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.
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.