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Animals on the Move

Monday, March 7th, 2016

If you have ever dreamed of having a safari adventure in South Africa, take a moment to browse through some memorable moments of a recent trip. In December of 2015, I travelled to South Africa with my husband to spend six days on a wildlife reserve. During that time we moved through the wilderness in a jeep, as we tracked giraffes, zebras, elephants, cheetahs, hippos and rhinos. This trip could become a reality for you, or at least an armchair excursion, with Fodor’s  The Complete Guide to African Safaris, or a video of South Africa.

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Some awesome interactions we witnessed were: an elephant and white rhino confrontation, zebras and giraffes running from a charging rhino, a cheetah on a casual walk…right by our jeep, and a group of hippos munching on dried grasses. Just imagine that you were in the jeep with us, so close that you could see the eyelashes of an elephant, the spots on a cheetah, and ticks on a giraffe’s neck! If this leads you to wanting to know more, you can research all these facts in our South African mammals collection.

Along with these interesting memories, I also enjoyed reading the book, Cover image for The elephant whisperer : my life with the herd in the African wildThe Elephant Whisperer: My life with the herd in the African wild, by Lawrence Anthony.

This inspirational  story takes the reader on a journey; with the true -to- life guide that purchased a reserve, and adopted a herd of wild elephants to roam across his magnificent land. This was definitely a trip to dream about!

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Sip and Learn about Caffeine

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

As the last chill of snow swirls away in the gust of March winds, many will reach for a cup of coffee to revive them. It is no wonder that March is Caffeine Awareness Month, and that the daily craving enhances the mood and personality of those who endulge in a hot coffee. To understand the influence of this hot beverage on human cravings, what better book to read than Starbucked or The Daily Fix.

Starbucked     The Daily Fix       A Cup of Friendship       Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty

Both of these books will delve into the tale of caffeine, routines,slumps, culture, and the commerce of coffee.

For even more interesting tidbits on coffee, take a grind at who first introduced coffee to the world. Legend has it that goats enjoyed eating the berries, and the caffeine buzz made them dance! If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, sit back and read A Cup of Friendship or Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty.  All in all, take a moment to enjoy a cup of joe, and welcome spring as it bursts forth this month.


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Can You Build It?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Join in at your local library for the opportunity to build the best of your imagination!  It will be a time to build creativity, family time and bonding in many of your local libraries during the Family Building Bricks Party. To enjoy the event you might want to read up on building ideas by using several of these titles, or better yet, follow a YouTube demonstration:

And for those who enjoyed hearing the line from the classic baseball film, “Build it, and they will come,” Field of Dreams would be a good warm-up for baseball’s opening day! As fans eagerly approach the nostalgia of baseball games throughout cool spring days and lazy days of summer, a few titles to bring on the game could always be enjoyed. Furthermore, the history of the game could be followed quite easily by browsing the variety of media available.

So, if building with bricks, imagination or sports is your favorite pastime, join us at your KDL library to take a swing!


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Sing the Cold Away

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

 As the cold and flu season lingers on, it might be worthwhile to just start singing!

A study that began in 2009 concluded that singing can create a positive effect on people’s health. The study found that singing can improve lung capacity, improve mood, reduce stress, influence the immune system and create a positive perception in socializing. With that in mind, it might be worthwhile to look at KDL’s Freegal database — where you can download three titles a week — and begin singing along with your favorite artists. You can also watch target=”_blank”>YouTube videos that can create smiles and laughter with the smallest of voices!

Another action to “just feel good” would be to share singing with others. As the month of March has been labeled “Sing to your Child Month,” any type of silly songs would be sure to amuse youngsters.  With a variety of silly CDs available, singing in March could really blow the blues away! And if you think you might need extra coaching, try some new reading material, such as “The Music Instinct.”

With the benefits of laughing, making noise, interacting with the young and enjoying the whispers of spring air, singing can really hit the right notes with you!



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Peep This!

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

As I contemplate the arrival of Easter, I wonder if we are eagerly awaiting the time of renewal, or the amount of Peeps treats in the Easter basket! With that in mind, I began to wonder what it is about Peeps that gets mouths watering. To find some intriguing facts about this sugary treat, check out the book Peeps: A Candy-Coated Tale:


Though “Peeps” is originally thought of as the sugary treat found at Easter time, the word has also developed into several slang terms. In 1994, the term “peeps” became popular through the use of it by song artist and actor Jamie Foxx. He used the phrase “peep this” for someone to check it out, or take a look.  “My peeps” was also a popular phrase in Rapper Nas‘ album Illmatic, where the phrase was used to refer to “my friends.”

As with all friends, we are eager to share our ups and downs with them, as is found in the book Mates, Dates, and Chocolate Cheats. This young adult novel touches on the joys and concerns of teens, as the character is tested in friendship and self esteem.  To top that off, a movie recommendation for the season is The Easter Story Keepers, a movie that can shed light on the story of Easter.

So, however you choose to enjoy the arrival of Easter, be sure to share it with your peeps — either your friends, or the sugary treat!

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Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The day that our nation has been anticipating for 9 months (not a baby), the presidential election, is just around the corner.  It will be a day of changes, time of waiting, and the right of every registered voter to participate. Several books and websites on our 2008 election wiki page are available to help a voter be prepared to vote, but will you be prepared for a long wait?


I think a good book at your side will make a long line dwindle, a clock tick faster, and anxiety melt away. Be sure to take this opportunity to choose an entertaining book about politics; everyone needs a little excitement for the hectic day.

If the day seems stressful to you, maybe a good workout would relive some tension. I recommend some videos that will take your mind off voting, and put a little sweat in your day! After that, maybe a relaxing evening with a recipe from “Cooking with Friends” will prove once again that communities do matter.

However you choose to cast your vote, I hope these ideas will make your day in history count!

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How Do You Celebrate Halloween?

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

With October racing around the corner, many are planning parties and costumes. With a little help from a variety of resources, you can plan the best one yet! Many books are available to get in the Halloween mood, as well as several movies to work up some blood curdling screams! For those more interested in history, The Haunted History of Halloween is available to watch.

Of course, what is a halloween party without a carved pumpkin! To do more than just the ordinary, carve a pumpkin with a little pizazz. It will be simple with The Pumpkin Carving Book by your side. With many amazing ideas, your pumpkin will be sure to shriek of creativity!

Good luck, and have a safe and tasty Halloween night!

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The Kids Are Back in School!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Summer is ending, kids are back in school, and now you will have the chance to relax! What better way to do that than with a good book to read. At this time you might want to start a new series, or just pick up a few good ones to enjoy.

One of my favorites to enjoy is “A New Leash on Life”,A New Leash on Life

by Emily Carmichael, which is part of the Corgi Series. This is an animal romance series that highlights a group of friends and their pets in each book. It is a lighthearted and enjoyable read!                 

To have the whole afternoon to read, be sure to prepare meals in advance from “You’ve Got it Made”, by Diane Phillips. Of course, the kids will enjoy work from “Cookies, Brownies & Bars”, by Elinor Klivans, when they come home tired and hungry. 

                                                         Cookies, Brownies, and Bars

We hope you enjoy all the resouces your library has to offer for an enjoyable afternoon!

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Personal Best

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Does anyone know what a duathlon race consists of?                


Well, I will be happy to fill you in, as I am training for one now. It is a simple version of a triathlon that does not include swimming. This race usually consists of a run (usually a 5K), a 20k bike ride, and a second run. With great trepidation and timid enthusiasm I have been training for this race which takes place on August 10. For anyone that is interested in raising their fitness level a notch, read about how to train for a race now. It might be the “Break away” you are looking for!  Maybe you will be ready for one, too!         


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Late night read!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Boy, was this book worth the 2:30 am curfew!

I truly enjoyed the characters and story line that was so realistic that I could actually sense Alice’s fear and joy as she becomes acclamated with society once again. In Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah, a young abondoned child, Alice,  is rescued and in need of psychiatric help.  As she progresses with the constant love and intervention  of Dr. Julia Cates, her life is threatened to be turned upside down once again with the arrival of a mysterious man.  Let us know if this book touches you as it did me!

For other similar reads you might try The Loop by Nicholas Evans, which is about a young son of a farmer out west that loves the pack of wolves that leave so near.  Another intriguing series to try would be The Cedar Cove Series written by Debbie Macomber, another fascinating writer!

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