Before you know it, school will be back in session. As we suffer through the last days of an August heatwave, one can only look forward to the crisp fall days, (especially if you are no longer a student). If we, at the library, can help ease the pain, and get you into an academic mind set, I suggest trying our fabulous database Bloom's Literature. Some of you may remember that we added it to our database collection last year, but if you don't know about it, here are the facts.
"Wait ... people in a book are reading books? Is that even safe? What if they started reading themselves?"
- comment on Jo Walton's Among Others
When I was a young and tender librarian, I was asked for a book that didn't exist. A patron called looking for a copy of The Book of Counted Sorrows by Stephen Crane, an old, hard-to-find (and purportedly cursed, so I learned) collection of poetry that horror author Dean Koontz referred to frequently for the epigraphs of his novels. The patron had liked the snippets he'd seen fronting Koontz's works, and wanted to read more. It took me three days (the Internet not being what it is now) to track down the reason it was so "hard to find:" it wasn't real.
Yes, Robin -- I said BUBBLES! Kiddies will go krazy at the Congers Train Station. "But, Caped One, what do you mean?" I mean Romper Room will be held there on Friday July 24th - one session at 10 and yet another at 11. AND the Mayor says those kookie librarians are doing it again on August 14 - same Bat train station, same Bat time!
Kale is so healthy and delicious, full of vitamins and antioxidants. The word is out as its popularity continues to grow about its health benefits. However, I resisted trying this luscious curly forest green vegetable with its coarse texture until my son convinced me of how great the kale salad he has been having for lunch. As a result, I found there are many uses for kale with various techniques in preparation as in salads, in soups and stuffing, and kale chips. The kale chips are a blast to make with their light, wispy-like quality. Stir-fry kale with garlic is exquisitely delicious in its simplicity. It is a great substitute for spinach in many recipes. Its sturdy texture doesn’t fall apart as easily as spinach does. I like it in my quiche for its chewier texture!
Are you fatigued by the summer heat and noxious air of the City? Has the Season's endless social whirl sapped your strength? Perhaps you have an aged relative who would benefit from a spa's healthful waters? My dear, you simply MUST visit Bath this summer! What was that, madam? No, no, not TAKE a bath (tsk, how vulgar these Americans are, referring to one's personal hygiene in mixed company!). I refer, of course, to the venerable City of Bath, in Somerset, England.
Summer Reading Club in the Children's Department begins June 26 and ends August 15 for New City Library cardholders. Children age 2 through those entering 6th grade are welcome to participate. We have programs planned for all ages, prizes, reading club packets, and plenty of books to choose from! Our Every Hero Reading Party will be held on Tuesday, August 18 and tickets will be needed. Come in or call for more details. We're looking forward to seeing you!
The good old days...How good were they? Well, if you want an idea what life was like in the past, say the 1940s and 1950s, you could ask grandma and grandpa, or, you could log on to the Grey House database, which contains This is Who We Were and Working Americans. Although it is not key word searchable, unfortunately, you can still find anecdotal and factual information by clicking on the table of contents of each volume to read the text. Both databases are based on print books, which are available to check out, but the on-line version is very convenient, and highly entertaining.
The delectable quiche is making a comeback! It is one of the most versatile dishes that can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. With an addition of a bright green leafy salad, it becomes a complete and satisfying meal. Made into bite-sized portion as mini quiches or cut in tiny squares, they are wonderful as appetizers for cocktail parties or eaten as snacks. It can be eaten hot or cold and perfect at room temperature which makes it conveniently portable for traveling or outdoor entertaining such as picnics, beach party, and road trips. Quiche can be dressed up elegantly to serve for formal occasions as well as casual get-togethers like potlucks. It is great in whatever season!
For creatures of myth, dragons certainly get around.
As long as we've been writing the history of ourselves, we've been writing about dragons. They're sculpted on Babylon's Ishtar Gate and described on Agamemnon's armor in the Iliad. They adorn a temple in Teotihuacan and are depicted in seashells beside a Chinese grave over six thousand years old. There are dragon legends from every continent except Antarctica (unless you count Dragon Glacier). You've probably heard some of their names before: Lotan. Tiamat. Fei Lian. Ladon. Yamata-no-Orochi. Quetzalcoatl. Y Ddraig Goch. Fafnir.