Preview Shelf: February 2017

February 23, 2017

Cookbooks for busy families

By Suzie Baldwin

If you are already a cooking guru or if you just want to find a way to speed up the cooking process for those nights you have two meetings and a ball game to attend, this article might just be the one for you. On Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00pm the library will be hosting a class about Air Fryers. Then, on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:00pm in the basement of the library there will be a demonstration on how to utilize pressure cookers (ex: Instant Pots).
The library has purchased 3 new books regarding Air Fryers (discussed in this article) and two about Pressure Cookers which will soon be available for check out (or to be placed on hold). Meredith Laurence (the Blue Jean Chef) has penned a cookbook called Air Fry Everything! Laurence is also the bestselling author of four other cookbooks and boasts “You should be as comfortable in the kitchen as you are in your favorite jeans!” This 300 page book offers ideas for creating fried food fast without the added fat, calories or guilt. There are 130 all new, flavor-bursting recipes, including restaurant makeovers, like Blooming Onions, Chicken Wings and Skinny Fries.

Linda Larsen’s (author of 28 cookbooks) new The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook teaches proper usage of timing, temps, oil options and purchasing the best machine for you. Larsen has worked for Pillsbury and Malt-o-Meal and is a Busy Cooks Expert at The 154 page paperback offers ideas for Mixed Berry Muffins for breakfast, Tuna Zucchini Melts for lunch and Spicy Thai Beef Stir-Fry for dinner. The inspiring meals are baked, grilled, roasted and also steamed.

Lastly, Jeff Jones has published Air Fryer Cookbook offering 320 healthy, quick & easy recipes for YOUR air fryer. I randomly selected page 44 and found a Four Cheese Pizza recipe and a Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Lasagna. There are a limited number of ingredients (which I greatly appreciate) and simple step-by-step directions with 12 and 10 minute cooking times respectively – who wouldn’t want to have an extra hour back of their day … well, an Air Fryer will provide the opportunity to spend less time in the kitchen and more time reading other books and spending time doing something you love! Come see us or give us a call to attend the classes or to check out other books on any numerous topics. We would love to help you find books about a new hobby or just a CD to listen to while waiting for Spring to arrive.

If you are interested in attending either of the classes please call the Circulation Desk at (765) 362-2242 x 109 or e-mail to sign-up (so there is ample supplies/food available) so you can learn and enjoy! Until next week, read, read, read!


February 16, 2017

The Digital Drop In

By Angela White
Greetings from the tech department of Crawfordsville District Public Library. My name is Angela White. I am the new Digital Initiatives Librarian here and I am very excited to tell you about a new service we are offering. It’s called the Digital Drop-in.
We’ve all had issues with technology but surviving in today’s world without our gadgets is nearly impossible. But who can afford private computer lessons or the hourly rate of a Geek Squad member? Well, your library wants to help.
Patient CDPL staff will be available in the library’s main lobby next Monday, February 20th, from 4pm to 6pm to work with you one-on-one to answer your tech questions.
Whether it’s:

  • basic computing skills like using the mouse or finding out what a browser is
  • troubleshooting an issue with your smartphone, laptop, or e-Reader
  • opening an email account
  • making a Craig’s List post
  • changing your Facebook security settings
  • learning how to use your iPad or tablet
  • formatting an Excel spreadsheet
  • learning how to Google
  • getting your photos off your phone or digital camera
  • filling out online job applications
  • downloading free books, music, movies and magazines to your device or computer
  • using all the free electronic resources available through CDPL

We want to help.
Here at CDPL, we aim to build confidence in the community using digital devices and technology. We want to provide answers to questions that people have about how they can accomplish their tech goals but perhaps just don’t know how.
As with all good things, there are limitations. We are not able to fix broken hardware, or keep any devices for repair. We cannot guarantee that we can provide an answer or fix. If our staff aren’t able to help right away, they will do some research in order to provide more information at the next session. Our recommendations are our opinion but you are ultimately responsible for your device, and all patrons will be required to sign a liability waiver. Each consultation is limited to 15 minutes if there is a wait. Please have your device fully charged, connection cables if appropriate, and know your sign-in information and passwords.
There is no formal class, sign up or registration. This service is free. Laptops will be available for those who don’t have their own computer or device but still have questions. All kinds of queries are welcome, from the quick and easy to the more complicated. All ages are welcome. Just bring yourself, your questions, and your tech. I can’t wait to meet you.


February 9, 2017

John Le Carre Spills All His Secrets in Memoir

By Dianne Combs

John Le Carre is one of the world’s great spy novelists. In his new memoir, “The Pigeon Tunnel–Stories From My Life,” he takes us on a name-dropping trip through his adventurous life. Born David John Moore Cornwell, he was not always an author. While attending university in Bern, Switzerland, as a teenager, he was recruited by British Intelligence and became a dropper-of-messages, and a do-er of this and that. He shone as a student of German literature and gives this study credit for giving him the desire and ambition to visit post-war Germany, and later to study German at Oxford. He purports that studying German “fed my incurable romanticism and my love of lyricism.”
In the first chapter, “Don’t Be Beastly to Your Secret Service,” Le Carre throws out some well-known names of spies-turned-novelists who had to disguise their antics while working with MI6 so as to not break the Official Secrets Act. Later he relates that he would not have become the writer he did had he not been given rigorous instruction in prose while training at MI5. His mentors, classically educated officers, would rip his writing to shreds and hold him to the exacting standards of their editing. He makes known stories of Kim Philby and George Blake, two British double-agents, whose stories later influence his writing of “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
In chapters three and four, he shares stories of being at the British Embassy in Bonn in the early 1960’s. Part of his job was to escort German politicians to Britain. An extremely uncomfortable job at times, it could involve introducing young German parliamentarians to London’s charms — um, all of them.
“Theatre of the Real” is a chapter outlining his encounters with Yasser Arafat while gathering information in Palestine for his famous book, “Little Drummer Girl.” He tells of traveling through this war-torn land as if he were the main character in the book, “Charlie,” who is loosely based on his sister. In the book, Charlie is to be recruited to become an Israeli spy amongst Palestinian and German terrorists. His encounter with a Palestinian who has been deprived of his land in 1948 helps him to find the rage needed by his character to push her towards second-guessing her mission.
In “The Biggest Bear in the Garden,” Le Carre imparts his stories about knowing two very likeable KGB officers. With Vadim Bakatin, who was given the “poisoned chalice” job of clearing out and cleaning up the KGB by Gorbachev in 1991, he muses about the spy business. Yevgeny Primakov, while in London as Russian Foreign Minister, communicates his frustration with both Western and Middle Eastern politics.
If you love reading spy novels and the intrigue of international relations, “The Pigeon Tunnel–Stories From My Life” is the perfect book for you. This title is available in both regular fiction and large print collections at CDPL.


February 2, 2017

Essential Oils Program

Jodie WilsonBy Jodie Wilson

Ever wonder why Essential Oils have recently gained such popularity? On Monday, February 6, CDPL will be hosting an Introduction to Essential Oils class at 6:30 p.m. in the Donnelley Room. It would be a great opportunity to find out just what the buzz is all about, and why some people use them in place of harsh chemicals for cleaning, to create a healthful atmosphere, even to create personalized beauty products.

Can’t make it to the class? Even if that time doesn’t work for you, CDPL can still help you find answers to your questions about this popular topic. CDPL has a great number of Essential Oil resources that will provide in-depth information including instructions for use, warnings and medical contraindications, and other necessary details that are often left out in short internet articles. Check out our books, “Essential Oils Every Day: Rituals and Remedies for Healing, Happiness, and Beauty,” by Hope Gillerman (2016); “Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” by Althea Press (2013); or Healing Oils: 500 Recipes for Aromatherapy,” by Carol Schiller (2016).

If you’re interested in the role Essential Oils play in wellness, perhaps you’d like to explore the following titles, keeping in mind that consulting with your own qualified medical professional is a critical step when dealing with health issues. “Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing,” by Althea Press (2015); The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt (2011); and “Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails: The Definitive Guide to Essential Oils That Could Save Your Life in a Crisis, ” by Scott Johnson (2014) may be titles of interest.

Hoping to replace some of the commercial beauty products you use with something more natural? Consult “The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams and Herbal Gels for Your Mind and Body: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes,” by Marlene Jones (2011). Or try “Green Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Natural and Organic Skincare, Hair Care, and Body Care Products,” by Julie Gabriel (2010). “The Natural Soap Book: Making Herbal and Vegetable-Based Soaps,” by Susan Miller Cavitch is another option on this topic.

Aromatherapy is clearly a very popular subject, and most of our books on Essential Oils are checked out almost immediately upon return to the library, but here’s a little-known secret: you can reserve these books by placing a hold on them! Go to our website at Click the “check your account” link that appears in the “Quick Catalog Search” box. You’ll need your log-on information: your library card barcode information, as well as your PIN or password. Once you search and find the item you’d like to borrow, click on the “place request.” When the item returns to the library, we will keep at the desk for you for 5 days, and we’ll contact you using the e-mail address or phone number you set up on your account.

Don’t like to wait? Hoopla, our digital collection, features even more free-to-you offerings on the subject of Essential Oils including: “The Aromatherapy Garden,” by Kathi Keville (2016); “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” by Valerie Ann Worwood (2016); and “The Expert’s Guide to Aromatherapy & Essential Oils for Health: A-Z of Ailments and Natural Remedies to Treat Them,” by Daniele Ryman (2015). These e-resources are immediately downloadable, and are always available! If you have questions about Hoopla, or our essential oil resources, please give us a call at 765-362-2242 ext. 117.