There is a myriad of benefits to be reaped from doing things yourself. You can hone a new skill, ponder and appreciate the end result, and often save a lot of money in the process. Plus it is very satisfying to reply to compliments with, "Thanks, I made it!" Below you will find a few books in our collection to walk you through a wide range of tasks and projects.
John Lennon released the popular song Happy Xmas (War is Over) in December 1971 with the Harlem Community Choir singing back-up vocals. Now a well-known Christmas song, it was ostensibly written in protest to the Vietnam War and serves as a reminder of this turbulent time in American history. Thirty years ago, John Lennon was assassinated in front of The Dakota apartment building in Manhattan while on his way home from the recording studio with his wife. After the jump, you will find a list of books about this prolific singer and activist as well as historical accounts of the Vietnam War and America during the 1960s.
On Tuesday, November 30th at 7 p.m. Mark Schenker of Yale University will present:
"As Webster Is My Witness": Language, Lies and Laughter in Mark Twain
More information is available here.
In the meantime, enjoy these absorbing works by or about the late Samuel Langhorne Clemens, more commonly referred to as Mark Twain.
Native Americans were living in North and South America for thousands of years before Christopher Columbus reached the so-called "New World." At this time, Connecticut was inhabited primarily by the Mahican, Mohegan, and Pequot tribes.
In support of Native American Heritage Month, EBSCO is providing complimentary access to their Native American Archives for the month of November. Whether tracing your heritage or learning about Native American history, original records shed new light on the people and events of the past. Over 1.5 million images are available for the first time on the Internet.
In addition, the library has a broad collection of books on Native American crafts, food, religion, history, and titles written by contemporary Native American authors. Check out the list for these fascinating reads.
The cycle goes around and around...each generation has to eventually assume the role of caregiver for the one before. For many of us, that means watching out for aging parents (and even grandparents), often while raising our own families. Health and housing, money, transportation, and eventually end-of-life decisions are all difficult topics, but there is help and hope out there.
We have a special display of Elder Care books available on the 2nd floor this week and would be happy to help you choose titles that fit your needs, whether you're in the midst of a transition time now or are looking ahead to the future. Included are books on choosing a nursing home, Alzheimer's, exercise, family dynamics, macular degeneration, and many more issues specific to older adults and their caregivers. The books are all part of our nearby Body & Soul section, just as seniors are part of our families and commmunity as a whole. See our list of recommended titles below or stop by to browse the larger selection of Elder Care resources at Darien Library.
Photo by Flickr user marymuses.
Privacy concerns are nothing new to Facebook users, but the latest changes to the FB site are causing quite a stir. The FB blog responded to the most commonly asked questions, but concerns linger.
Why the fuss? The social sharing features (also called plug-ins) introduced last week open up personal information far beyond the FB site, expanding its network throughout the web. By not changing your account settings, you are automatically opting in to the new "Open Graph" social sharing service. What does this mean? FB has partnered with Pandora, Yelp and Microsoft Docs to create instantly personalized sites that cater to your personal likes. Are you a fan of Ben Folds? Pandora will create playlists based upon his style of music, whether you ask for it or not. If you prefer to keep your information private, here are some great articles from PCWorld that will walk you through the process of tightening up your account infomation.
Facebook Safety: A Primer: Friends aren't all bad and this article provides easy-to-understand explanations with a step-by-step guide on how to make friends safely.
Facebook: 5 Privacy Settings You Must Tweak Now: The essential information regarding the latest changes with easy-to-follow instructions for protecting your personal FB information.
Facebook's New Features and Your Privacy: What You Need to Know: An in-depth description of the five new features introduced by FB, along with an explanation of how they impact your privacy.
Websites for cooks and foodies abound. There's one for every niche, to be sure, but here are some of our favorites.
Big recipe sites offer variety and lots of reviews and commentary.
www.epicurious.com - recipes from Gourmet &Bon Appétit and a good weekly e-mail newsletter
www.allrecipes.com -recipes submitted by both corporations and home cooks, with lots of commentary and reviews.
www.cooks.com - this site doesn't have reviews, but it does offer a huge number of recipes and helpful articles with cooking techniques.
Cooking magazines have great websites. Often, you must be a subscriber to the magazine to get access to all of the information and features, but what is freely available can still be very helpful!
www.finecooking.com- easy to use site, with great navigation
www.marthastewart.com/food - as you might expect, Martha Stewart's website offers a very thorough recipe search engine.
www.vegetariantimes.com - the biggest vegetarian magazine out there, this site is a great place to look if you're a vegetarian, are feeding vegetarians or just want a delicious meat-free dish!
Food blogs are everywhere and we could get lost clicking around the wonderful recipes, food writing and mouth-watering photography created by professionals and amateurs alike.
simplyrecipes.com- great tips and tricks section.
www.101cookbooks.com - the author is known for her food photography and the site is largely vegetarian, with an emphasis on natural and organic food.
bitten.blogs.nytimes.com - Mark Bittman’s food blog at the New York Times.
www.seriouseats.com - fun video section with “best of” videos from the web that feature celebrity chefs, food-related news stories and goofy parodies.
thepioneerwoman.com/cooking - step-by-step photos of wonderful recipies.
www.pinotandprose.blogspot.com - a children's librarian who loves to cook!
bakerella.blogspot.com - baking and sweets!
www.kitchenography.typepad.com - a Baltimore-based food blogger
www.doriegreenspan.com - Dore Greenspan lives in CT and Paris and is a professional food writer and recipe maven.
melissamccart.wordpress.com - Counter Intelligence. Articles, recipes and commentary.
www.dessertfirst.typepad.com - more pastry from someone who teaches baking classes.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have celebrity chefs. You know them and maybe you love them.
Other yummy sites for cooks and foodies.
www.cookthink.com - weekly postings on ingredients- think you know couscous? wondering what's the deal with rhubarb? Find out here.
www.winewebcentral.com/winepairing - pair food and wine effortlessly with this cute tool.
video.nytimes.com/video/playlist/style/the-minimalist/1194811622323/index.html - video cooking tips and instruction from Mark Bittman
www.jbfawards.com - James Beard Foundation gives awards for cookbooks, design, cooking and food media.
www.ez-calculators.com/measurement-conversion-calculator.htm - how many teaspoons in a cup? find out with this food conversion calculator
www.foodbuzz.com - a very social cooking site, like facebook for foodies.
www.cookingforengineers.com - hilarious cooking tests that require a lab coat and goggles.
www.yelp.com - reviews of everything, but strong on restaurants
chowhound.chow.com - chatty reviews and recipe boards
www.chow.com - parent site to chowhound with recipes, videos and blogs