At the Library: Celebrate the joys of doing it yourself

At the Library: Celebrate the joys of doing it yourself

In case you missed it, the National Book Awards ceremony took place last week, at which a number of books published in the United States over the last year were celebrated, and their authors honored with this prestigious award. This column is not about these awards, though. Not really.

Please don’t get me wrong — I really wanted to write a column about the awards ceremony, as well as the incredibly deserving winners. I look forward to hearing about new and noteworthy works, and enjoy adding them to my ever-growing list of “books to read in the next 8 years.” However, with the end of the year rapidly approaching, and the holiday season in full swing, I just couldn’t work up the enthusiasm to write a column worthy of these great works of literature. So, I will have to return to them sometime next year. Note: If you are NOT like me, and would like to check out the 2017 award winners now, give us a call or go online and reserve: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward, “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia” by Masha Gessen, “Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016,” by Frank Bidart, and “Far from the Tree” by Robin Benway. I hear they are quite good.

Currently, my list of check-outs (and my nightstand) is crammed full of books of a much less literary nature: Do-it-yourself crafts and cookbooks. This time of year always has me in the kitchen trying out new recipes — usually ones full of butter and sugar — and working on small home décor projects. So, for the crafts fans out there, check out these great books:

“Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update, & Show Your Home Some Love” by Sherry and John Petersik.

I stumbled upon this great book a few weeks back while shelving at work, and couldn’t help thumbing through it. The authors, who have a successful blog called “Young House Love,” have been fixing up houses for years, and have great tips and ideas for sprucing up a home on a budget.

“Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Ideas to Savor and Share” by Lucy Baker.

I’m a huge fan of homemade gifts for the holiday, and who doesn’t enjoy receiving delicious treats? This book includes 75 recipes for various edible treats, broken down into categories such as “Jars”, “Sweet”, and “Boozy” — so many ideas beyond jams and jellies!

“Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book.”

As a librarian I (shockingly) have way too many books at home, and often “rescue” old books that others would throw out. This book has some great ideas for recycling (or, “upcycling”) such books and creating some great decorative items. In fact, it has inspired a library program: We will be holding an “Altered Book” workshop on Dec. 7, and making some fancy items like bookmarks and paper flowers! Give us a call at Reference for more information!

Top-requested books■1. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham■2. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child■3. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly■4. “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben■5. “Origin” by Dan Brown■6. “End Game” by David Baldacci■7. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng■8. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich■9. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate■ 10. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles

Top-requested movies■1. “Dunkirk (2017)”■2. “Despicable Me 3”■3. “Atomic Blonde”■4. “The Glass Castle”■5. “The Dark Tower”■6. “Baby Driver”■7. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”■8. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”■9. “War for the Planet of the Apes”■10. “Dunkirk (2004)”

Top billingFor All Ages■MONDAY — 6-7:30 p.m., Treasure Talk – Uncovering Westerly’s Hidden Waterways: An Excavation of the Stillmanville Canal – Don’t miss the final presentation in our Treasure Talk series! Rebecca Nolan will talk about the history behind the Stillmanville Canal; 6-7:30 p.m., Cookbook Club – This month, we will be sharing recipes we have prepared from Ina Garten’s The Barefoot Contessa Foolproof! Contact the Reference Department for more information, or to register. ■TUESDAY — 4-5 p.m., Teen Escape Room – Can you use your wits (and work with others) to solve codes and puzzles and escape to room in 45 minutes or less? Register now to see if you’ve got what it takes; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit & Crochet Club – Bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – Practice your mindfulness and breathing on our third floor Terrace Room! ■WEDNESDAY — 10-11 a.m., 1-to-3-Year-Old Storytime – Enjoy a fun-filled, interactive storytime with your little ones.■THURSDAY — 10-11 a.m., 3 to 5 Year-Old Storytime – Join us for an hour full of stories, rhymes and crafting fun; 3:30-5 p.m., Teen Anime – Hang out, watch anime, sketch/draw, and snack on Pocky and Ramen; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome. Chess sets and roll up boards will be provided.■FRIDAY — 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics – Shoreline Robotics will be meeting in our Makerspace biweekly. Meetings are for teens aged 12-17 only.

Cassie Skobrak is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


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