Celebrating your own personal library

Collage-1-26 postIf you’re looking for a good “inside your home” project for these colder months, curating your own personal library of books can be a lot of fun. Even if you’re not a serious collector, it can be interesting to sort through your own books and organize them, and even look to see what you’d like to add.

Our libraries have some great books on book collecting, including:
Modern book collecting : a basic guide to all aspects of book collecting–what to collect, who to buy from, auctions, bibliographies, care, fakes and forgeries, investments, donations, definitions, and more by Robert Wilson  @SWAN    @LLD
Book collecting 2000: a comprehensive guide by Allen and Patricia Ahearn   @SWAN     @LLD
Novel living : collecting, decorating, and crafting with books by Lisa Occhipinti     @SWAN     @LLD currently on order
Instant expert: Collecting books by Matthew Budman     @SWAN     @LLD

You may find these in our library catalogs by clicking on the links @SWAN and @LLD (Lisle Library District)

Celebrating American composers

american composersDuring ReDiscover, we will be celebrating some American composers.   We have a wonderful selection of CDs at our libraries, including these by American composers.

Aaron Copland  (@LLD, @SWAN)
Duke Ellington   (@LLD, @SWAN)
John Adams   (@LLD, @SWAN)
George Gershwin   (@LLD, @SWAN)
Louis Moreau Gottschalk   (@LLD, @SWAN)
John Philip Sousa   (@LLD, @SWAN)

Clicking on the @LLD (Lisle Library District) or @SWAN links will take you to the library catalogs where you may see a list of CDs with music by these composers.  Or, come in and see us and ask any of our friendly staff for assistance.

Kids’ crafts to do at home

kids craftsOver the winter months, it can be tricky to keep coming up with ideas to keep kids from getting bored.  But your libraries have you covered!   We have a variety of books with all kinds of crafting ideas for kids to make your home more colorful.  Here are just a few of the great books you can find in our collections:
Trash to treasure : a kid’s upcycling guide to crafts by Pam Scheunemann  (@SWAN, @LLD)
Martha Stewart’s favorite crafts for kids : 175 projects for kids of all ages to create, build, and design (@SWAN, @LLD)
Hand in hand : crafting with kids compiled by Jenny Doh (@SWAN)
Super simple glass jar art : fun and easy-to-make crafts for kids by Karen Latchana Kenney (@SWAN, @LLD)
Creative crafts for kids : over 100 fun projects for two to ten year olds by Gill Dickinson(@SWAN, @LLD)
Side by Side: 20 collaborative projects for crafting with your kids by Tsia Carlson   (@ SWAN@LLD)

Click on the links to find these books in the SWAN catalog or Lisle Library District (LLD) catalog, or ask any of our friendly staff!

Homes away from home: Dorm Living

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The theme of ReDiscover is Celebrating Home, but for many students, college living means making dormitory life your home away from home.   And maybe you’re dreading returning to your drab, old dorm room?  We have some ideas to make over your living space!

Knack dorm living: get the room, and the experience, you want at college by Casey Lewis   (@SWAN)
Dorm decor : remake your space with more than 35 projects by Theresa Gonzalez  (@SWAN and @LLD)
Dorm room feng shui : find your gua,free your chi by Katherine Olaksen  (@SWAN and @LLD)
And don’t forget Pinterest — you can find plenty of ideas by looking for “dorm decor”

So while you’re home on break, you can get some new ideas to brighten up your school-year home!

Inside your home: Painting projects

Collage-painting booksAn easy way to make some dramatic changes inside your home is to use some paint.  Whether you’re looking at painting one wall, a whole room, or just some furniture, a coat of paint can make a big difference.   If you want some ideas, our libraries have a number of books on interior painting and techniques.   Here are just a few titles that we have:




100+ paint projects : fresh ideas for your home
@ LLD     @ SWAN
Paint style : the new approach to decorative paint finishes by Lesley Riva
@ LLD     @ SWAN
The paint effects Bible : 100 recipes for faux finishes by Kerry Skinner
@ LLD     @ SWAN
Dramatic faux finishes by Louise Hennigs
@ LLD     @ SWAN
Fresh coat : simple painting makeovers for walls, furniture and fabric by Shannon Kaye
@ LLD     @ SWAN
Decorative paint recipes : a step-by-step guide to finishing touches for your home by Richard Lowther
@ LLD     @ SWAN

We’ve included the links here to the SWAN and Lisle Library District (LLD) catalogs, but please ask any of our friendly library staff for help finding these books (and more)!

Cooking at Home with holiday recipes

Cookbook collage 1This week’s post to celebrate Home is about holiday recipes.   Whether you’re cooking for one, two, or fifty-two (or more), December can be a time to not only revisit favorite holiday recipes, but also try a few new ones.  Our libraries have a wealth of great holiday cookbooks, including these:





Holiday Food
by Mario Batali
Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings by Lindsey Nixon
The Chew, a year of celebrations: festive and delicious recipes for every occasion edited by Ashley Archer and Jessica Dorfman Jones
Feast: food that celebrates life by Nigella Lawson
Holiday cookies: prize-winning family recipes from the Chicago Tribune for cookies, bars, brownies and more
Holiday dinners with Bradley Ogden: 150 festive recipes to bring family & friends together by Bradley Ogden

These are just a few of the many wonderful cookbooks that you can find at the library!  To find these in our collections, please click on the SWAN link or Lisle Library District (LLD) link.   Or, ask any of our friendly staff!