How to have a Pinterest-worthy holiday season without going crazy

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on November 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_PinterestHoliday By Clarissa Fidler Halloween is over and November is upon us, which means the holiday season is kicking into high gear. Thanks to lifestyle magazines, blogs, Instagram, and especially Pinterest, we’re bombarded with images of the perfect holiday decor, gourmet meals made from scratch, and seemingly easy DIY gifts. I’m an admitted Pinte […]

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Halloween craft tutorial: How to make a sock zombie

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers, Teens on October 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SockZombie By Kelsey Hudson Zombies invaded the library this month at Tween Club. There was zombie poetry, zombie makeup, and we even created our very own sock zombies. But don’t fear! For those of you who missed Tween Club, you can make your very own no-sew sock zombie at home. For my own sock zombie, I was […]

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It’s in the bag!

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on October 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

BusyBags_feature Busy bags entertain toddlers and preschoolers while teaching them important skills for kindergarten. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll make several different busy bags that store simple, engaging activities for your child to enjoy. We’ll have activities, including some sample busy bags, to keep kids occupied during the workshop. If you’r […]

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How to sell on Etsy: Personal advice from a local shop owner

Posted in Business and Careers, Explore and Discover, For You on September 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Etsy_GuestAuthor By Karen Mannino Guest Writer After a two-day journey by train and bus, I was back in the Midwest where I attended college. Breakfast with friends the morning after I arrived included coffee out of an odd little mug I found in my friend’s cupboard. It was smaller than the standard mugs, curved like the bell […]

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How to sell on Etsy

Posted in News on August 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EtsyClass Want to sell your handmade goods and vintage items online, but don’t know where to start? Learn the basics of setting up your own Etsy shop, listing your items online, and posting listings to social media so that your items get the attention they deserve. Then find out how to use the site as a seller and protect yourself against […]

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Summer beverages: your library on the rocks

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on August 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerBeverages By Gwendolyn Haley The 641s is one of my favorite sections of the library to browse. For those of you not quite as familiar with the Dewey Decimal System, that’s also known as the cookbook section. There is always something new and delicious to check out, especially during this time of year when the grilling […]

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Novel Ideas: DIY Book Crafts for All Skill Levels

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on May 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Hand with scissors cutting book isolated on white background By Kelsey Hudson Bookworms beware—some books were harmed in the making of this blog! As a librarian and a giant bookworm myself, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I have more than a few books hiding around my apartment, many that haven’t seen daylight in ages.  Although donation is tempting, I’ll admit they’re […]

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Mary, Mary, Gardener Extraordinary

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MaryMary_Garden By Gwendolyn Haley I recently sat down for lunch with my dear friend Mary. While Mary is the last person I’d call contrary—her garden grows and grows. Mary has transformed her standard small city lot into a lush fruit and vegetable paradise. What got you started gardening?   Years ago, my elderly neighbor brought over a […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Tinkerers, Makers, and DIYers

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers on November 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_GiftGuide By Brian Vander Veen When people hear that I’m a librarian, they frequently assume that I’m a big reader. And I love a good novel, no doubt, but I can be easily distracted, lucky to finish a book in a month’s time, and my genre tastes are largely confined to some combination of wizards and […]

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Avoiding Pinterest Pitfalls

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time, Teens on October 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Pinterest By Kelsey Hudson Confession time: I love cookbooks, craft ideas, DIY blogs, and all things creative; I read them like they’re Pulitzer-worthy novels. In the last couple of years however, Pinterest has taken that love to a new level. At any given time, I‘m working on two to three projects and have half a dozen […]

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