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Think of the successful leaders you know.  They probably have one trait in common – the ability to communicate effectively.

This FREE six-week Youth Leadership Program, sponsored and conducted by members of the Conackamack Toastmasters, will be held Tuesday evenings from September 30th through November 4that the Main Library.  Young Adults ages, 13 – 18 are eligible to participate.

This program provides an emphasis on specialized speaking and leadership skills.  (For more information please visit the YA Calendar.)  Space is limited, and registration is required.  All interested young adults must contact the program coordinator Sheila Mason at Sheila.mason1@gmail.com to register for the program.

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Labor Day traditionally signals the end of summer (learn more about the holiday by clicking the link or checking out one of our books on the history of the day). We won’t have reading prizes until winter again, but don’t worry, we have plenty of book recommendations to keep your mind sharp!  Why not try one of these suggestions collected by TED, from people like Rashida Jones and Bill Gates.  You can also check out the list they compiled last year.  They say they’re for summer reading, but we think they’re for all year. And if you read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and want more check out this list.

We hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and can’t wait to see you when we reopen Tuesday, September 2!

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This week’s staff pick is “Simply Sensational Cookies” by Nancy Baggett.  With school back in session and the end of summer, you might need a pick me up, and what better way than a batch of delicious homemade cookies?  The staff has tried several recipes from this book, and they’ve all come out so well that the results don’t last long.  The directions are easy to follow, each recipe is marked as to it’s level of ease (and many are ‘very easy’), and we recommend reading the blurbs at the beginning of each recipe because she has some great tips like rinsing raisins in hot water to keep them plump and from drying out the cookies. Her introduction is also chock-full of great baking advice.  This book passed our staff test, and we highly recommend it any time you need a new cookie recipe.

“Sophisticated, contemporary cookie recipes from one of America’s most respected baking experts. From bestselling cookbook author and award-winner Nancy Baggett comes “Simply Sensational Cookies, ” a delicious collection of cookie recipes that covers both the classics that mom used to make and modern, innovative ideas for the adventurous baker. Whether you’re a novice baker, an experienced cook, or a parent looking for new treats to try, this is the ideal cookbook for cookie-lovers, with more than 200 recipes ranging from fast and simple no-bake preparations to challenging projects for experienced bakers.Features more than 200 recipes, from traditional cookies like chocolate chip to sophisticated, savory cocktail nibblesIncludes gorgeous and inspiring full-color photography throughout Nancy Baggett is also the author of “Kneadlessly Simple” (Wiley) and twelve other highly respected cookbooks

Whether you need quick treats for the kids to snack on or fancy fare for your next cocktail party, “Simply Sensational Cookies” offers a wide range of recipes that will satisfy your every craving.”–From Goodreads.com


Simply Sensational Cookies

Nancy Baggett

Published: Sep 26, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Unfortunately for many, school will be back in session soon, if it isn’t already. Reading textbooks and memorizing facts isn’t very interesting, we know (unless you’re Hermione Granger). On the bright side, there are lots of people looking into textbook alternatives and looking for new, creative (and hopefully more fun) ways to learn.  For instance, Amplify Learning is working on all kinds of electronic learning projects, you can read a little about it here and at their website.

There’s also a lot of great open source education out there, like Khan Academy, Open Culture and websites like MathTV.

The library has tons of books on teaching and learning as well. Come in and check out the 370s.

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Sadly, summer is coming to the end.  August 30 is the end of young adult summer reading! Don’t forget to log your books so you can collect your prizes and raffle tickets and be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing. August 30 is also the LAST DAY to collect prizes (and log reading) so come in soon!

If you’re in the children’s summer reading program, don’t forget to come in and collect your prizes! You can no longer log your books, but hurry in to get your prizes and something new to read.

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