Making 2016 a Year to Remember: Part 4 – Special Interest & Hobbies

OOPS!!!  We’ve been unforgivably lax in getting posts up for the last few months.  But I would say that there is an EXTREMELY good reason.  We’ve got some EXCITING new construction happening here at the Main Library and our focus has been pulled towards the ever changing and evolving landscape and all of the things that go along with that (signs directing people, grabbing photos, seeking out musical rhythms in the mechanical noise ;), etc…).  More on this to come.

So, with that thought – please enjoy perusing this listing of special interest and hobby titles.  Book descriptions are taken from the library catalog listings.

 

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Minecraft Mods Programming by Rogers Cadenhead

Ideal for Minecraft users, young and old, who are new to programming. Clear and friendly style assumes no prior programming knowledge.  Rogers breaks down Minecraft mods programming concepts and terms into short, easily understandable lessons.   Continue reading

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Making 2016 a Year to Remember: Part 3 – Makers & Crafters

This list features books about the makers movement and other topics that may help to inspire you creatively or to acquire new skills.  Book descriptions are taken from the library catalog listings.

The Artisanal Vinegar Maker’s Handbook: Crafting Quality Vinegars–Fermenting, Distilling, Infusing by Bettina Malle – Translated into English for the first time, this guide offers tips on vinegar fermentation, distillation, and infusion. Detailed, step-by-step instructions for over a hundred recipes illuminate this fascinating process for beginners, and even experienced vinegar crafters alike.

The Better Bag Maker: An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design – Techniques, Tips, and Tricks by Nicole Mallalieu – If you want to make gorgeous, quality bags with the professional edge that really makes the difference between home-made and handmade, open The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu. In this how-to book Nicole reveals her high-end techniques, shortcuts, and secrets for professional design and finishes. Continue reading

Cozy Up to a Mystery

I started reading mysteries on the suggestion of a friend who loves everything Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Just to see what is out there in the book world, I typed the word mystery in the library’s search box and was blown away with just how many titles we have.  But what really started to stand out as I browsed through the list was a lot of themed mysteries.

If you are interested in it, chances are there is a mystery revolving around it. I found out that these are known as cozy mysteries.  So if you are new to the genre, here is a general description of what they are.  Continue reading

What’s In a Month

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The library has many interesting resources available for our patrons to use.  One that I enjoy browsing is Chase’s Calendar of Events.  This gem of a book lists worldwide festivals, celebrations, how certain holidays were started and important events/birthdays.

Have you ever noticed holidays listed on your calendar that you’ve never heard of before?  One such holiday is called Boxing Day.  I’ve always wondered what it was, so I looked it up using this nifty book.  Now I know that Boxing Day, usually December 26th, is recognized as the day to give gifts to people like Postal employees or other public service workers.  It is celebrated in many countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom. Continue reading

Bats, Cats and Crows Bring Spooky Reading!

We’re getting into that time of year when the days are shorter and cooler. The stores are stocking up on apple cider and pumpkins. Children are getting excited to go trick-or-treating. People are decorating for Halloween…and there’s a stray black cat hanging around the neighborhood. The only thing that’s missing is a spooky story! So I polled the CCPL staff and in this post we are sharing some of our favorite reads that are a bit mysterious, thrilling, chilling, scary or spooky.

Kate (PR) likes:
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
Flavia is up to her old tricks. This time her investigations take her inside a 500 year-old crypt.

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat…what more can I say?

Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook
Under pressure from his backers to complete research on an anti-depressant drug, Dr. Edward Armstrong experiments on himself with disastrous effects.

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Helga (Circulation) likes:
Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
Jane Hudson went to school in the Adirondacks and left after a tragedy took place. She returns years later as a Latin teacher. The past comes back to haunt her as girls start dying again.

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“Library” Books

LibraryMouseOnce I started working at the library, it didn’t take long for me to notice that many books feature librarians or are set in a library. So just for the fun of it, this is a short list of books the CCPL has on the topic.

The Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk

Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.

TheLibraryThe Library by Sarah Stewart

Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

When her father is lost at sea shortly after meeting a very unusual visitor, Alice must leave her home to live with an “uncle” whose rural Pennsylvania estate includes a massive and mysterious library that holds much more than books. Continue reading

When Good Characters Die (spoiler alert)

MasterharperPernHave you ever been reading a series of books that were so good, you felt the characters were like old friends? You get to know them, you like their wit, you get invested in their fictional lives and then WHAM…the author kills them off! Most readers realize that in a long running series there can be some collateral damage, like the red shirt guys from the old Star Trek TV series. It’s just that you expect it to be a character you are acquainted with, not someone you have become emotionally invested in as the series progressed.

If you are anything like me when a favorite character dies, it hits you hard. I actually cried when Masterharper Robinton, from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern series, died. He was so wise and kind.… And while my friend and I discussed this topic, she had a slight quaver to her voice as she talked about one of Agatha Christie’s characters, Detective Poirot, dying. Continue reading