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.
Attention 12-18 year olds! Do you love to read? Do you like keeping up on the newest YA titles? And, do you love giving your opinions on books? If you answered yes to these questions, be part of Teens’ Top Ten!
Who doesn’t read a book where characters cook elaborate meals or bake delicious desserts without getting hungry? On Friday Carmine wrote about picture books with recipes that you can use to cook with children. I wanted to share with you a similar genre some call “foodie fiction” that has emerged in middle grade fiction (books for kids aged 8-12). These books feature protagonists who cook and bake—sometimes as their special Talent, or they dream of being on a famous cooking show, or perhaps it’s their way of bringing joy into other people’s lives.
Are you a Silver Sophisticate (global-consciousness, ecological lifestyle, experienced travelers, established neighborhoods, stylish homes, empty nests, philanthropic, art connoisseurs, liberal, retirees)? Or more of a Digital Dependent (eco-minded, outdoor activities, gamers and bloggers, digital trendsetters, risk takers, ubiquitous Internet use, generation x and y, active social lives, appearances are important, artistic type)?
As the holidays swiftly approach, my mind has been turning toward one of the central aspects of any celebration...the food! This year we have several family members joining us for Thanksgiving, so we all sat down to draft this year's menu. This is an annual event in my family. It doesn't matter that 99% of the time the menu is exactly the same as it was the year before, it still needs to be discussed. Will we have the holiday fruit salad with pineapple, or the holiday jello mold with pineapple? Will we do peas or green beans? Can we get away with only doing the Mrs.
Backstitch is a versatile stitch that can be used purely as decorative embroidery or functionally in hand sewing. Backstitch creates a single, unbroken line of stitches that can be straight or curved. The length of each individual stitch can be very short or very long, but the stitches should all be the same length.
Thread your needle and tie a knot at the tail of your thread.
Insert your needle from the back of the fabric to the front so that the knot is at the back of your fabric.
Flaps to lift, tabs to pull, wheels to turn, an image springing out of a book when you turn the page—you may find any or all of these in a movable book.
My earliest memory of movable books is pulling a tab to help Hansel and Gretel’s father chop wood by moving his arm up and down. The book was one of dozens created by Czech artist Vojtech Kubasta and one of two that my sisters and I read almost to pieces. I still enjoy reading pop-up books myself and sharing them with others, especially during storytime!
Character development is a really big deal to me. When I am watching a television series or picking up a graphic novel, I want the characters to progress, grow, change, and evolve! I seek out casts of characters that are diverse and have depth in their narratives. Characters can break the mold, they don't need to be likable or relatable. There are some characters I would want to be best friends with, some that I see as great teachers, and others I admire but would avoid. It's also nearly impossible for anyone to have a "favorite character".
If you have ever wanted to write a book, now is the time! November is known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). According to its creators, NaNoWriMO “is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing…Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.” The goal for participants is to try to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.
Many successful novels had their start as NaNoWriMo projects, including these bestsellers:
The most significant thing about The Beatles isn’t that they have had the most number one albums and the most number one singles on the US charts or that they’ve sold more music than any band or single act in history (nearly three times that of their contemporaries, The Rolling Stones, who are still together) or that, according to Forbes magazine, The Beatles earned a combined $71 million in 2013 from work they completed over 40 years ago.
Come to the library for one-on-one assistance enrolling for health insurance using WA Healthplanfinder! Certified Navigators from Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS) will answer your questions, review health insurance options for you and your family, find out if you qualify for financial help, and work with you to complete the enrollment process.
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It's that time of year again. The teachers have been easing you back into things, and they're ready to spring that big research project. They're using words and phrases like "MLA format citations" and "primary sources" as well as "scholarly" and "plagiarism". How is a student supposed to get started? Ask at the library. We can help.
Really. Just ask us. It's what we love to do.
Small Business has the most to gain from having a social media voice, according to experts. It’s a free way to build up your audience and share your message, but more than that, it’s a way to participate in community, become recommended by friends, be a friend, be a connector, and raise your profile.
It used to be that the arrival of autumn was marked by the changing colors of leaves. In recent years, however, it seems to be marked by the addition of pumpkin spice lattes back onto coffee shop menus. Americans love coffee. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 54% of us drink coffee everyday at a cost of approximately 40 billion dollars a year. There are 75 coffee shops in Kitsap County alone! What is it about coffee that speaks to us? How has it won over the hearts and palates of our nation?
Chainmaille is fabric that has been woven by linking metals rings. Historically, it was used as armor, but today many people incorporate chainmaille (or chain mail) in their jewelry design and use jump rings to get their projects started. Jump rings are small circles of metal -- such as aluminum, silver, copper, or other precious metals -- that have a split cut into them so they can be twisted open and closed.
You may have noticed last week that we launched a brand new website! It’s more colorful with bigger images, and easier navigation. This upgrade also provides a great opportunity to remind everyone of our HUGE children’s eBook and downloadable audiobook selection!
If you are looking to mix it up and rub shoulders with local literary luminaries, this weekend has an excellent opportunity just a ferry ride away. Seattle Public Library is hosting the Washington State Book Awards ceremony Saturday, October 10th at 7p.m.
I just watched the new documentary about Keith Richards (currently only available on NetFlix), guitarist and one of the songwriters for The Rolling Stones. I was fascinated to see how the once bad boy of Rock N Roll has transformed into elder statesman of the music genre. It seemed like yesterday when every guitarist in a rock band formed from the late 60s forward wanted to be Keith. The death-defying king of hedonism who produced more sweet riffs and memorable hooks than Carter has Little Pills.
Yes, we have updated our website. And we did it with the help of many of you in the community. So thank you for helping to make it possible and thank you (in advance) to the many individuals we hope will share their feedback to make it even better. It is just getting started! It will grow and develop over time, your input will help make it great.
Although there are a lot of pretty pictures (which are nice too!) the core of our mission with the new website was to improve the function not only for today but for the future.
As the weather cools and fall looms I begin to think about Halloween. At my house Halloween is a BIG DEAL. My highly creative engineer husband (who was obviously a movie set designer in a previous life) loves to decorate the house for Halloween and create a faux cemetery in the front yard (complete with a skeleton clawing its way out of a grave). I, on the other hand, prefer the cozier, gentler side of Halloween.
Today I am focusing on the National Book Award, specifically the category of Young People's Literature. But first let me tell you a little bit about the National Book Award. The National Book Award has been around since 1950 and the mission of this organization is to "celebrate the best of American Literature." The award has four different categories and a winner is chosen from each one. The categories are Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.
This post was submitted by Peggy Branaman, librarian at Poulsbo.
With the questions I've been getting in the library about the new options for health insurance for adults, I've noticed an interesting trend: people who'd love to start working for themselves from home, but in the past one barrier was lack of insurance.
Video games are like celebrated novels--their immersive narratives and distant worlds transport us into unique story experiences. Just as you close the final page in a fantastic book, finishing a game can become a challenging quest to find something new to enjoy.The mini-games are over, you’ve collected all the secret items, and unlocked bonus characters, so what should you play next? The same challenges apply to gaming as when you want to find your next good read.
I like alphabet books that look at letters in unusual ways. While alphabet books can be used to teach about and reinforce knowledge of letter sounds and shapes, they can lead to so much more--piquing a child’s curiosity, honing her skills of observation, or leading him to use his imagination to see letters in the world around him. As children learn to identify letter names and shapes, we encourage them to search their environment for letters and words.
When signing children up for their first library card, I give them the same advice Uncle Ben gave Peter Parker (aka Spiderman): “With great power comes great responsibility.” Library cards are valuable tools to access a wealth of knowledge and information, but there’s another tool just as powerful—the internet. Like any tool, there are safety issues to consider. Cyber security is simply measures taken to keep computers and computer systems safe.
Looking for a new YA book? Check out these rave reviews of contemporary fiction, fantasy and nonfiction from teens at the Bainbridge branch who are part of the Teens' Top Ten and School Library Journal book review program.
Reading aloud to your child is very important in relation to the development of their early literacy skills. In fact, reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to ensure reading success. It is easy to become very focused on children knowing how to read, but what about helping children develop a love of reading? Knowing how to read and having a love of reading do not always go hand in hand. One way to help develop children's love of reading is to continue reading aloud to them even after they have become proficient readers.
I read an interesting statistic the other day. Over 55% of people who read teen books are not teens-they are adults. After I reflected on this for a very short amount of time I realized that this statistic is not terribly surprising because, after all, I help adults find and check out teen books on a regular basis here at my library. Why do adults enjoy teen books? They enjoy them for many of the same reasons teens do.