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Monday, November 19, 2018

What Thanksgiving Food are You?

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching so food is on many of our minds. We couldn't turn down taking this quiz that would tell us what Thanksgiving food we are. Here's the link if you'd also like to find out: 

If all this talk about food makes you hunger and you'd like to do some cooking, you'll find links at the bottom of the page to some cookbooks that you can can check out.

Tirzah, Dawn, Jill, Sam

Randolph, Hannah, Devin

Krista, Amanda, Kristen, Gwen, Mason

Katherine, Jake, Evan, Megan J.




Kaylee, Lisa


As an added bonus, here are some fantastic cookbooks to help you create delicious Thanksgiving meal:

The Neelys' celebration cookbook : down-home meals for every occasion by Pat Neely and Gina Neely 

Vegan holiday kitchen : more than 200 delicious, festive recipes for special occasions by Nava Atlas


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Meet the Staff: Krista B.


How long have you worked at the library? 3 Months

How many items do you have checked out right now? 3

How many items are on your hold list? 3


What is your favorite book format (book, audio, mp3, e-reader, etc.)?
I love reading good old fashioned paper books. 

What is your favorite aspect of working at the library?
I love seeing the children developing a love of books. I also love being introduced to so many new books that I otherwise would have never known existed.

Have your reading habits changed since working at the library? If so, how?
Yes, I work in the Children's library, so I find myself reading (and immensely enjoying) a lot more youth and juvenile books.

What is your perfect reading environment?
Sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee nearby and a cat on my lap.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what single genre of books would you want with you?
This question is difficult. I guess I would be practical and bring some realistic fiction about people who have been stranded on desert islands. That way I would have both a fictional story as well as survival tips.

What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child? What is your favorite children’s book now?
As a child, I loved the poems in Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
My favorite children's book now is We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen. This book makes me laugh every time I read it.

Before you worked here, what was your worst library transgression?
The occasional overdue book.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Holiday Hand-Made Gift Giving: New & Notable Non-Fiction

The overwhelming success of online shopping has been a welcome convenience for so many of us—especially those who work all day.  But I doubt I’m the only one who sometimes finds the holiday season lacking in the sentiment and tradition I’ve managed to idealize in my memory but usually can’t reproduce.  This isn’t about trying to live up to magazine-perfect ideals, but rather simply restoring and sharing a semblance of goodwill and comfort.  Sometimes we need to slow down to remember what really matters to us and how we’d like to express our love to family and friends.  I truly believe we don’t need fabulous artistic abilities to find a way to make a gift that will not only be appreciated, but that can be enjoyed for the whole year.  And, the great part is, in the making of gifts to share we re-gain our connection with home-spun, less-hurried moments during the holiday season that might really give us what we all want: peace and joy.  Take a look at some of these titles and see if any inspire you to create a new memory or tradition for your family or friends. 

p.s. – If you’ve already traveled this path and have a “hand-made” book recommendation we might add to our collection, I’d love to hear about it.  

 DIY Aromatherapy Holiday Gifts by Rose Michaels

 Wood Pallet Wonders: DIY Projects for Home, Garden, Holidays and More by Becky Lamb

 Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel

Handmade Gifts From the Kitchen by Alison Walker

 Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

 Bound: Over 20 Artful Handmade Books by Erica Ekrem

 Knitting Without Needles by Anne Weil

 How to Make Resin Jewellery by Sara Naumann

 Sew Many Gifts by Karen M. Burns

 The Art of Stone Painting by F. Sehnaz Bac

 Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts 2018

 Lotta Prints: How to Print With anything From Potatoes to Linoleum by Lotta Jansdotter

 Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style by Lotta Jansdotter