Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Critter Club: Easter

 Critter Club

Today's story is Pete the Cat's Big Easter Adventure

For our craft we're going to be making a bouncing bunny!

You will probably need your grown-ups help for some of this. These are all the pieces you need. You also have a roll of tape and you will need some sicssors. 

First thing, take the straws and tape them together at the bendy part. I used blue tape so you could see it better. 

Take the two white circles and use your glue stick to glue the hearts in the middle of the circles. These are the bunny's paws.

There are three holes in the white cup. You are going to put the taped together straws through the holes. The middle goes through the bottom hole, the others through the sides. Like shown in the picture. 

Now you will want to trim the side straws and the top 3 a bit.

Tape the paws onto the side straws and the bunny head on the top. 

Pull the bottom straw to make the bunny bounce!

We have a few worksheets

Here are some fun online Easter activities:

Have fun with a virtual egg hunt

Practice counting with the Nick Jr. crew

Enjoy the other goodies in your Easter bag! Have a Happy Easter!
Miss Kelly

Monday, March 29, 2021

Linda's Book Review: The Lost Apothecary

Linda's Book Review

 The Lost Apothecary
Sarah Penner

 Description and Author Information from Amazon  

About the Author:
Sarah Penner is the author of The Lost Apothecary, her first novel. She works full-time in finance and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women's Fiction Writers Association. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida, with their miniature dachshund, Zoe.


Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello! magazine, Oprah.com, Bustle, Popsugar, Betches, Sweet July, and GoodReads!

March 2021 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick

“A bold, edgy, accomplished debut!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary…

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

Meanwhile, in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

My Review  
 This book was Awesome! I absolutely loved it! It kept my interest throughout the entire book. I love how the author used a dual timeline from the 1790's and the present day. The story takes place in London. The author is very descriptive with her scenes, so I felt I was right there watching it unfold. 
THE 1700'S-  Nella is the owner of a hidden Apothecary Shop that she inherited from her mother after her passing. The only difference is Nella's mother used the potions to help women with ailments while Nella uses the potions and poisons to help women who seek revenge on men. The only way anyone can find the shop is by word of mouth from one woman to another. The secret shop is hidden behind the abandoned store in a secret room. The women place a note in a barrel with their murder requests. Everything runs smoothly until 12-year-old Eliza Fanning shows up with a request from her employer. 

The Present Day- Caroline was supposed to be celebrating her 10th Wedding Anniversary in London with her husband, James. But she found out he was having an affair, so she runs off to London by herself to get away from everything. She finds a bottle that has washed in with the tide. This little bottle changes her life forever!
How do these two events intertwine?  Read on and find out! 
This is a story that shows the strength of women across the centuries. A good book to read for women's History Month! (March)

I Give This Book 
4 and 1/2 stars!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Here at the Library: Cook Forest State Park

 Here at the Library

    Cook Forest State Park. A place most of us here in Western Pennsylvania have visited often. A place you may not know much about. Cook Forest is an 11,536 acre Pennsylvania state park located in Clarion, Jefferson, and Forest Counties of Western Central Pennsylvania. It's located just south of the Allegheny National Forest. The park is a heavily wooded area of rolling hills and mountains along the Clarion River. Cook Forest is known for some of America's finest virgin white pine and hemlock.
    Cook Forest is now a National Natural Landmark and was rated one of America's top 50 state parks by National Geographic Traveler magazine. How did we end up with one of the most amazing state parks, practically right in our backyards? It had a lot to do with the trees.
Cook Family (John on right)

    John Cook, son of German immigrants Daniel and Christina Cook, was born in Centre County, PA in 1788. Around 1810 the family moved to Beaver Twp. Clarion County where John met and married Susan Helpman. The pair had ten children. 

    In 1826 the state of Pennsylvania surveyed the Clarion River, looking for a canal to be part of the great east-to-west highway. John Cook came to the area to check the feasibility of such a highway. He purchased 765 acres and settled with his family in a one-story cabin along Tom's Run in 1828.
Tom's Run along Liggett Trail 
John Cook built a sawmill near his home and the lumber was floated down the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers to Pittsburgh.
    Outstanding among John Cook's sons was Andrew Cook. He married Rebecca Ann Maze in May of 1849.
Andrew Cook

    Andrew took a great interest in his father's lumber business. He purchased the business and land upon his father's death in 1864. Andrew built more sawmills, a flour mill, a planing mill, several homes, and a store. He also served as a county judge and bank president. After his death in 1891 the business was managed under the name A. Cook Sons Company. 
Basic Family Tree of Andrew Cook

Within the land owned by the A. Cook Sons Company is acres of old growth forest. Those who walk the trails, stare upwards in awe at the magnificent trees that create what is now known as the Forest Cathedral. 
Looking up at the Forest Cathedral 
For many years A. Cook Sons and Company transported timber products to market via the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers as their father had done. The sawmill operated until 1910, when the heirs began to seek a way to save the timber that remained. The idea was presented to make the land a public park.
    For almost 20 years the members of the Cook Family stood firm in the desire to save the trees for others. They sacrificed a fortune in heavy taxation, interest, and other expense but due to their sacrifice: On December 28, 1928, the Secretary of the Department of Forests and Waters announced the formal purchase of 6055 acres that was to become Cook Forest State Park. 

    We often take for granted that which is right in front of us. People travel from all over the world to see and spend time in Cook Forest. With so much to offer, why wouldn't they? Camping, glamping, delicious restaurants, hiking, amazing views, fun activites, and Clear Creek State Park is right around the corner. Take some time to enjoy nature and appreciate the people who made this park what it is today. 
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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Critter Club: Robots

Critter Club

Today we're learning about Robots!
The story for the day is Boy + Bot by Amy Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

We have a fun game for you to build your own robot! In the bag with your craft blocks is a die. We are going to play Roll a Robot if you click the link you can print your own. Roll the die and add the body part that is the same as the dots on your dice. See, I got a 3, so I put the head in place

Next we have a craft. This is a different kind of craft. You can glue your robot together and keep it, or you can use the blocks to build your robot a million different ways. It's up to you! I'll show you how I built my robot with glue and then how I pieced it together with the blocks so I can play with it another day. 

These are all the blocks. 
This is my robot glued together. I put the rubber band on to help hold it while it dries.
Here is another way I built a robot. I didn't glue it, so I can build it different next time!

Fun robot worksheets!

Web Links:

Build a robot with Blaze and the Monster Machines

Ready Jet Go has another way to build a robot

I hope you had fun! We'll see you next week!! 
Miss Kelly

Monday, March 22, 2021

Linda's Book Review: Wolf

 Linda's Book Review
Kelly Oliver 

 This week's book is book #1 in a mystery series from Kelly Oliver.
  I liked Amazon's description of this book.


If James Patterson and Janet Evanovich had a love child... meet Jessica James.

She knew she’d have to defend her thesis.

But she didn’t think she’d be defending her life.

Is the professor’s weird note the final nail in her coffin?

Is the hot art dealer putting the moves on her for real? Or is he the killer?

And why is the Russian janitor forging masterpieces in the broom closet?

Armed with only her quick wit and the secrets at the bottom of her book bag, Jessica had better find answers before her degree gets buried six feet under and her along with it.

You’ll love this murder mystery with a twist because it’s a perfect mix of intrigue, suspense, and humor, that will keep you turning the pages. 

My Review 

   I have never read this author before, but it kept showing up in my Facebook newsfeed. I like mysteries, so I thought I would give this one a try.  
    I liked this book. The main character Jessica is loveable and pretty eccentric. She is from Oklahoma and dresses the part. She has some crazy friends who are all just trying to get through graduate school but end up getting caught up in a murder. They break into their philosophy professor's office and find him dead in his bathtub. Jessica can think of a lot of people who would want Professor Baldrick Wolfgang Schmutzig dead. But who? How is the Russian janitor involved? The Russian Mafia? Who has the missing painting? And how is this all tied into the female students getting drugged with a date rape drug? Jessica has a lot to figure out and all she wants to do is get through this semester!

I Give This Book 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Staff Picks March

 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 things in addition to books. Enjoy!


Big Sky
    Big Sky is a television show set in the state of Montanna. It is a drama series about 2 private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt. They join forces with Cody’s estranged wife and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt. The three of them set out on a search for two missing sisters kidnapped by a trucker. They soon find out that there are more girls missing. The two sisters are trapped with another girl in an underground bunker. As they try to free themselves the search continues, There is a lot of action and suspense. I really enjoyed this show and hope it gets renewed for season 2


A Heart So Fierce and Broken

    Our staff member Linda previously reviewed the first book, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, in the series, Cursebreakers, by Brigid Kremmerer, a book that 75% of the Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library staff has read and loved, and for my March Staff Pick I'd like to do the second book, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, as it is my favorite of the trilogy.  I'm going to cheat this month, and just pull over my review from Goodreads, but I think you will feel my enthusiasm for this book just as potently as when I wrote it last September.  Many fans of the first book were disappointed with the second book because the author chose to switch up the characters it followed, but I think that's short-sighted and I can say that now with full confidence having finished the third book recently.  It tied all the points-of-view from the various characters together very well, and without this middle book playing its part, the story would not have flowed as well. 

A Heart So Fierce and Broken

So here we are, another book into the series and 5 more glorious stars. Why not just pull up a wagon-load? It deserves it.

I'm fascinated by this unexpected turn of events. How did we get here? We start out in the first book with the focus on mostly just 2 characters (well, 3, kind of), and you're really rooting for those 2 characters, and it's all good. And other characters are bad, and things are pretty clear-cut.

And yet somehow on this adventure we've completely taken the focus and turned it onto 2 other characters and seamlessly weaved the story around them instead and now we're rooting for THEM and the first 2 we're not so happy about and it's all so very complicated all of a sudden and it was so very fun getting here, so brilliantly weaved together with absolutely fantastic pacing (and again, great dialogue - it really brings out the various character's personalities), amazing new characters and awesome new roles for old characters and great new settings and just wow. Wow. This has been a ride. The kind of ride you need when real life is just too much and you just need a great story to carry you away.


Hidden Legacy Series
    The author of the Hidden Legacy Series is “Ilona Andrews” which is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that).
    The Hidden Legacy Series is Urban Fantasy and takes place in a world where magic is real. If you have it, you're important. The thing I like most about these books is that in the universe that Ilona Andrews has created, magic is believable.  

    The books follow the Baylor family starting with Nevada. Nevada Baylor is truthseeker, a human lie detector. She’s trying to keep her big family fed by running Baylor Investigative Agency in the wake of her father’s death. A contract forces her to go after Adam Pierce, a homicidal Prime pyrokinetic intent on setting Houston on fire. As she searches for Adam, she collides with Connor “Mad” Rogan, a war-damaged billionaire with devastating magic power and questionable ethics. 

    This series has a little bit of everything, humor, mystery, romance, suspense! Every book makes you excited for the next. After the conclusion of Nevada's story, we follow her sister Catalina. The final book in Catalina's story comes out in 2022...too loooonnnnggg!!!

    If you are at all interested in trying an Urban Fantasy book, start here. No werewolves or vampires here, just normal people with a little (or a lot) magic thrown in. 


Country Woman Magazine

    This magazine offers a great selection of country decorating ideas and gardening tips. There are also some crafts, recipes, and heartwarming stories in each issue. I personally really enjoy the gardening tips. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Here at the Library: The History of the Oxford English Dictionary, The Professor and the Madman

Here at the Library
    Here at the Library we have various dictionaries. In researching the post titled 'Dictionary' I came across some interesting information regarding the Oxford English Dictionary. As I clicked on link after link, I learned the fascinating story of the professor and the mad man. I hope you find it as captivating as I did.
        When members of the Philological Society of London decided in 1857 to produce a new English language dictionary, they knew that they were starting an ambitious project. They didn't know just how big of a project it would be.
        Realizing they couldn't do it on their own, an agreement was made with the Oxford University Press in 1879 and James A.H. Murray began work on that was then known as The New English Dictionary.
        An interesting aspect of a living language is that it is continually changes. This means that no dictionary is ever really finished.
        The members of the PSoL thought it would take ten years to complete their comprehensive dictionary. They were wrong by about sixty years.

James A.H. Murray

        James Murray was born the son of a tailor in Denholm, Scotland. At 14, he began an intense regime of self-education. He showed intelligence and determination that would help him in the 28 years of working on the dictionary.    
        Murray led a dedicated team to find the earliest known use of tens of thousands of words. After five years the team had gotten as far as "ant". They needed more help. The team sent out a call for volunteers. William Chester Minor answered that call. 

Dr. William Chester Minor

        William Chester Minor was born in 1834 to a pair of New England missionaries in Sri Lanka. At the age of 14, he returned to America to study medicine at Yale. He joined the Union Army as a surgeon in 1863.
        As a surgeon during the Civil War, let's just say that Dr. Minor saw some stuff, some really bad stuff. He was a sensitive, courteous man who painted and played the flute. War drove him mad. To quote a fellow soldier, it was as though "Hell itself had usurped the place of earth."
        William continued his service for several more years until in 1868 he was admitted to an asylum due to being, "incapacitated by causes arising in the line of duty."
        In 1871 Minor relocated to London where he sank deeper into paranoia, eventually murdering an innocent man who he thought was breaking into his room. He was judged not guilty of his crime by reason of insanity (rightfully so), and so he became patient number 142, inmate of England's newest asylum Broadmoor.

Broadmoor High Security Asylum

        Confined to a two room cell, William lived in relative luxury. He had an extensive library of books that he had purchased. In one of his purchases was a pamphlet asking for volunteers for Murray's project. As a well-read man with nothing but time on his hands, Minor was perfect for the job.
        William began collecting words around 1880-1881 and continued doing so for the next 20 years. He mailed his contributions to Murray and simply signed his letters with, "Broadmore, Crowthorn, Berkshire." Murray believed the contributor was one of the overseers at Broadmoor until 1891 when he met Minor in his cell.
        Eight years after meeting Dr. Minor, Murray said that without his contributions the Oxford English Dictionary would lack four centuries worth of word origins. He also said that William was a good Christian man who sent work to the editorial team every week. 
        By 1902 Minor's delusions took over his mind. He was unable to continue his work on the dictionary. In 1910 
William was sent back to America where he spent the ten remaining years of his life in various mental institutions. He is buried in an innocuous grave with only his name, birth, and death dates.

In 1928 the Oxford English Dictionary is completed. Ten massive volumes with 400,000 words. It took seventy years and hundreds of people to complete. 1/40th of which are the words of a madman. 
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Critter Club: St. Patrick's Day

Critter Club

 Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Well tomorrow, but close enough! Today's book is The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slater

Today we are making a Shamrock man! 

You will have all of these pieces in your packet

Start with the hat. You're going to glue the black band on like shown in the picture. Then you'll glue on the yellow buckle on top of the black band, then the black rectangle on top of the yellow buckle.

Next, take your big shamrock and glue on his or her eyes and nose above its mouth.

Finally, put Shamrock's hat on! Wherever you want!! and your Shamrock man is complete.

Last week we made play-doh apples to help us count to 10. This week we're going to pick up Seamus the Leprechaun's gold. He dropped some pieces! Use your numbers from last week (or have your grown-up pick a number) and count out that many pieces of gold! Lay them on the squares to help you keep track.

There's also a paper to help you find your Leprechaun Name! Mine is Kind McWobbles! Ask your grown-up for help!

Here are some fun websites to try:

Play Tic Tac Toe

Watch Jet and Mindy search for a leprechaun

Monday, March 15, 2021

Linda's Book Review: Of Thorns and Beauty

Linda's Book Review
Of Thorns And Beauty (Twisted Pages Book One)
Elle Madison and Robin D. Mahle

This week's book is from 2 authors who have been writing together. This is their sixth co-write book. I will give my review after Amazon's description.


You think you know the tale as old as time, but you’ve already got it wrong.
There never was a beauty and a beast, only a girl who was both.
And that girl was me.

Zaina will never be free.

She's forced into an arranged marriage to a Viking King in a castle full of secrets. But she carries secrets of her own, and the scars of her haunted past.

Handed off from one monster to another, she has no choice but to do her best to survive and protect her sisters.

Even if it costs her everything.

A Beauty and the Beast retelling you won’t want to miss, where nothing is what it seems and time is running out.

My Review 

  I was on a new author Facebook page and found these two authors I am falling in love with! I really enjoyed this book. It is the first book of a 3 part series. The tale kept my attention. The main character Zaina is mysterious and holds some painful secrets from her past. She is forced into a marriage to a Viking King. The castle holds secrets and mystery as well. There are some animal characters that I enjoyed. One is a gift from the king, a very unusual animal. I am an animal lover, so I loved this creature! If it were real, I would want one! It follows her everywhere. There is some awesome action. The authors are very descriptive. I loved that! I felt like I was right there in the scene. 
  This book is well written and kept me wanting to read on. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. I am interested in checking out other books from these two amazing authors. They absolutely make a great duo! 

I give this book 4 stars!


Friday, March 12, 2021

Friends of the Library: Barb Priester

 Friends of the Library

 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, Barb Priester

    Barb is a member of our Friends group who enjoys reading Amish Fiction, Historical Romances, Mysteries, Biographies, and Love Stories.
    Max Lucado, Susan Wiggs, Barbara Delinsky, Karen Kingsbury, and Emily Griffin are some of her favorite authors.
    In her spare time, besides reading, she enjoys taking walks, gardening, and riding bicycles.
Thank you Barb, for all you do for us!
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