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The Knitter's Companion

The knitter's companion : expanded and updated! by Vicki Square — If you're looking for a guide to knitting that you can keep at hand and will cover any questions you might have while you're working or learning knitting, this is a great choice. Small enough to fit in your knitting bag, this spiral bound book provides instructions with illustrations to explain all the basics. It also includes a knitting needle gauge and ruler that you can use on the go, and there are two DVDs with instructions as well.

Terrarium Craft

Terrarium craft : create 50 magical, miniature worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello & Kate Bryant ; photography by Kate Baldwin — Terrariums are simple to make but they can bring so much magic to a space. This book has fifty ideas for terrariums in four themes: forest, beach, desert, and fantasy. Making a terrarium can be as easy as following the instructions provided here, or taking inspiration and doing your own thing. It can be a fun family activity, or a meditational endeavor for a solo crafter.

Everything For Fall

Everything for fall : a complete activity book for teachers of young children : activities for September, October, and November by edited by Kathy Charner ; illustrations by Joan Waites — can help both teachers and parents plan fun, educational, autumn-based activities for young children. Covering the months of September, October and November, this book offers ideas for language, science and math activities, arts and crafts, snacks, and more. Check this book out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

The Knitter's Year

The knitter's year : 52 make-in-a-week projects-- quick gifts and seasonal knits by Debbie Bliss ; photography by Penny Wincer — The projects in this book are categorized by season, and there are just enough of them that you can knit one a week throughout an entire year. They're also manageable projects that most knitters could expect to complete in a week or less. The items range from useful items like a pincushion and a pencil case to accents you can wear like a belt and a corsage. All the projects have a simple, refined style that can easily be embellished if desired.

Final Days to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Program passes will be available until September 23, 2011 to check out. Museums will accept passes until September 30, 2011.

The 2012 program will run from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Quick Nordic Knits

Quick Nordic knits : 50 socks, hats and mittens by Ann- Mari Nilsson — Here you'll find plenty of small projects to knit, all with a Nordic look. You'll also find a quick guide to wool, the natural fiber preferred for this style of knitting. These hats, socks, mittens, and gloves are so straightforward and quick to knit up, if you start now, you could have a whole wardrobe by the time it's cold enough to need them.

Chicken Fun

Celebrate National Chicken Month with a special storytime on Saturday, September 24, from 2:00-2:45 PM. Children, ages 3-6 with a caregiver, enjoy some silly chicken stories, make a chicken craft and see why the chicken crossed the road. Registration begins September 10.

30-Minute Necklaces

30-minute necklaces : 60 quick & creative projects for jewelers by Martha Le Van — If you're looking for instant gratification and DIY jewelry, it doesn't get much better than a new necklace in just thirty minutes. The sixty projects included here were created by a variety of designers, so everyone is sure to find something that suits their taste.

CPL Quilt Group

On Wednesday, September 7, Grace will be talking about Red Work. Grace is very knowledgeable about many areas of quilting and we expect this to be an informative discussion with many examples of her fine work. Join us at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room.

Post-its Aren't Just for Notes Anymore

There is a war going on in Paris. It is known as La guerre des Post-it (the Post-it war). Office workers around the city are devoting large chunks of their day to outdoing neighboring offices' Post-it Note art displays. For some great photos, and more information, check out the Post-it War website and this NPR story.
[Image from Post-it War website]

Modern Top-Down Knitting

Modern top-down knitting : sweaters, dresses, skirts & accessories inspired by the technique of Barbara G. Walker by Kristina McGowan ; photographs by Gudrun Georges — Many knitters prefer to knit top-down. It often comes with benefits such as requiring less finishing, fewer pieces to handle, and the ease of being able to try on things like sweaters even when you've only made a little progress so far (just slip it over your head!). This book contains patterns for sweaters, dresses, hats, and even things that might not have a traditional "top," like wraps.

Big Little Felt Universe

Big little felt universe : sew it, stuff it, squeeze it, fun! by Jeanette Lim — Felt is such an ideal medium for making cute things. It's soft, a little fuzzy around the edges, not terribly pricey, and it's really easy to work with. This book includes patterns and instructions to make an army of toys for your kids, or maybe just a cute object to have on your desk. From cake to fruit to burgers on the grill to a tool box full of tools, there are over 70 patterns included.

Knitting Block by Block

Knitting block by block by Nicky Epstein — It is amazing how many projects can be constructed by using blocks. In this book, renowned knitter and designer Nicky Epstein shows 150 different blocks you can use to create sweaters, afghans, bags, scarves, and a bunch of other items. She includes so many different techniques in these blocks that even experienced knitters may learn some new ones.

The Homesteading Handbook

The homesteading handbook : a back to basics guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more by Abigail R. Gehring — Are you interested in being more self-sufficient? This book is truly a one-stop resource for virtually all aspects of homesteading including herbal medicine, useful crafting, keeping animals like chickens and goats, building sheds and other small structures, canning, generating energy, growing edibles, and more. If all that sounds like a lot of work, it also includes fun things like how to make your own ice cream.

The Repurposed Library

The repurposed library : 33 craft projects that give old books new life by Lisa Occhipinti ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy — It can be so hard to say good-bye to an old book, even when it has lost its usefulness as a resource or story. This book provides a bunch of great ideas for repurposing them instead, including instructions for creating a birdhouse, a lamp, a chandelier, a clock, and many more. Perhaps you might find a re-purpose-able book in Second Hand Prose.

Amazing Dewey Race Winners

Congratulations to Natalia, Lauren and Kylie, champions of the first Amazing Dewey Race!  They were the first team to complete all 10 tasks and check in at the Pit Stop. If you'd like to join us for our next edition of The Amazing Dewey Race, check back here soon! Maybe you will be the next Champion!  

The Amazing Dewey Race

Tweens and Teens, do you watch the Amazing Race on TV? Interested in embarking on your own adventure? Join us in the library for a race of your own. You will travel around the library and complete tasks from all around the world. Maybe you will be the one to conquer the Dewey Decimal System!

Who: Kids, Tweens and Teens, going into grades 4 & up
When: Friday, August 5, 1:00-2:30PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Friday, July 22

Simple Knitting

Simple knitting : a complete how-to-knit workshop with 20 projects by Erika Knight ; [photography by Yuki Sugiura] — The "simple" in the title of this book refers to the fact that knitting doesn't have to be difficult, but it also points to the streamlined, unadorned style of these projects. Made from mostly earth-toned yarns and in earth-friendly fibers, these knitted objects have a modern feel.

Kanzashi Flower Class

Join us Saturday July 30th at 2:00PM as CPL librarian and local artist Laura Fawcett teaches the Japanese art of kanzashi flowers. Kanzashi are beautiful folded fabric-petal flowers you can wear in your hair or as a pin. Class participants will learn basic fabric folding techniques and make a hair clip to take home. All materials will be supplied and no experience is necessary. Ages 12 and up — Registration required. Don't forget, joining us for this program would be a great way to earn the Artist Badge for Connect Your Summer!

Adventures in Masks

Kids, have you ever seen a mask that made you laugh, or scared you, or made you think, "What is that?" Masks are a tradition in many cultures. They are used in ceremonies, for celebrations, or for decoration. Here's your chance to make your very own scary, funny or adventurous mask.

Who: Children, ages 5-9, with a caregiver
When: Monday, August 8, 1:00-1:45PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, July 25.