In this day in age, there are lots of “talks” we need to have with our children. So many in fact, I often get overwhelmed (as a parent) and paralysis sets in. But one talk that has been tried and true for some time is the sex talk. Looking back at my childhood and adolescence, the sex talk happened once around puberty and that was it. Our parents took a deep breath and had at it, usually a boy with his father and a girl with her mother. I think both kids and parents wanted it to end as fast as possible, never to be mentioned again.
If you know a teen or young adult (age 16-25) in Kitsap County who wants to share their interests, learning and passion to work with youth in their community, please share with them the following announcement.
My first Bumbershoot was in 1989. The highlight was Ry Cooder with David Lindley, Nick Lowe and Flaco Jimenez. It was in Key Arena with a very small crowd and I was in the center with my Bumbershoot buddy John, leaning on the stage barriers.
I’ve been to many, many Bumbershoots since, mostly attending all three days. The weather doesn’t always cooperate. I remember it raining so hard one afternoon that I signed up for a Seattle Times subscription just so I could get the free umbrella, which inverted on the first moderate gust of wind. Oh well.
With your library card you can access online practice tests for the SATs, the ACTs, and much more. There’s no cost to you for this service, plus you can take the practice tests multiple times, get your results immediately, and access test-taking tips. Taking a different exam? Many of these databases also offer similar tools for other types of tests, including academic exams like the GED and GRE, and professional and licensing exams.
These 3 databases offer SAT and ACT prep:
School’s back in session, and with it the library says “goodbye” to another successful Summer Learning program. But our STEM activities for kids, tweens, and families don’t disappear with the sunshine. We youth services librarians have been busy preparing a fun-filled fall for those who want to tinker, play, and learn in a low-stakes environment outside of school.
Sending a child off to school can be a very tough time; not only for a kid, but for a parent as well. Whether it is daycare, preschool, or kindergarten, it’s a big step and with it comes a flood of emotions, questions, hesitation, and sometimes even fear. It may be challenging to navigate this sea of uncertainty, especially at a time when what you want above all else is for your child to be well prepared and feeling happy.
A dilettante is someone who dabbles in a given field. They are non-experts, they are amateurs, and they will not usually receive a paycheck for their interests or their work. Nevertheless the dilettante is drawn to explore and learn what they can about a given subject through study, practice, and experimentation. Perhaps you are a dilettante woodworker (whose chairs are never perfectly straight), or a dilettante gardener (who has killed a cacti or two). Maybe you like to sculpt with clay, but your sculptures would never earn a spot in a museum.
School is just around the corner! Many of us are doing back-to-school shopping and errands, setting up schedules and seeing our new classrooms. It's a great time to remember the library's phenomenal online resources for learning. Whether you're 5, 55, or 105, you can use any of the Homework Help databases.
Before Pokemon Go and Munzee, there was geocaching. Often described as a real-world treasure hunt, geocaching is a fun way to explore the world around you with family, friends or by yourself. More than 2.5 million geocaches exist and can be found all over the world, in parks, underwater (known as divecaching), on hiking trails, inside buildings—almost anywhere and in many different forms.
Science can be scrumptious, especially when your experiment results in delicious ice cream. We recently did this project at the Kingston and Little Boston Libraries as the grand finale for our summer STEM programs and it was a big hit.
Enjoying ice cream in the shade of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Longhouse
Here are directions for you do try this at home:
Ice Cream Ingredients
In a quart-size Ziploc bag, mix together:
When times are filled with difficulty, I love to escape into a good book full of laughs and charm. Here are a few that will lighten the atmosphere.
This week, we welcome special guest blogger, Shelby Barnes, graduate of the BiblioTEC Intern program at the Sylvan Way Library, to share her insight into what going back to school means after graduating high school:
As we edge toward the end of summer (North Kitsap School District students start school again on August 31) library staff has been delighted by a steady stream of children who have completed their ten hours of reading for Summer Learning. Nothing makes us happier than getting to talk with the sometimes shy, sometimes not so shy, young people who patiently wait in line in order to proudly show staff their completed trackers and receive their prizes- a book and a Kitsap County Fair ticket.
Harry Potter is all grown up and the subject of a new play by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the sold out, two part play, currently showing at the Palace Theatre in London is based on an original story by J.K. Rowling. The play picks up 19 years in the future from where the original series left off in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter is now a dad and working at the Ministry of Magic and his son, Albus is a student at Hogwarts.
Yes, you read that right. Digital magazines from KRL are yours until you delete them! The Economist. Cosmopolitan. Rolling Stone. Backpacker. Whatever your interests, Kitsap Regional Library has the digital magazines you’re looking for.
Visit Kitsap Regional Library’s Download page to see the full listing of Digital Magazines from Zinio.
Getting started is easy:
For families and kids living with an autism spectrum disorder, things can get a little overwhelming. What can I go to with my child? Where are the resources in my community? How have others handled this? I don’t have the answers to all of those questions, but here at the Library, we do have some resources for you. Here are just a few selections that are available from Kitsap Regional Library for parents, kids and teens:
Act. This is the word that has echoed in my mind all summer. In June, I was attending a vigil to honor the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and this word was repeated throughout one of the speeches by a local activist. She emphasized that it is not enough to simply attend a vigil or feel badly about what is happening. Instead, one must act and find the thing that is most important to her or him. I have associated the devastating event in Florida as the beginning of what has been a summer of tragic events both globally and locally.
This blog post was written by Keagan Blackford, the Bainbridge Youth Services teen intern at our Bainbridge Island location.
Reading books is a great way to get the imagination going. But I find it's more fun when you read about things that don't really exist- it causes your imagination to branch out more!
Three of my favorite supernatural and paranormal are Paranormalcy, Clockwork Angel, and The Young Elites.
Have you ever been in a reading slump… a long reading slump? I mean this can be hours, days or even years or decades, depending on your reading habits.
Today's blog post is brought to you by special guest blogger Lia Johansen, BiblioTEC Intern at the Bainbridge Island Library.
Summer is the perfect time for kids to play with LEGOS. Not only are LEGOS fun to play with, they also strengthen creative and problem solving skills. Kids can build fancy dream castles to fast sports cars; there are endless numbers of LEGO creations.
Summer is a time of sun and fun. With so many of us looking for ways to stay active and engaged in Kitsap County, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the almost endless parks and hiking trails that our amazing county has to offer. Whether you’re in South, Central or North Kitsap, there are city, county and state parks offering all kinds of activities.
Kitsap County is a military county. It was difficult to miss this fact when I recently moved to this area from out of state. While doing storytimes with young families, I was immediately struck by how many dads and moms were serving our country, both overseas and locally. It got me thinking about how difficult it must be for a child when one of their grownups is away for six months or more. While the spouses I run into are tough and matter-of-fact about the situation - I know it must be difficult for them.
Neil Young may not have been the best guitar player in super group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (that would be Stephen Stills) or the best singer (that would be David Crosby), but he was one of their best songwriters and has the solo success to prove it.
As a children’s librarian, I have the extreme joy of watching kids get excited and genuinely interested in learning about a wide variety of subjects. Their thirst for knowledge is ever growing, and it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to connect them with experiences to satiate their curiosities. One subject that never seems to fail in piquing the interest of inquiring minds is reptiles. There is just something about these (mostly) cold-blooded tetrapods that continues to fascinate people. While reptiles might not be for everyone, they are definitely a huge crowd pleaser for many.
There will be barbecues, parades, and lots of fireworks this weekend. If you're looking for stories of awesome Americans, every July 4th the philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York honors Great Immigrants. This year 42 amazing Americans were honored with this award. These judges, educators, journalists, and more are truly inspiring citizens. To hear some of their stories, you can follow the #greatimmigrants hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.
What is a map?
A map is a drawing that tells you about a place. It shows a view from above, like the view you get looking down from an airplane or a satellite. A map also shows the view from below if it is a star map.
“Map” comes from the Latin word “mappa,” meaning napkin or cloth, on which medieval maps were drawn. However, maps have been made from many types of materials throughout history, including clay, stone, ivory, sticks and footprints!
Long before the Boys in the Boat picked up a paddle for the Olympics, local Tribes and First Nations were daily pulling canoes of their own. Now, this legacy has become an annual summer tradition known as the Canoe Journey.
What happened at the Pulse Club in Orlando on June 12 was a tragedy. 49 people were killed, and 53 more were injured. There are not words to express the horror of this event. But words seem to be called for, and words are definitely being used. As soon as this news was released, conversations started on social media, in homes, in coffee shops. There is hurt. There is pain. There is anger. There is misunderstanding.
I often feel helpless in the face of tragedy. I worry about what my response should be. Do I have a duty to respond publicly? Do I even have a right?
At a very special meeting last Wednesday night, the Sylvan Way Teen Advisory Board discussed their feelings about the tragedy in Orlando. The teens responded with empathy and thoughtfulness, and noted that it does not matter how far away, we are all connected. I listened to their comments and each person had a chance to reflect. When one community is in pain, all communities feel that pain. The teen group had an open dialog and many different viewpoints were shared with respect for all perspectives.