Friday, September 18, 2020

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library

Profile

Our library is lucky enough to enjoy a Friends of the Library group. This group was formed as a non-profit charitable group to help support our library. Most Friends groups are adaptable groups that fit the needs of the communities and the libraries they support. In our case, the Friends of the Library runs our used book store (we always welcome donations), helps us purchase necessary items for the library and supports our children and youth programs through volunteer work, advocacy, and fundraising.

The mission of our Friends is to advocate and raise awareness of the library and its many programs. 


Welcome Friend Sandy Traister

Sandy is the treasurer of the Friends. She enjoys reading mysteries, Christian fiction, and Romantic Suspense novels. JD Robb, Ellery Adams, and Dick Francis are some of her favorite authors. 
In her spare time she enjoys riding bicycle, reading, and volunteering at the library and church. 

If you are interested in joining our Friends of the Library group or learning more about them, feel free to contact us at the library.
Thanks Sandy for all you do for us!


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Here at the Library: I spy

 Here at the Library
    Here at the Library, we're venturing into the juvenile nonfiction section to find some of the books from the award-winning I Spy series.

    I Spy is a children's book series by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo published by Scholastic Press. Each page contains a photo with objects in it, and riddles accompanying the photo tell which objects need to be found.

    Walter Wick is the photographic illustrator of the series. To learn about how the books were created check out his website: 
http://www.walterwick.com/

    Jean Marzollo wrote the rhythm and rhyme captions for the series. You can learn more about her here:
http://jeanmarzollo.com/

    In addition to the books there are also many video games available for numerous platforms including (but not exclusive to) PC and MAC, Nintendo, and even Iphone apps. 

    Though they are geared towards children, all ages can find enjoyment in the books.

Here are some of the titles we have available:

We have titles for smaller children as well.
For today's tutorial, I'll show you how to make your very own I Spy jar. Sometimes they are called calm down bottles, or sensory bottles. They provide children with an opportunity to learn about and observe different colors, shapes, objects, and materials. Basically- they're fun. 
You don't need much to make an I Spy bottle.
1. A filler of some sort. Rice or dried beans work well. I had these beans leftover from another project. 

2. Charms, buttons, small toys, beads, etc. These are just some bits that I found around and saved, anything will do.

3. A clear bottle. I had this empty pretzel container but any bottle will do.
4. A list of the items going into the bottle. I printed mine out, but neatly handwritten would be fine. My list is pretty long, but it's a big container. The smaller the container, the fewer items you would want to put in it. 
You will also need some glue and possibly tape. 

First you will want to attach your list of items to the bottle. 
 I lined it up and cut it to fit then I attached it with packing tape. You could also glue the list in place.

Next you will want to start adding your filler.
Add a few items then more filler.
Repeat in layers: Items, filler, items, filler, until the bottle is nearly full. Be sure to leave some space at the top so everything can move freely.
Now, glue the lid and put it on the bottle. This will keep sneaky fingers out!

Give it a shake and your I Spy bottle is ready!!

These are great for road trips and so much fun! There are many ways to make these bottles. Feel free to check out your options online. If you have any questions, stop into the library, we will be happy to help. 
Stop back next Thursday for the next installment of 'Here at the Library'.








Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy

 There are so many genres of fiction books out there. You've got the big ones: Mystery, Romance, Sci Fi, and Horror.
    Within these genres you have sub-genres, with Mystery you've got Crime Fiction and Cozy Mysteries among others. With Romance, you'll have the same- Romantic suspense and Historical Romance to name a few. I could go on but I'll just stop there. My main focus today is my favorite genre, one you probably haven't heard of, Urban Fantasy.
    
    Urban Fantasy is a genre of fiction that was once considered a sub-genre of Fantasy. It has stepped out on its own. The narrative uses supernatural elements in a 19th-21st century (or equivalent) urban society. It usually takes place in the present day.
    Urban Fantasy is a relatively new genre. Looking for it in book stores and libraries can be difficult. No two booksellers and Librarians can agree where they belong. Some say romance, as many `or horror. Urban Fantasy even pops up in crime fiction. It's in keeping with the rule-breaking, transgressive nature of the books themselves.
    Many Urban Fantasy novels are told via a first person narrative and often feature mythological beings, a secondary romance and elements of a mystery or crime thriller. One of my favorites is Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series.
The series is narrated in the first person by Anita Blake, who works in St. Louis, Missouri, as a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police. The early novels focus predominantly on crime-solving and action; the later ones on Anita's personal and sexual-defender relationships and power.
    Another series I enjoy is Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan.

    The series is told from Rachel Morgan's point of view. A detective/bounty hunter/witch who works with local law enforcement agencies and faces threats both normal and supernatural in origin. The series also focuses on Rachel's relationships with her partners, a living vampire and a pixy, as well as her personal relationships with males of different species. Something I found amusing, many of the titles are punning Clint Eastwood movies. 
    There are hundreds of authors in the genre. Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Neil Gaiman, and Jim Butcher to name a few.   
    The genre also is available to Young Adult/New Adult readers. Rick Riordan does an excellent job at bringing Greek Mythology into the present day with his Percy Jackson series. Stephenie Meyer brought millions of readers to the genre with her Twilight series. 
Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, and Melissa Mar are some other notable authors.   

    Many people aren't interested in reading about witches, vampires, or fairies. That's fine- Urban Fantasy is not everyone's cup of tea. 
    I enjoy the urban setting and the magical world, so like our own, and the different magical beings that populate it. As with any book it can take you to a different place, Urban Fantasy just takes you somewhere familiar, yet magical. Mundane, yet extraordinary. Normal, yet unusual. Give it a try, you might find yourself sucked in to a whole new world of reading.


Monday, September 14, 2020

Linda's Book Review

Linda's Book Reviews



The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

 

 

This book is book one of a fantasy series in the YA Genre. Just because it falls under the YA category does not mean it isn't enjoyed by Adults. 

 

This is Amazon's description followed by my review. 

 

 By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.


Of course, I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered, and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

 

My review 

 

This whole series is one of my favorites. Book one The Cruel Prince is just the beginning but, WOW! It kept me wanting more! 

The three sisters are raised in the Faerie world by the man who murdered their parents. Jude and Taryn are twins but are so different from each other in personalities. Their older sister Vivi is also different but in a unique way.

The protagonist, Jude is an awesome character! She wants to be a knight in the king's court so bad, and she is always wanting to keep up with her training. Until I started reading fantasy, I would have never thought that I would find sword fighting so interesting. Her plan takes her on so many paths. Jude experiences deception, magic, and romance.

Since I started reading fantasy, I am in love with the whole world of fairies. 

That is why I am always saying to explore reading other genres. You too may find out a whole new world of reading! 

Give it a try! I did! I am hooked! 

Happy reading!

I give this book 4 1/2 stars


 
 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Here at the Library: Yoga

Here at the Library 
Here at the library we have books about Yoga. Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific body postures is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
    The benefits of Yoga include:
        *increased flexibility
        *increased muscle strength and tone
        *improved respiration, energy and vitality
        *maintaining a balanced metabolism
        *weight loss
        *cardio and circulatory health
        *improved athletic performance
        *protection from injury
Workout fads come and go, but virtually no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. It's been around for more than 5,000 years. Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It's a total mind body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.
    Senior citizens can really benefit from a yoga practice. A gentle Yoga practice allows seniors to move without straining. Exercise is a critical part of healthy aging, but presents certain risks to seniors. Yoga helps seniors to become more flexible and promotes good bone and joint health. It also keeps the mind sharp and reduces anxiety. 


We have many books devoted to the practice of Yoga

We have books for adults


and books for young adults and children





Yoga can be simple or complex. There are many instructional videos available on a variety of platforms. Below I will show you a few simple poses.

1. Mountain Pose

Mountain pose improves posture and when practiced regularly can relieve back pain.
For a full explanation of how to do mountain pose correctly, click the link.

2. Downward Facing Dog Pose

Downward Facing Dog calms the brain, stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches of the feet, and hands.
For a full explanation of how to do downward facing dog pose correctly, watch the video below.

3. Child's Pose
Child's Pose releases tension in the back, shoulders, and chest. It helps alleviate stress and anxiety.
For a full explanation of  how to correctly do Child's Pose, click the link.


4. Happy Baby
Happy Baby is probably one of my favorite poses! It helps relieve lower back pain and calms the brain.
For a full explanation of how to correctly do the Happy Baby Pose, watch the video below.


You can find many books or videos for how to begin your Yoga practice either online or at your local library. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Check back next week for the next 'Here at the Library' segment.








Tuesday, September 8, 2020

What is a Podcast?

What is a Podcast? 

Hi Everyone! Today we're going to talk about podcasts. For those of you who don't know, put simply, a podcast is a series of episodes. These episodes are audio files that are likely stored with a podcast hosting company like Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Another great thing about podcasts is that you can subscribe to them, which makes it easy to get notified (via your favorite podcast app) when new episodes come out. 
    There are podcasts on any subject imaginable. Here are some of the most popular subjects and examples:

1. Food
Doughboys
Comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wieger review fast food/sit-down chain and generally argue about food/everything



2. Questions and Mythbusting
Professor Buzzkill History Podcast
Professor Buzzkill is an exciting podcast that explores history myths in an illuminating, entertaining, and humorous way. 


3.The Paranormal
The Paranormal Podcast
America's Top Paranormal Podcaster interviews the best known names in the paranormal about UFOs, Ghosts, Bigfoot, and everything paranormal!

4. Sports
The Ringer
All about sports!!

5. TV Shows, Books, Films
Potterless
Potterless is a magical journey following Mike Schubert, a grown man reading the Harry Potter series for the first time, as he sits down with Harry Potter fanatics to poke fun at plot holes, make painfully incorrect predictions, and bask in the sassiness of the characters

6. Audiodrama
Alice isn't Dead
A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman

7. News
Throughline
The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world



8. True Crime
My Favorite Murder
My Favorite Murder is the hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

One of the major benefits of podcasts is that you can listen to them whenever you want, at your convenience. You can save episodes up for a long journey or listen to them at the moment they're released. You can learn about a subject, industry, etc. Podcasts aren't only good entertainment, but also great education. The time you would normally spend doing mindless chores or exercising can be used to learn something new. 


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Monday, September 7, 2020

 Happy Labor Day

The Library is Closed today...

Linda's Book Reviews will be back next Monday!

We will be open tomorrow, our regular business hours. Check here for a fun post about Podcasts.




Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library Profile Our library is lucky enough to enjoy a Friends of the Library group. This group was formed as a non-profit ch...