Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!
This week’s You Are What You Read is in honor of Louise Parker Berry. As I am sure you are all aware, Louise is retiring after 35 years of being our fearless leader, tireless advocate, and all around cheerleader. You could not hope to work under a better woman. She has always allowed us to speak in our own voices without censure and that’s a really remarkable thing. Not many library directors would let me refer to Paul Newman as a hottie, or allow the weekly playlist to make an appearance. It is because of her that Darien Library is such a wonderful place and true gift not only to you all, but to the people who get to work here. So thanks Louise! We will miss you fiercely. This week we have pain, nostalgia, a confession, Paris, a disappearance, Manhattan and Berlin. And of course, we can’t forget The Playlist.
Let us begin!
The SoNo Loft, after being silent for the last two weeks, finally has a new message for us. It was worth waiting for and something I am sure we all can heartily endorse: SNO-MORE! Hopefully we will get some quality melting this weekend and maybe even a crocus or snow drop sighting. Those of you with witch hazel bushes in the yard can probably attest that they are either blooming or about to. They always feel like a sort of miracle to me this time of year with their golden blossoms and clean scent: a nice reminder that we are nearing the end of this endless winter. So I wish you a sighting of outdoor living plant material that is not an evergreen. That would be nice. Over the last weekend we went on a little road trip in hopes of a change of scene being a bit of a mood boost. This meant that there was driving on the Cross Bronx and it brings me to another sign of spring: Potholes. The Traveling Companion was riding shotgun and I swear it was a job akin to looking out for icebergs on a ship. We made it through without incident but it was sobering to see all the poor folks on the side of the road with flats and dead axles. Be cautious out there! This week we have a disgusting mess, some take-out, Paris, and a playlist that will provide some background music while your trusty Co-Pilot scans the road ahead.
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"This comprehensive manual collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as color photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and helpful how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as rust removal, throwing a cocktail party, and knife skills. For members of the tech-savvy new generation who can't cook but want to, this essential reference guide makes an ideal starting place and for those already at ease in the kitchen it's full of "who knew" moments for expanding their repertoire of great recipes." Source.
Go ahead, sharpen your skills by checking out Keys to the Kitchen.
This book is part of Big Library Reads, an OverDrive initative for communities to have unlimited access to an eBook for two weeks.
I don’t know about you all but I am exhausted. This new load of frozen from the sky has just about done me in. Native Americans called tonight’s full moon The Full Hunger Moon. Could it have been better named? I know I am not alone in being starved for some sun, the chance to show off a newly polished toe and a brisk stroll along a clean sidewalk. The Traveling Companion who is home now assured me that the warmer climes would not have made me happy because, “it was a little humid.” I was kindness personified and let him live. As if this week weren’t hard enough, we also have Valentine’s Day to deal with; a day fraught with ridiculous expectations, overpriced half dead plant material and bad restaurant meals. Erin, Stephanie and I curate a collection all year long to counterbalance this. It’s a little something we like to call 4-Ever Alone. This is a list of books and DVDs that we feel are full of cautionary material. So please, enjoy and in the true spirit of the day do a kindness, give someone a hug, make a child happy and consume some worthy chocolate. I am confident that Sweet Ann would totally endorse this message. This week we have some romance, a major victory, tragedy, a cross roads, some serious sadness, a hijacking, and a brain tumor. And we can’t forget The Playlist!
Let us begin!
Well, it’s been another rough week. We began the week with the Rodent predicting 6 more weeks of cold, harsh winter. And as if to drive that point home, we had Wednesday where the stuff from the sky took all the forms it could. There was water, ice and snow. Just a filthy time. But even with all of that I had a moment of hope on the train platform this morning. I was standing in my usual spot waiting for the train that is never on time and I noticed something rather amazing. The sun was warm. Yes, the air was cold, but the sun had warmth. It was a nice reminder that this is just a transient phase and we won’t be freezing, miserable and wedded to our ice scrapers forever. In related news, we are just 4 weeks away from changing the clocks. So, as the Traveling Companion (who, by the way, is in Warmer Climes this weekend and if he truly cared for me would have insisted on my company) says whenever he is confronted with my lack of sports acumen, “I am ever hopeful.” Let’s all borrow that one shall we? This week we have some Washington State, bad dialogue, diabolically cruel mothering, Paris, a First!, a return, some leftist leanings, and hope.
Let us begin!
Sweet Ann hopes that we are smiling this week and beginning our Spring countdown. The message from the SoNo Loft remains the same because I think that it is just too cold for them to change the banner. I am hoping like mad that the ridiculous PA Rodent does the decent thing on Sunday and casts no shadow. According to Wikipedia, the Rodent’s prediction is correct 75% to 90% of the time. Which, when you think of it, for weather odds is not too shabby? I cannot believe that I am alone in feeling over this entire winter thing and that the Polar Vortex can retreat to back to wherever it came from any time now. It was actually joyous this morning to be able to walk to my train station and not feel like I was destined to end up in some Emergency Room in warming blankets. What makes this especially sad is when you realize that it was maybe 20 degrees this morning. And I was carrying on like it was 70 and sunny. Yes. Hatless and almost skipping my way on my way to the station. This is what I have been reduced to feeling grateful for. On a happier note, I wish everyone a very Happy Super Bowl weekend and I hope it turns out the way you want it to. As for me, I could care less but I do love the yearly excuse to eat foods I turn my nose up at the other 364 days for the year. I did hear somewhere this week that Monday will be the busiest gym day of the year. Do with that what you will. This week we have some Scotland, Poland, a party (!), time travel, Iraq, dystopia, a tall drink of Texan water, and New Guinea.
Let us begin!