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 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

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

Part Three – Recommended Summer Reads

As promised, here are some more titles that Reference Librarian Cathy R. recommends putting on your list of books to read this summer.  Look for a final installment next week.  In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on these, or any other reads that you would recommend.

Enjoy!

rebeccaRebecca, by Daphne du Maurier – classic suspense

Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place.  Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise.  She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs. de Winter finds Max a changed man.  And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity. (From www.goodreads.com)

still life 1Still Life, by Louise Penny – an exceptionally well-written literary mystery

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal.  Continue reading

Recommended Summer Reads – Part Two

I know that our tagline says “More Than Just Books,” but c’mon, working in a library one can’t help but like reading and recommending books!  Old books, new books, bad books, and good books – they are all fair game.

So, keeping that in mind here is a group of titles submitted by one of our Reference Librarians and fearless book club leader, Cathy R.  Stay tuned for Part Three next week.  Happy reading!

lost lakeLost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen – a bit magical

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else, which is why it’s the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal.  Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake.  It was a place for dreaming.  But Kate doesn’t believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake’s owner, wants to sell the place and move on.  Lost Lake’s magic is gone.  As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? (From www.goodreads.com)

pollyFollowing Polly, by Karen Bergreen – laugh-out-loud funny

Would you call Alice Teakle a stalker?  Or just someone with an, um, healthy obsession with golden girl Polly Linley Dawson?  No one much notices Alice: not her boss, not the neighbors, not even her Mother.  When she loses her job and starts to follow Polly Dawson one Manhattan autumn afternoon, Alice stumbles on the object of her attention sprawled dead on the floor of a boutique.  Alice is forced to become truly beneath anyone’s notice. Invisible, in fact, because she’s accused of murder. (From www.goodreads.com) Continue reading