Let’s Make Something Good!

Here we go, headed into the making-est time of the year! And even though the 2020 Holiday Season may not offer the exact same opportunities for celebration as previous years, it doesn’t mean you can’t pick and choose some favorite parts! Maybe you just want to experiment with new foods or you want to get back into crafting, this feels like a good time to change things up.

If you’re ready to start planning, why not take a look at the books available in Fall Harvest, Fall Flavors, Crafting for the Holiday Season, or Why Buy it When You Can Make it? And while you’re making new stuff, if you want a book to listen to, I just finished Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood -here’s hoping it the first in (long running) series!


Like Our Holiday Decorations?

Have you had a chance to see the holiday decorations here at the Rocky River Public Library? Would you like to learn how we did it? Wonder no more! Below are links to easy to follow directions on how we made our book page wreaths and twine trees.

Book Page Wreath 

Twine Trees

Looking for other great holiday decorating ideas? Check out some of the books we have here at the library for easy and beautiful holiday decor.

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts : 225 Inspired Projects For Year-Round CelebrationsCover image for

The Big Book Of Holiday Paper Crafts : [Easy Keepsake Designs For Handmade Projects That Show How Much You Care].
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Homemade Holiday : Craft Your Way Through More Than 40 Festive Projects

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Homemade Holidays : 150 Festive Crafts, Recipes, Gifts & Parties

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Appreciating October

I love everything about October-cool days, fall leaves, delicious apple and pumpkin treats, soup, Halloween-and a quick review of Chase’s Calendar of Events has given me even more reasons to love October.

Take today for example. October 1 is World Card Making Day. This international celebration of handmade cards was founded six years ago by Paper Crafts magazine. I love the idea of handmade cards and with busy schedules October is the perfect time to start thinking about holiday cards. Not sure how to get started? Stop in to the library and find a book. With dozens to choose from I am sure you’ll find the perfect one for you.

New to the craft? You might want to try this one:

Greeting Cards for the First Time by Vanessa-Ann will teach novices all the ins and outs of card making.




Already a pro and looking for a challenge? These could be the books for you:

Pop-up and 3-D Cards by Emma Angel will take your card-making to a whole new dimension (tee hee)!




     Teeny, Tiny Cards by Jane LeFarla is full of tiny projects that will, as  the cover says, make a big impression.




  Joanna Sheen’s Card World by Joanna Sheen is the newest card making book in our collection.





Retro Mania! by Judi Watanabe proves that everything old is new again.





Not interested in making your own cards? Maybe you would like to do something with all those lovely cards you have received? Maybe this book will spark an idea:

Creative Crafting with Recycled Greeting Cards by Catherine Lawrence could be the answer to the age-old question: What do I do with all these greeting cards? (I can’t be the only one to ask that question, can I?)




Ok folks, I suggest you pull out the slippers, make some hot cider and get crafting! Stay tuned for some great book recommendations to honor Bat Appreciation Month (that would be October).