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?
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.
Going green can be tasty! Did you know that you can make s’mores in a solar oven? That was the experiment we did this week at the library. Here are instructions so you can try this at home. Please note that this project requires the use of sharp tools and high temperatures, so grab a grown-up and take precautions. Let’s get started!
Supplies Needed for the Solar Oven:
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:
Black history is American history. The commemoration of African American History Month, or Black History Month, can trace its origins back to the 1920s, according to the http://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about/ website. Carter G. Woodson “conceived and announced Negro History Week”, which was first celebrated in February of 1926. President Gerald R.
A new year can be the beginning of a new chapter, one that may include new goals to work towards. What’s on your resolution list?
There is a wealth of heritage to celebrate, as there are 800 unique tribes spread out from Alaska to Florida, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coasts in the United States. Here are two ideas to commemorate the occasion:
Party! (and by "Party" I mean "Read a Book")
“Children need to see themselves reflected in books,” says Carla Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress. “Books can be mirrors, and they can be windows.” In this video she describes her favorite book as a child, one she loved because the little girl in the story was so much like her.
Science can be scrumptious, especially when your experiment results in delicious ice cream. We recently did this project at the Kingston and Little Boston Libraries as the grand finale for our summer STEM programs and it was a big hit.
Enjoying ice cream in the shade of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Longhouse
Here are directions for you do try this at home:
Ice Cream Ingredients
In a quart-size Ziploc bag, mix together:
Long before the Boys in the Boat picked up a paddle for the Olympics, local Tribes and First Nations were daily pulling canoes of their own. Now, this legacy has become an annual summer tradition known as the Canoe Journey.