Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 4:13pm
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Kristine S.

Founder of the Sierra Club, the naturalist John Muir is also known for his essays and poetry in addition to his nature activism. He advocated for nature conservancy, specifically the preservation of forests in the American west. During his lifetime, he published six books and four more were published posthumously as well as several collections of essays. When he wasn't writing, he was working to establish the Yosemite National Park and preserve other wilderness areas.

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Posted on Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:44pm
By
Shannon Peterson

The following post was written by Jenny Bloom, Interim Teen Services Librarian at the Bainbridge Island location of Kitsap Regional Library.

Teens are integral part of our library community. At my location on Bainbridge Island, they include our BiblioTec intern who has great self-direction skills, members of our Teen Community Conversations group who are helping us stay relevant, and our drop-in weekly volunteers who come to organize carts of books but inevitably end up pitching in with so much more. 

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 11:08am
By
John F.

2017 is shaping up to be as good as 2016 in regard to stellar releases. Here’s what I’m looking forward to, musically speaking, for the next few weeks.

The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris – An All-Star Concert Celebration

In July of 2015 Emmylou’s friends decided to throw her a party at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the recording of that little shindig.

 

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Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2:35pm
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Tressa J.

Kitsap Regional Library and the AARP are working together to offer free tax preparation services February through mid-April at the Bainbridge Island and Port Orchard locations.

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Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 11:59am
By
Shannon Peterson

This post was written by Joe Young, Teens Services Librarian at the Poulsbo location of Kitsap Regional Library.

Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 8:46am
By
Nathan J.

One of the hallmarks of those who work at libraries is a more than healthy amount of professional level naval gazing. That may sound a bit odd, but what I mean to say is, in our journals, conversations, podcasts, conferences, and in a variety of other forums…we spend a lot of time talking and thinking about the future of libraries.  Will libraries still be around 50 years from now? If they are around, will they still look like they do today? Will my job exist?

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Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 2:09pm
By
Greta B.

We'll be closed this coming Monday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In Kitsap, the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program will take place at the Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. Admission is free. 

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 2:09pm
By
Tressa J.

With your Kitsap Regional Library Card, you can download up to five tracks each week from Freegal, for free - and you get to KEEP the track forever!

Here’s a sampling of  the Dylan albums you'll find in Freegal; all tracks  are available with your library card:

Blonde on Blonde

The Basement Tapes Raw (with The Band)

Another Self-Portrait

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Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 4:58pm
By
Michelle W.

Many people love a series! They enjoy watching characters grow, relationships change, and worlds being created. Some readers read the books right when they come out and wait in anticipation until the next one is released. Others like to hear about a series that has several titles so that they can dive in and read them all straight through -- kind of like binge watching your favorite t.v. show! One thing I know for sure is that everyone hates when their favorite series is over.

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Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 - 12:10pm
By
Kirstin M.

Every year, hundreds of picture books are published and readers get the opportunity to experience new combinations of story and art. Along with amazing drawn and painted illustrations are those created using collage.

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017 - 12:55pm
By
Whitney S.

A new year can be the beginning of a new chapter, one that may include new goals to work towards.  What’s on your resolution list?

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 7:38pm
By
John F.

2016 was a great year for releases, but tough on some of performers. Here's hoping for a "bumper crop" of discs in 2017. 

The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert - Bob Dylan

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Posted on Monday, January 2, 2017 - 1:52pm
By
Megan Burton

On January 27th at the Coffee Oasis, a group of highly talented youth will take the stage to perform original songs at The Art of Hip Hop concert. The Art of Hip Hop class has given unique opportunities to teens at Coffee Oasis and Kitsap Regional Library since 2015. The class was featured last year in the Kitsap Sun and has been running strong through 2016. The class is lead by local rap talent, Darrell Thomas, the Outreach Director of Coffee Oasis-- or as we know him, Smiley D, fam!  Darrell and the group of teens work for 6 months to create original songs.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 4:06pm
By
Serena O.

Winter Solstice is December 21st and Wednesday will be the shortest day of the year with the least amount of light. In honor of the solstice, I am hoping to slow down and let myself start reflecting on the last year through writing, nature and limited access to the Internet. This has been a rough year for many of us (me included) because of what is happening in the United States and abroad. As I attempt to be mindful of the changing season, I hope to start thinking about what I can give back to my community, friends and family.

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:36am
By
Lisa L.

This is the time of year when I dig into “best of the year” lists. Whether it’s to compare, catch up, or to discover a missed gem, it’s a great way to reflect on the good things that happened in 2016.  As a super-fan of books for kids and teens I always want to find out and share out what’s great.  I’ve gathered some great recommendations from the best resource around, Kitsap Regional Library staff, and included professional book critic’s lists of the year too. Cheers to this year’s best books for kids and teens!

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:04am
By
Shannon Peterson

This post was written by Jenny Bloom, Interim Teen Services Librarian at the Bainbridge Island location. 

YA (Young Adult) literature is a big field in the publishing world: Over four billion dollars in sales for 2015 with several national organizations dedicated to connecting books to young adult readers. It’s BIG.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 12:49pm
By
Michelle W.

So, you think it's been cold here lately? Here are some books that will make you glad our temps have only dropped to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit. In these titles you will find frigid temperatures, icy landscapes, and weather so threatening that it seems like it could be another character. Snow and ice are not to be taken lightly. They are literally breathtaking, twisting plots with a gust of well-placed wind. 

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Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 5:18pm
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Carmine R.

Warning: If you do not appreciate potty talk, go ahead and skip today’s post. If you are among the number who celebrated World Toilet Day on November 19th, read on.

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Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 3:38pm
By
Sarah J.

As the two librarian selectors for adult fiction and nonfiction at the Kitsap Regional Library, Gail Goodrick and I are usually focused on the future, on what’s coming out next, working to add titles to the collection when they are fresh and new.  As the year winds to a close, we recently took a break to reflect back on some of the books that have stood out, focusing on books that have staying power, because of their subjects, quality of writing and relevance to the world we live in today.

Gail’s Nonfiction Favorites:

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10:00am
By
Greta B.

Many afternoons you'll find students doing homework and research projects at home or at the library. Librarians love to help students navigate through all the information they find on the Internet, especially in finding current, relevant, and accurate sources. With all the information available on the Internet, it can be challenging to make sure what you've found online is a reliable source for a project. 

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 6:14pm
By
John F.

For this edition of the blog I’m going to look at my favorite recordings from 2016.   

A Cure for Loneliness – Peter Wolf

Former front man for the J Geils Band offers a stellar collection of Rock, Funk and R&B. Check out the Bluegrass version of Love Stinks.      

 

Circlin’ Back – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016 - 12:11pm
By
Shannon Peterson

This post was written by Joe Young, a new staff member dedicated to Teen Services at our Poulsbo location. 

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00am
By
Nathan J.

It has begun - the holiday season, and everything that goes along with it. Of course, retail establishments all started back in October, but for people like me - I'm just realizing that yes, my holiday deadlines are just around the corner. I need to find gifts for people, and fast! I'm not worried though - I have secret librarian tricks up my sleeve. Sometimes, I like to tell people I have a very particular set of skills...

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Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 2:11pm
By
Rosie B.

We are well into cold and flu season and it seems like everyone’s got the sniffles. Sick days are the perfect time to use library materials to catch up on reading, watching, or listening. But sick days are not a great time to visit the library. Instead, try one of these ways to take advantage of the library from home! 

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 6:36pm
By
Ericka B.

It’s that time of year for deals, deals, deals!  With Black Friday now behind us, we’re inviting you to celebrate Cyber Monday with us here at the Kitsap Regional Library. Our deals are just too hot to pass up; with a Kitsap Regional Library card, be prepared to save big. Your library card will give you access to thousands of titles for the below bottom-dollar price of $0.00. Nada. Zilch. How do you get in on these amazing deals? I’m glad you asked!

Audiobooks and Ebooks

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Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 9:00am
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Kirstin M.

Ed Emberley loves to draw and believes that anyone can learn to do it; perhaps that’s why he’s one of my favorite illustrators. In 1970, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals became the first in a long line of books by the artist focused on teaching children to draw using simple shapes, letters, numbers, and fingerprints.

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 11:02am
By
Whitney S.

There is a wealth of heritage to celebrate, as there are 800 unique tribes spread out from Alaska to Florida, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coasts in the United States. Here are two ideas to commemorate the occasion:

Party! (and by "Party" I mean "Read a Book")

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 - 4:18pm
By
Megan Burton

This week's blog is brought to you by Angelica Kristiansen, BiblioTEC Intern at our Sylvan Way location.

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Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016 - 2:21pm
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Lynn S.

                                                                                                                 

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 10:19am
By
Kristine S.

As the weather begins to turn a little chillier and a little damper, take some time to treat yourself to a warm mug of something cozy and delicious. While you're at it, why not treat yourself to a new mug too? This fall at several Kitsap Regional Library locations, you can join us to decorate your own mug using oil-based Sharpies in an array of colors. All you need to bring is yourself! We'll have the mugs, the Sharpies, and some inspiring ideas to get you started. Then, take your mug home and bake it to make your design permanent.

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