Sherman Alexie is one of my favorite authors--one of those authors you associate with a pivotal time in your life. My first introduction to him was many years ago when I was living far away from the Pacific Northwest and feeling completely lost. A dear friend wrote me a letter and included a photocopy of a story she had just read in The New Yorker. The story was called "Indian Country" and it was the best thing I had read in a long time.
One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, the rest of the world is still trying to come to grips with this great nation created in bloodshed and with great hopes for a bright future. How do we begin to understand the feelings and aspirations of a people so recently “freed” from the Iron Curtain?
Having a username makes it easy to access your Library account from home! It allows you to type in a username you choose instead of the number on your library card for many online services. You can set up a unique username right from KRL.org.
Go to KRL.org and click on My Account (You'll find it in the upper right corner; if you are on a smart phone you'll find it at the bottom of the site menu.)
Kitsap Pride 2017 takes place this Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Bremerton’s Evergreen Park. Kitsap’s first “Pride” celebration occurred over 20 years ago and is now a firmly established event that celebrates, supports and unites our community. For a great overview on the history of "Pride" in the United States, see Siri H.’s excellent blog post, Pride! You belong at your library.
Greetings, dedicated readers and library patrons! As 2017 rockets past the halfway mark, now is a good time to check out some of the best comic books and graphic novels of the year so far. Please enjoy the following reviews of some of my top picks for this year’s crop of illustrated marvels and be sure to check out the scroll at the bottom of this article for even more suggestions.
This past Fourth of July holiday, Kitsap Regional Library staff took the day off to celebrate our nation’s independence with their families. I enjoyed my day by sleeping in, reading until late afternoon, shopping for food and party supplies with my wife and eating too much good food while watching our neighbor’s impressive fireworks displays.
The below blog post was written by Karmen, a Make Do Share Intern at our Sylvan Way location, as she reflects on her experience at the end of her internship. 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!
Before school gets out, Youth Services Librarians visit the local schools to tell students about the Library’s Summer Learning program. I love visiting each classroom and engaging with the students, they always have the best questions. Oftentimes students want to know if we have a particular book, or books about a certain subject. The answer? We do, at least 99% anyway. We have all kinds of books, as wide, weird, and wonderful as only the human brain can imagine. Here is just a small sample of some of the more unique titles in our collection:
Image credit Mark Lord Photography via Flickr
Over the past year, the Teen Advisory Board has been designing events for teens at the Sylvan Way Library And in fact, teens across communities throughout Kitsap, who are part of Advisory Boards at our Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Kingston, and Bainbridge Island locations are shaping programs for their peers as well.
It’s Pride Month! June is the month in which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated in remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall riots that took place in Manhattan. The riot that began with a police raid on the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969 is often cited as the beginning of the gay rights movement. More information and resources can be found at the Library of Congress Pride month webpage.
Summer Learning has begun and all of the Youth Services Librarians at Kitsap Regional Library have been visiting schools and getting kids and teens excited about reading and learning! There are definite incentives for reading at the library. If you read ten hours, you get a free book of your choice and a ticket to the Kitsap County Fair. If you read 100 hours, you get to pick one of our limited edition 100 hour reader t-shirts and you get your picture on our Facebook page.
We’ve had quite a few warm and sunny days here in Kitsap County, which makes me think that our summer season is finally here! Many of you may be furiously planning last minute vacations, camps, or activities for your kiddos to do once school is out. My family tends to be last minute planners, as much as I try to force us to be otherwise, so I’m totally with you. In the midst of figuring out the perfect summer for your kids (and participating in Summer Learning, of course), I want to remind you of an activity so simple you may overlook it—going outside.
Summer Learning at Kitsap Regional Library is here! Whether you, as a Summer Learning participant, choose to read 10 hours, 100 hours, or tackle a learning goal, the library is open and free to all kids and adults to engage in their community, to learn, and yes, to read. Reading and learning throughout summer positively impacts everyone.
Rejoice feline fanciers, because June is the cat's meow! Every year the American Humane Society spends the month of June encouraging people across the country to adopt cats and kittens from local shelters through a national promotional event they have dubbed Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane website:
Ask me what I thought of joining a book group two years ago, and I would have cringed. Don’t get me wrong, I love discussing books I’ve read. But the idea of having an assigned book to read each month? It felt a little too much like being back in school.
My dad was an amazing person. He was a school custodian, and he loved kids - he especially loved my sister and I. Did I every tell you about the time I gave him a rock for Father's Day? I was really young and didn't have any money. At the time, I remember I was collecting rocks, and one of my most recent acquisitions was a small piece of petrified wood. It was so cool, and I remember my dad explaining to me how the rock I held in my hand had been a tree long before my great, great...great grandfather had been born.
One thing I love to do as a librarian is put up book displays. This month, as I gathered books on the theme of "Be a Good Neighbor," I found titles that really energized me and put me in a good mood. After all, the Samaritan spirit fills you with enthusiasm, goodwill, compassion and inspiration.
You have the ability to change the world. Whether your world is your city, your neighborhood, your circle of friends, your family, or within yourself, you can change it! All you have to do is choose to say yes to whatever is calling you.
I am a librarian of many trades. By day, I am a book cheerleader; an advocate for youth, a storyteller extraordinaire, a juggler of many projects and meetings; and a research fiend, amongst many other things that might come to your mind when you think of a librarian, and a heap of things that probably don’t. By night (and sometimes early morning if I am feeling super motivated!), I am a concert-goer; a writer; a book hoarder; an instrument learner; a hiker; a crafter; a wannabe movie-enthusiast; and in an on-again, off-again love/hate relationship with the gym.
During our Community Conversations, you told us that you care – a lot! – about transportation in Kitsap County. But it can be hard to know how to make a difference or have your voice heard. The Library can help you there! We’re always happy to help you find information about ways to make an impact on your community.
This month, Kitsap Transit is seeking your input to help develop their plans for the future. Until June 5th, you have several ways to weigh in with your opinions and ideas.
Free Comic Book Day may have come and gone (it was on Saturday, May 6, this year), but you can still borrow comics and graphic novels from your public library—for free!
This spring I've been spending some time reading. Shocking, I know. I've been reading and re-reading books that focus around some pretty difficult themes: teen violence and suicide. I have been lucky to be able to participate in a grant through the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities called the Great Stories Club. This year our topic is "Structure of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide".
We have become so consumed by our digital devices that police now patrol for distracted drivers. Sometimes I think it would be great if there were patrols monitoring for distracted parenting and I, just as much as anyone else, would definitely get a ticket. Distracted parenting is pervasive and I am writing about this from the perspective as both a librarian and a parent. As a librarian, I notice parents consistently on their phones during storytime or when they are with their children looking for books.
In the following post Brianna, an intern at the Bainbridge Island location of Kitsap Regional Library, highlights the project that she created for the Library's Make Do Share initiative.
“From birth to age 5, a child learns faster than at any other time in his or her life. Those early learning experiences influence success in school and beyond” (Ready for Kindergarten)
Spring is here, which means Mother’s and Father’s Days are right around the corner! Need a last-minute gift idea for a favorite parental figure in your life? On April 26th, I will be hosting Project Maker: Mason Jar Planters at the Poulsbo Library from 3:30-5pm in our Community Room. Kitsap Regional Library is offering a similar program for adults, but the one at Poulsbo is particularly aimed at kids.
April is National Poetry Month – a time set aside every year to celebrate the written word and raise awareness and appreciation of poetry across the United States. Established in 1996, National Poetry Month was inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, celebrated each year in February and March, respectively. In 1995 the Academy of American Poets assembled a group of publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary organizations, poets and teachers to discuss the necessity and usefulness of establishing a yearly, month-long celebration of poetry.
This week, we welcome special guest bloggers, Erika Miller, Laura Richardson, and Myndie Petersen, from the Silverdale Library, Port Orchard Library and the Coeur de'Alene Public Library respectively.
What do you like in a book? Do you reach for fast-paced, page-turners? Do you like reading about characters that jump off the page? Do you want to be taken away to a different time or place? Or do you like to marvel at how an author uses words?