Being a good neighbor

One thing I love to do as a librarian is put up book displays. This month, as I gathered books on the theme of "Be a Good Neighbor," I found titles that really energized me and put me in a good mood. After all, the Samaritan spirit fills you with enthusiasm, goodwill, compassion and inspiration.

You have the ability to change the world. Whether your world is your city, your neighborhood, your circle of friends, your family, or within yourself, you can change it! All you have to do is choose to say yes to whatever is calling you.


I am a librarian of many trades. By day, I am a book cheerleader; an advocate for youth, a storyteller extraordinaire, a juggler of many projects and meetings; and a research fiend, amongst many other things that might come to your mind when you think of a librarian, and a heap of things that probably don’t. By night (and sometimes early morning if I am feeling super motivated!), I am a concert-goer; a writer; a book hoarder; an instrument learner; a hiker; a crafter; a wannabe movie-enthusiast; and in an on-again, off-again love/hate relationship with the gym.

Make a Difference in Local Transportation

During our Community Conversations, you told us that you care – a lot! – about transportation in Kitsap County. But it can be hard to know how to make a difference or have your voice heard. The Library can help you there! We’re always happy to help you find information about ways to make an impact on your community.

This month, Kitsap Transit is seeking your input to help develop their plans for the future. Until June 5th, you have several ways to weigh in with your opinions and ideas.

Reading in Orange

This spring I've been spending some time reading. Shocking, I know. I've been reading and re-reading books that focus around some pretty difficult themes: teen violence and suicide. I have been lucky to be able to participate in a grant through the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities called the Great Stories Club. This year our topic is "Structure of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide".

Distracted Parenting

We have become so consumed by our digital devices that police now patrol for distracted drivers. Sometimes I think it would be great if there were patrols monitoring for distracted parenting and I, just as much as anyone else, would definitely get a ticket. Distracted parenting is pervasive and I am writing about this from the perspective as both a librarian and a parent. As a librarian, I notice parents consistently on their phones during storytime or when they are with their children looking for books.


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