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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 at 3:00pm. Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00 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 November:
November 18: What's an App?
We're happy to announce these new programs for all ages!
From Tall Ships to Family Art, there are new programs on a variety of subjects beginning September 24, when we host the author of A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, Adrianne Harun, at 6:30 pm at the library. October 7 we're proud to host New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast as our 13th annual Huntingford Humanities Lecture presenter. This event will be held at Chimacum High School Auditorium and begins at 6:30 pm.
Two lectures about tall ships will be presented by Stan Cummings and are co-hosted by the library and Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The first, Tall Ships and the Rise of the British Empire will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm, and the second, Pilgrim, the Story of the Tall Ship Featured in "Two Years Before the Mast" will also be held at the library on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm.
On October 23, we're hosting two young women from Palestine and Israel who work together as peacemakers with Creativity for Peace, a New Mexico nonprofit with operations in Israel and Palestine. Yaara Tal (from Gaza Israel) and Deema Yusuf (from Ramallah, Palestine) will talk about their peacemaking work both at this special event, as well as at local schools in both the Port Townsend and Chimacum School Districts. This event will be held at the library and begins at 6:30 pm.
On November 12, we will host the author of House Girl, Tara Conklin at a Meet the Author event at the library beginning at 6:30 pm. House Girl, a story of art and injustice that intertwines the lives of a young house slave in 1852 with a current day, young, ambitious lawyer. House Girl received a starred review from Library Journal.
One Saturday every month, beginning October 4 from 2-4 pm, families can come to the library and get creative together! Taught by local artist Sidonie Wilson, Family Art is designed for adults and children to create and explore a variety of art mediums together. It starts with a demonstration and art conversation, followed by creative work-time. Space in the program is limited - sign up at the library, or call to register.
The topics for the Family Art workshops include: Vine and Creeper: Illuminated Letters; Silk Narratives: Sujani Quilts; The Art of Gift Giving: Explosion Boxes; Marc Chagall and Russion Fairytale Art: "I and the Village"; HeARTS: Victorian Puzzle Purses, Code Writing, Paper Stitching and Secret Love Messages; and an Introduction to Japanese Sashiko.
Thursday Afternoons for Kids and Teens
Literacy, Games, Art and HOMAGO (Hanging out, Messing Around, Geeking-Out) -- a Teen Writers Club and Library Advisory Groups are all part of the weekly new youth programs. Learn more about these Thursday programs.
And, in addition to all this wonderful new programming, we still have our ongoing programs, including: Tech Tuesdays, Babytime, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Mothersong, Boffer Club, and Homework Help.
Fizz! Boom! Read! Our 2014 Summer Reading Program features reading, activities, prizes and events for children and adults of all ages. Join us each week for exciting workshops such as Science with Thaddeus Jurczynski and Art with Sidonie Wilson. Learn to make Steampunk art, brush up on your fiction writing skills, or participate in our weekly Science Cafés. Enjoy performances by Oregon Shadow Puppet Theatre and entertainer extraordinaire Alex Zerbe. Read throughout the summer and win prizes.