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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.

Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph, a newly launched website, invites people to take a picture from the past and photograph it, merging it into the present. Some of the submissions are funny, some are sad, and some are just strange. The website reminds me a lot of a favorite book, PostSecret, where anonymous postcards revealing secrets were collected for all to read. Both are worth a look.

Knitted Wild Animals

Knitted wild animals : 15 adorable, easy-to-knit toys by Sarah Keen — If you're looking for a cuddly, cute gift for a child, it's hard to beat a handknit toy. Included here are patterns for animals including the tiger you see on the cover as well as for an elephant, zebra, panda, crocodile, snake, warthog, koala, moose, penguin and more. Also included are basic knitting instructions, tips for construction, and other helpful hints.

Jazz for Kids

Looking for some music to help the kids chill out on these very hot days? Try some Jazz. Cool Jazz for Kids and Disney Songs the Satchmo Way are just two of the great selections of Jazz for kids. Classic crooners like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are some of the artists that will help your family beat the heat. More selections are available in the Children's Department. Stay cool!

Blackout

This story begins on a normal day. Everyone is busy, no one has time to play with the little boy, until the Blackout! Once it goes dark, the family goes on a hunt for the light, and when they find it, they discover a whole lot more! Check out this picture book about one family that discovers how much fun it is to spend time with each other. You might even be inspired to have your own family "blackout!" If you liked Blackout, here are some other stories by John Rocco.

Make Your Own Memory In A Box

There's still plenty of space available in our Make Your Own Memory In a Box program for tweens. Fifth and sixth graders — do you like scrapbooking? Then come and decorate a box to hold a special memory, just like a scrapbook page. Bring a few photos to glue on; we will provide boxes and crafting supplies. Register online beginning July 14th
Program Date: Thursday, July 28, 10:00-10:45AM
[Photo by Carissa Rogers, used under Creative Commons License.]

The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting

The very easy guide to lace knitting : step-by-step techniques, easy-to-follow stitch patterns, and projects to get you started by Lynne Watterson — Lace knitting can be intimidating. It looks intricate and time-consuming and that tiny little yarn can seem difficult to work with. All of these things can be true, but they don't have to be! This book is a great place to start (or continue, if you're already familiar) and includes instructions, tips, basic stitch patterns, and project patterns for easy lace knitting.

Quilt Show Opens Today

Quilt Show opens on Wednesday July 6in the Community Room
  • Wednesday, July 6, 7:00-8:30PM
  • Thursday, July 7, 3:00-8:00PM
  • Friday, July 8, 4:00-5:30PM
  • Saturday, July 9, 2:00-5:30PM
Door Prize drawing at 4:00PM Saturday
People's Choice Award: Vote for your favorite quilt.

Quilt Show

The CPL Quilt Group is having a Quilt Show July 6-9 in the Community Room. Come and vote for your favorite quilt in the People's Choice Award. Voting will take place during open hours. The Drawing for the Door prize will be at 4:00PM on Saturday. See the Program Calendar.

Hours

  • Wednesday, July 6, 7:00-8:30PM
  • Thursday, July 7, 3:00-8:00PM
  • Friday, July 8, 4:00-5:30PM
  • Saturday, July 9, 2:00-5:30PM

Digital Scrapbooking

Create a beautiful scrapbook the digital way. Bring a flash drive with a few of your pictures to play with, or instructor Dawn Montagano will have plenty for you to do. This is cutting edge scrapping with beautiful results. Join us on June 30 at 7:00PM in the Internet Lab. Registration is required as space is limited.

Folktales from Around the World

Kids, come and listen to some great tales from around the world. Folktales are a great way to pass down stories and experiences from one generation to another. We will share stories and make a craft too.

Who: Children, ages 5-9 with caregiver
When: Monday, July 11, 11:00-11:45AM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, June 27