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For busy families on the go, it can be difficult to find time to share a meal together. Pull your chair up to the dinner table during the month of October, also known as Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Want to find out more about the benefits of family dinners? Check out The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein and learn just how much of a positive impact eating together has on the family.
Need some ideas for cooking that family meal? Get everyone involved in the process by picking up a cookbook like Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes To Make With Kids. Bon appetit!
The edible front yard : the mow-less, grow-more plan for a beautiful, bountiful garden by Ivette Soler ; with photographs by Ann Summa — For most folks, space is at a premium, and so are our hard-earned dollars. To be able to take advantage of the front yard - an area that is usually just boring grass that doesn't get used for much - is a great way to save money and make the most of our property. And an edible front yard garden doesn't have to lack curb appeal! This book has an entire chapter devoted to that topic, as well as information throughout about how to keep your edible front yard aesthetically pleasing. This book has detailed information about all the issues and questions that could come along with an edible front yard.
If you missed our Book Gems program last night, you can still take a peek at the titles we highlighted:
Not all tarts are apple by Pip Granger — This charming book set in 1953 London focuses on Rosie, the 7-year-old narrator, and the colorful characters in her Soho neighborhood. Try this if you like cozy British mysteries — especially if you care more about the setting and characters than the mystery itself.
Then she found me by Elinor Lipman — Restrained high school Latin teacher April Epner is dismayed when her extroverted birth mother finds her in this wry, unsentimental comedy of manners. A good choice for readers of Anne Tyler or Elizabeth Berg.
When the weekend weather forcast is like this weekend's — cold, rainy, and dreary — Families start looking for something to do inside. Have a movie marathon! Pop some popcorn, blend up some milkshakes, and pick up some movies from Canton Public Library. Here are a few themes to get you started:
That movie that you loved as a kid that you can't find anywhere? We may have it here.
The parent trap [videodisc] by Walt Disney Productions
The great race [videodisc] by Warner Bros. and Patricia- Jalem-Reynard Co.
Uh, the Tigers are the AL Central Division Champs! Celebrate with some baseball themed movies:
The Sandlot [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox in association with Island World
Rookie of the year [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox
Angels in the outfield [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures
The Muppets return to the big screen in November. Get reacquainted with Kermit and friends by watching some of their many films.
The Muppet movie [videodisc] by Henson Associates; Incorporated Television Company
The Muppet Christmas carol [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents, from Jim Henson Productions a Brian Henson film
The great Muppet caper [videodisc] by Henson Associates; Incorporated Television Company; Universal Pictures
A dazzling display of dogs : concrete poems by Betsy Franco ; illustrations by Michael Wertz — Do you love dogs? How about poetry? This book combines both of those fun items. With fun colorful illustrations, you can have fun reading her concrete poems aloud or to yourself. Some of the poem titles include Found at the Pound, Pug Appeal, Emmett's Ode to His Tennis Ball, and The Tail End. Happy reading!
The food lover's garden by Mark Diacono ; photography by Mark Diacono ; recipe photography by Laura Hynd ; recipe development by Debora Robertson — Did you know that you can eat daylilies and nasturtiums? Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed with produce from the garden but aren't sure how to prepare it? This book has a mix of growing information, tips and info about a variety of types of produce and recipes for how to use it all. Who wants to make some nasturtium risotto?
This may even inspire you to read about more talented animals!
Terrarium craft : create 50 magical, miniature worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello & Kate Bryant ; photography by Kate Baldwin — Terrariums are simple to make but they can bring so much magic to a space. This book has fifty ideas for terrariums in four themes: forest, beach, desert, and fantasy. Making a terrarium can be as easy as following the instructions provided here, or taking inspiration and doing your own thing. It can be a fun family activity, or a meditational endeavor for a solo crafter.
Here are some great kids cd's that you can play while you jump into the pile of leaves.
John McCutcheon's four seasons [sound recording]: autumnsongs by McCutcheon, John
Sara Jordan presents celebrate seasons [sound recording] by Sara Jordan; composed by Sara Jordan, Mark Shannon