Preview Shelf: May 2017

May 18, 2017

Summer Reading

By Suzie Baldwin

You know how there are movies where almost all the songs are recognizable … well; Grease is like that with millions. Summer Nights popped into my head one day and I knew what the theme of Summer Reading should be! Instead of Summer Loving had me a Blast … Summer Reading Had Me a Blast will be the tag line! Thus, we are “calling” all Adults because we are ready to have some fun with the 1950’s Grease theme. Tuesday, May 30th will be the first day to sign up.

Each week will either include a theme which was present in Grease or a time era throughout history. Music, love, friendship, fashion, cars, summer, school (education), and teenagers will all be included. Fiction or Non-Fiction books can be chosen but we do ask that the books be checked out from the Crawfordsville Public Library.

Re/Max, Clements Canoes (canoe package), Sugar Creek Players (tickets for the theater), Suanne Milligan, Brad Gonso (Edward Jones), Gould Body & Paint, Best Nails, Mayor Todd Barton, HHSB (backpacks), Scaggs Designs (made our awesome shirts & a few will be given as prizes), Crawfordsville Golf Course (golf package), Emily Burke (string art), Plaza Lanes (Strike Pack), American Sewing Guild (is making a quilt – for one of the grand prizes), and the Yountsville Mill Garden Bed & Breakfast (Grand Prize will be a 2-night stay) are all sponsors thus far. If you would like to donate, we would be thrilled to advertise for you, too. Any donations could be dropped off at the Circulation Desk or give us a call and we will gladly pick something up. Donations could be as simple as a haircut or a $10 gift card. The Adult patrons enjoy being spoiled and anticipate prizes just like the youth.

Other exciting events occurring at the library in the upcoming months are: Pressure Cooker Demonstration Class on Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 1:00pm, a Harry Potter party on his July 31st birthday, a Writing Workshop given by author Jo Taylor (MoCo Native) on Saturday, August 5, and Hegemony and Holocaust: State Power & Jewish Survival by Wabash Political Science Professor Ethan J. Hollander on Monday, September 25, 2017. Other events are always being added – just check our calendar. Every week Yu Gi Oh (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and Chess (Thursdays at 6:30pm) meet. Deweys Do is a book club and meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at 6:30pm. The Friends of the Library Book Sale is also the 2nd Saturday of every month in the basement. Or, if you are interested in Genealogy come to a Genealogy meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm.

So, get ready for fun and come enjoy … Summer Reading Had Me a Blast!

May 11, 2017

By Dianne Combs

If you are a lifelong gardener like myself, then this time of the year finds you trying to remember what worked last year, what you wanted to do differently this year, and where you left your tools. I have gardened all my life, and I have the fingernails to prove it. I like learning more about becoming more productive in less time and less space as my body becomes less and less willing to crawl around in the dirt for hours. Fortunately, CDPL has quite a collection of gardening books, and in particular, books on permaculture, such as “Gaia’s Garden: a Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd ed.,” by Toby Hemenway. What is permaculture? It is form of sustainable landscaping that includes native plants, food plants, trees and shrubs as windbreaks and wildlife food sources, and much more. There is an abundance of information in this book, and it is easy to read and understand, as it was written to be used by everyday gardeners. There are many diagrams, charts, and pictures, which helped me to grasp the new ideas presented on a topic that I thought I already knew a great deal about.

“Gaia’s Garden” is divided into three parts. Part one describes how to better use the ecosystem in your garden. You learn to interplant, plant closer together, plant in zones, and plant to fit your style of gardening. There is no “one size fits all” in permaculture. Zone One is where you spend most of your time, with native and beneficial flowers, and easily available food plants. Zone Two is for fruit trees, fruiting and native shrubs, berry bushes, and hedgerows planted with a variety of insect- and bird-friends shrubs. Here you may also grow big production vegetable beds for potatoes, tomatoes, pole beans. If you have the space and the intentions, Zone Three can be neatly trimmed fruit and nut trees, with interplantings of gooseberry, paw-paw, persimmon, and other understory food-bearing plants mixed with larger trees.

Part Two discusses enhancing your soil, water use and conservation, multi-use plants, and planting to increase the population of beneficial insects, birds, and other animals–yes, that might even mean creepy-crawlies that you don’t usually think about needing in your ecosystem.

Part Three goes on to instruct the reader in having plant communities and urban gardens. There appear several great lists and diagrams here to help you get started. Making the most of the space you have can be done by using keyhole beds, polyculture, square-foot and biointensive gardening techniques.

At CDPL, we have many books on permaculture: “Basics of Permaculture Design,” by Ross Mars; “Food, Not Lawns,” by H.C. Flores; and “The Permaculture Garden,” by Graham Bell.

There are also several books on permaculture available on Hoopla: “The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture,” by Christopher Shein; “The Permaculture Transition Manual,” by Ross Mars; and “The Permaculture Handbook,” by Peter Bane are just a few. Have questions? Please contact us by calling 765-362-2242 ext. 117, or stop by the reference desk the next time you’re in the library. We hope to see you soon!

May 4, 2017

All the Queen’s Men

By Lacey Wallace

“Feeling like a hero, but I can’t fly
No, you never crash if you don’t try
Took it to the edge, now I know why
Never gonna live if you’re too scared to die”
— Goo Goo Dolls

Linda Howard writes romance suspense. Normally if a book is considered suspenseful, I like to read the last chapter first. I know, I know… It’s not the proper thing for a reader to do because it ruins any surprises the author has in store for the end. In my defense, I just like to know what kind of ending I should be preparing for and what items to have within reach while reading (a box of tissues, glass of wine, etc). “All the Queen’s Men,” was different. I simply didn’t have a chance to flip to the back as there was no good place to pause once I started the story; I was immediately drawn in. I couldn’t, even if I wanted to, get up and put the book down to pour a glass of wine or grab a tissue. It was a late night of reading and I don’t regret one minute of lost sleep.
“All the Queen’s Men” is not new, but the story is timeless in its relevance. Niema and her husband, Dallas, go to Iran on a CIA mission with a couple of other agents including the notorious and elusive John Medina. Trouble and tragedy hit when Dallas goes into a warehouse to plant some explosives. Niema is listening on the radio and hears not only her husband get shot, but also the explosion that ends his life. Due to her incredible loss, she goes from being an adventure seeking communications expert who jumps at every opportunity to do field work for the CIA to a play-it-safe, keep-a-routine, tech nerd with a desk job.
Years later, John Medina, the agent with a legendary reputation, comes across a mission that needs a special undetectable bug that a certain tech nerd just invented. He needs to convince Niema that it’s time to get back out on the field and live again. Niema craves the danger, but is reluctant after seeing how it can all go wrong. Her mission is to modestly entice a French arms dealer, gain his trust, so that she and Medina can plant her bug in his office. Niema does her part almost too well, learning secrets that can put her life on the line. When the mission gets way more complicated than they expect, she and John are on the run with only two guns and blood pumping wildly through their veins. This, however, is when they thrive.
Find out how this adrenaline-filled story ends by checking it out or placing a hold today! If you haven’t read a Linda Howard novel yet, please stop by and grab the missing piece to your reader’s archive. “All the Queen’s Men” is available in the Adult Fiction collection at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.