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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wedding Rewards

Bridal Salon

As I am going through this amazing year of helping to plan a wedding for my daughter, I was told about a lovely book called 

The Magic Room: a story about the love we wish for our daughters by Jeffrey Zaslow.
The Magic Room is the room at a specific bridal salon called Becker’s Bridal in Fowler, Michigan. It’s a room surrounded by mirrors which reflects each potential bride and all her dreams for her special day. And one man has interviewed a myriad of women and their mothers or their fathers or their grandmothers or sisters and came away with a portrait of marriage, American style and how weddings and indeed marriage has evolved over the years.

So you’ve gotten through that particular magic moment and are ready for the rest of the planning phase. Here are some books that can help you move on:

Where:  Fodor’s Destination Weddings: the World’s Most Extraordinary Places to Tie the Knot. From a castle in Ireland, a simple house in the Cotswold, to a resort in New Zealand, this book will tell you how to do it and what you need to accomplish it.

When: Jennifer Shawne can show you how to throw  Instant Weddings: from Will You? To I Do in Four Months or Less

How BigHow to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget by Diane Warner. This particular copy is so well used, some thoughtless customers have written in it and circled what they wanted. There is also a money breakdown, and although the book is a little dated, it should provide some groundwork for you.

How Much:  Bridal bargains : secrets to throwing a fantastic wedding on a realistic budget by Denise Fields.

What do you say:  Words for the Wedding: Creative ideas for choosing and using hundreds of quotations to personalize your vows, toasts, invitations and more by Wendy Paris  and Andrew Chesler

Wedding Words: Toasts by Jennifer Cegielski. This tiny blue book not only gives examples, but when and where to use them, and toast etiquette as well.

Bridesmaids…yes or no?  The  Bridesmaid Guide: Etiquette, Parties and Being Fabulous by Kate Chynoweth. Another little blue book, this one even gives you quizzes to test how “bridesmaid worthy” you really are. She includes planning checklists and “fabulous tips” throughout.

Who officiates:   Celebrating Interfaith Marriages: Creating your Jewish/Christian Ceremony by Rabbi Devon A. Lerner. This includes sample ceremonies between a Catholic and a Jew, and a Protestant and a Jew, explanations of Jewish wedding traditions, wedding blessings, an example of a Catholic ceremony. In short Lerner has provided the framework for any type of ceremony that pleases everyone (like that’s going to happen!)

Protocol:  Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette: the definitive guide to your wedding experience by Peggy Post.  This big purple book should be your bible. She covers every aspect of this age old ritual from the engagement, through expenses, multicultural weddings, the groom’s role, the guest list, children, wedding attire, really everything you could ask for.

So relax (but not too much) and enjoy this wonderful time in your family’s life. 

CATEGORIES: Lisa N. , Weddings
POSTED: 3:55:00 PM |

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Oh, My!

Anna KareninaLife of Pi









Is the movie industry helping the publishing industry or is it the other way around?  I don’t really care.  As a film nut and a book worm, I love books-to-movies.  You, too?  Here’s where you can find out what has been done and what’s coming up.

IMDb’s list of upcoming books-to-movies list.

Early Word has month-to-month activities for 2013.  How about DiCaprio playing Gatsby?

Mid-Continent Public Library has a year-by-year list from 1980.  Hmmm, they forgot to list some classics, though.

Alphabetical list of books made into movies? Check this one from Oxford County Library system in Ontario, Canada.  So many films, so little time!


   Megumi L.

CATEGORIES: Movies , Megumi L.
POSTED: 2:23:00 AM |

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Clutter Free?

The long dark hours of winter spur my industrious side; I spend less time outside and more time inside gazing at the piles of clutter I keep meaning to organize once and for all. Many folks find themselves in the same situation and even retailers push “home storage solutions” at this time of the year. MCPL has plenty of help and inspiration for you.  We have a good selection of titles that not only offer suggestions for getting and staying organized, but also for blending storage into your home décor. Browse the catalog using keywords “storage in the home” (without quotation marks) or head to your local branch and browse the non-fiction stacks in person, starting with 643.7’s and 648.8’s.  Pictured below are some of the titles you might find:
cover image of the clutter diet                     cover image of room by room storage solutions 
cover image of the complete idiots guide to garage solutions                     cover image of storage creative solutions  
For items you can’t organize into submission, consider selling them and earn a little extra cash. Selling Online 2.0 by Michael Miller describes the various online retailers where you can set up an account to do the selling yourself. You could also pack things into boxes and wait for warm weather to have a yard sale (but that means keeping the clutter, neatly packed though it might be, in your home for another few months). Consignment stores accept items for resale and pay you a portion of the proceeds. These stores generally have strict standards for what they will accept and the terms for selling, so it is best to contact them for the details before you go. Another option is donating the items to a local thrift store.  Many thrift stores use profits to support local charities or non-profit organizations and will supply you with a receipt so that you can count your donations as a tax deduction.
Are unwanted books part of your clutter? (Can a book really ever be unwanted??) Many MCPL branches can accept small quantities of books (the rule of thumb is one grocery bag or smallish box) but check with your local branch first to see if they will accept donations. The Friends of the Library have several used bookstores and these stores can accept larger donations. Visit FOL used bookstores web page for more information and to find a location near you.
Another option for unwanted books is to create something new from them. Artist Brian Dettmer does really incredible things with books. Or you can buy a book about repurposing your books.  You can search Pinterest for “repurposed books” for inspiration to create your own projects. Pinterest, if you have not already discovered it on your own, is an online bulletin board that lets you collect groups of images and the web links to which they lead.  (Warning: be prepared to spend a lot more time than you expect on Pinterest… it is addictive!)
CATEGORIES: Crafts , Tina V.
POSTED: 4:34:00 PM |

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

A Reading Resolution


Well we’re over a week into the New Year now, plenty of time to have given up already on those worthy Resolutions, most of which involve giving up something we really love or doing something we really dislike.  So I have a proposal for a New Year Resolution that involves doing something you really love – reading, but with a twist.  This year resolve to read a few books outside your usual reading comfort zone.   It can be a surprisingly rewarding experience.  One summer I was trapped in a house where the bookshelves held only one type of book – science fiction paperbacks.  I had absolutely no interest in science fiction but, being a compulsive reader without access to a library at the time, I had no choice.  I read through the entire collection of classics by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Joe Haldeman, Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven and more.  That reading summer has stayed with me, enriching my appreciation of imagination and good writing.  I can still get shivers just thinking about Harlan Ellison’s story I have no mouth and I must scream.


Librarians, of course, must read widely across the full spectrum of genres and subjects as part of our professional responsibility to be effective readers’ advisors.  But since retiring I do find I’ve slipped back into my personal comfort zones of English fiction, mysteries, spy novels, and history.  Hence my New Year resolution.  So these are the topics I’m choosing to read about this year in between my favorites: Sports, Math, and Economics!  I find that one good way to dip into an unfamiliar subject is to identify a book with at least some aspect that appeals to you.  I find anthropology interesting so for Sports I plan to read Born to Run: a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen.  Runner Christopher McDougall investigates the Tarahumara people of Copper Canyons in Mexico, whose running prowess is tested against America’s best extreme runners.  Math was my least favorite subject in school – I got in trouble for reading a history book hidden under my desk during math class – but I became a fan of Nate Silver’s poll analysis blog during the election so I plan to dip into the scary topic of statistics with his new book The Signal and the Noise: why most predictions fail - but some don't.  With so much national and global news these days requiring a grasp of economics, I would like to overcome the overwhelming feeling of boredom I get at the thought of reading about it.  Humor is always a non-threatening entrée into a difficult subject, so I will tackle economics by reading Naked Economics: undressing the dismal science by Charles J. Wheelan.  The reviews claim it won’t put me to sleep!


As for Science Fiction, I still read it on occasion.  I am a devoted fan of Connie Willis because she mixes science fiction with history; Doomsday Book is outstanding historical fiction about the Black Death in medieval England as well as imaginative science fiction featuring time travel.  The traveling historians visit Victorian times in To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.  I’ve just begun my science fiction reading for this year, The Black Opera: a novel of opera, volcanoes, and the mind of God by Mary Gentle.  This tale of a clash between good and evil is set in an alternate nineteenth century Naples where sacred music has miraculous powers.  The Inquisition hires a young librettist to write an opera that will counteract the destructive force of the Black Opera planned by a secret society with, of course, evil intentions.  Music lovers and science fiction/fantasy fans may find common ground in this unusual novel.


What is your Reading Resolution for this year?  Whatever genres or subjects you decide to tackle you can get help at your library.  Browse the catalog, explore the stacks, check out the book lists at the Readers’ Café, or ask a librarian in person or by phone to recommend specific titles.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

   Rita T.

CATEGORIES: Books , Rita T.
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |
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