Phones at KCLS libraries have been ringing off the hook with queries about eclipse glasses. Supplies are short, and people are worried that, without these little cardboard wonders, they will miss the show. FEAR NOT! There is a low-tech and a high-tech alternative for watching the eclipse safely. Here is a video from NASA […]Read More from No eclipse glasses? Other safe ways to watch the sky
Here's an easy equation: science fiction + comics = fun. Summer is a great time to pick up a colorful graphic novel with lots of action and a creative premise. In these books you'll find action-packed epic battles and thoughtful questions about the universe. Here are six to try: 1. One Trick Pony Enormous creepy aliens […]Read More from 6 Super Sci-Fi Graphic Novels for Kids
Summer is finally here and all I want to do is be outside to sit in the garden, eat on the patio, and take walks in the sun. It's the most beautiful time of year so why not make the most of it. All over Seattle and the Eastside outdoor theaters are popping up. Classic oldies […]Read More from Movies Al Fresco
Yes! They do! Every spring I visit elementary schools to tell kids about Summer Reading at KCLS. I urge kids to use our reading log to keep track of the minutes they read over the summer. And then I tell them EVERY KIND OF READING COUNTS. Still I get asked, "What about magazines?" "What about […]Read More from Do Wordless Books Count as Reading?
Every year I compile a list of recommended books for kids to read during the summer. I visit my local school district with booktalks (which are like book commercials only better) to get the students excited about reading something this summer. The books aren't required reading- they are just a jumping off point for a […]Read More from Need Something to Read this Summer?
Stop by the library for FREE meals this summer. As a part of our summer reading program, Build a Better World, the King County Library System is offering meals at 12 library locations. The meals are free for all children and teens ages birth to 18. There are no restrictions on family income and no […]Read More from Summer Meals at the Library
You know you can count on the library for an incredible collection of books, movies and more. We also have fun, family-friendly programs to make your Summer Reading even more magical. We hope you'll join us for kickoff parties happening around King County this weekend. Here are 3 more events that are sure to surprise and delight […]Read More from Have the Best Summer Ever at the Library!
What is an incredibly effective way to keep your child’s mind active and growing this summer? Reading for fun. No kidding! Research shows that kids who read during the summer maintain or even grow their reading skills. Kids who don’t have access to books and reading lose up to three months’ worth of their reading skills… […]Read More from Gearing Up for Summer Reading
You want to garden… at least theoretically. April brought a much-needed break from the Pacific Northwest’s endless grey drear. Showers of dainty petals drift from the cherry trees to carpet the ground in lovely hues. And the sun burns through the clouds a little more every day. After what seems like an eternity of April showers, […]Read More from 5 Ideas to Inspire Your Green Thumb
I remember when I was a little girl, and was taken to meet Marguerite Henry. I was both a bookworm and thoroughly horse-crazy, so this was a pretty big deal. The picture I built up in my head was of Wild Horse Annie--and not even the real Velma Johnston, but the illustrated character Wesley Dennis drew […]Read More from Meet Your Heroes: Dori Hillestad Butler