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Little Knitted Creatures

Little knitted creatures : 26 amigurumi designs by Amy Gaines — Of all the books I've seen on knitting cute little creations, this one is the most friendly to beginning knitters and would be ideal for tweens and kids who want to make their own critters. The instructions are clear, the techniques are not complicated, and the results are adorable.

Hot Soup on a Cold Day

The temperature has dropped and that means it is the perfect time to make a hearty pot of soup. If you agree, but are tired of the same old recipes, come in and take a look under 641.563. It's where you will find a ton of cookbooks all about soup — just like these:

Soups + sides by Catherine Walthers; photography by Alison Shaw

EatingWell comfort foods made healthy: the classic makeover cookbook by Jessie Price & the Editors of EatingWell

A Notable Book of 2010

Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer is turning up on many best books lists for the year. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher who teaches students and treats patients at Columbia University Medical Center. He tells a riveting story of cancer that reads like a medical thriller. From its first documented appearance to the relentless pursuit for a cure, this book is about hope and provides clarity to anyone wanting to understand this mystifying disease.

Northern Knits

Northern knits : designs inspired by the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles by Lucinda Guy — Is the cold weather starting to get to you? Look no further than this book, which offers a variety of cozy knitted items to warm you up. Sweaters, socks, mittens, and hats are just some of the things you can make, all with a Nordic style.

Social Networking For Business Books

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are more than just social networking sites. They're also a great way for businesses to market their products, connect with customers and create a dialog regarding their services. Get started by checking out the following books.

Get connected: the social networking toolkit for business by Starr Hall, Chadd Rosenberg

Facebook marketing: an hour a day by Chris Treadaway, Mari Smith

Knitwit

Knitwit : 20 fun projects for beginners and seasoned knitters by Katie Boyette — Looking for something cute but with a little edge? The sarcastic and slightly ostentatious creatures in this book might be up your alley. They've got some attitude but they won't take a lot of training to create. You can also read up on Boyette's other creations and get some free patterns (right sidebar) at her blog, Caffaknitted, or check out her Etsy shop for pre-made goodies.

Pure Michigan Travel Site

Earlier this week, the award-winning Pure Michigan campaign was on the brink of dying due to a lack of government funding. Travel Michigan vice president called for quick action, saying that if funding wasn’t resolved by today, Pure Michigan would not run its winter campaign. Luckily, the state legislature approved $10 million in funding to save the campaign. Enough to allow Pure Michigan to present its snowy wooden glens and frozen lakes to the rest of the country for the next few months.

The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book

The Ohio Knitting Mills knitting book by Steven Tatar with Denise Grollmus ; fashion photography by Anna Wolf — Have you heard of the Ohio Knitting Mills? Even if you haven't, you've probably seen or even worn their products (Mr. Rogers often wore one!). This book takes inspiration from original OKM designs of the forties through the seventies and offers patterns for sweaters, dresses, and bags that are retro-inspired but appropriate for everyday wear now.

Warm Knits, Cool Gifts

Warm knits, cool gifts : celebrate the love of knitting & family with more than 35 charming designs by Sally Melville & Caddy Melville Ledbetter — It's December, which means that many of us are busy making gifts for holiday giving. This book has many options, including several that are quick projects like a glasses case, a bookmark, or an ornament. You'd even have time to make a few of each, if you have a long gift list.

Convention on Biological Diversity Report

The bad news is that about one-fifth of animal species are at risk of extinction, according to a report released by governments and conservation groups that met in October for the Convention of Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan. The good news, according to an article summary of the report, is that the number of threatened species would be even higher if not for the success of conservation efforts. Unfortunately, given the recent global economic crisis conservation efforts have lately taken a back seat.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The following Special Collection focuses on his life and work.

Vintage Knits

Vintage knits : 30 knitting designs from Rowan for women and men by Kaffe Fassett ... [et al.] — Rowan is known for its fine yarn and carefully crafted knitting patterns, and this book includes thirty patterns inspired by classic designs, but adapted for contemporary sizing. As usual for Rowan, the excellent styling makes the photographs into windows to other worlds and times, sure to provide you with some inspiration.

How to Grow Practically Everything

How to grow practically everything by Zia Allaway, Lia Leendertz — This hefty volume is truly chock full of ideas for gardening projects. From creating garden beds to container gardening to edibles to attracting wildlife, this book really covers a lot of ground (ha!). Beginners will find the introductory sections useful, while more seasoned gardeners will be able to jump in to the particular project that suits their interest.

Vampire Knits

Vampire knits : projects to keep you knitting from twilight to dawn by Genevieve Miller — Fans of the Twilight saga will feel right at home with the projects featured here, from Pulse Protectors (wrist and neck warmers) to the Countess Bathory Scarf. Bella and Edward are well represented in these knitted objects and there's even a chapter of wolf-inspired goods, so members of Team Jacob are included, too. Check out the Vampire Knits Blog for even more.

Kiplinger Retirement Report

If you and your family haven't discussed the future consequences of a longer lifespan, the Oct/2010 issue of KRR can offer several informative comments this often-confusing subject can present. The Kiplinger Retirement Report is published monthly and appears in print form on the CPL Adult magazine shelve.

Wool Toys & Friends

Wool toys & friends by Laurie Sharp ; photography by Kevin Sharp — If you've never needle felted before, you might think it's difficult, but it is so easy to pick up, and the projects you can create are so cute! You can learn more about the author and see even more needle felted items at her blog, WoolPets, and see loads of her creations in her galleries.

Great Gardens of America

Great gardens of America by Tim Richardson ; photographs by Andrea Jones — From New York to California, Ohio to Florida, this beautiful book features full-color photographs of gardens all over the United States and Canada. The gardens range from formal to meadow to whimsical, and you'll not only get ideas for your own garden, but perhaps even ideas of places you'd like to visit.

Decorating Dreams

I am an excellent armchair decorator. This does not mean that I like to decorate armchairs. No, I like to sit in my cozy chair, poring over lovely oversized books on interior decorating, and fantsize over the house I might someday have. And this month's bumper crop of design books offers plenty to dream about.

Alexa Hampton: the language of interior design by Alexa Hampton

Timeless elegance: the houses of David Easton by David Easton with Annette Tapert