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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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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown is this week’s staff pick.  Our staff member said she was totally absorbed by the book and learned about rowing, or crew, while immersing herself in Joe Rantz’s (one of the rowers) story.  While the story mostly focuses on Rantz, it goes into the personal history of the entire team and sets their quest for Olympic gold against the backdrop of Hitler’s rise to power and the propaganda machine.  This balance of personal history and world events makes a riveting story.  We have it in several formats, so check out a copy today.

“Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.


The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled  by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam’s The Amateurs.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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Come in and check out one of our great programs like Topics in Microsoft Word 2007 or Job Search: Returning to work.  There’s also our upcoming Jewelry: Knotwork classes (Autust 18 and 25) or Adult Chess Club. We always have a lot going on, so check out the calendar and sign up for one of our great events today!