Preview Shelf: November 2017

November 23, 2017

By Dianne Combs, Reference & Local History Assistant

Okay, all you girls who loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books, raise your hands if you would like to know more about Laura’s life from a book that keeps you interested even as an adult. We recently added “The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” by Marta McDowell, to our new non-fiction shelf (813.52),and it is filled with maps, plant drawings, family photographs, Garth Williams’ beloved original illustrations, and many other visual delights that will add to your enjoyment of this book.
Chapter one starts with young Laura, and her family’s farming experiences in the woods of Wisconsin. Just reading the description of the back-breaking work of clearing the land, hunting for meat, keeping the cows, and the garden growing is exhausting. The work involved for Pa was unending, and the contribution made by Caroline and the girls was not without measure.
“Farmer Boy,” the second in the ‘“Little House” series, is the topic of the second chapter. Laura’s love, Almanzo, grew up near the small northern New York town of Malone, on a farm extending south from the St. Lawrence River. He learned much of his farming skills from his father, but also from the schooling he received in town. Potatoes, pumpkins, corn, apples, and other kitchen vegetables grown on the farm kept the family eating throughout the year. The author recounts the story of Almanzo’s mother, Angeline, in growing, processing, dyeing, weaving, and sewing together his suit for school.
Having lived in Kansas once, I completely understand the quote from “Little House on the Prairie,” describing their time in that state –“The land the you couldn’t see the end of.” Working in the CDPL Local History department, I did some digging around using our on-site library access, and found the Ingalls family in the 1870 Census of Rutland Township, Montgomery County, Kansas. I have to tell you, I was giggling like a little fourth-grader when I found it! I also found that their next-door neighbor was Dr. Tann, described in this book, who lived with his parents, and was probably a former slave. Living on the Kansas prairie, Laura acquired a love for wild flowers that would follow her throughout her life.
Throughout this book, McDowell keeps us close to the earth that the Ingalls and Wilders were so passionate about. Beautiful photographs and illustrations bring Laura and her families close to us as we read through their lives. Several appendices provide information to help you grow your own “Little House” garden.
If rereading the “Little House” books interests you, these books are available in multiple copies in our children’s department, along with several being online on Overdrive, our digital download resource. Several biographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder are also available in the CDPL collection.
Are you interested in knowing more about your own pioneer family? At CDPL, you have free access to Ancestry and Heritage Quest where you can search for census records, birth and death records, and other significant information. We also have many local resources, including newspapers, both online and on microfilm. Our reference department staff is eager to help you become acquainted with our local history resources. Please stop by the second floor reference desk, or call 765-362-2242 ext. 117 for more information.

November 16, 2017

By Lynette Ziuchkovski, Reference & Local History Librarian

Tis the Season to create some Joy! With a little time before the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s, now is the time of year to do some warm and cozy indoor crafts that can bring joy to friends, family, and gatherings.

Check out your favorite holiday music from Hoopla, mine is the “Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi Trio. You can borrow up to five at anytime, and replay them during your parties, or while you create your gifts.

“Creative Cardmaking: A Complete Guide” by Mary Jo McGraw (745. 5941 Cre) is a wonderful book that offers step-by-step instructions on how to make your own greeting cards. I have loads of coloring books that are for adults that include pictures and inspirational words, and after going through this book I now have a purpose for my coloring! The instructions are easy to follow and there are many stencils and patterns for cards, shadow boxes, and stationery paper. The tools needed for many of the projects are items that you may have around your house like glue, glitter, X-acto knives, and construction paper. One of my favorite ideas from this book includes taking photocopies of family photos, sealing them with clear glue and designing frames around the image to create a very personal greeting card.

Maybe you are more creative with a crochet needle and some yarn. “Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books” by Cindy Wang (746.43 Wan) are perfect stocking stuffer-sized creations from books we all know. The Frankenstein Monster is an adorable little thing that even includes instructions on how to create the little neck bolts! Fans of the video game Little Big Planet will love these little “sack people” of the Wizard of Oz characters that even includes a tiny Toto.

“Fast Polymer Clay: Speedy Techniques and Projects for Crafters in a Hurry” by Sue Heaser (731.42 Hea) is like an instruction book for adults who miss playing with playdough. Polymer clay does need to be baked in an oven to harden, and following the instructions in this book you can create anything from picture frames (for the designs you create with the “Creative Cardmaking”), ornaments, refrigerator magnets, jewelry, place settings, and a snowman that will not melt. Templates are in the back that can be photocopied.

Looking for stunning ideas for the jewelry lover in your family? Find inspiration, and instructions, in “Creative Beading: The Best Projects from a year of Bead & Button Magazine” (745.594 Cre). This book is for the advanced beader with most of the projects calling for a variety of beads that result in marvels that any person would be proud to wear. If you are just beginning your journey into beading perhaps the eBook (available from e-book provider, Overdrive) “The Complete Photo Guide to Beading” by Robin Atkins is more your pace. Great for beginners, this book is filled with photos and easy to understand instructions. Have questions about using OverDrive? Please give us a call at 765-362-2242 ext. 117.

Happy Holidays from CDPL!


November 9, 2017

What’s a plant-based diet anyway?

By Angela White

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.”

~Michael Pollan

Heart disease. Type 2 diabetes. Chronic autoimmune diseases. Obesity. These are a few of the major health concerns plaguing our country and community today. In response to those threats to our health, we are looking to get healthy again but navigating new diets and fads can be overwhelming.

Maybe you’ve watched some documentaries like Forks Over Knives, Fast Food Nation, and Food, Inc. so you are interested in learning about a plant-based diet. So what does it mean to eat a plant-based diet?

A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

Switching to a plant-based diet won’t mean you’re automatically super healthy. You can eat non-dairy ice cream and frozen veggie pizza every day, but that doesn’t mean you’re any healthier. Technically, Oreos do not contain animal products but can hardly be called “healthy”. There are plenty of plant-based junk foods out there, so if you want to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet, you need to commit to focusing your diet on healthy, whole foods.

Deciding what your plant-based diet consists of will make transitioning easier because having guidelines you set yourself makes turning down foods that don’t fit in your plant-based diet less difficult. You will need to decide if meat is off the table for good or maybe just fewer nights a week. What about cheese or eggs?

As with any new habit, it’s easier if you have people who help you stick to it. Find friends who are willing to try new plant-based dishes with you, or who are open to going to restaurants that have plant-based options. You should also check out Facebook and Meetup to see if there are any local plant-based groups in your area (try terms like “vegan” and “vegetarian”). Groups like these will help you expand your support network and give you a wealth of knowledge to tap into as you continue on your plant-based diet.

Here at the library, we want to help you expand your support network and learn more about this popular eating style. Please join us for a new program called Plant-Based Living: The Pros and Cons of a Plant-based Diet on Thursday November 16th at 6pm. We will be joined by Monica Nagele, Registered Dietitian, with the Purdue Extension to learn the ins and out of a plant-based lifestyle that includes a meal for taste-testing! She can answer any diet-related questions that you may have about plant-based eating. Call the library at 765-362-2242 ext. 117 today to register your spot. Attendance is capped at 15 participants, so please call soon.

November 2, 2017

Preparing the Family for Deployment
Getting Ready for Your Soldier’s Deployment
Gearing Up for Military Deployment

By Dianne Combs

Maybe your family is a many-generational military family. Perhaps you or your spouse served. You know all of Grandpa’s war stories. But nothing prepares you for that moment when you send your own child to the military. Maybe he or she has been yearning to “Go Army” for years, or like our son, who came home out of the blue with the enlistment papers already signed. I had been a National Guard daughter and wife for years, staying home with the house, the kids, the disasters, the bills, and the grocery shopping. Boot camp was hard, but really didn’t prepare us for what’s about to happen when our son gets sent “on rotation” to a far-away post soon. Here at the library, we have many resources to guide you through your soldier’s deployment. Most of these helpful books have a Red Cross symbol on the label.
“Mom’s Field Guide–What You need to Know to Make It Through Your Loved One’s Military Deployment,” by Sandy Doell (355.12 Doe) is a practical book for guiding you through deployment. The first chapter is about mail and foods that may be easily sent outside the states. A neighbor’s son returned from overseas recently and I asked what was hard to get — “CANDY!” he exclaimed. The next topic is “To Do Before Deployment.” Make sure that your soldier has his financial affairs in order. Checking account? Credit cards? Debit cards? Power of attorney? Bill payments? Get all this squared away before deployment. What to do with vehicles? Our soldier’s car will sit at home. In my spot. In the garage. Because I love him. Know that your soldier will write a will before leaving. Chapter 6 is about the all-important — Staying Informed! Do I listen to the news all day every day, or wait for a rehash from my spouse? The book wraps up by discussing ways to get support for your family on the homefront during deployment. There is a great checklist in the back for filling care packages. The Blue Star Mothers frequently have a collection point at the library for anyone wanting to help fill boxes for our local military. Have questions about the Blue Star Mothers? Please call Chapter President Gayle Sosbe at 362-5713.
In “Home Fires Burning,” (355 Hou) Karen Houppert recalls her year-long contact with five wives at Ft. Drum in New York during their husbands’ deployments. Gritty and real, this book brings to the reader the struggles, loneliness, and sacrifices experienced by these women in a very truthful manner. It is a hard read, but for the family at home, this book helps you to see in real terms what your military family is dealing with.
“Operation Military Family” by Michael Schindler (355.132 Sch), “A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members,” a PBS publication (355.12 Han), and “Women in the Line of Fire,” by Erin Solaro (355.0082), are just some of the resources available at CDPL to help your family prepare for a loved one’s military deployment.

Need help finding these resources, or have other questions? Please ask at the second floor reference desk, or call 765-362-2242 ext. 117 for more information.