Eclectic Book Group (Lunch and a Book): November

The Eclectic Book Group (Lunch and a Book) will again be meeting in person on Thursday, November 18 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the Friends' Activity Room to discuss Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley.

For those who prefer to meet via Zoom, you may opt to attend this book discussion virtually – it is up to you! The registration process is the same for in person and virtual attendance. Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a Zoom link to join the discussion. 

For those that plan on meeting in person, simply come to the library. We will meet in the Friends' Activity Room.

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe--many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, November 18 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, October 14, 2021

Lunch and a Book will again be meeting in person on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Friends Activity Room to discuss Circe by Madeline Miller. For those who prefer meeting via zoom, you can still opt to attend this meeting virtually – it is up to you! The registration process is the same for in person and virtual attendance.

Circe : a novel by Madeline Miller
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources. For those that plan on meeting in person simply come to the library. We will meet in the Friends Activity Room.

Registration Required.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, September 9, 2021

Beginning in September, Lunch and a Book will again be meeting in person on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Friends Activity Room to discuss What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha. For those who prefer meeting via zoom, you can still opt to attend this meeting virtually – it is up to you! The registration process is the same for in person and virtual attendance.

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

From the heroic pediatrician who rallied a community and brought the fight for justice to national attention comes a powerful firsthand account of the Flint water crisis--a dramatic story of failed democracy and inspiring citizen advocacy and action. In the heart of the world's wealthiest nation, one hundred thousand people were poisoned by the water supply for two years--with the knowing complicity of their government. Written by the crusading pediatrician who helped turn the crisis into a transformative movement for change, What the Eyes Don't See is a devastating insider chronicle of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. Here is the dramatic story of how Dr. Mona used science to prove Flint kids were exposed to lead, and how she courageously went public with her research and faced a brutal backlash. With persistence and single-minded sense of mission, she spoke truth to power. The book explores the horrific reality of how misguided austerity policies and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. A medical and scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don't See grapples with our country's history of environmental injustice while telling the inspiring personal story of Dr. Mona--an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist--whose family roots in social justice activism buoyed her through the fight for justice in Flint. It captures a timely and essential story of how communities can come together to fight for social justice, even in opposition to their own governments.

If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources. For those that plan on meeting in person simply come to the library. We will meet in the Friends Activity Room.

Registration Required.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Summer is a great time to get out a learn a new hobby. Photography is a fun way to capture the world around you and the people you love. Not sure where to start? We have some excellent resources to point you in the right direction. Happy snapping!

Digital photography by Julie Adair King

The demand for high-quality photographs is higher than ever. Whether you're building your influencer rating online, capturing the moments of a child's life, or are looking for ways to improve your skills, photography know-how is a must-have skill. 

Digital Photography For Dummies helps you do more than pointing, shooting, and hoping for the best or slapping a filter on a camera phone shot. This book introduces you to the camera settings and techniques that separate okay pictures from frame-worthy portraits. It then explains how to apply those skills to capturing your own portraits, landscape shots, and high-action photos. 

Develop a better eye for image composition
Discover how to light photos better, including using natural light
Learn to get quick results in auto settings or take full control in manual mode
Discover the elements of exposure and how they influence the final product
Find instructions on taking a formal or casual portrait
Apply basic editing techniques to finalize your image

Go beyond photo apps and apply the techniques pros use for their images.

So you've taken tons of pictures, whittled the pile down to your absolute favorites, now what? Other than putting photos in frames and hanging them on the walls, there is a wide world of creative ways to display and keep photos for years to come. Enjoy!

The book covers all the basic papercraft techniques, many of which can be achieved using only paper, scissors and glue. There is even a chapter on materials as well as a useful tools section for more advanced papercrafting techniques.

Once you've got the basics covered, you will be amazed at the variety of paper techniques there are to explore. Various paper treatments are covered in the sections on colouring, decorating and texturing. You will learn how to make beautiful cards for family and friends in the cardmaking chapter, and add a special personal touch to gifts by making your own envelopes, giftwrap and gift boxes. The scrapbooking chapter is packed full of ideas on ways to preserve memories of trips and events. Decorative techniques can be found in the papercutting and origami chapters, and there is a final chapter on other papercrafts which includes techniques such as papier maché, decoupage, quilling and advice on the best ways to make your own paper.

Have you ever wanted to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt? What about the Amazon River? Or the Great Wall of China? While it is difficult to travel to so many far off places, we have some amazing books you can read that can transport you there in your imagination. Someday you may stand at the foot of the Parthenon in Greece, but for now fill your mind with images, stories, and facts of places far away and in your own backyard.

 

After you have had your fill of travel, head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

In 1910, Captain Robert Scott prepared his crew for a trip that no one had ever completed: a journey to the South Pole. He vowed to get there any way he could, even if it meant looking death in the eye. Then, not long before he set out, the telegram arrived: "Proceeding to Antarctic - Roald Amundsen." What was to be an expedition had become a race. One hundred and eight years later, Captain Louis Rudd readied himself for a similarly grueling task: the first solo crossing of treacherous Antarctica. Then came the Instagram message: "On Nov. 1, I depart for the ice - Colin O'Brady." What was to be a journey had become a race. For fans of Michael Tougias' The Finest Hours, this gripping tale of two history-making moments is perfect for budding scientists, survivalists, and thrill seekers.

Exploring other places on our beautiful Earth is an amazing experience. While you are saving your money for your next big adventure with your family, give these great travel stories a shot. You just might find your next vacation destination!

 

Then, head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Off to see the sea by Nikki Grimes

Bath time is full of magic. The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes to get little one clean.

Welcome to the Snap a Photo Square on your 62 Days of Summer Journey.

There are so many ways to capture visual reminders of a summer well-spent. We hope you can use this square to get you started on a new hobby, new way of looking at things, or to just grab some new memories and hold them close.

  • We have some great materials to help you learn how to take amazing photos in your backyard or of the people you love.
  • Are you ready to step up your game? Try looking at the art of taking photos in a completely different way using Pokemon Snap, available for the Nintendo Switch.
  • Once you have stacks of your favorite shots, be sure to check out our upcoming program on Photo Organization and Preservation.
  • Are you more into the decorative side of photography? Let someone else take the photos and then you can embellish them for scrapbooks and crafts.

 

When you finish, head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

A Biography tells you all about someone's life. In these fantastic new additions to our JBIO collection, be prepared to be taken to other places, times, and lifestyles. Who knows? Maybe it will be your Biography or Memoir that we have on the library's shelves to share with a new generation of kids and adults.

JoJo Siwa : fan favorite by Heather E Schwartz

Fans of JoJo Siwa-or as she calls them, Siwanators-know JoJo's personality is as colorful as her bows. Learn all about how JoJo danced, laughed, and sparkled her way to fame and her own business empire.

Do you love bright, rainbow-hued clothes? Have you ever wanted to know how to create those bold patterns yourself? Yes? Oh good! Step right up to the Tie Dye square on your 62 Days 62 Ways map and let's get started.

For a fun in person activity, join us for Tie Dye Fun here at the library!

 

When you finish, head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

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