You Might Be A Closet Librarian If ...

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You might be a closet librarian if:

1. You own more books than six people could read in a lifetime.

2. You own eyeglass leashes (yes, even if they are "just for sports").

3. You use books as bookmarks in other books.

4. When someone says "card catalog," you don't think of Hallmark.

5. You often say, "I don't know the answer but I know how to find it."

6. In an argument, you have a stack of magazines and books.

If you answered "yes" to the majority of the questions, the library would love to have you join our volunteer program. Come in and talk to Kathy.

News and Views from the New Book Shelf

"Rachael Ray 2, 4, 6, 8 Great Meals for Couples or Crowds." This is a 30-Minute Meal cookbook. Trying to halve or triple recipes when groups get larger or smaller can be confusing. Rachael Ray's latest cookbook comes to the rescue with 30-minute menus broken down by numbers. Cozy dinners for two, family suppers for four, friendly feasts for six and celebratory spreads for eight. No matter how big or small, your meal is never more than 30 minutes away.

"South Beach Heart Program" by Arthur Agatston, M.D. is part two of the prevention strategy that kept his patients out of the hospital and off the operating table. This four-step action plan, which can detect, prevent and even reverse heart disease, involves heart-healthy eating, regular aerobic and core-strengthening exercise, state of the art diagnostic testing and the latest heart proactive medications as necessary. Just as millions of people have successfully adopted Dr. Agatston's South Beach Diet, now millions can lead longer and healthier lives thanks to his South Beach Heart Program. Living without heart disease is clearly within our reach.

"Picture This: Ideas to Create Unique Wall Art" by Jo Rigg. Using simple craft techniques and low-cost materials, it is easy to produce individual wall art. Each project is accompanied by clear instructions and inspirational photography. Use wallpaper, photographs, paint, fabric ribbons and more to create a variety of different pieces. Get creative and in no time at all, you can make stunning pieces of art for your walls.

"Jazzy Jeans" by Mickey Baskett. Use a variety of fabulous techniques from appliqué to painting to create a one-of-a- kind look on jeans. It's easy to emulate the exotic appearance of batik, a wax-resist dying method that originated in Asia. Turn drab jeans into terrific ones. There is no need to let your jeans give you the blues because they are blah-looking. No need to stop wearing them. Jazz them up instead. You can even turn your jeans into something new like a great bag, skirt, apron or pillow.

Fiction

"Daddy's Girl" by Lisa Scottoline

"Innocent in Death" by Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb

"High Country Bride" by Linda Lael Miller

"Assassin Ring" by Elizabeth Hayden

"Step On a Crack" by James Patterson

DVDs

"Sideways"

"Man of the Year"

"Peter Pan"

"A Good Year"

"Babel"

"U.S.A. Softball Instructional Series" -- 4 DVDs

"Eragon"

Review

And now we go to Miss Emily Arnold, our young adult book reviewer. She has two outstanding books to share with you.

"Miracles on Maple Hill"

Reviewed by Emily Arnold

This is a touching story of a young girl named Marly. Marly's father has just gotten back from World War II and is not the same anymore. Her father is now more gloomy and ill-tempered than ever. Marly, her mother and her brother are worried that if they don't do something soon, he'll just waste away. So they decide to move to Marly's great grandmother's old house out in the countryside on Maple Hill. When they arrive, Marly meets her mother's old friends, Mr. and Mrs. Chris, a charming couple. She also uncovers the marvels of the old syrup-making maple trees that Mr. Chris so diligently collects sap from. As they settle into their new life, cleaning up their new land, and helping Mr. Chris with harvesting his sap, Marly begins to think that maybe her father just might get better after all. In this delightful book, you will truly be touched as this youthful girl discovers how beautiful nature is and how wonderful family is too, along with all the other Miracles on Maple Hill.

"Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand"

Reviewed by Emily Arnold

The outfits stunning actresses wear as they walk the red carpet can't be as magnificent as these. You'll ooh and ahh as you flip through the pages of "Fairie-ality." The skilled author of this adorable book has made miniature fairy outfits that are breathtaking. And guess what the ensembles are made of? Flower petals, leaves and feathers. You'll wish you were the size of a fairy when you look at these enchanting outfits.

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