Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Baking Fling

Earlier this spring, my local PBS station had it's pledge drive.  This was tied into the finale of the Great British Baking Show which my family had been watching every Sunday evening.  One of the gifts you could receive if you pledged at a certain level was a book titled The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. 

I don't know what you do, but whenever I hear about a good book or see one on TV, the first thing I do is check if the library owns it.  In this case the library did own the book and no one had it out so I placed a hold on it right from my living room couch.  The next day I had it in my hot little hands!  Ooooh and the recipes looked sooooo good. Anything with a recipe for bacon jam, bacon jam empanadas, and bourbon glazed bread pudding was a good cookbook by my standards. 

Bacon jam empanadas
I proceeded to make rosemary pepper crackers, bacon jam, empanadas..... and more.  My rule of thumb is that after I've made three recipes and plan to make more form one cookbook, it's time to buy that cookbook.  So thank you Cheryl and Griffith Day for creating this book, and PBS for helping me discover it, and thank you to the library for having it so I could make some delicious food for family and friends. 

Bourbon bread pudding

Bacon jam

Rosemary crackers

Did you ever wonder where the phrase “April Showers bring May Flowers” originated?  

Thomas Tusser, was an English farmer and poet.  In 1557 Thomas published a book called A Hundredth Good Points of Husbandrie.  In his book he had a little ditty on patience:

Sweet April Showers
Do Spring May Flowers
Forgotten month past
Do now at the last

His poem has become our now known modern phrase regarding the patience of rain and the resulting bounty of flowers it reaps.  As with any poem, the meaning can be so much more.  It’s a metaphor on patience in general.  In life.  In relationships.  With the land itself. 

So as we weather the April storms this month and you find yourself missing the sun, or growing somber, just remember Thomas’s words.  Our patience will always be rewarded.  The sun will shine again and the flowers will bloom.  The cycle will always continue.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

No rhyme or reason to read poetry during National Poetry Month!

I have a confession to make, I don’t really like poetry.  I know, I know … I’m a librarian.  We’re supposed to love poetry.  That being said, I still take the opportunity every April to read a few poems. Why?  Because it’s National Poetry Month!  My favorite poets are E.E. Cummings and W.B. Yeats. Other than making use of initials for first names, I’m not sure these two poets have much else in common.  Yeats is lyrical, while Cummings is experimental.  But ...

Different as their styles might be,
both speak to me.
This is really all that matters,
when it comes to poetry.

Well ... I tried.  

If you want to check-out authors who - unlike me - have mastered the art of writing in verse, give Jacqueline Woodson and Kwame Alexander a read.  Woodson’s multi-award-winning (2014 National Book Award, 2015 Newbery Honor Book, 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner) Brown Girl Dreaming explores life as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s.  Meanwhile, in Alexander’s The Crossover twin brothers navigate high school, family, and basketball.  The Crossover was the 2015 Newbery Medal Winner and a 2015 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Honor Book.

What's the bottom line?  Give poetry a try this month!  You may or may not like it. Either way, I promise I won't tell.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fail Away!

As we embark on our makerspace and STEAM classes journey, our engineer friend, Earl Adams reminds us that failing is okay. This is a great way for children (and adults) to learn perseverance and problem solving.

 I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
Thomas A. Edison

This past Saturday, third through fifth graders met at the library and failed at making a simple circuit...until they didn't! By the end of class each participant was able to make their card light up! (After several failed attempts, of course.) But that only made success that much sweeter!

Simple circuit light up card

Our circuit map

Check out our makerspace classes for children, teens, and adults and come fail away!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

International TableTop Day!

Join us at the Main Library to celebrate the third annual International Table Top Day. We'll provide snacks and games. You are welcome to bring your own games from home to introduce to other gamers. No registration required - just show up! Be sure to check out the event's website at tabletopday.com for more fun videos, and the Library's Event Calendar for more information!
Saturday, April 11
12:00-4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spell Bowl Team

La Porte County Public Library's Community Spell Bowl Team came in 2nd out of 18 teams at the event sponsored by READ La Porte County, Inc.! Look at these happy spellers (l-r: Stephanie Ebsch, Jan Ebsch, Stephanie Murphy, Elizabeth Johnson) with their jumbo chocolate pretzels donated by Little Chocolates. This is the 2nd year in a row our library has taken 2nd place. Let's go for it again next year!

Friday, March 27, 2015

March School Visits: Kesling 7th Grade

Hey, Kesling 7th graders!  Here's my book talk from this month.  Thanks for listening and for asking great questions.  

Don't forget that we'll have April's Teen Advisory Board on April 2.  That's your last day of school before spring break.  Stop in for a snack, some extra credit, and give me your ideas about events at the library!