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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mom, Dad - Where shall we go this weekend?

Fall comes around, the weather is great and festivals abound, why not catch a weekend trip or amusement?Baby dancing with toy animals
If you need ideas, you could try the Maryland Calendar .

On the first Saturday of October, Germantown will celebrate it’s  Octoberfest!

Take the Children to Glen Echo Park to see the Tales of Beatrix Potter by The Puppet Company.
A great puppet show, and of course, you know the tiny books for young children:


Cover: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

But did you know that Miss Potter has herself become a literary character? You may enjoy Susan Wittig Albert’s charming mysteries set in the English Lake District in the early twentieth century. In our Catalog...

Whether the draw is Halloween, a Fall festival or the aviation museum, there will be something to hold your interest on October 29th. How about a day at Flight Fest? The College Park Aviation Museum wants you to wear your costume and enjoy a day of fall-themed activities in College Park
But first, why don't you read "Take Off!" to the youngest members of the family? Just to get in the mood, you know.Take off by Ryan Ann Hunter




Or how about a quick jaunt up to Baltimore? The B&O railroad museum has an exhibit all year about the Civil War; The War Came by Train.  But first read 'All Aboard!' by Susan Kuklin for the kids. 
Or maybe you’d like to brush up with 'Civil War: A Visual History, yourself.
And we have lots of resources online at our  US History in Context database.

Wherever you go, enjoy yourself!

Jan D.

CATEGORIES: Seasons , History , Jan D.
POSTED: 10:03:00 AM |

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Summer in a Jar


This was an excellent summer for tomatoes on the farm. This year, I scaled back on the variety of items in the garden and just put in tomatoes, peppers and cutting flowers. It’s very exciting when the first little greenies begin to swell and ripen, but later I found myself inundated with many, many ripe red globes begging to be put to some use.


We ate a lot of fresh tomatoes and made gallons of fresh salsa using the jalapenos and the green peppers. The flowers came inside to brighten up spots all around the house. Although I planned to can tomato sauce, or marinated peppers, I just never got around to it.  There's always next year, and here are some great resources for the home canner.

Canning and preserving home grown fruits and vegetables is becoming more and more popular as the locavore movement spreads.  People may have small plots in their yards or even on their patio or deck.  Here a few resources to help you realize a greater return from your gardening investment.


well preserved"Well Preserved" by Eugenia Bone is a collection of 30 small batch preserving recipes and 90 recipes in which to use the foods.  In addition to canning, the book shows how to use methods like oil preserving and curing.


ballcanning"Complete Book of Home Preserving" by Judi Kingry comes from  Ball Home Canning Products, and is considered the canning bible for both beginners and experts.  Over 400 recipes will give you just about everything you need to know to make full use of your homegrown fruits and veggies.


dvdIf you are more of a visual learner, the library also offers a DVD called "The Art of Canning.", which covers equipment needed, storage and cleaning everything as well as the basics of canning jam, pickles, vegetables, even eggs!


There are a couple of farm/ranch life blogs that I dip into on a regular basis - one is The Pioneer Woman, which is blogged by Ree Drummond.  Drummond spun her very entertaining blog into a cookbook, and now a Food Network show.  She has a section on canning that is just right for beginners, with a strawberry jam project.  Strawberry jam is where I got my canning start - it's a good way to learn the basics.

Chickens in the Road is the site of a West Virginia blogger, Suzanne Mcminn.  Suzanne moved to a small farm in rural West Virigina several years ago, and write about her adventures with goats, cows, the weather, her garden, and small town life.  She has a great online community of like-minded people who share their advice and recipes, and a couple posts give the basics of canning, with lots of pictures and step by step instructions.


A tried and true friend to both farmers and suburban farm types is the local extension service.   The UMD Extension Service offers advice on all kinds of topics, and held some classes earlier this year on various aspects of canning and preserving foods.  They seem to be planning more classes later in the fall, but I'm not able to find specific dates - check back on their website.  In the meantime, they have a nice powerpoint presentation called "Grow it, Eat It, Preserve It", which walks the viewer through the steps of both water bath and pressure canning.

No excuses for next year now!! 


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CATEGORIES: Food , Anita V. , Gardening
POSTED: 12:07:00 PM |

Friday, September 09, 2011

Health Information--Can We Trust Anyone?

#Do you search for health and medical information on the internet?  I do.  But instead of typing words into a search engine box, I go straight to MedlinePlus . This NIH/National Library of Medicine site provides current information on diagnosis/symptoms, treatments, drug information, etc. and tons of links to other trusted sites.  It's a great place to start.  I even watched a surgery video before I went on the table. OK, maybe that is not everyone's cup of tea...
MCPL also has helpful health information.
Lastly, I just have to tell you how you can read research papers published on medical (and some science) peer-reviewed journals FOR FREE!  In 2008, National Institutes of Health (NIH) implemented the public access policy requiring all scientific literature that contains results of research funded by the NIH to be freely available within a year of publication.  These articles can be found in full-text via PubMed or straight from the publisher sites.  Other private funding organizations also started requiring the same from their fund recipients, some as early as 6 months after publication. 
Contact Ask-a-Librarian service if you need help finding up-to-date health and medical information.
Plum blossom on a rainy day by Joi   Megumi
POSTED: 10:48:00 AM |

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Notify Me!

MCPL offers a lot of great programs for all ages in our branches throughout the county. You can find Conversation Clubs, Chess Clubs, Story Time, Square Dancing, Author Talks and even the US Navy Clarinet Quartet. You can hone in on events of interest to you by clicking on the "Events Calendar" link on the library home page and then choosing from a menu of options. Focus your searching by branch, by age group, or by type of program.

Have you noticed a balloon icon with "Notify me" when you click on a library event/program?  (Hint: look in the gray outlined box above the title of the event.)  By clicking on the icon and filling in your name and email address, you will receive an email for future programs similar to the one you chose. It’s that easy (as they say at Staples)!

Notify Me on calendar screen
CATEGORIES: Tina R. Libraries
POSTED: 4:48:00 PM |
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