Your Library Staff at Home – Making & Crafting

I have always bemoaned my lack of time to do many of the things that I really like to do, like knitting, drawing, sewing and baking. Now, during this challenging time, I’ve no excuse; I’ve got the time, plus making is soothing and helps with the anxiety.

First, I’ve got a shawl to finish. I started it, I’m embarrassed to say, about a year and a half ago for a trip to Iceland. My sister Barb and friend Lynn also began their shawls for our trip, but they completed theirs. Mine, on the other hand, is still on the needles. Here’s a shot of Barb and Lynn in their lovely shawls while we were in Iceland and a shot of my unfinished shawl with some bonus pet shots! The bright colors were to help i.d. our bodies in case we fell down a volcano or iceberg – lol. 

The pattern is a traditional Icelandic shawl called Skakki by Helene Magnusson and uses traditional Icelandic wool. I’ll share the finished product next week – I promise!

As I’ve been knitting, I’ve been watching TV, a few movies, and have been listening to books and podcasts. I’ve signed up for Acorn TV through RBDigital and watched all of Agatha Raisin, a funny, tongue-in-cheek murder mystery series set in a small town in England based on the books by M.C. Beaton. I’ve also started an Irish mystery series called Blood, which is much more serious, so I’m taking that one slowly. 

I’ve watched  Jojo Rabbit, which I liked a lot more than I was expecting to, and Ad Astra, which is a deep dive with Brad Pitt into outer space. 

Knitting and listening to audiobooks is an A+ combination. My latest listen is Himself by Jess Kidd, because I wanted an Irish narrator for the St. Patrick’s season. It’s available on the Libby app, which I’m addicted to! Don’t have a library card? It’s not a problem; you can create an instant digital card to access titles. 

As far as podcasts, I really love the BBC Series In Our Time which covers historical events, famous people, science and nature – it’s fascinating. For these times, I enjoy the soothing voice of Krista Tippet at the On Being Podcast and it’s many offshoots. 

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If you could use some crafting inspiration, check out Creativebug. Log in using your library card and you get access to all kinds of video tutorials. They’ve shared a 7-week Home Crafting Guide to provide inspiration to begin a variety of projects, from easy to complex, with projects for children and adults. Week 1 includes a Kid’s Weaving Lesson and Color Meditation. These suggestions, however, are just the beginning; sign up and explore Creativebug to find something that speaks to you!

I’d love to hear what you’re making, so comment below. Stay safe and stay home!

~ Dori

 

A Bakers Dozen for 2019

Every year I bemoan the fact that I didn’t read enough, etc, etc., but this year it seems truer than ever! I still, though, found quite a few books to sink into and enjoy; I listened to many through the Libby app. Below is my list, in no particular order.

The Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Inland by Tea Obrecht
The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Circe by Madeline Miller
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Happy Yule!

~ Dori

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Staff at RRPL

After a very informal poll, here’s our wish list of what we want for the holidays – classics, new releases, fantasy to cookbooks, there’s a little something here for everyone.

BOOKS

Children’s Books:

  • The Crayons’ Christmas by Drew Daywalt
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
  • Christmas Alphabet: 20th Anniversary by Robert Sabuda
  • The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda
  • The Night Before Christmas Pop-up by Clement Clarke Moore and Robert Sabuda
  • The 12 Days of Christmas : A Pop-Up Celebration by Robert Sabuda

Cookbooks and other Nonfiction:

  • The Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking by Carolyn Ketchum
  • Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman
  • Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
  • A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness–and a Trove of Letters–Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup
  • Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabrielle Bernstein
  • National Geographic Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs
  • Joyful: the Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Fiction, Fantasy and Graphic Novels

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
  • The Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern
  • The Toymakers Robert Dinsdale
  • Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norell Susanna Clarke
  • Harry Potter-Illustrated Editions
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  • The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson

Music:

  • Hey, I’m Just Like You by Tegan and Sara (on vinyl)
  • Lost Friends by Middle Kids (on vinyl)
  • Ginger by Brockhampton
  • Chris by Christine and the Queens!
  • Fine Line by Harry Styles

Movies:

  • Yesterday
  • The Paul Newman Collection (set of 7 dvds)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Alita Battle Angel
  • Community. The Complete Second Season. Really the best season with great Christmas and Halloween specials
  • House of X/Powers of X

Also, don’t forget to shop local! Rocky River has many small shops and businesses that would welcome your visit.

Wishing You Joy This Holiday Season!

~ Dori

Veterans Day

Veterans Day was on November 11 and on that day we honored those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For those of us who haven’t served, it can be difficult to understand the experience of military service. Here are a few book and movie titles to improve our understanding of what veterans and their families have gone through in the past and continue to experience.

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~ Dori

The Chills and Thrills of October

You gotta love October – it’s the first month where you start to feel a little cozy, like sweaters and fires and stew cozy. It’s cuddling up to read books weather, stomping and kicking through rustling leaves weather, knitting weather – as you’ve already guessed, I am a big fan.

October also ends on the perfect note – Halloween – spooky fun where you can dress up as anyone you’d like but there’s also a little nip of horror in the air, a feeling that you can sojourn with the spirits or dance with the devil.

Horror movies and books capture some of that feeling, sometimes reflecting on social and political trends, sometimes just scaring the pants off you! Here are some titles you can check out for yourself:

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Happy Haunting!

~ Dori

The Sun and the Sand

Officially, summer doesn’t end until September 23rd, but we all know that the unofficial ending of summer is when the kids go back to school. So, let’s grab the few days we have left and head out to the beach or the closest swimming pool! And if you’re working (like me) or don’t like the heat, the bugs or the people, enjoy some beachly entertainment like the suggestions below:

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See you at the beach!

Dori