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All New Homespun Handknit

All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn by Amy Clarke Moore

Knitting with handspun yarn is a treat, but it's also quite different from knitting with machine-spun yarn. It's not necessarily consistent in texture and thickness and it often surprises you as it knits up. The patterns offered here are perfectly suited to handspun and are, as the title says, small, which is also perfect as you often only have a limited amount of handspun in any given colorway.

Fun and Fancy Free!

astronomyWith school back in session, homework is inevitable. Come check out the J500 section for all your science homework needs. One series we have by author Dan Green, focuses on different science topics--astronomy, rocks and minerals, biology and physics.

Most-Anticipated Books of 2010

Books, arts, and culture site The Millions wrote up a piece entitled Most Anticipated: The Great 2010 Book Preview, which features tons of great books to check out this year. We've already ordered many books on the list, so you can add your hold if so inclined:

Three Days Before the Shooting . . by Ralph Ellison - At his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison left behind roughly two thousand pages of his unfinished second novel, which he had spent nearly four decades writing. Long awaited, it was to have been the work Ellison intended to follow his masterpiece, Invisible Man...

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris - In a radical departure from his satiric workplace comedy, Then We Came to the End (2007), Ferris turns in a dark and utterly compelling second novel on the insanity of modern life... [BookList Review]

Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño - To drag fiction toward the unknown, [Bolaño] had to go there himself, and there invent a method with which to represent it. Since the unknown place was reality, the results are multi-dimensional. [The New York Review of Books]

2009 Cybils Finalists Are In

Q: What are the Cybils?

A: The Cybils reward the children’s and young adult authors, as well as illustrators, whose books combine the highest literary merit and "kid appeal." And foster a sense of community among bloggers who write about children’s and YA literature, highlight reviewers and provide a forum for the similarly interested.

For the list of YA finalists and for more information about the Cybils, check out the website here

Travel and Terror

A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack on an Detroit-bound airliner. Following is a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) guidance for passengers on heightened security measures in place following this incidence.

Happy New Year's Diet

Is your New Year's resolution, as it is for so many of us, to drop a few pounds in 2010? Or perhaps you just want to eat a healthier diet? Take a look at some of our newer, healthier cookbooks and start your year off right.

To the Museum!

For an out of the world New Years, drop on over to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City! They are in the midst of celebrating their 50th year! While there be sure to take in all the amazing works of art displayed on the walls and also enjoy the amazing building itself, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out their website for more information plus hours, directions, and exciting special events. Happy New Year!!

The Quiltmakers

Eight workshops from the world's best quilt makers offers a unique opportunity to take classes without leaving home. The book Quiltmakers covers a wide range of quiltmaking skills like perfect piecing, applique, template making, adding straight and mitred borders and quilting. Each chapter gives a step-by-step instruction to the project.

Fairy Tale Knits

Fairy Tale Knits: 32 Projects to Knit Happily Ever After by Alison Stewart-Guinee

Fairy tales are the source of so much pleasure, wonder, and imaginative play for children, and the patterns contained here are fanciful without sacrificing wearability. From the Snow Queen to Robin Hood to magic carpets, these projects explore classic fairy tale characters that are staples of playing dress-up. The garments are for the most part versatile enough for everyday wear as well, which will delight everyone who sees them.

Perfection: a Memoir

On Friday January 8, the guest on Oprah will be Julie Metz, author of Perfection: a Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal. On a January afternoon, her life changes forever. As Julie begins to put her life back together after her tragic loss of her husband of 12 years, she learned of his affairs. Determined to know the truth and come to terms with it, she confronts each of the women. This is a story of starting over; not from a place of perfection, but peace.

Poems for Our Times

Well, if you are reading this, then it means we have both survived the holidays once again. However, sometimes we just aren't ready to put holidays like Christmas away quite yet, so in the spirit of the day after Christmas, check out some of our poetry books and CDs that sing the songs and praises of Christmastime. Enjoy and be sure to pair it with a tall, steaming mug of hot cocoa, marshmallows a must!

Crock Pot Cookery

Yes, it is officially winter and what's better on a cold day than a hot meal ready in the crock pot when you get home? CPL has loads of crock pot cookbooks, but they are under the odd subject heading of Electric cookery, Slow. Don't let this slow you down; check a few out and start cookin'.

The weather outside is frightful...

Well, maybe the weather isn't too frightful... yet, but it is getting there. The temps are dropping and the skies are looking more foreboding as the days progress. Will we get snow today? Tomorrow? Next week? As we sit and wonder, take advantage of the snowless days while you still can and get out to the DIA. The Avedon photos are running until January and you don't want to miss out on them. While there, be sure to spend time taking in the other collections. While I love the Renaissance Art, my favorite area isn't actually a collection. It's the room on the lower floor that looks like a magically lit castle yard. It has brick walls and twinkly Christmas lights adorning the trees. I love to stop there and just be in the quiet atmosphere. See you there.

American Band

The fall season is an exciting time for many students who participate in their high school marching bands.  The months of hard work and preparation finally come to light on the football fields and in the many competitions.  Journalist, Kristen Laine, marched in an Indiana high school band, and later returned to the state to write American Band, the story of the Concord High School Marching Minutemen.  Her story portrays the lives of these high school students, who do not conform to the usual high schoo

Paper Chase

As a long time fiction reader who recently has been reading primarily nonfiction, I love the way details spark my interest and lead me on a bread crumb path to the next book. Listening to Mrs. Astor regrets about Brooke Astor's decline made me wonder what happened to her son, Tony. A quick Power Search of our databases found several current articles.

Haiku Knits

Haiku Knits Haiku Knits: 25 Serenely Beautiful Patterns Inspired by Japanese Design by Tanya Alpert

Alpert has filled this book with gorgeous garments that are elegant in their simplicity. She uses a wide variety of types of yarn for a beautiful range of textures and effects. All of the patterns are inspired by natural elements, from a flickering flame to ripened wheat to a hazy moon. The book is also put together expertly, with close-up photos that truly show off the beauty of each piece.

Christmas Crafts

christmas craftsTime certainly is flying by and with the holidays so close, be sure to spend some time in our craft collection, specifically with the holiday craft books! Hunker down in the kitchen with some hot cocoa (piled high with marshmallows...yummy) and get out your favorite glue stick. There are so many different handmade items you can make, days will pass without you every leaving the house, which is not such a bad idea considering the shmucky weather we've been having. Happy Crafting!

Collections of the Rich and Famous

Looking for a special gift or coffee table book? This title, The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge features the 8 homes of this legendary fashion designer and his friend and business partner. The homes were stunning backdrops for Saint Laurent’s life. The elegant décor, art, furniture and surroundings were photographed by Terestchenko and feature amazing collections amassed over forty years.