eBook Friday: Flourless

Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts, by Nicole Spiridakis:

This collection of dessert recipes is so delicious, no one will know they’re gluten-free! With 75 recipes for naturally gluten-free desserts, author Nicole Spiridakis uses a wide range of non-wheat flours to finesse the balance between decadent and dietary. These tasty recipes bypass complicated alternate flour mixes and hard-to-find “gums,” fulfilling the increasing demand from those embracing a gluten-free diet (whether by necessity or choice). With creamy puddings infused with warm spices, cloudlike meringue cookies, dark chocolate brownies, and fruit crisps and crumbles, Flourless turns dietary restrictions into something scrumptious.


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Haiku Book Reviews of Book Club Selections

These haiku book reviews, written as part of Chatham Community Library’s promotion of National Poetry Month, were crafted by our own librarian Sharen Faye.  Each book was a recent Chatham Community Library book club selection.  We invite you to submit your own haiku book reviews at http://tinyurl.com/chathamhaiku.

The Children Act by Ian McEwan
She sits in judgment.
He asks her to let him die.
What is God’s purpose?


The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Despite depression
Gold at Hitler’s Olympics
Nine row to glory


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Elderly couple
Childless, flee to Alaska,
find snow child and love

We now have an evening book club and a daytime book club, which both read the same title.  Our evening book club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:45 pm.  The daytime book club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm.  Check out these upcoming titles and join us for a lively discussion – newcomers are always welcome!

May:  In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
June:  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
July:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
August:  Factory Man by Beth Macy
September:  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger
October:  Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
November:  The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
December:  Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry

eBook Friday: The Lorax

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss:

Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.


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Resource of the Month: Science in Context

ScienceInContextGot a science fair coming up? Maybe a middle school or high school science paper due?  Check out Science in Context!

Science in Context is an online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Science in Context helps students learn about the subject matter by integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with today’s headlines and videos – showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.  This resource also contains more than 200 experiments and projects that provide practical experience on many scientific concepts.

To access Science in Context, visit www.nclive.org and click on the Science and Technology subject heading. Choose Science in Context from the list of resources. If you are accessing this resource outside of the library, you will be prompted to log in with your library card number.

From the Science in Context home page, you can search for information on a variety of topics. You can also browse a list of topics, view maps related to various science topics, and view the curriculum standards in math and science by grade level both nationally and for North Carolina.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the library!

“Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.  There is no happiness like mine.  I have been eating poetry.”  ~ Mark Strand

Come eat up some delicious poetry and prizes at the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro.  We would love to see your inner poet come out and show it, so we are hosting two poetry contests this April.

CONTEST #1: Haiku Book Review
Participate by writing your review of a library book in haiku form.
If your entry wins, we have a prize for you.  And it’s sweet.

The three top prizes will be awarded as follows:
*Top two Most Prolific Haiku Book Review Contributors (How many will you submit?)
*One grand prize to our Favorite Haiku

You can submit your poetry in one of three ways:
1) In person at the circulation desk
2) Via our online submission form at http://tinyurl.com/chathamhaiku
3) Via Twitter with the hashtag #ChathamHaiku, and tag us @CCPLib

CONTEST #2: Poetry in the Stacks Writing Challenge
Patrons write poems at the FIVE Poetry Stations located in the stacks, and can write poems for any or all of the following categories:
– The Biography poem
– Art as My Muse poem
– Imitation is the Greatest Form of Flattery poem
– News and Current Events poem
– Who Are You, Dear Patron poem

We have maps and information for you at the circulation desk for guidance.

eBook Friday: Investing for Dummies

Investing for Dummies, by Eric Tyson:

Invest in your financial future with this valuable, popular, and easy-to-use guide. This latest edition of Investing For Dummies is infused with new and updated material to help you ramp up your portfolio today! This includes time-tested advice, updates to investing recommendations, and strategies that reflect changing market conditions. Investing may be an intimidating prospect, but this resource will serve as your primer on all aspects of the topic, including how to develop and manage a portfolio; invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate; open a small business; and understand the critical tax implications of your investing decisions. Updates have been made to sections on investing resources, health insurance, retirement planning, and investment options, among others.

Investing For Dummies will help ease you into investing confidently. Dive into the new content to get sage advice regardless of where you are in your investment planning stage—beginning to develop plans, investing through a company 401(k), or seeking to shore up your nest egg prior to retirement.

  • Addresses all aspects of investing, including how to develop and manage a portfolio that includes various investment instruments
  • Features expanded and updated coverage on investing resources, retirement planning, tax laws, investment options, and real estate
  • Offers time-tested advice and strategies from Eric Tyson, a nationally-recognized personal finance counselor and bestselling author

If you’re looking to get sound guidance and trusted investment strategies, Investing For Dummies sets you up to take control of your investment options.


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eBook Friday: How to Be Both

How to Be Both, by Ali Smith:

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. A true original, she is a one-of-a-kind literary sensation. Her novels consistently attract serious acclaim and discussion–and have won her a dedicated readership who are drawn again and again to the warmth, humanity and humor of her voice.

How to Be Both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real–and all life’s givens get given a second chance.


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Book sale – March 26 through 28!

Book_sale_-_spring_2015The Spring 2015 Friends of the Chatham Community Library book sale will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 from 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, March 28, from 9 AM to 2 PM.  The sale will take place at Chatham Community Library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College, 197 NC Highway 87 North, in Pittsboro.

The collection for this sale will not disappoint. You can be certain to find something to enjoy in the impressive collection of mysteries, fiction, trade paperbacks, cookbooks, history, biography, science, children’s books, and many more categories, as well as audio and visual material.  Almost all items are from donations by residents of Chatham County.

A listing of special and unusual books available at the sale can be found at www.friendsofthechathamcommunitylibrary.org/booksale.htm  These items will be available in “Claudia’s Corner”.  The books in Claudia’s Corner are not necessarily rare or expensive. The books there are selected if they deserve more attention than they might receive it they were blended in with the thousands of other books on the main sales floor.

In addition to the usually attractive pricing, Thursday purchases over $200 will receive a 20% discount. On Friday, all prices are 50% off. On Saturday, you can buy a grocery bag full of books for $5. (Grocery bags donated by Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter will be available at the sale on Saturday.)

As a member of the Friends, you should have received a $3 discount card in the mail. Bring it with you and apply the discount to the books you buy.

All the funds raised by the book sale go to enhance library resources and services, so please come out and support your community library!

But don’t take OUR word for it. Seriously, don’t.

My Lungs Nov14 1901

Check the fine print in this advertisement for Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral (from the November 14, 1901 edition of The Chatham Record). It’s the friendliest I’ve ever read:

“Consult your doctor. If he says take it, then do as he says. If he tells you not to take it, then don’t take it. He knows. Leave it with him. We are willing.”

eBook Friday: Shakespeare Saved My Life

This is the Big Library Read title — join millions of users around the world reading the same eBook, at the same time, for free! This eBook will be available with no wait list through March 31.


Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates:

Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.

Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years — a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.