El Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

For the past four years, Teen Librarian Sylvia Platt has spent a day on a date near Halloween with all the 6th graders at Chimacum Middle School teaching the students about the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This year the students had some sugary sweet fun in addition to learning some history.

Sugar Skulls 2014

Sylvia was joined by Monica van Loon, the Spanish teacher at Sunfield School, who is of Mexican descent. Monica could talk to the 6th graders with the knowledge from her first-hand cultural inheritance, and related the history of this holiday in Mexico. The two women worked with each 6th grade Chimacum Middle School Humanities class taught by Joni Langston, and for the first year, the students got to make and decorate a sugar skull. Working with the materials helped deepen the understanding of the holiday for the students, as well as providing a messy and fun art project!

The school librarian, Deborah Gilbreath, had prepared the students by asking them to write a paper to compare and contrast Halloween and Dia de los Muertos to deepen their understanding of the art project. 

If you'd like to know more about this project, you can contact Sylvia Platt at splatt@jclibrary.info


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Posted in General, Service, Teens by Brwyn Griffin on Thursday, October 30th 11:50am   |   0 comments

Tech Tuesdays Continues in May

Bring your technology questions to Tech Tuesdays!  Each Tuesday we offer a two-part technology training session, beginning with a one-hour class on a specific technology subject from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.  Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, where you can get help on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.

Here's what's coming up in May:

May 6 - eBooks and eAudiobooks
Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, and how to check-out and return the items you borrow.

May 13 - Computer Security for the Home User 
Learn about how to make your home computer and mobile devices more secure. This class will cover spyware, viruses, and other malware, and how to protect your devices from these threats.

May 20 - Novelist and Other Book-Finding Guides 
Don’t know what to read next? Have you finished reading all of your favorite author’s books and are looking for similar books? Try Novelist, a library database that holds information about authors, series, read-a-likes, and more. Want to find other book lovers who love to talk about them? Try Good Reads, a website dedicated to books and those who read them. Need some authoritative advice on which books are good and those that aren’t? Check out Book Lust, a book written by former Seattle librarian, Nancy Pearl.

May 27 - Microsoft PowerPoint 
This class will be an introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, the program for preparing presentations and digital slide shows. Learn some of the basics of PowerPoint, and learn about additional resources for continuing your PowerPoint program education at home.

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Posted in General, Service, Technology by Teri Burroughs on Monday, April 7th 2:49pm   |   0 comments

Book Club Kit News & Tips on Starting Your Own Book Club

Have you ever finished reading a book and wished you could share your experience with someone that has read the same story? What story isn't better when shared? Forming a book reading group or book club is a great way to enrich our reading experience. Your library makes finding books for book clubs very simple by providing book club kits to our customers.

Book clubs can have a variety of functions and it's helpful to define the intention of the club to better serve club members. Some clubs have a social focus providing a common ground for regular meetings of the same members. Other groups meet simply for the joy of discussing specific authors or mutually agreed upon titles and are not intended to diverge into sharing personal life details.

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Posted in General, Service by Brwyn Griffin on Monday, February 24th 9:34am   |   1 comments

New Book Club Kits

These four titles are now available as Book Club Kits. Learn more.

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

"’Cleopatra stood at one of the most dangerous intersections of history: that of women and power,’ writes Schiff in this excellent, myth-busting biography. It is that intersection that interests Schiff rather than romance. Cleopatra was no great beauty but was charismatic, intelligent, shrewd, and ruthless, concerned less with love than with maintaining her kingdom, threatened by Rome's civil wars. No one will think of Cleopatra in quite the same way after reading this vivid, provocative book,” from Publishers Weekly (09/06/2010).

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

“Walls re-imagines the life of her grandmother, Lily Casey, who by age six was helping her father break horses. At 15, she left home to teach in a frontier town--riding 500 miles on her pony to get to her post. She learned to drive a car, fly a plane, and with her husband, managed a vast ranch in Arizona, surviving tornadoes, droughts, floods, and the Great Depression,” from Ingram’s ipage.


“Swamplandia! is a shabby tourist attraction deep in the Everglades, owned by the Bigtree clan of alligator wrestlers. When Hilola, their star performer, dies, her husband and children lose their moorings, and Swamplandia! itself is endangered as audiences dwindle. Ravishing, elegiac, funny and brilliantly inquisitive, Russell’s archetypal swamp saga tells a mystical yet rooted tale of three innocents who come of age through trials of water, fire and air,” from Booklist (10/15/2010).

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich

“When Irene America discovers that her husband has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, as much the truth about her life and her marriage as the Red Diary is a farce. Alternating between these two records, "Shadow Tag" is an eerily gripping novel,” from Ingram’s ipage.

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Posted in Service by Meredith Wagner on Sunday, December 2nd 10:29am   |   0 comments

Quick picks, homework help, boffer swords and lots more

This is a recent post from Quilcene resident Jeanette's blog, a foot in both camps, listing all the things she loves about the library.  What do you love about the library?

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Posted in Service by Meredith Wagner on Friday, March 23rd 3:31pm   |   0 comments

eBooks for Kindle now Available

Last week, Overdrive, the supplier we use to provide our eBooks, announced that customers can now download books to a Kindle from the Washington Anytime Library.   Almost all the eBooks in our collection can be used with Kindle devices or apps. 

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Posted in Service, Technology by Daniel Heaton on Monday, September 26th 2:38pm   |   4 comments

Book Club Kits Are Here!

Book Club Kits are an exciting new service offered by Jefferson County Library and Port Townsend Public Library.

What are they?
Ten copies of a title are packaged in a plastic tote and get checked out by a representative of a book club.  The kits are checked out for eight weeks allowing plenty of time for a club to distribute and read the book.

How do clubs reserve a title?
A member of the club will place a hold on the title.  While we recognize that some clubs plan their reading schedules months in advance, we are not able to schedule holds on titles into the future at this time.  Holds can be placed and put in a suspended status to help manage availability.  If you would like help please ask a staff person.

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Posted in Service by Meredith Wagner on Tuesday, November 9th 10:15am   |   1 comments