Thursday, January 28, 2021

Here at the Library: Book Dedications.

 Here at the Library

Book Dedications

    A book dedication is a way for an author to bestow a high honor on a person (or group of people) they want to thank or otherwise spotlight. The dedication is usually right after the title page. 
    The following are a group of book dedications from books that we have here at the library. Most are humorous, some are serious with heartfelt meaning behind them. The problem with book dedications is that they are often overlooked and in overlooking we are missing some gems. 

    We will start with The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms (book four in The Land of Stories series) by Chris Colfer. 

    Chris Colfer is an American actor, author, and singer. He's known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the television show Glee. When he was 7 his sister was diagnosed with severe epilepsy. He craved attention from his parents, but it was diverted to his sister's health. He knew he wanted to be an actor but, as a coping mechanism he retreated into his imagination and writing fairy tales. He has over 15 books in print. 
    Here is the dedication:

    City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Number two in her Mortal Instruments Series.

Cassandra Clare is the pen name for author Judith Lewis. She is best know for her Shadowhunter Chronicles which is made up of The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. 
    Here is the dedication:

House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus book 4)

Rick Riordan is an American author who became famous for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His books have been translated into 42 languages and sold more than 30 million copies in the United States.
    He started his career teaching History and English at Presido High School in San Francisco. You can learn more at his website Rick Riordan

    Here is the dedication:

Aurora Rising by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff number 1 in the Aurora Cycle series.

Aime Kaufman is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, daughter, rescue dog and extremely large personal library. 

Jay Kristoff is an Australian author who grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons. He worked in creative advertising for television for eleven years before beginning his literary career. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and Jack Russell terrier, Samwise. 

Here is the dedication: 

One of Rachel's favorites

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

John Green is an American author and YouTube content creator. His fourth solo novel The Fault in Our Stars debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list in January 2012. The 2014 film adaptation opened number one at the box office. In 2014, Green was included in Time Magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world. His YouTube channel is Vlogbrothers in which he and his brother, Hank, both contribute. The channel is about nothing and everything. 

Here is the dedication:
This is one of my favorites, one that I would have loved to wave in front of each of my English professors in college.

The Selection by Keira Cass : Selection Series, book 1.

Kiera Cass was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC. She is best known for her Selection series. The series consists of five novels that are set in the fictional world of IllĂ©a, formerly the United States. The books are about a competition known as the Selection where citizens compete for the hand of the current king's heir. 

Here is the dedication: 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 

Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer and lay theologian. He is best known for his works of fiction especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Space Trilogy. Also for his non-fiction Christian apologetics.
    The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written between 1949 and 1954. The series is Lewis' most popular work having sold over one million copies in 41 languages. 

Here is the dedication:

The Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is an English author of novels, comic books, graphic novels, non-fiction, audio theatre, and films. His topics generally lean towards dark fantasy and comedy.
    Gaiman is a dedicated user of fountain pens. He said that he writes the first draft of all his books with one. 

Here is the dedication:

Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, Song of Fire and Ice series book 3

George Raymond Richard Martin, better known as George R.R. Martin is an American novelist, screenwriter and television producer. His most popular works, the epic fantasy novels, A Song of Fire and Ice, was adapted into the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones. 

Here is the dedication:

This, our last selection, is actually an acknowledgement rather than a dedication. What is the difference? According to Google, an acknowledgement is usually a one to two page section in the front of a book (though, as in the case of the following acknowledgement, sometimes it's located in the back of the book), and its focus is thanking and bringing attention to instrumental persons who helped the book become realized, written, and published. 

The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen series book 2

Victoria Aveyard is an American author of young adult and fantasy fiction. She was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series has been translated into over 41 languages.

Here is the Acknowledgement:

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tutorial Tuesday: Homemade Playdoh

Tutorial Tuesday 

Homemade Playdoh

    This tutorial is something I shared on our YouTube channel awhile ago. My kids all loved playing with playdoh so this recipe is something I used often. There are probably hundreds of recipes out there for homemade playdoh, I took several of them and tweeked the ingredients to find the perfect mix and method to make this fun, entertaining clay. 
    If you give it a try, let me know how you like it!!

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Linda's Book Reviews: The Cousins

 Linda's Book Reviews
This week's book is
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Amazon had this to say about the book.
My review will follow.


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You'll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each other, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point--not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious--and dark--their family's past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over--and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.  

My Review 

 I really enjoyed The Cousins. It is in the YA genre but is also a great book for an adult fiction reader. They were cousins but hadn't seen each other since they were little, so they really didn't know much about each other. After their Grandmother disinherited their parents, the siblings drifted apart. The cousins meet again on the ferry ride over to the island. I enjoyed how the bond between them grows while trying to figure out what happened between their parents and Grandmother. The mystery in this story was exciting and kept my attention. Since this story was based on an island, it helped my wintertime blues. I highly recommend The Cousins

4 AND 1/2 STARS!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Staff Picks: January

Staff Picks

 The library has many different types of entertainment to choose from. Of course books, newspapers, and magazines are always available. We also have a wide selection of movies and television shows on DVD. If you prefer the internet for entertainment, check out our computer lab! Following that theme our staff is sharing some of our favorite non-book things. Enjoy!


Television Show: Grey's Anatomy
    It's a romantic/medical drama. Sort of like a soap opera. I feel this show has some really strong, well-written characters.
    Definitely one of my favorite shows.


YouTuber: Bailey Sarian
    Bailey Sarian has videos where she applies her makeup (which is usually pretty cool and interesting to watch). While she applies her makeup, she tells real-life murder mysteries. I found her in my Facebook newsfeed one day, and now I am hooked. She is entertaining and can be so funny at times. You can find her YouTube channel Here, or look her up on Facebook. Check her out! You won't be sorry.


Podcast: Morbid: A True Crime Podcast
    I've become fascinated with true crime. Like Linda, I also enjoy Bailey Sarian...but she stole her..meanie. Instead, I'll tell you about my favorite podcast. If you aren't sure what a podcast is check out our post on them here. 
    Anyhow, I have about a 15-minute commute to work through the wild country (Route 861 for all the locals) where the radio signal is spotty. So I listen to podcasts. My favorite being Morbid: A True Crime Podcast which turns true crime into a somewhat lighthearted nightmare. The hosts are Alaina, an autopsy technician, and Ash a hairstylist. They mix true crime, creepy history, and all things spooky together with a bit of comedy. I'm not saying that they make the subjects of their tales comical, but add a bit of humor in calling the perpetrators rather vicious, somewhat childish names. For example in one episode they referred to the killer as, "a horrific bag of dog poop on a hot summer day."
    They currently have over 200 episodes to choose from, if you're interested in true crime then dive into their podcast. Morbid can be found on most podcast platforms like Spotify, Apple, and iHeartRadio among others. You can also listen via their website: Morbid: A True Crime Podcast You won't be disappointed.


My pick for the beginning of 2021 is the TV show, The Expanse, which is available on Amazon Prime.  The show originated on Syfy until Amazon picked it up when Syfy canceled the show after three seasons.  It is currently in its fifth season which just resumed in December.

I've mentioned in a previous review that I prefer my sci-fi on the screen, and this is a perfect example.  The Expanse has quickly become one of my favorite shows ever.  Here's a synopsis from Wikipedia:

"The Expanse is set in a future in which humanity has colonized much of the Solar System, but does not have interstellar travel. In the asteroid belt and beyond, tensions are rising between Earth's United Nations, Mars, and the outer planets.

The series initially takes place in the Solar System, using many real locations such as Ceres and Eros in the asteroid belt, several moons of Jupiter, with Ganymede and Europa the most developed, and small science bases as far out as Phoebe around Saturn and Titania around Uranus, as well as well-established domed settlements on Mars and the Moon.

As the series progresses, humanity gains access to thousands of new worlds by use of the ring, an artificially sustained Einstein-Rosen bridge or wormhole, created by a long-dead alien race. The ring in our solar system is two AU from the orbit of Uranus, and passing through it leads to a hub of starless space approximately one million kilometers across, with more than 1,300 other rings, each with a star system on the other side."

This show is so incredibly well done.  From the casting of the characters to the amazing effects through all of the seasons.  I really can't say enough about the various plots, character arcs, and the amazing world-building of the different factions of humanity spread throughout the Solar System.  If I had to pick a favorite character, I'd pick Amos Burton.  I don't want to say anything more and possibly give away any spoilers!   

The best part:  It's based on a book series!  Written by James S. A. Corey, which is actually a pseudonym for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library currently has the first three books available for check-out.  There are nine novels in total, and when a series is that large I like to only grab the first few to see if patrons will try them.  If not, I will not spend any more of the library's very limited funds on any of the rest.  However!  If people do enjoy them, I'm more than happy to purchase more of a series.

If you are at all interested in space and science fiction and are a member of Amazon Prime, I would highly recommend adding this show to your list of to-be-watched.  It has a little bit of something for everyone. (Rated - Ages 14 and up)

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Here at the Library: WD-40

Here at the Library 
Here at the Library we have an entire section dedicated to home improvement and repairs. Of all the tools and accoutrements that are required, there is one thing that should be in every home for a variety of reasons. From squeaky doors to rusted screws and even making a game of Twister more interesting, WD-40 will do the job. 

   "You only need two things in life: Duct tape and WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use Duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40."

 On September 23, 1953, Rocket Chemical Company is founded by Norman B. Larsen, Gordon Dawson, and John B. Gregory. Why Rocket Chemical company? Because they made chemicals for rockets :). Primarily for rockets that may have to sit for extended periods of time. They set out to create a rust-prevention solvent and degreaser for use in the aerospace industry.
    It took 40 tries to get the formula for their water displacement solvent right but boy they got it right in a big way.
    The first company to use WD-40 commercially was Convair, an American aircraft manufacturing company which later expanded into rockets and spacecraft. Convair used the product to protect the outer-skin of the Atlas missile from rust and corrosion. WD-40 worked so well that employees started sneaking it out of the plant in their lunchboxes to use at their homes. They found it was the perfect thing to keep their personal tools rust free. The founders of Rocket Chemical Co. realized this and since the product was so popular with employees perhaps consumers might find it useful as well. WD-40 made its appearance on store shelves in San Diego, CA in 1958.
The original label for WD-40 included a rocket instead of a hyphen, hinting at the company's origins

    -1960 the company doubled in size, growing to seven people
    -1961 the first truckload of WD-40 went to the victims of hurricane Carla on the Gulf-Coast after employees worked all weekend to have the product ready. It was used to recondition flood and rain damaged vehicles.
    -1968 WD-40 was sent to soldiers in Vietnam to prevent moisture damage on firearms and keep them in good working condition.
    -1969 The company was re-named after its only product into WD-40 Company, Inc.

    Today you can find WD-40 company products from San Diego to Shanghai -from London to Buenos Aries -from Sydney to Moscow. It's sold in 176 countries. Four out of five American households have at least one can of WD-40 in their home. WD-40's secret formula is closely guarded. So much so that the product was never patented, which required an ingredient list. The original 70-year-old formula is still used today and is kept in a secure bank vault in San Diego, CA and only one person knows every exact ingredient.

    There are over two thousand uses for WD-40. Here are just a few:
            -Removes crayon from most surfaces
            -Removes cellophane tape
            -Removes stains from clothes and carpets
            -Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
            -Frees stuck zippers
You can find the complete list of over 2000 uses here. You can find WD-40 in most stores from hardware stores to drug stores. Everyone can find a practical use for WD-40. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tutorial Tuesday: Paper Rocket

 Tutorial Tuesday

For this Tutorial Tuesday we are making some fun paper rockets! You'll need a piece of paper and a plastic straw to launch your rocket in the air. 

I used an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper so you could see how to fold a bit easier, but I would recommend using a smaller square. The smaller the rocket, the higher (and less air it will take) it will fly.

Start by making a perfect square. To do this, take your rectangular paper and fold it into a triangle. 

Cut off the excess and you have a perfect square that is creased down the middle

Fold your square in the opposite direction so that you have an X 

Bring two sides of the square inward to form a shape as shown below and crease

Fold the top triangle in to meet the center as shown. 

Repeat on both sides so it looks like this

Now take the bottom edge of one of the sides and fold it outward as shown.

Repeat on all four sides

Insert a finger into the middle to pop open your rocket

Take your straw, insert it into the hollow opening, and blow. Watch your rocket fly! 

This video will show things in a bit more detail. Have fun!

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