Celebrating our pets

Collage-animal booksFor those of us who have pets, we consider them part of our family. If you’d like to read about some memorable animal companions (and their families), we have some suggestions:

Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter     @SWAN    @LLD
Wesley the owl: the remarkable love story of an owl and his girl by Stacey O’Brien    @SWAN    @LLD
Oogy: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin      @SWAN    @LLD
A street cat named Bob: and how he saved my life by James Bowen       @SWAN    @LLD
Enslaved by ducks by Bob Tarte           @SWAN    @LLD
The dogs of Bedlam Farm: an adventure with sixteen sheep, three dogs, two donkeys, and me by Jon Katz         @SWAN    @LLD

You’ll find all of these (and more) in our library’s catalogs by clicking on the links @ SWAN and @LLD (Lisle Library District), or ask any of our friendly staff for assistance!

Celebrating home cooking with kids

Collage-cooking with kidsOne of the ways that many of us celebrate our homes is to do some home cooking. If you’ve got kids, what better way to spend some quality time and have some tasty results? Our libraries have a bounty of great books to get you started:

Starting from scratch : what kids should know about food and cooking by Sarah Elton     @SWAN @LLD
Cake mix cooking for kids by Stephannie Ashcraft     @SWAN @LLD
The family cooks : 100+ recipes to get your family craving food that’s simple, tasty, and incredibly good for you
by Laurie David     @SWAN @LLD
Best lunch box ever : ideas and recipes for school lunches kids will love by Katie Sullivan Morfod    @SWAN @LLD

You may find these in our catalogs by clicking on the @SWAN or @LLD (Lisle Library District), or just ask any of our friendly staff!

Celebrating American artists

Collage-Am ArtistsWhen we think of Celebrating Home, we can think not only of our personal homes, but about America. Today, we’re focusing on American artists. Our libraries have selections of books and DVDs on art, as well as biographies. Here are a sample of titles to get you started with exploring the world of American artists:

The watercolors for The birds of America by John James Audubon   @LLD   @SWAN

Brady’s Civil War: a collection of memorable Civil War images photographed by Matthew Brady and his assistants by Webb Garrison @LLD   @SWAN

Mary Cassatt: painter of modern women by Griselda Pollock   @LLD   @SWAN

Lorado Taft : the Chicago years by Allen Stuart Weller   @LLD   @SWAN

Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the community of artists who revolutionized American photography by Mary Street Alinder    @LLD   @SWAN

American mirror : the life and art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon   @LLD   @SWAN

Andy Warhol : a retrospective edited by Kynaston McShine    @LLD   @SWAN

Art 21.: Season one (DVD)   @LLD   @SWAN
Harlem renaissance: art of Black America, introduction by Mary Schmidt Campbell, et al   @LLD   @SWAN
Sister Wendy’s American collection by Sister Wendy Beckett   @LLD   @SWAN
Twentieth-century American art by Erika Doss  @LLD   @SWAN

You’ll find all of these (and more) in our library’s catalogs by clicking on the links @LLD (Lisle Library District) and @SWAN, or ask any of our friendly staff for assistance!

Celebrating cooking for teens

Collage-Teen Cuisine postWith the theme of ReDiscover as Celebrating Home, we’d like to focus today on home cooking for teens. Discovering different recipes or techniques can be fun for chefs of any age, but we’ve got some books that are great for teens, including these:

Teen cuisine by Matthew Locricchio     @SWAN    @LLD
Eat fresh food : awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold       @SWAN    @LLD
The green teen cookbook : recipes for all seasons–written by teens, for teens       @SWAN    @LLD
Teens cook : how to make what you want to eat by Megan Carle      @SWAN    @LLD

We’ve got loads of cookbooks in our libraries; just ask any of our friendly staff to show you where to find them! You’ll find all of these in our library’s catalogs by clicking on the links @ SWAN and @LLD (Lisle Library District)

Celebrating Legos!

Collage-Lego postDid you know that Legos date all the way back to 1932? And the first Legoland Park opened in 1968 in Billund, Denmark? Legos continue to be one of the most popular toys, and fun for all ages!

In the theme of Rediscover: Celebrating Home, we’d like to encourage everyone to take an opportunity to play with some of the colorful construction toys and see what you can build! At our libraries, we are always happy to provide some inspiration, like these materials:

LEGO architecture : the visual guide by Philip Wilkinson   @SWAN     @LLD
Cool creations in 35 pieces by Sean Kenney    @SWAN     @LLD
Cool creations in 101 pieces by Sean Kenney   @SWAN     @LLD
The LEGO neighborhood book : build your own town by Brian Lyles    @SWAN     @LLD
The LEGO ideas book : unlock your imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz    @SWAN     @LLD
LEGO play book : Ideas to bring your bricks to life by Daniel Lipkowitz     @SWAN     @LLD

You’ll find all of these in our library’s catalogs by clicking on the links @LLD (Lisle Library District) and @SWAN, or ask any of our friendly staff for assistance!   And, ask us at our libraries about the Museum Pass program, which includes Legoland Discovery Center!!