugees, particularly from Syria, are up for debate and discussion. All of us, no matter what age, have questions. What makes a person become a refugee? What is life like for them? When my own understanding falls short, books help me bridge the gap. Whether fiction or not, stories allow us to experience life from another person’s perspective. Books are a great resource to share information and begin conversations, especially with children.
Working for yourself. Not for the faint of heart. But totally worth it. IF you have what it takes. Do you?
When someone tells me they want to start their own business, but need help, I say “Have you met Dayna”? Business counseling, training and even financial assistance to attend workshops is right here in Kitsap with Dayna Ebersole in Kitsap Community Resources BE$T program. That stands for Business Education Support Training, and they mean it!
Star Wars + STEM? Now these are the droids you were looking for! As Kitsap Regional Library celebrates Star Wars Week with many events happening at a library not far away, we also encourage all padawans (jedi in training) to improve their computer programming skills with an Hour of Code.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/henriksent/6774634275 photo by Tia Henriksen.
In the wake of tragedies such as the November 13 Paris attacks and December 2 mass shooting at San Bernadino, discussions on gun control and terrorism have been dominating the news. Regardless of your stance on gun control, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and have a plan for your safety if you find yourself in a situation with an active shooter. RUN. HIDE.
Whether you are in your favorite chair, alone by the fire, or snuggled up with the kids, it is that time of year. When it's cold outside there is nothing better than getting cozy with a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. These books are sure to settle your holiday stress and warm your heart this season. Here you'll find a little something for all members of the family, and maybe even an idea for a gift or two.
We are going crazy for Star Wars! How about you?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and if you’re like me, this is the time of year to scour all the awesome best of 2015 lists. Sure, best of lists aren’t always comprehensive, they may lack objectivity, they cannot account for everyone’s taste, and I would even go as far to say that they could be wrong. None-the-less, they are fun because you can devise your own list, compare with your friends, flat-out disagree or bond over shared favorites.
Duane Allman’s birthday was Nov 20th so I listened to music from The Allman Brothers Band all day. I was in the kitchen prepping for a houseful of guests scheduled to arrive Saturday for an early Thanksgiving celebration. More than once I found myself marveling at the genius of Duane’s slide guitar playing, the intricate harmonies of the dual guitar leads that he and Dickey Betts arranged, Gregg Allman’s soulful vocal deliveries and the solid foundation maintained by bassist Barry Oakley and drummers Butch Trucks and "Jaimoe" Johanson.
Did you take advantage of Amazon’s recent Kindle sale? Getting ebooks to your Kindle is easy! Do you also have a smart phone or non-Amazon tablet? Install Amazon’s free Kindle Reader app and send Kindle books to those devices, too; sending the book to both places allows you to you start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.
There are 3 steps to getting a Kindle book from the Library to your device:
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become an emphasis in many schools throughout the United States.You have probably noticed that here at Kitsap Regional Library, we offer STEM programs for children and teens. So why the push? Youth need to be grounded in these subjects as they start to navigate life in the 21st century, especially in their career paths. STEM jobs are steadily increasing and it is important that youth are prepared to successfully enter these professions.