Friday, July 1, 2016

Christmas in July

by Marcina Wagner, Reference Librarian

If you are the kind of person who enjoys giving hand-made and home-made gifts to friends and family at the holidays, you are probably busily knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, and stamping during the summer months. Did you know that our library has in its collection DVDs, magazines, and books on the subject of crafts?

Two of my favorite books are Craft Activism which addresses how you can change your community with crafts and The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make + Sew. A future project for me will be the owl; the bird in a nest is charming as well. 

The DVD series PBS’ Craft in America takes a look at the history of a particular craft, such as textiles, then showcases its modern practitioners. We also have how-to DVDs, a new one being Continental Knitting.  

Cloth Paper Scissors’ current issue shows you how to collage a nature journal. Back issues of this popular magazine are also available.
Giving a one-of-a-kind gift shows the recipient how much you care, so stop by and start crafting.

What’s in My Bag: 

  • Hamilton: The Revolution, Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical
  • The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography 
  • Nobel Prize winning author Svetlana Alexievich's book Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, which is an oral history
  • The Lady in the Van, a DVD with Golden Globe nominee Maggie Smith
Let us know what's in your bag after your library visit. You can leave a comment below.

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