You may have noticed that I love D.I.Y. projects. I have a whole list of things I want to do or things I just think are cool to be able to do yourself. I’ll do everything from making my own cards to laying my own floor, no project is too big or too small. The library has so many great do-it-yourself books that I just had to share some with you.
D.I.Y.: design it yourself :Ellen Lupton, bestselling author of Thinking with Type , will show you how to do-it-yourself. DIY: Design It Yourself , provides you with all the tools you’ll need to create your own projects, from conception through production. No more excuses, just do it (yourself)!
Do it yourself: a step-by-step guide by Julian Cassell : A new edition of the bestselling Canadian home repair bible with over 400 projects and techniques that comply with Canadian building codes. Includes eco-friendly topics and green ideas and highlights the environmental impact of products such as woods, paints and insulation and suggests ecologically friendly alternatives.
The do-it-yourself manual : Suitable for both beginners and experts, this redesigned edition features a wide range of new step-by-step DIY projects, metric conversion charts, and much more. Contains over 3000 photos and 100 new technical drawings.
Homemade: 101 easy-to-make things for your garden, home, or farm by Ken Braren : Here are complete, easy-to-follow directions for 101 homemade items that will save you time and money. Projects include things for your home (such as a tool box, a basement closet, a fuel sled, a solar drier, and a window greenhouse), your garden (compost boxes, cold frames, soil sifter, fences, and tomato supports), and your farm (a move-able shed, a corral gate, a watering trough, a chicken feeder, and an incubator).
It’s that time of year again, time to go back to school shopping. I remember going shopping at the end of August for all my school supplies, new shoes, and clothing, it was usually chaos trying to get everything I needed. The stores were packed, my dad was cranky about what he thought the school should supply, and my brother and I just wanted to play with our friends.
There are so many emotions that are brought up when back to school is mentioned, if you’re a kid who’s older than grade one you probably only want to go back to see friends, as a parent it can be hectic trying to get everyone organized for the first day or sad if it’s going to be the first day of kindergarten in September.
Here are some helpful tips to get you and your children ready for school.
Treat it like any other school day. If you make it out to be this big day you might cause some performance anxiety and make your child not want to go.
Get ready the night before. This helps keep your morning stress free because you know where everything is and you are not frantically searching for something important when you should have left already.
Eat a good breakfast. It’s important to eat a good breakfast so that you are energized and ready for anything, it also helps keep you from getting hungry before lunch period so that you can concentrate on your studies.
Know how you are going to get to school. If you are a bus student where’s your stop, what rout will you be walking or which of your parents will be driving you?
If your child is going to school for the first time visit the school on it’s open house day. While there meet your child’s teacher and find out what they will be learning so you can get a jump start on it over the summer.
Be supportive of your children but know when to let go. Walking with your kindergartner to school is great, walking them when they enter high school might be taking it a bit far.
Here are some books to help get you and your little one’s ready for school.
What to expect at preschool by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff
Is your child ready for school? By Sandra Heriot (Ebook)
The teacher from the black lagoon by Mike Thaler
Get ready for second grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
Ready set school by Jacquelyn Mitchard
I am not going to school today by Robie H. Harris
I will admit to being very disorganized at home, I’m trying to improve on it now so when we move to our new house I can keep it clean and tidy. You don’t have to spend a fortune having a professional organizer help you, all you need is some organizational tools and some helpful books you picked up at your local library.
You can even use old things like cereal boxes to help you get organized. You probably already have all the tools you need to get organized in your house, you just need to see the potential in them. And it doesn’t just stop at cereal boxes, you could paint an old cheese grater and use it to organize your dangling earrings, or use the old bread tags that have been labeled to organize the plugs on your power bar, no more testing to see if it’s the cord you want.
We have lots of helpful organization books to get you started on the path to an organized home, or office.
Book of organization the art of creating order by Jo Packham
Organizing magic: 40 days to a well ordered home and life by Sandra Felton
The clutter cure: three steps to letting stuff for, organizing your space, and creating the home of your dreams by Judi Culbertson
Small space organizing: a room-by-room guide to maximizing your space by Kathryn Bechen
Almost everyone has something in their homes that they would like to change or things that they want to renovate for resale value later on. This can be a daunting task if you don’t know what is going on in your home or what the contractor should be doing. Picking a contractor to do the work in your home is hard too, do you just pick a name out of the yellow pages? or go based on friends recommendations?
Here are some books that will help you improve your home.
The wise renovator: a homeowner’s guide to managing contractors, and home renovations by Susan Easson
Renovation by Michael W. Litchfield
Positive home solutions (DVD Series)
Did you know the library has music, and that it’s great music? It’s not just classical or 80’s music, we have new music too. We also have 4 music databases that you have access to through your library card. How many other cards in your wallet give you access to free music?
I’ve mentioned this eResource before but it’s so great I had to mention it again. Download free (and legal) music from a variety of artists and genres from the Sony catalogue, which includes many of today’s most popular musicians. You can download 3 songs per week, which are yours to keep!
Naxos Music Library Jazz offers mixed selections of jazz legends and contemporary jazz. Newly selected titles of other leading independent labels are added every month. This is the place for you if you love jazz.
Ok so this one isn’t really for music but you can still listen to it. The Naxos Spoken Word Library is one of the most comprehensive collections of classic eAudiobook available online. With more than 410 titles and close to 340 authors, you’ll have a hard time picking one to listen to.
With the recent news of a lab grown burger being taste tested, I got thinking about genetically modified foods and how far is too far?
Here is the video of the lab-grown burger.