Tuesday, December 17, 2019

WooReads Adult Patron Book Reviews: Take Care

Self care and self improvement are important parts of our lives. When life becomes hectic and busy, as it always does, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves. When we don't take the time to care for ourselves and grow as humans, other parts of our lives can suffer. Our WooReaders have reviewed some great titles to help you get back on track!

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Self-Care For College Students

By Julia Dellitt

This book would be helpful to anyone but especially to students considering going to college or who are in college because of all the important topics addressed which may be common sense but perhaps are topics too hard to talk about with someone and get feedback from them. The format is simple with five chapters of different self-care topics; they are: Mental Self-Care, Spiritual Care, Emotional Self-Care and Professional Self-Care. There are about twenty subtopics in each Self-Care chapter. The topics are what attracted me; the topics covered a range from Plan Your Weekly Meals to Surround Yourself with Positive People. Each subtopic is only one page which makes it an easier read. The book is 215 pages long.

~Wilhemina R.

Life In The Sloth Lane

By Lucy Cooke

A wonderful little book about a sloth. A perfect gift for your type A friends. Recommended by one of my meditation teachers and well worth the read.

~Frances N.

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work And In Your Life

By Spencer Johnson

A quick read on the obvious - changes happens, expect it, prepare for it, and enjoy the journey to a new place that may potentially bring us more joy. However, I can't help but fear that there is a greater ominous message, one that shifts blame from the perpetrator to the victim: Are you experiencing lay-offs (i.e. downsizing/right-sizing) in your company? You should have seen this coming and have structured your life so as to prepare for it. But what is one to do when such a change is unforeseeable? How many expected the recent great recession that resulted in transforming the lending and resulted in the loss of millions of jobs? It appears that the unfortunate message sent is - when a terrible event happens to you, don't waste your time trying to find out the cause and hold the person responsible to account, but shake it, sniff and scurry on to your next opportunity, provided there is another opportunity. Read it cautiously.

~Sharmarke A.

By Jessica W. Marventano and Catherine Crane Wallace

Manners seem like a given behavior. However, many of us have three or more environments where we socialize. Home is of course the first, school maybe the second and work the third environment. Sometimes the acceptable rules in each of these places may not be the same; so that is where a book like this is very helpful. This book comes in three parts which are: Branding (Personal Deportment), Business Etiquette and Dining Skills. Each part has about eleven subtopics. The topics covered include how to place silverware on a plate when resting between bites of food to introducing one friend or coworker to another using proper business etiquette. This book has 139 pages.

~Wilhemina R.

The Eight Sacred Responsibilities

By Cathy Mines

This is a life changing book. It reminds us of the steps to take to remember who we are and the power we have to create our lives. I love it and will continue to use it as a reference book.

~Frances N.

Monday, December 16, 2019

2020 Fuel Economy Guide

2020 Fuel Economy Guide
Fuel Economy Guide 2020

Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publish the Fuel Economy Guide to help consumers make informed decision when purchasing a vehicle.  The Guide features fuel economy, annual fuel cost, and emission information for new model year cars, SUVs, and light trucks.  A printable, electronic version is available here.

The DOE and EPA have also developed the fuel economy website www.fueleconomy.gov.  It features updated field economy date for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.  The website contains vehicle-specific air pollution emissions information, safety ratings, and provides links to car-buying websites.

If you're interested in saving money, reducing our nation's dependence on imported oil, and promoting cleaner air in our communities, this is the resource for you!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Norman Rockwell & Stockbridge at Christmas

One section of the illustration Stockbridge at Christmas.
Every year around Christmastime the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, recreates itself as depicted in the famous Norman Rockwell illustration Stockbridge at Christmas. Rockwell lived in Stockbridge for some time and used town settings and townspeople in his work. For this recreation of its 1967 Stockbridge at Christmas scene, Stockbridge has classic cars line the streets and offers a wide range of entertainment including caroling and taking a selfie as part of Norman Rockwell's Triple Self-Portrait. This year the Main Street scene will be recreated on Sunday, December 8th. You can find more event information on the Stockbridge website.

Whether or not you have plans to visit Stockbridge this year, you might want to read about Norman Rockewell. Though he was a talented artist who was loved by the public, he also struggled the opinions of art critics. If you want to learn more about him, here are some books to start with.

Norman Rockwell: A Life 
By Laura P. Claridge
Norman Rockwell’s successful career as a painter and illustrator has made him an American icon. However, the popularity of his idealized, nostalgic depictions have caused him to be considered not a serious artist but a “mere illustrator”–a disparagement reinforced by the memorable covers he drew for The Sunday Evening Post. Based on private family archives and interviews, this book reveals the driven workaholic who had three complicated marriages and was a distant father. Critically acclaimed author Claridge also breaks new ground with her reappraisal of Rockwell’s art, arguing that despite his sentimental style, his artistry was masterful and complex.

Norman Rockwell's America 
By Christopher Finch
Full-color and black-and-white reproductions of paintings, illustrations, and designs from the popular American artist-illustrator's sixty-year career are combined with a succinct text to provide a survey of Rockwell's skills and achievements as artist and visual social commentator.

Christmas with Norman Rockwell 
By John Kirk
America's best-loved artist, Norman Rockwell, presented a cornucopia of images throughout his career. He was fond of linking his subject matter to holidays and seasons - to Thanksgiving, or the Fourth of July, or New Year's Day - but above all to Christmas. If Rockwell can be remembered for any one body of work, it must be this. From December 9, 1916, when Rockwell's first Christmas cover for the Saturday Evening Post appeared, and continuing for three decades, the artist's annual Post Christmas cover was practically a national institution. As the clamor for Rockwell's Christmas paintings increased, he produced them for other magazines, and for cards, ads, illustrations, and calendars. This book features more than 50 full-color reproductions of Rockwell's most beloved Christmas season paintings, selected from every phase of his career and spanning a period of 60 years.

American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell
By Deborah Solomon
A biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself. As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Rockwell mingled fact and fiction in paintings that reflected the we-the-people ideals of America. Freckled Boy Scouts and their mutts, sprightly grandmothers, a young man standing up to speak at a town hall meeting, a little black girl named Ruby Bridges walking into an all-white school―here was an America whose citizens seemed to believe in equality. But who was the man who served as our unofficial "artist in chief"? Behind the folksy facade lay a a lonely painter suffering from depression and consumed by a sense of inadequacy. He was in treatment with the psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, and moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts so that he and his wife could be near Austen Riggs, a leading psychiatric hospital. According to the author, "Rockwell's personal desire for inclusion and normalcy spoke to the national desire for inclusion and normalcy".

WooReads Adult Patron Book Reviews: Biography Mix Part II

Sure we posted patron reviews on biographies in November. But this is a new month, and you WooReaders do seem to enjoy reading biographies! This mix includes a wide range, including one about Harper Lee, one about a fortune being spent, two about children, and one about mental illness. Browse these reviews and see if there's a book you'd like to try for yourself.

Don't forget to keep logging your books and writing your reviews! The winter is a great time to curl up on the couch with some blankets and a few good books.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
By Casey Cep
Reverend Willie Maxwell was murdered. It tells the tale of his trial and people involved. Harper Lee sat in for the trial taking notes, but never did anything with them. Interesting read but a little drawn out. 

~Karen S.

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
By Bill Dedman
What an interesting book! One certainly gets to see how the other half lives. Money does not give you the answers to everything. She seemed to do the best she could. Recommendation if you believe that you are just short of money to create happiness in your life, read this and begin to realize how complicated it really is.

~Frances N.

Dani's Story: A Journey from Neglect to Love
By Diane Lierow and  Bernie Lierow
Account of a 7-year-old neglected girl and the parents who adopted her into their family not knowing whether she would ever advance past the infant stage of development. Realistic, honest look at the red tape that is involved with a foster care adoption, and why many people give up. Wonderful story that will leave you knowing that if you suspect a child is being mistreated - say something, multiple times if you have to in order to not let this happen again.

~Linda J.

A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive
By Dave Pelzer
A Child Called It is a very sad book but also is a book I can’t put down😥

~Krista H.

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety 
By Sarah Wilson 
Not really self-help and not really a memoir, too scattered and there's no sense that all her tips and supposed insights have helped the author much. Because, it's actually about being bipolar, although the author attributes all her symptoms (including OCD, self-harm, PTSD) to "anxiety." An interesting book to read if you want to learn what mental illness feels like for this articulate and likable author, with some nuggets of wisdom along the way. Can't recommend it for persons diagnosed with anxiety.

~Jeanne G.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Get ready for Game Night!

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month is Game Night at the main library!

Dates: December 10, January 14, February 11

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Fiction area at the main library

Drop in at one of our game tables where you can choose from 8 games: Checkers, Chess, Scrabble, UNO, Clue, Trouble, Scattergories, & Catchphrase

Instructions on how to play will be provided, but if you want to get a head start check out the links below for each game.


Objective: Be the first player to move all 4 of your colored pegs around the game board & into your FINISH line. Try to send your opponents` pegs back to HOME.

Players: 2-4

Instructions: https://tinyurl.com/Trouble-Hasbro


Objective: Answer 3 questions about the murder of your host Mr. John Boddy of Tudor Mansion: Who did it? Where? With what weapon?

Players: 3-6

Instructions: https://tinyurl.com/Hasbro-Clue


Objective: Quickly fill out a category list with answers that begin with the same letter. Score points if no other player matches your answers.

Players: 2-6

Instructions: https://tinyurl.com/GameNight-Scattergories


Objective: Create words with lettered tiles. After the initial word is played, players take turns adding words to existing letters. Each tile is worth a certain amount of points. Player with the most points wins.

Players: 2-4

Instructions: https://scrabble.hasbro.com/en-us/rules


Objective: To capture all of the opponent`s men or block them so they cannot be moved.

Players: 2

Instructions: https://tinyurl.com/GameNight-Checkers

Objective: One player is assigned white pieces and the other black. Each player has 16 pieces to start the game: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights and 8 pawns. The object of the game is to capture the other player's king.

Players: 2

Instructions: https://www.chess.com/learn-how-to-play-chess


Objective: Be the first player to get rid of all the cards in your hand each round.

Players: 2-10

Instructions: https://tinyurl.com/UNO-Mattel

Objective: Be the first team to reach 7 points.

Players: 2 teams

Instructions: https://tinyurl.com/Catchphrase-Hasbro