Thursday, February 19, 2015

Graduation Party Ideas

If you're like me and enjoy a little out-of-the-box party planning, the library's 2015 Bridal and Party Expo may be just the place for you! Don't want to give your graduate cash? We'll have vendors with some unique gift ideas! Does the thought of cooking for all those family and friends put you over the edge? We'll have some caterers on hand to help you with that. Want to have an interesting invite or little favor for party guests? We'll have folks showing you how to make favors and your own Japanese Inked Paper! Sending your graduate on a fun trip as his gift? We'll have a session on how to pack! We even have books you can check out for ideas. So join us on March 7th for some treats, crafts and ideas sure to make your graduate thrilled with their party!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

3D Printing at the Library

Want to build a 3D printer at the library? Register online for this class on March 16th and 17th from 4-6pm to have a 3D printer expert come to the library and show how to put together a Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer kit. Space to participate is limited but EVERYONE is welcome to come, watch, and enjoy!

Everything is Awesome!

For the Lego that is.  A British consulting firm released its annual rankings of the world's most powerful brands.  Coming out as number one is the Swedish plastic brick-making company.  Established in 1949, Lego has been a perennial household favorite for multiple generations.  

Some factors that go into making a powerful brand are:
-Staff satisfaction
-Corporate power 

Legos also make for fun programs at the library.  We will finish out Maker Monday's next week, February 23, by making our own Stop Motion Lego Movies.  We will provide all the materials!  

Also, this Saturday, February 21, we will have a showing of The Lego Movie as a part of our Sensory Friendly movie experience.  For more information about these programs visit our website or call Youth Services at 362-7128.  

Click here to read the full news article about the Lego brand. 

Peyton Place

Have you ever heard someone say that a situation is like Peyton Place? Many people know what that means. The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines it as a group of people with many secrets and complicated emotional relationships. The term comes from the book Peyton Place. Have you ever read it seen the movie based on the book? If not, or if it's been a long time since you have, now is the time! The library has copies of the book and movie. Then consider coming to the Page Turners discussion on the title from noon until 1:00 on Tuesday, March 10 in the library's Small Meeting Room in the lowest level. We'll also mention the book's sequel Return to Peyton Place and the TV series based on the book that ran from 1964-1969. Come and give your opinion about the story and compare it with contemporary books and movies.

February School Visits: 6th Grade

Dear 6th Graders, 

Just like I promised, here are the slides from this month's book talk.  We had to cancel our February Teen Advisory Board meeting since you all didn't have school.  Join us next month on March 5 at 3:30 pm to help plan our teen lock in on May 15. 

Also, pictured here is the slide for Teen Tech Week.  Don't forget that libraries are meant for making new things!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pancake Day

Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, is a day in February or March, preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.  It is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics.  Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.

Pancakes, being a particular favorite among the discriminating young palates in my home, will be enjoyed this year by testing Rosa Park's "Featherlite Pancakes" recipe. You can see it includes one unique ingredient: peanut butter.  My mind is swimming with the idea of an Elvis variation including bananas. 

This recipe came to light recently when the The Rosa Parks Collection was officially opened to researchers on February 4th.  The collection is on loan to the Library of Congress for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress contains approximately 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs. Items in the Library’s Manuscript Division can be consulted during reading room hours; the pictures in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division will be available by appointment. Later this year, selected collection items will be accessible online.
February is also Black History Month.  On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks was arrested when she refused to surrender her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white passenger. The arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Get Some Birthday Party Inspiration

I love a good birthday party. It's even more fun when there's a theme that fits the birthday person to a T. Whether the party is for the young or old, join us for the 2015 Bridal and Party Expo to get some inspiration to take your party to the next level! There will be vendors that specialize in children's birthday parties, great cakes, and other party elements that can help you host a great event.