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June 2009

Jun 5 2009

@!&$*%#*

by Lesley B

You can find comics in your newspaper — if you have a magnifying glass and if there’s still a paper published in your town. If not, you’ll have to  follow the paper and the comics to your computer. The companies that syndicated the comics to the papers have websites. Comics.com, United Feature Syndicate’s site, is the most generous, giving you 6 months of your favorite strip for free online and you can go all the way back to 1950 for Peanuts and to 1979 for Dilbert.  King Features, home of Baby Blues and Mutts, puts just 4 days online for free and lets you subscribe to the archives for an annual fee. Gocomics gives you a few days of one of my favorites, Calvin and Hobbes.

But Calvin’s Duplicator isn’t quite the same online. Where can you go to find comics printed on good old-fashioned paper? Next time you’re in the library, stroll on over to the books labeled 741.5973. That’s where you’ll find comic strip collections at the library. Calvinball players, unite!

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Jun 3 2009

It’s a Wonderful Writing Life

by Jnai W

Summer is in full swing and many of us are planning fun and creative ways to enjoy the season. Whether one is embarking on the vacation of a lifetime, plotting a relaxing, economical “staycation” (check out Amanda‘s blog post for great ideas on the subject) or planning to Be Creative @ the Library with the little ones (DCPL plug: check!) summer is the perfect time to allow one’s imagination to run wild.

My creative outlet of choice is writing (big surprise!) and I’ve just picked up a wonderful little book on the subject called The Writing Life by Annie Dillard. It’s a slender read–111 pages that go by in a flash–full of passages on the thrills and challenges of following one’s muse. The Writing Life touches various aspects of the writer’s task such as finding inspiration, the physical work of writing and even what it feels like when an idea goes awry or doesn’t develop in the way that one hopes.  This is a book about writing but I think it can apply to any endeavor of one’s creativity or passion. So follow your hearts, be creative and, if you’ve got some time, pick up this enjoyable, bestselling book at the Library.

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Jun 1 2009

To be healthy or not….

by Amanda L

As I was searching for something to post about on this first day of June, I discovered that I can be healthy or not depending on what I want to celebrate this month. June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month but it also National Candy Month.  So I’m asking you, do you want to be healthy or not?

If you want to be healthy here are some books that we have on fresh fruits a vegetables.

How to Pick a Peach: the search for flavor from farm to table

peach

The Farmers’  Market Guide to Fruit

Outstanding in the Field: A Farm to Table Cookbook

farm-to-table

The Produce Bible: essential ingredient information and more than 200 receipes for fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts

produce-bible

If you do not want to be healthy, try these books about candy:

Chocolate: a healthy passion

chocolate

The Ultimate Candy Book

candy-book

Candy and Me: a love story

candy-and-me

For now, I am choosing to be healthy maybe in the middle of the month, I will be bad!

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