Sunday, September 14, 2014

Read This! Adults

The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson
Oogy by Larry Levin
Hounded by David Rosenfelt
The Perfect Match by Kimberly Cates

Friday, September 12, 2014

Read This! Picture Books

The Art Collector
Written by Jan Wahl, Illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet

Oscar loved looking at the art that his granny made. He bought a special picture at a flea market, and helped his mom weed to earn money to properly frame it. Eventually, Oscar became a famous collector, and his collection hung in a museum!

This is an interesting book about art appreciation. Not every child is a great artist, but some will love to look at art, even if they don't make pictures that look the way they want. There are many different kinds of art represented here, and interested readers can use this as a jumping off point to discover art! The illustrations are very bright and interesting.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Read This! Adults

Stitches: a Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
by Anne Lamott

As a recovering addict and a child of alcoholics, Anne Lamott learned late in life to ask for help. She is an accomplished writer, but here, in this "handbook," she offers advice on examining the small ways we mend the fabric of our lives, friendships and relationships. There is some talk about God, about mass tragedies, about thick and thin skin and about life and death.

This is a relatively short book that deals with life and death and things in between. People interested in her writing or in a slow, short, ultimately uplifting read will enjoy this beautifully worded book.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Read This! Picture Books

Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear
by Monica Carnesi

Beatrice, a bunny, and Bear, a bear, meet and become fast friends! They do all sorts of fun things together throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. Bear then has to hibernate, and Beatrice decides to join him on his "sleepover," although things don't quite go as she planned.

This is a great story that briefly covers what kinds of things we do in each of the seasons. However, it is more a story about making the best of a bad situation and trying to experience things that are different than what you are used to. The illustrations are really fun and this is bound to become a new favorite!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FREE Computer Tutorials

Are you interested in learning Microsoft Word? Excel? Powerpoint?
Many people don't have the time or money to find a class and sit through instruction that may or may not apply to the things you need to know. 
Learning Express is a database that we subscribe to that has tutorials on how to use different computer programs. There are Basic, Intermediate and Advanced "classes," and they have audio and visual components. You can go through the tutorial as many times as you want, and there are guides set up so you can find a particular section and watch it again. 
Accessing this database is easy - just click here for instructions!

Tutorials include:
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Powerpoint
Microsoft Project
Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Sharepoint Designer
Microsoft Visio
Microsoft Word
Adobe Illustrator 
Adobe Photoshop
Windows Operating Systems
Mac Operating Systems

Monday, September 1, 2014

Read This! Picture Books

My Teacher Is a Monster
by Peter Brown

Bobby's teacher is a monster who stomps and roars. One day, Bobby sees his teacher at the park and they end up having a grand adventure. In the end, Bobby is able to see his teacher as a person who is fun in some ways, and with whom he has a few things in common!
Peter Brown, author of You Will Be My Friend! and The Curious Garden (both picture book time favorites around these parts), is hilarious and wonderful yet again. He dedicates this book to misunderstood teachers and misunderstood students. Teachers,
students, and parents will enjoy this story for years!