Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Snackin' and the Super Bowl

Perfect Partners
If you are planning a party for the... big... day... we offer a few quick book lists; titles sure to help you add a little "yum" to the festivities. Pick and choose from these and many other titles available at the library.

Pizza Party!
You can always order out but can also do it yourself.
My Pizza : the Easy No-knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home by Jim Lahey with Rick Flaste
Pizza : Grill it, Bake it, Love it! by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
Pizza on the Grill : 100 Feisty Fire-roasted Recipes for Pizza & More by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer

Image courtesy of eatright.org
Are You Ready for Some Popcorn?
Perhaps you missed National Popcorn Day on January 19th? There's still time to celebrate this odd holiday on February 3rd:
Popcorn Treats : Delicious Recipes for Savoury Snacks & Sweet Treats by Hannah Miles
Let's Cook with Popcorn! : Delicious & Fun Popcorn Dishes Kids Can Make by Nancy Tuminelly
101 Things to Do with Popcorn by Christina Dymock

Planning Ahead : Slow Cooking
Go with a theme : Mexican, Mediterranean, or French or pick and choose from:
150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson
The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth by Jonny Bowden and Jeannette Bessinger
The Everything Vegan Slow Cooker by Amy Snyder
Slow Cooker Revolution : One Test Kitchen, 30 Slow Cookers, 200 Amazing Recipes by the editors at America's Test Kitchen

A Sandwich By Any Other Name
Supply the ingredients and play make-your-own "sammich" with your guests.
Emeril's Kicked-up Sandwiches : Stacked with Flavor by Emeril Lagasse
Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day! : Revolutionary New Takes on Everyone's Favorite Anytime Meal by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes
200 Best Panini Recipes by Tiffany Collins
American Sandwich : Great Eats from All 50 States by Becky Mercuri
Panini by Melanie Barnard

Mix and Match on the Tasty Front
Snackin' around the big TV; have a happy football day!
Small Bites : Tapas, Sushi, Mezze, Antipasta, and Other Finger Foods by Jennifer Joyce
Salsas of the World by Mark Miller with Robert Quintana
Wings : More Than 50 High-flying Recipes for America's Favorite Snack by Debbie Moose
Gourmet Game Night : Bite-sized, Mess-free Eating for Board-game Parties, Bridge Clubs, Poker Nights, Book Groups, and More by Cynthia Nims

A Football Cookbook : Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah L. Schuette
Gluten-free Vegan Comfort food : 125 Simple and Satisfying Recipes, From "Mac and Cheese" to Chocolate Cupcakes by Susan O'Brien
America's Best Ribs : Tips and Recipes for Easy, Lip-smacking, Pull-off-the-bone, Pass-the-sauce, Championship-quality BBQ Ribs at Home... by Ardie A. Davis and Paul Kirk

Surf's Up : A Food-Friendly Feud
Peruse menu ideas for Baltimore or San Francisco fans from the foodies at Epicurious. If you're neutral, you can always tip your chef's hat to New Orleans.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Darcy...

Bennet Sisters, Too
On January 28th, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice celebrates its 200th anniversary. Read (or re-read the book), listen on CD or downloadable audio, watch the book-to-film (Hello, Mr. Firth), and please do expect the decade-long Austen craze to continue...

Quick lists in several categories:

Popular Fiction Inspired by Jane
Jane Austin in Boca by Paula Marantz Cohen
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison

Austen-Inspired Films
Becoming Jane
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Jane Austen Book Club

Non-Fiction Reads
A Jane Austen Education : How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter by William Deresiewicz
The Jane Austen Handbook : Proper Life Skills From Regency England by Margaret C. Sullivan
What Matters in Jane Austen? : Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan

Surf's Up for Austenites
You choice to link-to :
The Republic of Pemberley : for the very true-blue.
Jane Austen Society of North America
Austenprose : All that is Austen and then some.
Austentacious : Three American fans of the BBC share their thoughts...

... and our favorite : Pride and Prejudice as told through Facebook status updates, courtesy of DeeDee Baldwin.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Take Your Child to the Library Day!

The Name and Logo are copyrighted work held
by the Connecticut Library Consortium and
artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Used by permission. 

Let's Have Some Fun... Library Style!
Join us on Saturday, February 2, for a full day's worth of events all about you! For all ages.

Schedule of Events
Here's a quick line-up of scheduled events. For each event you attend, you may fill out a ticket to take a chance on winning a small prize at end of each event. All tickets will be entered in end-of-day Grand Prize drawing!

10:00 a.m. Story Hour
Join us for super stories about books and the library. We will also sing and dance, just in case you'd like to wear your favorite shoes (comfy, colorful, blinking, sparkly, sporty) for a shoe-riffic photo ready to share.

11:00 a..m. Craft : Owl Love You
Come join us for our "Owl Love You!" craft. This adorable owl craft, made entirely out of gently folded paper hearts and decorated with a potato stamp, comes just in time for Valentine's Day giving. For ages 4-8; registration is required.

12:00 p.m. Bookmark Design Contest
We'll supply the tools; you design a bookmark! Our contest will have three winners, based on age group. We will print 25 copies of each winning bookmark design for all to share and mark their place in a favorite book.

1:00 p.m. Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, and Get Cartoonized!
Get your face painted by local resident Cheri Kelley; learn to twist simple balloon animals with library staff member Phil Carr, or get a cartoon version of yourself drawn by Children's Services Librarian, Tim Guay!

2:00 p.m. Trivia Contest
What color do you get when you mix red and blue? What is the capital of France? What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? Join us for a trivia contest with a variety of questions for all ages levels.

3:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
Work in teams; decode clues; and use a compass to hunt for and find hidden treasures, small but nifty.

So Much to Do on Take Your Child to the Library Day!
Also plan to have some fun with :

About Take Your Child to the Library Day
Take Your Child to the Library Day is a Connecticut-grown, grass-roots project dreamed up in 2012 by Nadine Lipman, Children's Services Librarian at the Waterford (CT) Public Library. Now it's second year, this annual event created by Lipman and Caitlin Augusta (Stratford Library Association), has become a national campaign dedicated to bringing more children into their local libraries. As of January 16, 2013, 229 libraries (33 states, 3 countries, 1 province, and 1 school library) had signed on to participate. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Odd But Wonderful Holidays

Winnie the Pooh Day!
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh Day : Friday, January 18th
The creator of Winnie the Pooh, author A.A. Milne, was born on January 18, 1882 so quite naturally January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day! Take a little Friday time to share bear-time with your kids, plus Winnie's pals Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, and Christopher Robin. Click here for a quick list of titles.

Winnie the Pooh : Not Just for Kids?
Check out a Pooh wisdom adaptation courtesy of Forbes; this one rated one of the top 5 customer service articles at the turn of 2013's calendar year.

Pooh and Friends Originals
Check out Treasures of the New York Public Library.

A Pooh-Friendly Tune
Your choice to click on over to YouTube : House at Pooh Corner, performed by Loggins and Messina.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tax Form Update

Paper Forms
We understand many in our community traditionally look to our library as a convenient source of printed tax forms. Please note that the IRS has reduced distribution points for tax forms and libraries were included in the plan.

The IRS will provide us with a select number of forms. A few paper schedules have arrived but instruction booklets are not expected for a few weeks. Tax forms and instructions are first-come, first-served; we cannot set aside documents for you. Form racks are located in the library's lobby.

Form Downloads
Some forms are, however, now available online. We do offer free computer access to download tax forms from government web sites; printing is available for a nominal fee; i.e., 10 cents per page.
Federal Publications and Forms
Connecticut Publications and Forms

Beginning January 30
The IRS reports processing paper and e-file tax returns will begin starting on January 30. This year the filing deadline is April 15, 2013. According the IRS web site, households claiming key forms on their returns will be able to start in late February or March.

e-File (Federal)
Free File (Federal)

Tax Preparation Assistance
2012 Tax Centers List
Also check with the East Hampton Senior Center to determine if you are eligible to participate in an AARP tax clinic offered through the Center.

Friday, January 11, 2013


New Year, New You?
Well before the clock strikes midnight, we all resolve to make some sort of change in a new year. Whether you've resolved to exercise more, lose weight, spend more time with your family -- improve relationships, revive a set-aside talent, or try something new -- the library resolves to offer a variety of titles to support your goals.

Quick lists follow and don't forget to recommend a good read for library purchase, either online or in person.

Diet and Exercise
A few of the latest or most popular :

The Miracle Carb Diet by Tanya Zuckerbrot
The Digest Diet by Liz Vaccariello
Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook by Sarah Fragoso
Eat to Defeat Menopause by Karen Giblin and Mache Seibel
Body by You by Mark Lauren
Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook
Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies by Meri Raffetto and Wendy Jo Peterson
7 Years Younger by the Editors of Good Housekeeping
The First 20 minutes : the Myth-busting Science That Shows How We Can Walk Farther, Run Faster, and Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds

Making the Most of Your Gadget
Enjoy titles sure to appeal to the gadgeteer in you : smartphones, iPad, with several how-to books for popular tablets on the way. Don't forget a variety of resources, a few mentioned here, on how to achieve better digital camera results.

Relationship Building
Better family or work communication on your list for 2013? Here's a few on-point titles. Mix and match!

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Just Listen : Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Everyone by Mark Goulston
Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? : A Modern Guide to Manners by Henry Alford
Decisive Parenting : Strategies That Work With Teenagers by Michael Hammond

Personal Growth
From different perspectives :

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
The Big Shift : Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife by Marc Freedman
Making Good : Finding Meaning, Money, and Community In a Changing World by Billy Parish and Dev Aujla
Happier at Home : Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin
There's a Better Day A-Comin' by Ronda Rich
The Procrastination Equation : How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Things Done by Piers Steel
The Art of Procrastination : A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing by John Perry

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Don't Be Afraid to Just Call Me!

Reserve Notifications Just Got a Little Easier...
If you are currently receiving email notifications to pickup items you've reserved for checkout, you may also receive these notices on your cell phone. All you need to do is update your patron record and append your cell phone number to your email address.  Here's how you can opt in to the service:

Login in to your local library account. Your user name is your library barcode number, printed on the back of your card; the password is yours. If you don't know or remember your password, give us a call. We'd also encourage you to reset your password with some frequency as a hedge against losing your card.

Click on My Account
Verify your email account name then insert a comma, your cell phone number@ your provider's messaging address. Example? emailname@email.com,8605551111@provider.xxx

A Number of Cell Providers and Their Formats
Next time you stop by the library, pick up a quick list of providers and the format you'll need to use to accept a cell phone message.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

All Hearts On Deck!

Hearts On Hands Crunch Time...
By now, just about everyone in our community has heard about The Kissing Hand Mitten Project, conceived by our extraordinarily humble neighbor, Kim Piscatelli.

If you are not a knitter but would like to contribute your time, basic sewing skills and heart to the cause, here's one easy way to support the Kissing Hand Project:

Show Your Heart, Sew A Heart
Beginning Monday, January 7, you can pick up one or more mitten/glove kits at the library. Each kit contains a pair of mittens or gloves, felt, a 'kissing hand' heart template for the felt, and yarn. Sew one heart on to each of the mittens or gloves; also use the yarn to connect the pair. Work at the library as a group (we'll make room) or take a few kits home to share with your neighbors.

All completed Kissing Hand kits must be returned to library on Friday, January 11 by 3:00 p.m.

All of the kit components, 50 plus, were donated by local and area residents. Hope to see you Monday and let's get sewing!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Sports Page : 2012 Edition

Reader Up!
Sports books take up their fair share of slots on bestseller lists, both short and long. Here are but a few sports titles in our collection that found their way into the spotlight in 2012.

Fenway 1912 : the Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Season by Glenn Stout
Essential reading for any Red Sox fan.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
A baseball star at a small college launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people. The author's debut novel.

When the Garden Was Eden : Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the Old Knicks by Harvey Araton
A recounting of the 1970's Knicks and how they made their way to two NBA championships.

American Triumvirate : Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf by James Dodson
A celebration of three legendary champions on the centennial of their births in 1912.

Chasing Dean : Surfing America's Hurricane States by Tom Anderson
Re-released in 2012, a quirky read about science and surfing. Pair this one with fiction book, The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow or Susan Casey's non-fiction book, The Wave.

Girl Hunter : Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time by Georgia Pellegrini
The second book from a popular foodie blogger.

Eat and Run : My Unlikely Journey to Ultra-Marathon Greatness by Scott Jurek
The ultra-runner author opens up about his life and career as an elite athlete.

The Secret Race : Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle
Exciting, quick moving, shocking and winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

The Good Son : the Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini by Mark Kriegel
The story of fathers and fighters. Even if you don't watch boxing, this one's a great read.

Sweetness: the Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman
The challenging and not all glittery story of a Chicago Bears superstar.