eBook Friday: Baking With Kids

Baking with Kids, by Leah Brooks:

Get ready to measure, mix, and decorate! Baking with Kids is just the book you need to help teach children to bake. Show your children how to safely use basic equipment in the kitchen and explain all about the important ingredients they’ll need to make the most delicious baked goods. Recipes include muffins, scones, breads, pretzels, crackers, pizza dough, pie crust, cake, cookies, cupcakes, and more! Celebrated chef and instructor, Leah Brooks creates activities with simple step-by-step photo illustrations that will guide kids through each recipe and inspire creativity throughout. Put on your aprons—it’s time to get baking!

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eBook Friday: My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante:

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a trilogy, she proves herself to be one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.

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Plus Me Tromper!

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I found this article from the December 5, 1889 issue of The Chatham Record a little hyperbolic on my first read. Further investigation however reveals that General Daumesnil made quite a reputation in Napoleon’s army, and his wooden leg figured prominently in his post-war likenesses.

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Je suis embarrassé!

eBook Friday: Religion In America

Religion in America, by Harold Rabinowitz, Greg Tobin, and Jane I. Smith:

Illustrated, comprehensive, and illuminating, this thoroughly up-to-date work takes the country’s religious pulse, covering all of America’s most significant organizations and denominations. Readers will find an introduction to the basic tenets and structure of 30 faiths, reviewed by a respected authority on each religion, as well as maps, surveys, and other demographic breakdowns by religious figures and scholars with respect to contemporary American society, culture, and politics. Essays discuss broader, more overarching aspects of worship in the United States. In addition to serving as an encyclopedic reference, the book tackles head-on the most current issues and controversies in American worship.

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eBook Friday: The Mysterious Howling

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Book One: The Mysterious Howling, by Maryrose Wood:

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

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Good Pun, Though

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I found this exchange in the February 23, 1899 edition of The Chatham Record.

“I’ve come to kill a printer, ” said the little man.

“Any printer in particular?” asked the foreman.

“Oh, any one will do. I would prefer a small one, but I’ve got to make some sort of a blad at a fight or leave home, since the paper called my wife’s pink tea a ‘swill affair.'” — Indianapolis Journal.

I looked up  what I thought might be the word “blad” from the barely legible text and found the definition: “a promotional flyer or mockup for a product, especially for a book”. Sounds reasonable. I’ll go with that.

Incidentally, when I combed the internet in search of a more readable version of the text, many of the search results were blog posts stating “I want to kill my printer”. Yikes.

eBook Friday: Duct Tape: 101 Adventurous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets, and More

Duct Tape: 101 Adventurous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets, and More, by Forest Walker Davis:

Move beyond the wallet with an inspiring collection of exciting duct tape projects!

Sturdy and resistant, and with a myriad of interesting colors and patterns, duct tape is fast becoming a perfect crafting, home and DIY material.

Duct Tape introduces the simple but versatile material and offers 101 creative projects to make. Each project is fully illustrated and contains easy-to-follow instructions for creating inexpensive craft projects of the utmost quality and aesthetic.

The Tape Guy, Forest Walker Davis, helps you to create more than mere embellishments! Try making frames, bags, flowers, clothes and bow ties. These projects are just the beginning. Durable and safe to use almost anywhere, Duct Tape projects are great fun for crafters of any age!

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Did you know you can check out a Nook?

Nook Simple TouchDid you know that the library has Nook Simple Touch e-readers that you can check out?  Each device is pre-loaded with different titles.  Some Nooks have a romance theme, while others contain past best sellers or young adult titles.

Here are some of the titles you’ll find on our Nooks:

  • Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  • Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  • Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kirman
  • Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham

You can find these devices in the library catalog by searching Nook in the title field.   Clicking on the Nook number will reveal a full list of titles that are loaded on that device.  You may also come across Nooks in the catalog when searching specific titles.  For example, if you search for The Fault in Our Stars, in addition to seeing print copies and eBooks, you’ll also see a Nook record that looks like this:

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Nooks check out for three weeks at a time.  To check out a Nook, see a staff member at the reference desk.  We will review device features with you at checkout, so please allow 10 minutes.  If you’re just curious and would like to see what they’re all about before checking out a Nook, we’ll be happy to provide an introduction.  Call 919-545-8086 for more info.

eBook Friday: Moriarty

Moriarty, by Anthony Horowitz:

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty—dubbed “the Napoleon of crime”—in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.

Days after Holmes and Moriarty disappear into the waterfall’s churning depths, Frederick Chase, a senior investigator at New York’s infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency, arrives in Switzerland. Chase brings with him a dire warning: Moriarty’s death has left a convenient vacancy in London’s criminal underworld. There is no shortage of candidates to take his place—including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Chase is assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a Scotland Yard detective and devoted student of Holmes’s methods of deduction, whom Conan Doyle introduced in The Sign of Four. The two men join forces and fight their way through the sinuous streets of Victorian London—from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the Docks—in pursuit of this sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor.

Riveting and deeply atmospheric, Moriarty is the first Sherlock Holmes novel sanctioned by the author’s estate since Horowitz’s House of Silk. This tale of murder and menace breathes life into Holmes’s fascinating world, again proving that once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however im- probable, must be the truth.

 

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This One Killed In 1902

Good news, everyone! Here’s a joke from the “Merry Side of Life” column in the March 6, 1902 edition of The Chatham Record:

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I’d make a Twitter joke here, but given that carrier pigeons went extinct in 1914:

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