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Culinary Vocabulary

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Do you love food and cooking?  Do you read cookbooks just for fun?  Test your culinary knowledge with our just-for-fun Culinary Quiz!

 

Take the Culinary Quiz

 

And, as always, the magic number for foodies at the Library is 641!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Financial Literacy Month!

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I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too. –Steve Martin

 

Whether you are in the market for a fur sink or not, money is often in everyone’s thoughts.  The Library has numerous good books to help you make sense of your dollars and cents—-check out the list below:

 

The financial diet: a total beginner’s guide to getting good with money

a great primer for people who are new to personal finance concepts

 

 

 

Credit repair: make a plan, improve your credit score, avoid scams

The sensible strategies in Credit Repair help you take control of your finances, clean up your credit report and rebuild your credit.

 

 

 

You need a budget: the proven system for breaking the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, getting out of debt, and living the life you want

“A handy guide for readers looking to increase their financial literacy and manage their money carefully and successfully.” (Booklist)

 

 

How to make your money last: the indispensable retirement guide

provides savvy suggestions to people approaching, entering, or managing retirement

 

 

 

How to retire with enough money: and how to know what enough is

“Ghilarducci uses humor, easy-to-understand calculations, and personas to showcase how readers from varying walks of life can make sustainable retirement savings choices.” —Library Journal

 

 

 

 

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Financial Literacy Programs

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April is Financial Literacy Month, and the Library is offering two programs, both presented by Dave Thompson, founder and host of “It’s Your Money”, about personal finances.

 

Making Your Money Last As Long As You

Thursday April 19, 6:30pm, Upper Story, Belt Branch
Make sure you can maintain the income you need throughout your entire lifetime. Dave will give a presentation about retirement income strategies, as well as long term care coverage issues.

 

Keep More of Your Income in Retirement

Tuesday April 24, 6:30pm, Upper Story, Belt Branch
Strategies to keep more of your money in retirement, whether that’s in 10 years or 30 years. Dave will give a presentation about tax-free retirement income strategies, as well as how to choose the right financial advisor for you.

 

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Unusual Crafts

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I’m sure you know that the Library carries books about all kinds of crafts–quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing and so forth.  But I bet you didn’t know about these unusual crafts–check one out from the Library today!

 

Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics)

Making Magic Windows: Creating Cut-Paper Art With Carmen Lomas Garza

Image result for Doodle stitch­ing: em­broi­dery & be­yond : crewel, cross stitch, sashiko & ­more

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April Book Groups

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Every month, 2 separate book groups are held at the Belt Branch, led by staff member Gena Fisher.  The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month.  Here’s what’s in store for April 18–there’s still time to read the books, and anyone is welcome!  Questions?  Call the Library at 816-232-5479.

Cover to Cover  →  Meets at 12pm

Little Bookshop of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
The story of a couple who move to a struggling Virginia town and hope to revitalize it with the small bookshop they buy. Soon the small bookstore becomes a large part of the community. A light refreshment and beverage will be served.

 

 

 

Novel Ideas  →  Meets at 6:30pm

Georgia by Dawn Tripp
A look at the painter Georgia O’Keefe’s life and work and how her choices inspired her greatest paintings. A light refreshment and beverage will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Fight 2018 Winner Announced

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And the winner is……………..  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr!

Thank you to everyone who voted.  Staff member and book club leader extraordinaire Gena Fisher has won the 2018 Book Fight Trophy for picking the winner  (really, what chance did the rest of us have :).  All the nominations have been added to a bookshelf on the Library’s Goodreads page.  Each book was read and recommended by at least one Library staff member, so this list really does represent an excellent selection of “Good Reads” if you are looking for a good book.  See you next year!

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We’re sending one lucky teen to dine with YA author

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Award-winning YA author Melissa De La Cruz is coming to St. Joseph on Monday, April 16, to give a public reading of her work at 7 p.m. in Kemper Recital Hall at Missouri Western State University. The free program and a book-signing reception afterward are sponsored by The Mochila Review, Missouri Western’s literary journal.

Sounds like a fun evening, right? Know what would be even better? A place at the dinner table with de la Cruz!

The library is seeking one teenage fan to send to dinner with the author and other guests invited by Missouri Western. The dinner is at 5 p.m. at II Lazzarone pizzeria, and our guest’s ticket is being covered by the library.

To qualify, fans must be 13 to 18 years old and answer the question below via private messaging to our Facebook page or at one of the library’s service desks. The lucky teen will be selected in a random drawing of entrants the evening of April 13.

Here’s the question: In de la Cruz’s Blue Blood series, Jack Force is the current incarnation of what angel?

For those who don’t know, de la Cruz has written more than 40 books and many of them have topped best-seller lists, earned numerous awards and have been published in more than 20 countries. Her new novel, “Love and War,” is a sequel to last year’s “Eliza and Alex,” which is a novel about the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

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Read into Spring!

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Spring finally feels like it has ‘sprung’, and we’ve got some new books in that will make you want to sit outside in the spring sunshine and read for awhile!  These books and more are also on our Goodreads page in case you want to mark them “Want to Read”. And, as always, if you need help finding a good book, just ask!

New Mysteries

  1. Murder in the Manuscript Room — a smart, compelling mystery in which the characters themselves are at least as interesting as the striking sleuthing.    by Cornelius Lehane
  2. The Escape Artist — Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead.   by Brad Meltzer
  3. The Kremlin Conspiracy — With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow.   by Joel C. Rosenberg

New Romances

  1. True to You — Undercover DEA Special Agent Dawson King spent five months in a Montana prison establishing a fake identity to take down a ruthless drug dealer and put him behind bars. Except there’s a wild card . . . the killer’s beloved daughter.   by Jennifer Ryan, Montana Heat series
  2. The First Kiss of Spring — A successful businesswoman returns to her hometown, where she pursues a sexy mechanic with a tragic past.   by Emily March, Eternity Springs series
  3. Beyond Scandal and Desire — At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son–and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms.  by Lorraine Heath, a Sins for All Seasons novel

New Nonfiction

  1. The Flower Powered Garden — supercharge your borders and containers with bold, colorful plant combinations by Andy Vernon
  2. Heart Berries: a memoir — Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma.
  3. Getting Grit — an information-rich and practical guide for developing the qualities needed to persevere over obstacles–not just toughness and passion, but also humility, patience, and kindness by Caroline Adams Miller.
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Join our new Goodreads page to find a good read

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Look down at the bottom of the library’s website home page. That new “G” button just may lead you to your new favorite book, or at the very least some good books to read.

The button links users to the library’s page on Goodreads, a social website for members to share what they’re reading. We started the page with library staff as initial members and are looking to build membership through library users and their friends.

In Goodreads, members maintain personal “bookshelves” of what they’re reading, have read, want to read and their favorite books. Friends can see those lists and make comments. Members also can join reading groups that range in topics and size, from small (like our site, for now) to very large (like Harry Potter).

Goodreads also allows members to create polls, reading lists, book discussions and challenges, post photos and announce upcoming events.

“Gee,” you might say, “this sounds like something for me.” So, join us.

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Book Fight 2018!

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Do you love brackets AND books?  Then you need to get over to Book Fight 2018 and vote for your favorite book (or pick randomly like I do my NCAA bracket 🙂  ).  Simply follow the link below and vote in all the book matches.  Then vote again in the next round.  May the best book win!!!!

Click here to go to the bracket

  • Round 2 lasts until March 21
  • Semifinals go from March 22-March 27
  • Final round goes from March 28-April 2
  • Book Fight Winner announced April 3!

Click here to see our fun ‘explanatory’ video

 

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