Your Public Library–Still a Great Place to Belong

 

Ahhh, the Smell of a Good Book

We’ve become so electronically-minded that we often forget about our public library system.  That’s a shame.

I have a library card and use it almost EVERY week.

A lot of times, I’ll be surfing the web and come across a new book or an author that I want to check out.  Most of the time, I click over to Amazon.com and see what’s up.

I usually do the “look inside” and read a few chapters of the book that I’m investigating.  I also check the ratings and reviews.  If it’s something I want to pursue, then I log into my local public library and reserve the book.

Easy, huh?

The local branch of my library is just two minutes from home.  It’s close to our favorite grocery store, so it’s really a no-brainer to stop there on the way home.

Reading is Fundamental.  Yes:  I’m a Bookworm.

Truth be told, I’m a bookworm.  I’ve been one for a long, long time.

Books have been my BFF since I learned to read.  Most kids are so sick of school when it ends in the Spring, they want to get as far away from it as possible.

Crazy me:  I signed up for a summer reading program right after school ended between third and fourth grade.

The Daniel Boone series and Wide Horizons were two of my very favorite books.

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Book Give Away Coming Soon!

Speaking of books, I’ll be giving away a copy of this one in just a few days.  Moms and dads need all the help we can get.  This book offers some good advice.  I will be shipping off the freebie to a lucky winner during the first week of March.

Stay tuned.

Now…get friendly with your local library.  You’ll become good friends too!

Your turn:  Do you have a library card?  Do you use it? Leave a comment below!

At the lake

Although I don’t always have time to make something, I seem to have time to surf the web to find things to make.  Anyone else have that problem pleasure?  One of my favorite places to shop is Etsy.  You’re no doubt familiar with it.  I have a (almost empty) shop on Etsy.  [Note to self:  MAKE SOME THINGS TO SELL!!]

I came across this shop and have ordered a few things.  They have a great selection of Japanese fabric and pattern books.  Yes, the books are written in Japanese, but if you know anything about sewing, you can pretty much figure out how to make the items in the book.  Just use some common sense and a ruler that has centimeters on it.  :-)  The books that I have are loaded with great illustrations which really come in handy.  And the photography is first class. 

Nate finished his first week of Band Camp and we’re ready for a weekend at the lake.  It was really hot this week.  And we are behind on so many things.  Getting ready to go on vacation is a major deal.  And getting back from vacation is tough too.  We are very thankful for neighbors who kept the flowers watered and the grass cut.

School starts in just a few weeks.  The boys go back on August 17th.  I hate it.   Summers are just to short and it makes me sad to look at then calendar and see that July is pretty much over.  Seems like when I was a kid, the summer lasted forever.  I guess it’s true: the older you get, the faster time goes.  Okay, enough of the sadness. It’s Friday and I’m going to make the most of it.

Hope you have a great weekend.

P.S.  Sorry for the rambling….

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Great Online Video Resource

Hey Bloggers….if you have a blog and you include video (or you’re thinking of including video) on your blog, they I HIGHLY recommend you grab a copy of Steve Garfield’s book Get Seen — Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business..  It is chock-full of great tips and resources. 

The book, published in 2010, is 323 pages and comes in hardback.  You really owe it to yourself to check this out.  I got my copy in the mail today and have been reading devouring it all evening.

Garfield talks about several different types of cameras (you don’t have to have a fancy-schmancy to create videos, by the way).  He also gives great tips on accessories you might want to add to your video arsenal:  tripods, lighting, microphones, etc.

There are tons of interesting interviews and photos and screen captures to make this book a page-turner.  It’s certainly going to be a book I pull off the shelf time and time again to refer to.  Lots of good stuff.

Use the link to go see for yourself.  It’s a great resource!

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