Waiting for "Superman" — A powerful and passionate documentary, Waiting for Superman makes the case for fixing the public school system and elevating that goal as the national's highest priority. Read the review in Entertainment Weekly.
The nonstop garden : a step-by-step guide to smart plant choices and four-season landscapes by Stephanie Cohen & Jennifer Benner — We would all love for our gardens to be bursting with color and interest all year long, but it takes a little planning to achieve. Cohen and Benner offer a number of strategies for designing a year-round garden and have included ten design plans for those just starting as well as loads of suggestions for trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and more.
Little green dresses: 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more by Tina Sparkles; photographer, Erica Beckman — Looking for a way to refresh your wardrobe without spending big bucks? Here you'll find lots of ideas for revamping existing clothing in your closet or from a thrift store, places to find inexpensive fabric, and sewing instructions for all levels. These patterns are printed so that you can photocopy onto larger paper and sew from there. Check out this Q&A with author Tina Sparkles at Craftzine.com.
Guide to Michigan vegetable gardening by James A. Fizzell
This is the ultimate guide to veg gardening in Michigan and includes just about everything you could ever want to know about growing your own food here in MI. In addition to full sections on virtually all the vegetables you might want to grow, this book also includes up-to-date county extension information, a hardiness zone (we're 6a here in Canton) map, and freeze. frost and precipitation details. Definitely recommended for local gardeners at all levels of experience.
Incredible edibles : 43 fun things to grow in the city by Sonia Day ; photography Barrie Murdock
If you're looking for a few good edibles to grow, this book is a great place to start. Even if you only have a patio, balcony, or other limited area, almost all of these 43 plants are doable. These edibles are also versatile ingredients for a home cook, and are for the most part quite easy to grow. Large, crisp photographs make this book a winner.
- The Thirty Years War lasted from 1618-1648. Fought primarily in what is now Germany, it eventually involved most of Europe. Although it began as a religious conflict it gradually turned into one of the most desctructive in European history
- thirtysomething. This television popular drama about baby boomers in their thirties ran on ABC from 1987-1991.
The felted bag book : 21 simple projects for every occasion by Susie Johns
Are you in the market for a sturdy bag that you can make yourself? You may find just the thing in this book of over twenty felted projects. They range from clutches to purses to totes and use a variety of techniques: knitting, crochet, wet felting, and reusing existing materials. Crafters with some experience will have a head start, but there are also projects here for beginners.
Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. To celebrate, we're making 30-item lists of interesting facts and links. For food lovers, here's a list of great gastronomical texts:
The art of simple foods: notes, lessons, and recipes from a delicious revolution by Alice Waters, with Patricia Curtan...et al; illustrations by Patricia Curtan
Starter vegetable gardens : 24 no-fail plans for small organic gardens by Barbara Pleasant ; photography by John Gruen
For experienced or beginner gardeners, this book has a wealth of resources for planning your veggie patch. As advertised in the title, there are 24 garden plans, but there is also a ton of really useful information about many of the plants you may want to grow. For instance, did you know that mulching your potato plants with straw can help deter Colorado Potato Beetles? See page 116 for more on that, and don't miss all the other great info included in this book.
- Forgo electronic gym equipment
- Switch to recycled toilet paper
- Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues
- Switch to vegan-friendly dental floss
- Invest in permanent laser hair removal rather than shaving and waxing
- Pick up litter when you see it
- Switch to recycled, recyclable razors
Eco books : inventive projects from the recycling bin by Terry Taylor
Handmade books sound neat, but how easy is it to actually make one? Turns out, pretty easy! You can take materials you have around the house and make them into books in a variety of styles. This book shows how to make forty different types of books ranging from easy (complete in an afternoon or less) to more advanced styles that might take a little longer. You can also reuse a ton of different materials for the covers, including egg cartons, cardboard, fabric, an old mouse pad, cereal boxes, and lots of others.
Sew retro : 25 vintage-inspired projects for the modern girl & a stylish history of the sewing revolution by Judi Ketteler
This book is a treasure trove for the home sewer. It offers quick glimpses into the history of home sewing and includes easy projects inspired by vintage pieces. The vintage color photographs and illustrations are enough to make this a fun book to flip through, but the projects are also great for hobby seamstresses at any level.
Johns Hopkins medicine patients' guide to breast cancer by Lillie D. Shockney
Living well beyond breast cancer : a survivor's guide for when treatment ends and the rest of your life begins by Marisa C. Weiss, Ellen Weiss
Intimacy after breast cancer : dealing with your body, relationships and sex by Gina M. Maisano
If you are interested in quilting join the Quilting Group on October 6 in the Community Room at the Library.
Hattitude : knits for every mood by Cathy Carron
Want to make a hat? Got little to no knitting experience, or maybe just some easy patterns that you can whip through? This book has got you covered with forty different designs using a wide variety of yarns. From a cloche to a stocking cap to a fedora, if you can name a hat, it's probably in here. My favorite is the Aloof (which is also available free online). What's yours?
Simple sewing: the complete illustrated machine-side reference of tips and techniques by Beth Baumgartel
Have you ever needed to mend a ripped seam, or wanted to make your own simple curtains, but weren't sure where to start? These and many, many other projects are detailed here, along with basic guides to sewing machines, working with patterns, and a guide to fabrics. This is an ideal book to have at hand when sewing at home.