Book review: Paper Pups: 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut and Fold

By , March 12, 2015

Paper Pups: 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut and Fold

By Hiroshi Hayakawa


If you have been trying to think of things to do with the kids during spring break then you may want to take a look at Paper Pups!

Paper Pups will teach you how to make 35 different dog breeds out of paper.  The projects in this book are made using two Japanese paper craft techniques; origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting).  No adhesives are used to make the pups; interlocking joints allow them to be free standing.

The steps for making the pups are all the same photocopy the template and then follow the directions for cutting, folding and shaping your paper. The projects are grouped into four skill levels: very easy, easy, intermediate and advanced and the How to Use This Book chapter will teach you everything you need to know to get started.  The projects in Paper Pups are geared more towards older kids and teens.

Author, Hiroshi Hayakawa did a fabulous job of capturing the essence of the various breeds making the dogs look very lifelike. My favorite paper pups are the energetic Weimaraner, the mighty English Bulldog and the amazing Chinese Crested!

Also featured are templates for dog accessories like collars, Best in Show ribbons, a fire hydrant and even a dog house for your paper pup!


These dogs are so doggone cute you’ll want to make them all!



- Karen



Book review: The Wedding Dress: The 50 Designs that Changed the Course of Bridal Fashion

By , February 26, 2015

The Wedding Dress: The 50 Designs that Changed the Course of Bridal Fashion

By Eleanor Thompson


In 1840, when 21 year old Queen Victoria selected white as the color of her wedding dress no one could have predicted that she would set a trend for white wedding gowns that would last for nearly two centuries. Even today, white is still the number one choice for brides in western cultures.

Eleanor Thompson’s new book The Wedding Dress: The 50 Designs that Changed the Couse of Bridal Fashion is so much fun to read, you will not want to put it down. From Queen Victoria to Catherine Middleton, everyone’s wedding dress that you would imagine is in this book. From Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana to Dita Von Teese’s purple Scarlet O’Hara inspired wedding dress, along with a multitude of stunning wedding dresses you will be excited to see for the first time.

Each chapter features a full page color photograph of the wedding dress, information about the bride, dress designer and a detailed sketch of the gown that allows you to see its silhouette and all of the intricate details of the design.

The Wedding Dress is a must read for anyone who loves fashion, don’t miss it, this book is marvelous.



- Karen


P.S.  If you love looking at weddings dresses as much as I do, you may want to take a peek at the blog created by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their exhibition entitled Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 the postings are fascinating!




Book review: Knit Your Own Zoo: Easy to Follow Patterns for 24 Animals

By , February 12, 2015

Knit Your Own Zoo: Easy to Follow Patterns for 24 Animals

By Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne


It’s time to get out your knitting needles! From the people who brought you Knit Your Own Dog and Knit Your Own Cat ……we have…. Knit Your Own Zoo!

The British knitwear design team of Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne have done it again! Twenty-four of your favorite zoo animals are brought to life as tiny knitted dolls. The overall look of the animals is spot on and it’s all due to the wonderfully textured yarn combinations that really make the animals pop.

Each chapter of the book introduces a new animal and features a photo of the completed animal, knitting instructions and fun facts about the animal. As far as level of difficulty goes, the solid colored animals are a little easier to knit while the multicolored animals like the Armadillo and Leopard require more advanced knitting skills. Finished animals run about 5 inches tall.


These animals are so cute you’ll want to knit them all!





P.S. Soon you will be able to knit your own goldfish! Muir and Osborne have recently released their latest book Knit Your Own Pet in England.










Book review: Living with Books

By , January 22, 2015

Living with Books

By Alan Powers


Books! We love them, we can’t live without them and this decorating book will show you fabulous and innovative ways to display them in your home!

Alan Powers’ Living with Books features page after page of rooms filled with character and personality and clever arrangements of books.

Living with Books offers decorating ideas for home libraries, home offices, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms and my favorite chapter hallways and odd spaces. You’ll learn how to use books to add warmth and color to your home as well as how to use books as art.

The author also provides information about the care and maintenance of books and DIY instructions on how to build six different styles of bookshelves.

If you enjoy Living with Books you might also want to take a look at House Beautiful Decorating with Books by Marie Proeller Hueston and At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries by Estelle Ellis.


You’ll never look at your books the same way again………

- Karen

Books Into Movies – 2015

By , January 8, 2015

This year there will be a number of good books being made into movies…..




Child 44

By Tom Rob Smith

“In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent. Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state.”

Movie release date:April 17, 2015


Far from the Madding Crowd

By Thomas Hardy

“Hardy’s passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors.”

Movie release date:May 1, 2015


Fifty Shades of Grey

By E.L. James

“When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him.”

Movie release date: February 14, 2015



By Veronica Roth

“As war surges in the factions of dystopian Chicago all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.”

Movie release date: March 20, 2015





By Mary Shelley

“Written in 1816 when she was only nineteen, Mary Shelley’s novel of “The Modern Prometheus” chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.”

Movie release date: October 2015




By Dan Brown

“In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.”

Movie release date: December 18, 2015


The Jungle Book

By Rudyard Kipling

“Shere Khan the tiger is the fiercest, most terrifying beast in the jungle. His enemy is man, but he especially hates Mowgli, the abandoned baby adopted by a kindly family of wolves, and swears to kill him.”

Movie release date: October 9, 2015


Mockingjay (Part Two)

By Suzanne Collins

“The third book in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy. The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem.”

Movie release date: November 20, 2015







Books to Get Your House in Shape in 2015

By , December 25, 2014

As we get ready to start a new year what better way to get your house into shape than with the Home Repair Almanac by Edward R. Lipinski, a season by season guide for maintaining your home.

If the thought of home maintenance scares the bejeebers out of you, never fear the library has books for that……How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding & Maintaining Your Homeby Charlie Wing is filled with hundreds of simple drawings illustrating the basics of how things work in your home. Chapters on Plumbing, Wiring, Heating, Cooling, Air Quality, Appliances, Windows & Doors and Foundation & Frame discuss the basics of how it all works along with handy tips to try before calling a service person. This book is easy to understand and is a great place to start if you have any questions about home maintenance. How Your House Works is a must read for any home owner.

You’ve seen them on the shelves at Home Depot now you can check them out for free from the library: The Ultimate Guide: Home Repair and Improvement by Creative Homeowner will give you tips about “money-saving projects and simple ways to go green.” The Reader’s Digest New Fix-It-Yourself Manual shows you “how to repair, clean and maintain anything and everything in and around your home.” The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Home Repair and Maintenance Illustrated by David Tenenbaum offers step-by step instructions for common repairs to the interior and exterior of your home. And Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-To by Albert Jackson claims to be “the most comprehensive and up-to-date DIY guide ever published.” The book features chapters on Organization, Decorating, Repairs & Improvements, Home Security, Infestation, Rot & Damp, Insulation &Ventilation, Electricity, Plumbing, Heating, Working Outdoors and Tools & Skills.


These books provide a little something for everyone, to get your New Year off to a good start!







Book review: A Christmas Memory

By , December 11, 2014

capoteA Christmas Memory

By Truman Capote



When writer Truman Capote was a little boy, he lived for some years with his eccentric aunt, Miss Sook in rural Alabama. Truman considered Miss Sook to be his very best friend and this book was inspired by their time together. A Christmas Memory centers around one of Miss Sook’s favorite Christmas activities, making fruitcakes. High jinks ensue when Truman and Miss Sook set out to make 30 cakes in time for Christmas. A Christmas Memory is a warmhearted and charming tale that celebrates love and simple blessings.






P.S.       A Christmas Memory is available as a short story for adults, as a picture book for children and on DVD. You can read more about the adventures of Truman and Miss Sook in Capote’s short story collection entitled A Christmas Memory, One Christmas and The Thanksgiving Visitor.






Why I love Interlibrary Loan

By , November 27, 2014

interlibraryloanI love Interlibrary Loan because it gives me access to an amazing world of books beyond our library’s already superb collection!

My passion is for fashion, big beautiful fashion history books make me positively giddy. Using Interlibrary Loan has allowed me check out dozens and dozens of pricey, hard to find, fashion history books that I would have never had access to otherwise.

Interlibrary Loan is easy to use; simply click on the Interlibrary Loan link under the Services heading on the library’s website. First time users will be asked to fill out a short form about contact information. After that you simply log in using your library card and pin number. There is a limit of 5 requests per library card at any one time.

Books and articles not available in our collection may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.   E-Books, DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks are not currently available through Interlibrary Loan.

Once your request is submitted, it can take a couple weeks for your item to arrive. You will be notified when it is ready to be picked up. Interlibrary Loan materials can be returned at any of our library locations (just not in the book drops please).


Interlibrary Loan is easy to use, it puts amazing materials right in your hands and best of all it is free with your library card, now what can be better than that!








Book review: Elegantissima: the Design &Typography of Louise Fili

By , November 13, 2014

louiseElegantissima: the Design &Typography of Louise Fili

By Louise Fili


Elegantissima which means elegant in Italian is the title of Louise Fili’s new design book.

Chances are you are familiar with the work of award winning designer Louise Fili and you didn’t even know it …… like the Love Stamp she created for the United States Postal Service or her many book covers and business logos……

elegantissima image


As the art director for Pantheon Books, Louise designed over two thousand book jackets during her eleven year tenure. She “introduced changes to the status quo by using softer palettes, unusual papers stocks, unconventional illustration, and custom typography.” Louise left Pantheon in 1989 to start her own design firm, Louise Fili Ltd, where she specializes in freelance book jacket design and creating logos and menu designs for restaurants.


Elegantissima: the Design &Typography of Louise Filiis a celebration of an amazing career that has spanned nearly 40 years. Louise Fili is a gifted designer and she has written a book that is a pleasure to read and to look at!







CD review: Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording

By , October 23, 2014

 Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording

When the Coen Brothers write and direct a film you know two things, you’re going to see a really good movie and you’re going to hear a really fabulous soundtrack. The Coen’s latest film Inside Llewyn Davis does not disappoint.

The film, loosely inspired by the life of American folk singer Dave Van Ronk, “follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.” Oscar Isaac plays the lead character of Llewyn. Not only does Isaac’s do a great job acting he also does an amazing job singing. His voice is soulful and impressive.


Inside Llewyn Davis was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.


The moment I finished watching the movie, I ran to the computer to see if the library had the soundtrack….they did … was it worth the wait? Absolutely.




- Karen



The Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack is available as a CD and digitally through Hoopla on the library’s website.


You may also like:

Inside Llewyn Davis DVD


Inside Llewyn Davis: the screenplay

By Joel Coen


Inside Llewyn Davis Movie Website





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