Summer is a time of sun and fun. With so many of us looking for ways to stay active and engaged in Kitsap County, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the almost endless parks and hiking trails that our amazing county has to offer. Whether you’re in South, Central or North Kitsap, there are city, county and state parks offering all kinds of activities.
This week we are so excited to welcome Conservation Director, Jonathan Decker, and Development Coordinator, Mary Zabinski, from the Great Peninsula Conservancy to Books to Action, a book group that combines reading and community discussion.
Join us Saturday, June 18, at 10:00am at the Sylvan Way Library!
We are discussing The Human Age: the world shaped by us by Diane Ackerman. The publisher description explains it best:
Do you and your family have songs that you enjoy singing together? Well, don’t stop, because singing with your child or children can help develop their early reading skills.
Musician Nancy Stewart, on her amazing website www.singwithourkids.com, explains how:
“Play- especially active physical play, like roughhousing- makes kids smart, emotionally intelligent, loveable and likeable, ethical, physically fit, and joyful” is the bold assertion made by Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. in their book The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It.
If you're looking for Black History Month reads this February, there's some great web resources out there! One of my new favorites is using the hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, which should lead you to the story of Marley Dias. Dias is an 11 year old frustrated at not seeing black girls as characters in books she's assigned at school. She decided to do a book drive collecting 1000 books where black girls are the main character.
If the many wet, gray days of a northwest winter dampen your spirits, think of Frederick the mouse in Leo Lionni’s classic picture book Frederick: “While the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts for winter, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself. ‘I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days,’ he tells them.
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!
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.