Do you know how much money using the library has saved you? I know how much it's saved me! $2,495.84! That’s how much I would have paid if I purchased every one of the 475 items I’ve borrowed for work and personal use. And I’m not an outlier here. The average amount saved the Little Boston Library staff is over $2,000. One staff person has saved over $3,350!
Kindergarten is unique in that students are often encouraged to learn through play. Mitchel Resnick states in his recent book, "Lifelong Kindergarten," that the rest of our learning - and indeed the rest of our life - should be a bit more playful like the earliest years of our learning. At home and in other informal learning environments, you can create engaging, creative learning opportunities.
Ever since Seattle Public Library started the trend in 1998, the phenomenon of One Book, One Community reading programs has grown steadily across the country. Over the last 10 years, Kitsap Regional Library has supported this community-based reading initiative as a way to bring people together through the reading and discussion of a common book. Unquestionably, this program promotes literacy and deepens an appreciation of reading, but, most importantly, it allows people to share their personal experiences while reading the same book and really talking and communicating with each other.
This week, friends and families around the country will gather to celebrating Thanksgiving. They’ll have delicious food, spirited conversation and hopefully some good football. (Go Hawks!) It’s also another opportunity to incorporate early literacy into your time together. Here are some ideas to help you write, talk, sing, play and read with your child during the holiday.
Is there a special way to say thank you where you are from?
My Northwest daughter is getting used to "Thanks, y’all," coming from the locals in her new home state of Mississippi.
We are feeling a lot of gratitude around here at the library, with the resounding support of this wonderful county at the polls this week.
Greetings fellow graphic novel enthusiasts! Every year, the American Library Association gives awards and creates recommended reading lists for all kinds of material; everything from the best book written in English on the subject of library history to outstanding books on animal life which may develop a humane attitude in children are recognized.
How do we turn our kids into readers?
I will admit it, I am inherently a pretty emotional person. As I get older, I have noticed that the moment I think I've found ways to manage my emotions and stress levels, I turn around and another heap of emotions is piled on in a seemingly never-ending cycle. With constant stressors like finances, job security, world affairs and the in's and out's of everyday life, you may feel like you are constantly overcoming one obstacle after another. How does one break that cycle? Well, I have yet to discover a magic Stress-A-Way spray or a guard to keep the emotions at bay.
"The Three Little Pigs" tells of three pigs who build houses—one out of straw, the second out of sticks and the third out of bricks. A big, bad wolf blows down the first two houses but can’t destroy the third pig’s house. In many versions, the wolf eats the first and second pigs while the third survives. In other retellings of the tale, the first two pigs run to the brick house and all three pigs stay safe inside. And it’s not only pigs and wolves but javelinas, dassies, tamales, gators, cats, fish, coyotes, foxes, bears and sharks.
How do you know it’s officially fall? Is it when the leaves start to change color? When the school buses start running again? When the first pumpkin is carved? Or is it when election posters start popping up, followed by ballots arriving in the mail?
Today is November 1st! Every year I look forward to this day with a combined sense of excitement and dread. As I recover from my Halloween festivities, I look forward to the annual marathon of writing known as National Novel Writing Month. Every year, aspiring novelists of all ages and all walks of life sit down and start the grand adventure of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That equals out to writing just about 1,667 words a day.
What does it really mean for a librarian to partner with a local school?
It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled outside, causing barren tree branches to scrap and scratch at the window like skeletons begging to get inside. I curled up on my couch, pulling a blanket closer around my shoulders with my head deep in a book. I was so focused on my reading that I didn’t hear as the front door quietly unlatched and opened. Muddy footsteps came creeping toward me until...
At the library we love to provide all kinds of fun experiences for young children and while many of these programs are simply fun (for the sake of fun), our favorite library programs are also built around a "play with a purpose" mentality. Librarians structure programs to build social/emotional skills, cognitive development and physical ability.
As the calendar flips from September to October, it is undeniable that we are firmly in the throes of autumn. The changing season brings us all the classic signs of fall: overcast skies and rainy weather, our friends and neighbors proudly wearing Seahawks' colors and back to school madness! Not to worry beleaguered parents and stressed-out students, Kitsap Regional Library has your academic needs covered.
I am a fantasy fanatic. I spent much of my childhood enraptured in the world of dragons, magic and adventure. To this day, I love curling up and getting lost in a book that takes me to a world far away from the one around me.
What’s your favorite vegetable? Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, jicama, peas? Whatever it is, I’ll bet you’ve helped pass on a love of that vegetable to at least a few people in your life. Now, most vegetables are quite tasty in their raw state and there are lots of wonderful recipes available to tempt the reluctant veggie eater. But sometimes, it takes a while to successfully introduce a variety of vegetables into someone’s life.
It seems as if these are new terms that we just began hearing about during the 2016 presidential election. But lies and lying are hardly new. In fact, I remember a book that was first published in 2005 titled On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt. It surprised me because it turned into a best seller. Critics called it a “gem of psychological insight, social commentary, philosophical analyses and good humor.” The popular nonfiction author Sam Harris published a book titled Lying in 2013. In it he suggested that we can improve our lives and our society by telling the truth in sit
September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. According to the official National Hispanic Heritage Month's website, the month is a time for "celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America."
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
This summer has been super busy, don’t you think? If you missed out on all the stellar programs offered by the Library because you were too busy doing all the other really great things you had planned this summer, I understand. If, however, you tell me there was no time for reading, I just simply won’t believe you. Here are a few of the great - nay, SUPERB - books I’ve read this summer. I hope you love these characters and stories as much as I did.
Walker-Ames House. Image credit brewbooks via Flickr
Although October is traditionally the month for things that go “bump in the night” library staff decided to get an early start this year. Therefore, September is the month that will feature two slightly spooky (and exciting) library events.
Here’s what I’m checking out from the library’s music collection.
The below blog post was written by Hunter, a Make Do Share Intern at our Manchester location, and includes his reflections and experiences as an intern. Make Do Share internships are supported by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and provide teens and young adults (ages 16-25) with the opportunity to gain real world job experience while developing 21st century skills. They also help to make the Library's youth STEM programs more awesome!
This blog post is presented by Emily Hillis, an intern at the Sylvan Way location of Kitsap Regional Library. She has completed a project researching services and programs for New Adults as part of the Library's Make Do Share initiative.
It came to me suddenly. I realized I had a blog post due today, Monday, August 28, 2017. How did I forget? As a Kitsap Regional Library blog writer, I know my schedule months in advance. I tell myself, “That’s okay, I can still make my deadline August 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.” I recall and old post I wrote about dog stories. The title was witty – "Dogged Devotion," about classic dog stories. I told myself, “Yes! That’s it. It’s the dog days of summer.
Making the leap from beginning reader books with their 1 – 2 – 3 levels, small words and large print to regular chapter books can intimidate even the most excited reader. Chapter books have the perception of having smaller print, no pictures and lots and lots of pages. What a difference from the short, brightly illustrated beginning reader books! It can be challenging (sometimes scary or even heavy) to make the leap. Luckily that’s where these wonderful in-between books come in.
One of the things I frequently hear when I tell parents about storytime at the library is: (a) that their child won't sit still and listen to stories, or (b) that their child just isn't ready for storytime yet. It breaks my heart a little each time I hear it because all I can think about is how much of a missed opportunity this is for these families. In my mind, these statements signal a parent's lack of understanding about what storytime is really about, and why their worries are less important than they might think.