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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.

Illinois Getaway Guide

It is the season to get a deal on your Illinois winter getaway with exceptional rates and packages. From decorated mansions and festive zoos to miniature trains and giant snow sculptures, Illinois offers a variety of events to experience the magic of the season. To enjoy mile after magnificant mile of family fun click on the link below.  For further information on the state of Illinois and the great city of Chicago also browse in our travel section.

Dorothy Gilman Grand Master at MWA 2010 Conference

On Thursday, December 10, the Mystery Writers of America announced that Dorothy Gilman, the 86-year-old American author of the long-running Emily Pollifax (aka Mrs. Pollifax) spy novel series, has been chosen as the group’s 2010 Grand Master. She follows in the footsteps of last year’s prize recipients, James Lee Burke and Sue Grafton.

Read Before Seeing!

The movie adaptation of Michael Lewis' 2006 best-seller Blind Side: Evolution of a Game is in theatres now. Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw star in the true story of a homeless teen offered a second chance in life when he is taken in by an affluent family.

Stones into Schools

StonestoSchoolsStones into Schools is a follow-up to the best-selling Three Cups of Tea continues Mortenson's story of his humanitarian efforts to bring education into disadvantaged Middle East regions, describing such events as the 2005 earthquake and a tense eight-day abduction by the Taliban.

Beautiful Hawaii

Dreaming of a warm climate and place to visit?  You can soak up the sunshine in Maui, Oahu & the big Island in Hawaii.  The Waikiki beach is a great beach to surf or just enjoy the white sand shores.  The fresh, floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you.

Material Obsession

Material Obsession Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke
I haven't made a quilt yet myself but have always admired the technique and art of those made by others. As the weather turns colder I find myself ready to tackle a project that will, in the making, drape fabrics over my lap and keep my hands occupied while watching movies and enjoying the company of my family.

Elm Creek Quilts

If you like to listen to an audio book and quilt at the same time then Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek quilt novels is your answer. The series has 14 books and in all the books the story and the art of quilting are neatly stiched. You can learn more about the quilts discussed in those stories by going into Jennifer Chiaverini's web site at http://elmcreek.net. The Winding Ways quilt pattern is easily explained in Nancy Elliott MacDonald's book Winding Ways Quilts A practically Pinless Approach.

Cookies!

Starting your holiday baking? You'll find some excellent books under Christmas cookery. But so many are already checked out! Try Joy of Cooking. It has one of the two recipes I am asked for every year — Angel Slices. The other recipe is for Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti, which you can find on epicurious. An extra bonus: both recipes are incredibly easy.

January 21 and Dewey

Busy Moms Book Club has been canceled for the December 17th meeting. Please join us on Thursday, January 21st at 11:00AM in the Children's Library Purple Room for friendship and a fun discussion! Our selection is Dewey: the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. A film adaptation of this best-seller starring Meryl Streep is heading to the big screen around Christmas 2010.

Wedding inspirations

Wedding Goddess is an awesome book that shows you ways to calm wedding-day jitters and walk down the aisle like a Goddess. It has creative ideas and inspirational suggestions, that can help every bride transform wedding stress into wedding bliss.

Happy National Tie Month!

tiesWelcome to December everyone and for that matter, welcome to National Tie Month! In honor of the gift that we all love to give fathers and grandfathers for most holidays of gift giving significance, let's celebrate the tie with joy and creativity. There is so much you can do with a tie, for example, you could put your picture on it, tie-dye it, paint it, iron on a patch or decal, attach festive jewels, or go crazy with some craft glue and glitter. Whatever you decide to do with your tie, have fun and know that the beloved tie will be even more well loved because you decorated it. Good luck!

Frankenmuth

FrankenmuthEvery fall my family enjoys visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Our visit always gets us in the holiday spirit.  We always start with the world famous family style chicken dinner at Zehnder's or the Bavariann Inn.  Then we head over to Bronner's, the world's largest Christmas store.  If you would like to visit Frankenmuth or another Michigan city, start with The Michigan Travel Companion for a list of accommodations.