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April Book Sale

Secondhand Prose Used Book Shop April Specials. . .
All gardening, craft and hobby books are buy two, get one free.
This is a great opportunity to stock up on the books that make you dream of leisure days in the garden or fashioning that new doodad for your dining table centerpiece.
Come see the great bargains on great books in Secondhand Prose

Who was Buckminster Fuller?

R. Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was the architect, mathematician and inventor who popularized geodesic domes. Chosen by many today for energy efficiency, domes can be a fun do-it-yourself project. Want to build your own clubhouse? Check out Domes by David MacCaulay then make your own geodesic dome with these instructions.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

shamroap.jpgWhy should you never iron a 4 leaf clover?
Because you don't want to press your luck!
Find more fun riddles like this as well as games, recipes and craft projects to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th.

Fun with Recycling

Celebrate the spring equinox on March 20th by making a craft with natural materials. Make a bird feeder, wind vanes and herb dolls with the help of Nature Smart: Awesome Projects to Make with Mother Nature's Help or learn how to make paper-bag puppets, clothespin cowboys and a space station with

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids! Guess What? Today it is only 100 days until Summer Reading! Aren’t you excited? This year the theme is Get Creative @ Your Library—but I can’t tell you any more because that would spoil all the surprises we have planned! All I can tell you is that it will be FUN! And guess what? Today also means it’s only 100 days until summer vacation. Good times. So if it gets cold later next week, just repeat this to yourself “Summer Reading’s Coming! Summer Reading’s Coming!” and the day will be a whole lot sunnier.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Too Busy Too Scrap?

If you're like me you love to scrapbook but just don't seem to find time to fit it into your busy schedule.  Scrapbooking doesn't have to  take a lot of time.

Knit Night

knittingKnit Night is Monday, March 9 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Drop in to enjoy time with other handcrafters of all ages. Compare projects, ask for help with a tricky stitch, or learn how to knit! Crochet, embroidery, and other handcrafts are also welcome.

photo by Todd Huffman used under Creative Commons license

Spring Crafts

art suppliesSpring is in the air! Check out some of our great craft books, especially the ones highlighting spring. Get out the scissors, glue, glitter, and brightly colored paper to have fun making flowers, birds, and baby animals. Enjoy!

How To: Make your own garden plant markers

plant marker While it's still too cold to do any planting outdoors, I find myself looking for projects that will help me get ready for those warmer days. Instructables has a tutorial on making your own durable plant markers from materials you might have around the house: an empty aluminum can and heavy gauge wire. It's so easy - the tutorial includes photographs of each step!

Do it Yourself: Bookmaking

Did you know that Christopher Paolini's parents published his book Eragon when he was only 17 years old? You can do it too. Why not celebrate March as Reading Month by making your own book. That's right, you can make it yourself. Check out Bookworks: Making Books by Hand by Gwenyth Swain to start then, if you're curious about how the publishers do it, try How a Book is Made by Carol Greene.

Puppet Fun!

Keep a look-out for the new finger puppets that will soon be arriving to the Children's puppet collection. And while you're waiting for them to arrive, why not try making some puppets of your very own? Disney has lots of great suggestions to check out!

Lifehack at your Library

Lifehacking is, in simple terms, "anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way." If you subscribe to the most popular lifehacker blogs, you'll find articles on anything ranging from setting up a TiVO to making a fake wallet in case you get mugged.

Here are ten ways to get the most out of your library:

Get crafty

If you like to collect various objects and then put them together to make something new, you might be a "found artist" in the making. Check out these books about found art and get started making your own handmade masterpiece.
Found Art Mosaics by Suzan Germond
Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects by Marthe Le Van

It's not too late for a Valentine's gift!

Hey kids, are you looking for a last minute snack to take to a Valentines day party or a fun craft to give  your parents and other special people?  Check out the Family Fun website for free printables, ideas, recipes and more to help you impress your favorite valentines this February 14. 

Winter Crafts

Children ages 5-8 can drop by to make something unique with Scrap Box materials. Registration not required.
Program Date: Wednesday, February 25 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Valentine's Day Sites

Valentine's Day will be here soon!  Here are some fun and helpful sites to use to celebrate Valentine's Day with your family.
  • Cards and Crafts for Valentine's Day
    Craft projects fro preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children.
  • Funschool Valentine’s Day Activity Center
    You'll find games, crafts, jokes and e-cards at this site from the Kaboose network.
  • Lil' Valentine

Knit Night

Join us at 7pm every second Monday of the month for Knit Night in the Community Room.
All handcrafters of all skill levels are welcome. If you'd like to learn how, bring some needles and yarn and chances are someone will be happy to teach you. Bring your works-in-progress and your finished objects to show off! Knit Night is a casual, friendly evening, so drop in for some good conversation and handcrafting.

Decorative Pillows - February 6

February 6 - 4:00- 5:00
This is a perfect opportunity to give your bedroom a personal touch with a decorated pillow.  Bring all your great ideas, we will supply the materials.  Registration is required.

Create Handcrafted Cards

Looking for a fun way to spend a winter evening?  Why not join me on Thursday February 5th & learn to make handmade greeting cards.   I will provide the materials and basic instruction for you to create several simple card designs.  This program starts promptly at 7 PM.  Registration is limited call today to r

Oh Scrap!

Are you ready to do something with all of those photos that you took over the holidays?  Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or brand new to scrapbooking, you've got to check out Scrap Simple by Hillary Heidelberg.  I love the clean lines of the designs she's included but her book also contains tons of ideas for using all of those fun scrapping embellishments that you just can't resist buying!