Anne Heidemann's Blog en-US Sleuth It! Ophelia and Abby mysteries <img src="/sites/default/files/images/anne.preview.png" alt="" style="float:right;" />Hi! I'm Anne from the Sleuth It! team. Are you looking for a mystery series with a little something special? The <a href="">Ophelia and Abby mysteries</a> have it: not only is Ophelia the town's resident librarian, she's also the youngest in a line of women with special powers. She uses her psychic abilities to solve mysteries with a little help from her grandmother, Abby, who also has hidden talents. I've been reading these mysteries all summer! Fiction Books Mystery Sleuth It Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:14:26 +0000 Anne Heidemann 52594 at Knit Your Own Royal Wedding <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1526823.jpg" /></span>Knit your own royal wedding</a> by Fiona Goble — We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the royal wedding, and what better time than now to knit your own in celebration! This book includes instructions for all the major players, and even comes with a fold-out backdrop you can use for taking photos of your creations. Who is your favorite? I think I like the Corgis best.</p> Arts and Crafts Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 26653 at Looking for Harry Potter eBooks? <a href=""><img src="/sites/default/files/images/hogwarts.preview.png" alt="" style="float:right;" /></a>The <a href="">Harry Potter books</a> are now available in eBook format! You can check them out using your library card. Click the links below and then log in with your library card to see what's available or to place a hold.<ul><li><a href="">Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone</a></li> <li><a href="">Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets</a></li> <li><a href="">Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</a></li> <li><a href="">Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire</a></li> <li><a href="">Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix</a></li> <li><a href="">Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince</a></li> <li><a href="">Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</a></li> </ul> Kids Tweens Teens Adults Parents Fiction Books eBooks Fantasy May We Suggest Harry Potter Sat, 07 Apr 2012 14:20:25 +0000 Anne Heidemann 46787 at Better Homes & Gardens Herb Gardening <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1542575.jpg" /></span>Better homes and gardens herb gardening</a> by [contributing writer, Karen Weir-Jimerson]</p> Growing herbs can be one of the easiest things you ever do in the garden. They have many advantages, including attractive foliage and flowers, appealing scents, usefulness in cooking, and ease of cultivation. Many herbs also have flowers that attract beneficial insects, birds, and butterflies. This book includes lots of info that will be helpful when selecting the herbs to grow in your garden, as well as instructions for creating container gardens, using herbs in cooking and crafts, and lots more. Home and Garden Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44425 at Handmade Garden Projects <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1545250.jpg" /></span>Handmade garden projects: step-by-step instructions for creative garden features, containers, lighting &amp; more</a> by Lorene Edwards Forkner — Would you like to give your garden a little something extra? By reusing materials and with a little DIY effort, you can add depth and interest to your garden. This book has it all, from pathways to structures to furniture to containers to storage and more. Check out the author's <a href="">blog</a> for lots more info and inspiration.</p> Arts and Crafts Home and Garden Adults Non-fiction Books Websites May We Suggest DIY Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 46035 at One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1545264.jpg" /></span>One + one: scarves, shawls &amp; shrugs: 25 projects from just two skeins</a> by Iris Schreier — So often as a knitter you end up with a single skein of a lovely yarn and it can be difficult to decide what to do with it. This book shows how to pair up those gorgeous single skeins to make scarves, wraps, and more. Combining two yarns which complement or contrast with one another can really bring a simple project to another level. </p> Arts and Crafts Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest knitting Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 46034 at Better Homes & Gardens Water Gardening <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1542576.jpg" /></span>Better homes and gardens water gardening</a></p> There are many reasons to use water in the design and construction of your garden. Water features attract beneficial wildlife including birds and butterflies, provide sound screening, and add a soothing element to your landscape. This book provides all the info you'll need to create or improve the water features in your garden, from ponds to waterfalls to fountains and beyond. Home and Garden Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44424 at The Heirloom Life Gardener <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1540739.jpg" /></span>The heirloom life gardener: the Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily and naturally</a> by Jere &amp; Emilee Gettle ; with Meghan Sutherland</p> This book contains a wealth of information, including a history of seed-saving, background on one of the most prominent heirloom seed companies in the U.S., information and instruction on how to grow your own food from heirloom seed, and a guide to some of the most commonly grown heirloom varieties. Also included are engaging color photographs of the fruits, vegetables, gardens, and people featured in the information. Green/Environment Home and Garden Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44422 at Socktopus <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1533505.jpg" /></span>Socktopus: 17 pairs of socks to knit and show off</a> by Alice Yu</p> Sock knitters, you won't want to miss this book, as it's got over a dozen attractive sock patterns. Knitters who haven't knit socks yet, this book might just bring you over to the dark side (protip: it's not really dark). These socks are both beautiful and functional, as Yu has clearly worn many knitted socks and knows what makes them comfortable and useful. You may also enjoy Yu's <a href="">blog</a>, which has great photos of her knitting, travels, and life in general. Arts and Crafts Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest knitting Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44429 at Same Place, More Space <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1543883.jpg" /></span>Same place, more space: 50 projects to maximize every room in the house</a> by Karl Champley, with Karen Kelly ; illustrations by Arthur Mount</p> You may recognize author <a href="">Karl Champley</a> from DIY Network's <a href="">Wasted Spaces</a>, and fans of that show will find similar ideas in this book. In addition to ideas for taking advantage of unused storage space, this book goes further, offering how-tos for rearranging floor plans and uses of space to get the most out of your home. Included here are instructions and diagrams for multi-use furniture, use-specific remodeling, and lots more. Home and Garden Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest DIY storage Thu, 08 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44426 at Seeing Trees <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1540888.jpg" /></span>Seeing trees: discover the extraordinary secrets of everyday trees</a> by Nancy Ross Hugo ; photography by Robert Llewellyn </p><p class="book-record">Trees are all around us, but how often do we really look at them? This book takes a VERY close look and includes stunningly detailed photographs of trees and their constituent parts. Once you've looked through this book, every walk through your neighborhood will be an opportunity to notice these incredible details. Check out the video <a href=";feature=colike">preview</a> for a sneak peek.</p> Green/Environment Home and Garden Adults Parents Non-fiction Books May We Suggest trees Mon, 05 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44421 at Concrete Garden Projects <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1540749.jpg" /></span>Concrete garden projects: easy &amp; inexpensive containers, furniture, water features &amp; more</a> by Malin Nilsson, Camilla Arvidsson — Concrete may not be one of the first materials that comes to mind for DIY projects, but there are a lot of things you can make from it and it's not difficult to do yourself. This book includes instructions and ideas for lots of items you can use in the garden, such as stepping stones, water features, benches, accent pieces, and more.</p> Home and Garden Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44195 at Bouquet of Blooms <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1540750.jpg" /></span>Bouquet of blooms: 15 quilts, wall hangings, and pillows</a></p> What better reminder that spring is on the way than a book filled with images of floral designs? This book offers instructions for quilts and quilted accessories with new designs that have a classic feel. Arts and Crafts Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest quilting Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44194 at The Knitter's Book of Socks <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1533508.jpg" /></span>The knitter's book of socks: the yarn lover's ultimate guide to creating socks that fit well, feel great, and last a lifetime</a> by Clara Parkes</p> Socks! Now that I've got your attention, take a look at this book. It contains everything you've ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about handknit socks. From the qualities you need in the yarn you choose to the different types of fibers available to the types of ply you can select, this book's got it all. It also includes patterns for twenty different pairs of socks as well as tips and tricks that may come in handy during sock knitting. Arts and Crafts Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest knitting Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44193 at Simplicity Simply the Best Sewing Book <p class="book-record"><a href=""><span class="jacket"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bibisbn/b1534219.jpg" /></span>Simplicity simply the best sewing book: the essential reference for all home sewers</a> by [illustrations by Kuo Kang Chen]</p> This book is a terrific place to start for those wishing to begin sewing with commercial patterns. It also includes a lot of general sewing information that will be useful whether you're using patterns or not. If you're wondering how to achieve a particular technique or need to know how to decipher some sewing instructions, this book will likely have the information you're looking for. Arts and Crafts Adults Non-fiction Books May We Suggest sewing Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Anne Heidemann 44192 at