Warm Up With a Cookbook

Last month we discussed winter themed reads including a historical novel set within the colder seasonal months, a lengthy fantasy novel, and a chilling thriller.  (You can read more about them here.) This month, we are going to focus on books that will warm you (and your home) on cold winter evenings.

Here are some awesome selections for winter time comfort food:

comfort in an instantComfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Favorites For Your Pressure Cooker, Multi Cooker, & InstaPot by Melissa Clark – This  book is full of cozy weekend recipes and soups.  Just perfect to make while it’s snowing outside. With these “set it and forget it” recipes, you can even read by the fire while dinner is cooking!

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from the Boss Dogg’s Kitchen from crook to cookby Snoop Dogg– Not only is this book fun to read, but it also has a recipe for the ultimate winter comfort food…. baked mac and cheese. Yum!     

american cookieAmerican Cookie: The Snaps, Drops, Jumbles, Tea Cakes, Bars, and Brownies We Have Loved For Generations by Anne Byrn There is absolutely nothing better than the smell of fresh baked cookies in the oven.  Does anyone disagree? Pick up this book and find your favorite recipe!

 

See you soon!

—Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

Ready, Set, Create! Toolkits To Go

Did you ever think you would be able to borrow a sewing machine or a fully functioning robotics kit with your library card?  Well, at the Livingston Library you can, along with ukuleles, engineering kits, fiber arts, paper crafts, puzzles and more with our Ready, Set, Create! Toolkits for Emerging Artists and Inventors!

Each toolkit contains all the materials and instructions you need, just add your imagination.  Our available Toolkits include:

  • Ukulele:  Learn to play the ukulele with instructions on how to tune and play it.
  • Sewing:   A sewing machine, fabric and step-by-step instructions to get you started.
  • Code & Go Mouse Kits:  A fun way for children to develop foundational coding skills.  Create a maze, then program the mouse bot through it to reach the cheese!
  • LEGO Robotics:  Build and program a robot with LEGO WeDo and Scratch.
  • Snap Circuits:  This toolkit makes learning electronics easy and fun.  Follow the colorful pictures in the instruction book to  build projects such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and more.
  • Makey Makey:  Turns everyday objects into touchpads, limited only by your imagination!
  • Strawbees: use engineering skills to build projects with ordinary drinking straws.
  • Paper Marbling: everything you need to create beautiful swirled designs on paper.
  • Quilling:  Art form in which strips of paper are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.  Quilling can be used to decorate cards, pictures, gift bags or boxes — the list goes on.
  • Puzzles: Alphabet puzzles, dinosaur, number and animal puzzles and continent puzzles for those looking for a little more of a challenge.

The cold, winter months are the perfect time to experiment and learn something new.  Stop by the Youth Department and take home a toolkit today!

-Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian

December Reading Picks: Books For Chilly Nights

When we think of December reads, we often think of the fluffy holiday novel. They’re grab & go, and you can read them in about a day because they all pretty much have the same story line to a degree. But what if you’re looking for something chilly with a little more substance?

Here are a few handpicked reads for the upcoming winter months:

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah –  Although it might be argued that Kristin Hannah recently grew to literary fame with her two most recent novels, The Great Alone and Twinter gardenhe Nightingale, her older novels are spectacular.  Curling up with this read during the winter months is fitting because of the title, but also because of the story line.  In Winter Garden, you will meet Meredith and Nina Whitson, two sisters who are quite different.  When their father falls ill, their mother, often cold and standoffish, offers  them little comfort. The sister’s find themselves making a promise to retell a Russian  fairy tale they used to love to hear as children.  This then begins to unravel a story of family relationships, of the past, and of a historical setting during the Cold War which may give the sister’s insight into the life of their mother.

220px-Mists_of_Avalon-1st_edThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – While not primarily set in winter, fantasy fiction fans will devour this novel.  When you crack open the hefty pages of The Mists of Avalon, you will be transported into the world of the legend of King Arthur, but told from the perspective of Arthur’s sister Morgana Le Fey (Morgaine in the novel).  Something about the chilly months just makes it the perfect time to visit a mythical world.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware –  You may have recently read The Woman in Cabin 10, but have you read Ware’s earlier novel in a Dark, Dark Wood? Claire hasn’t spoken to her one friend in years.  So it’s surprising when she gets an invitation for a weekend away at an old friend’s house in the woods.  For some reason, Claire decides to go and wakes up 48 hours later in a hospital bed knowing that someone is dark dark wooddead. Here’s some advice: If someone you haven’t spoken to in years asks you to go in the woods, you probably shouldn’t.  What you should do is stop by the library and pick up this read.

So stop on by the library and pick up one of these reads to cozy up with, and don’t forget to let us know what you’re reading this winter!

 

-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian

Highlights of the Week: Toddler Art Time

12/19 | TODDLER ART TIME

 

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Three separate crafts were available in the Children’s Room for our Toddler Winter Art Craft program designed for ages 2-5. Youth Librarian Gina Vaccaro, along with Library Assistant Diane and Teen Volunteer Matt, happily welcomed droves of children to our program. They directed the children to create a snow scene with a snow family with craft supplies found on the tables. 

Snowflakes were created with q-tips dipped in white paint, a fun hot chocolate mug face was topped big, fluffy marshmallows made of cotton balls, and a snowman in a baggie sensory toy was the final touch. As can be seen in the photos, the kids had a blast!

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 ***Happy Holidays!!