May the Force be with you…

I first learned of a galaxy far, far away from a book in my third-grade classroom library. Illustrated with photographs from the original films, I was enthralled with the strange space creatures, light sabers, and Princess Leia’s hair.  However, my audible gasp of horror when I discovered the identity of Luke’s father alerted my teacher that I was reading under my desk, rather than paying attention to her math lesson…

It’s now my pleasure as an aspiring jedi-librarian to help young padawans on their own quests for Star Wars books. The upcoming unofficial holiday of May Fourth, as in “May the Force be with you,” is the perfect time to celebrate all things Star Wars.  So, whether you are a long-time fan or just being introduced to this epic galactic saga thanks to the film reboot, here are some titles to get the party started:

star wars cookbook

The Star Wars Cookbook : Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

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The Star Wars Cookbook II : Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes by Frankie Frankeny

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The Star Wars Party Book : Recipes and Ideas for Galactic Occasions by Mikyla Bruder

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Star Wars Year By Year:  A Visual Chronicle 

West Sound STEM Showcase

On Saturday, April 25, the 3rd annual West Sound STEM Showcase will transform the Kitsap Mall into a wonderland of technology and STEM learning for youth in Kitsap County.

During last year’s showcase, almost 70 booths stretched from one end of the mall to the other. Schools, organizations and individuals with a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning filled these booths will all sorts of fun and engaging activities for youths of all ages. This year looks to be no different. Whether you’re into robots, electronics, rockets or even animals, this year’s event will offer dozens of free activities for young people to explore. A special bridge building challenge event will be taking place during the day as well.

Kitsap Regional Library is excited to be hosting a booth again this year. Our booth will showcase some of the amazing projects we have worked on this year with local youth. It will also feature fun tech activities and stations.

So visit the Kitsap Mall on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Learn and participate in activities with all of the unique STEM organizations in  our community. Please make sure to stop by the Library booth and find out about some of the fun STEM programming we have planned for the future.

Today is the Day of Silence

Imagine having to go to a place that you dreaded because of the teasing, bullying and even assaults that happened there. This is the scenario that the majority (9 out of 10 according to GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey) of LGBT teens deal with on a regular basis, five days a week, as they complete their education in this country.

In fact, “…Schools nationwide are hostile environments for a distressing number of LGBT students, the overwhelming majority of whom hear homophobic remarks and experience harassment or assault at school because of their sexual orientation or gender expression” (Braun, 2014). Furthermore, more than 30 percent of students missed one or more days of school within the last month because they feared for their personal safety (Kosciw, 2009).

These heartbreaking statistics make it clear that change is necessary. We all want school to be safe for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. But what can we do? Part of the answer lies in a program that was started back in 1996 at the University of Virginia. Students there organized a program called the “Day of Silence” in relation to a school assignment that had to do with non-violent protests. This student-led event, which was taken over by GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) in 2001, encourages students from middle school to college to take a day-long vow of silence in an attempt to draw attention to the problematic silence which occurs too many times when LGBT individuals (and those who are perceived to be LGBT) are bullied and harassed.

Want to learn more about the Day of Silence? GLSEN’s site contains tons of useful information (you can email with any questions) that ranges from speaking cards to reminders that students still need to speak in class when a teacher asks them a question. GLSEN’s site also includes a registration link which is vital since GLSEN needs to keep track of how many people participate in Day of Silence events.

Finally, don’t forget that Kitsap Regional Library offers a host of activities and resources that complement the Day of Silence from a rad GLBT booklist  to fun events like the recent GLBT Lazertag party at the Sylvan Way location. Youth services librarians (especially the teen variety) are also a very inclusive and wonderful group of people. Stop by and see us!

Braun, Linda W. “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action.” YALSA,

Kosciw, Joseph G. The 2009 National School Climate Survey: the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Youth in our Nation’s Schools, 2009.

Kitsap Nonprofits Are On a Roll!

What do Kitsap Community Foundation, United Way of Kitsap County, and Olympic College Foundation have in common? They’ve launched the brand new Kitsap Center For Nonprofit Excellence (KCNE), a multi-faceted provider of trainings, networking opportunities, and leadership development for Kitsap County nonprofits.

As a Foundation Center of New York Funding Information Partner, we at the Library are meeting every week with Kitsap nonprofits and connecting them with resources in all forms: print, online, in-person classes, on-demand webinars, and also to wonderful local people in Kitsap who can help.

I am happy to introduce you to another local source for networking, support and education for nonprofits that will be offering a series of in-depth, half-day quarterly workshops this year, and a full day conference in early 2016.

Take a look at what the new Kitsap Center for Nonprofit Excellence has to offer, and welcome to Kitsap County, KCNE! You can explore the KCNE website for more information.

If you are looking for a more basic, introductory class on Proposal Writing, join us at the Poulsbo Library on Tuesday, April 21 at 2pm for Introduction to Proposal Writing, a free class offered through the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network partnership with Kitsap Regional Library.

To register, contact Peggy Branaman by email or by phone at 360-779-2915, ext. 9501. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited.

Check out these great educational opportunities right here in our own backyard!

Lift with Your Legs!

The sky is bright blue; the air is warm and fresh; flowers are blooming; birds are chirping! With milder weather comes gardening and outdoor projects, but before you start hauling bags of mulch for your vegetable patch and heaving bricks for the new patio, be sure you’re taking care of your back. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are over one million back injuries reported a year in America, many of which result in having to miss work.

Lift Correctly

To help protect your back, use proper lifting techniques when moving heavy and awkward items. Here are some lifting tips from the Mayo Clinic to keep your back safe.

  • Kneel or squat to pick up items from the floor, rather than bending at the waist.
  • As you lift the item, be sure to lift using your leg muscles rather than heaving the item up with your back muscles.
  • Once you have lifted an item, keep it close to your body.
  • If you think an item may be too heavy to safely lift safely by yourself, ask for help!

Works Referenced

Manual Materials Handling by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Back Injuries by the U.S. Department of Labor

Proper Lifting Techniques by the Mayo Clinic

How awesome is your librarian?

This week, April 12 – 18, is National Library Week! First sponsored by the American Library Association in 1958, National Library Week is celebrated across the country each April. It is a time to praise the contributions of America’s libraries and librarians.

What a better opportunity to share some of my favorite books that celebrate great librarians (real and imagined), the buildings they keep, and the books they protect!

Click on a cover below to discover an unlikely hero with Tourette’s syndrome who found salvation in books and weight-lifting; children who get locked in the library after-hours and must puzzle their way out; a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road — an unknown adversary on their tail; and follow the adventures of Rex Libris as he fights the forces of ignorance, book-burning, and overdue borrowers.

strongestlibrarian mrlemoncello borrower Rex Libris


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