Summer Break is Closing in Fast

Summer break is just around the corner and the kids will be home with you…all day. What will you do when faced with all of that energy?  How do you respond to your child when they say, “I’m bored?”  Just smile and take them to the library!  We have lots of fun and free programs lined up this summer that are geared to get your kids moving as well as reading.  Continue reading

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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

Making 2016 a Year to Remember: Part 2 – Fun with the Family

This is the first list that I mentioned in my previous post. It covers books with kid/family friendly activities. Book descriptions are taken from the library catalog listings.

Baking with Kids: Make Breads, Muffins, Cookies, Pies, Pizza Dough and More! by Leah Brooks

Get ready to measure, mix, and decorate! Baking with Kids is just the book you need to help teach children to bake. Show your children how to safely use basic equipment in the kitchen and explain all about the important ingredients they’ll need to make the most delicious baked goods.

Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets: 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! by Mike Adamick

Don’t get caught off guard by your kids’ science questions! You and your family can learn all about the ins and outs of chemistry, biology, physics, the human body, and our planet with this book.

Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects by Mike Adamick

Inside, you’ll find step-by-step instructions and photographs detailing projects so imaginative and fun, no one will complain about turning off the TV.

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden

This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a collection of things that make being young, or young at heart, fun.  Topics like building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, to flying the world’s best paper airplanes are included. 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

Making Jewelry for Fun

JewelryI’m attracted to colorful, shiny things.  Which is probably why I love jewelry.  I collect it and I make my own too.  For me, the creative process usually starts with something (or many somethings) that I find interesting and then I go from there.  Sometimes though, it is nice to look at what others have done.  You might find a really cool color combination or see something used in a brand new way.  Bead magazines and books are a really great resource.  The library offers Bead & Button and Bead Style magazines on Zinio as well as many jewelry making books.  Here are some fun titles that I have enjoyed looking through. Continue reading

So You Want to Write

writers marketOver the years I’ve found that many people who love to read, also dream of writing a book…myself included.

It seems like it would be a pretty straightforward process.  You sit down, you write, write and write some more.  When you are done you make some edits, send it to a publisher and are discovered as the next great writer of the decade. Continue reading

Find Your Story Here

finding your roots“The history of the world is not complete until your story is told.”  –Unknown

Telling your story may sound like an impossible task.  Where to start – right?  There are seemingly so many areas to cover.

I like to think about this in a different way.  Rather than assembling a group of events, circumstances or situations that have happened to you in your life up to this point, why not turn your focus instead on those who came before you in your family line?  Continue reading