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.
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.
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.
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.
This post was written by Joe Young, Teens Services Librarian at the Poulsbo location of Kitsap Regional Library.
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?
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.
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)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
This post was written by Joe Young, a new staff member dedicated to Teen Services at our Poulsbo location.
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...
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!
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
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.
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")
This week's blog is brought to you by Angelica Kristiansen, BiblioTEC Intern at our Sylvan Way location.
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.