Library Winter Olympics

Saturday, February 24, 2018 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm

Think you have what it takes to win a gold medal? Test your bookish and athletic abilities at the Library Winter Olympics, in celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Following Opening Ceremonies participants will compete in javelin throwing, book balancing, the standing jump, a wicked limbo competition, and a death-defying egg on a spoon race! Those who compete in all events are entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Makey Makey Invention Kit or a remote-control Drone! Other awards will be given out to those who excel at each event. Snacks provided.

Being a good neighbor

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.

Kitsap Farmers Markets Opening Weekend

Spring is finally here! Now is the time for planting seeds. If digging in the dirt isn't your thing, what about supporting our local economy? Local farmers grow amazing food in our neck of the woods. You can meet many of them at farmer's markets around the county, almost every day of the week!  Two markets open this weekend, with others to follow shortly after.

Below is a list of local markets with their dates and times courtesy of their websites. 

Kindergarten Readiness: Social and Emotional Development

One of my passions as a youth services librarian is promoting early literacy skills (the skills a child needs in order to read successfully) at my storytimes. The main reason we promote these skills is to help get children ready for kindergarten and support their parents in this endeavor. However, literacy is not the only skill a child needs in order to find success in the kindergarten classroom.

Simplify the Season

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.

Staff Picks: 2016 Best Books for Kids and Teens

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!

Sensory tools for everyone! Families and kids living ASD every day

For families and kids living with an autism spectrum disorder, things can get a little overwhelming. What can I go to with my child? Where are the resources in my community? How have others handled this? I don’t have the answers to all of those questions, but here at the Library, we do have some resources for you. Here are just a few selections that are available from Kitsap Regional Library for parents, kids and teens:

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Caspar Babypants Port Orchard Friends of the Library Benefit Concert

Saturday, September 24, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Rock out with Caspar Babypants, the internationally acclaimed children's performer at the Port Orchard Friends of the Library Benefit Concert and support the 2017 Summer Learning program.

Tickets $10 (under age 1 free), available at the Library.

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