Library Column for July 28, 2023

@ Your Library

It is the end of another month! How does time keep running along so quickly. It is so hard to find enough time to do all that I want to do. There are so many books I want to read. Scientists just announced finding ripples in spacetime which I hope is slowing things down, not speeding things up.

Do you have a kid who wants to read scary books. Try the series Twisted by Wil Mara with titles like Where Did My Family Go? and A Pool of Deathly Blue or The Time Trap. These 100 page stories are quick reads for kids looking for a scare, but not too big a book which often seems to be the case with scary stories.

I know I go on and on about juvenile non-fiction titles, but they keep word counts low while telling great stories such as Race Against Death by Deborah Hopkinson about the greatest POW rescue of WWII. Or have you ever wondered about how we get our water, electricity, or Internet? Hidden Systems by Dan Nott shares the secrets behind the systems we use every day.

Nicola Davies and Jenni Desmond as illustrator present the world in One World : 24 Hours on Planet Earth. Out planet is always turning and when it is day here, it is night somewhere else. Take a trip in a single moment and discover just how wondrous this world truly is.

Baking in summer can be unpleasant if you don’t have AC. But these two cookbooks provide quick options for delightful treats quickly. Small Batch Bakes by Edd Kimber is full of cakes, cookies, bars and buns recipes for one to six people and Snackable Bakes by Jessie Sheehan is ‘100 Easy-Peasy recipes for exceptionally scrumptious sweets and treats.’ I also really like the older No-Bake Cookies by Camila Saulsbury for over 150 fun, easy and delicious cookies and bars.

I’d love to take some of the classes on Creative Bug and learn intarsia knitting, get back to origami paper folding again and just explore what else is available. The library, through the Arrowhead Library System makes Creative Bug available on your computer, tablet or phone for free. Use your library card to create an account and discover so many different and amazing arts and crafts projects to tackle.

Two more great resources for continuing to learn are Mango language app and LinkedIn Learning. Mango language learning has over 70 different languages you can begin learning for free with small, bite sized lessons and plenty of repetition. I keep thinking I should see if I can learn a bit of Dutch to communicate with my granddaughter. LinkedIn Learning provides single session courses as well as full-length courses to provide just about anyone with improved business skills, whether you want to learn a computer program, management skills, accounting, small business management and so much more. Stop by the library to get the log in information for these great resources.


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