After the horrors of World War I and the resulting social trauma, young men and women who survived came to be known as The Lost Generation because they never recovered from all of their losses and suffering. To deal with their pain, many of them lived by the adage, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” The Roaring Twenties, also known as the Jazz Age, was born.
Summer is the season of fresh fruits and vegetables, available at grocery stores, farmers' markets, and even our own backyards. One of the best ways to bring a burst of summer flavor into a dull winter day is to make jam and jelly when the fruit is at its best. Making jam is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to spend a summer afternoon.
If you have always wanted to learn to make jam but don’t know how or think it is too difficult, come join us for a jam-making demonstration at the England Run Maker Lab on Saturday, July 1 at 10:00. We will discuss the various ways of making jams and jellies, as well as make strawberry freezer jam for you to try. Come by for our jam session, and check out books about preserving nature's bounty.
Whatever your reasons for choosing to homeschool, if you are just starting out, you will need to know what is involved, what steps you must take to educate your children successfully, and what resources there are to help you in your quest to teach them. If you want to learn more about homeschooling and how the library can support your efforts, please come join us for one or both of the classes at England Run Branch: Homeschooling 101 on Wednesday, June 21, at 7:00, and Homeschooling Through High School on Wednesday, August 16, at 7:00.
Who doesn’t love a good story? While history books abound, a great way to learn about another time period is to pick up a novel set in the past. Good historical fiction not only tells a compelling story but also focuses on the people, events, and details of daily life in that time period. Any novel or short story that takes place in the past, usually more than 50 years before the author wrote it, is considered historical fiction. A selection of historical fiction novels that are well-told and evocative of their time periods are on these two lists: History in Fiction and Novel History.
For those of us who love books and reading, there are few things more pleasurable than meeting other readers and bibliophiles. Swapping books, book suggestions, and perhaps even going on a reading retreat are all a thrill to those of us who are avid readers.
There are times, though, when a fellow book lover isn’t available, or you are tired and just want to be alone, but yet you’d still love to discuss books. Did you know that there is an entire genre written for those times? I like to call them books about books, and there are many that have been written, both fiction and nonfiction, just for people like us.
The Miss Silver mystery series, by Patricia Wentworth, was written in the 1930s and 1940s. Like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, Miss Silver is genteel, a spinster, and an avid knitter. However, the similarities end there. Miss Silver is a professional investigator who is more similar to Sherlock Holmes than Miss Marple.
Growing up is hard to do, especially those first steps on your own as a real adult. While you can choose your own job or major, go to bed whenever you please, and eat whatever tickles your fancy, you also need to learn how to do many new things, some of which may be unfamiliar. If you’d like to hear helpful tips for living on your own, come join us at the England Run Branch on Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00.
Writing is a peculiar art. Some people seem to be born with a distinctive style and voice which comes effortlessly to them. Most of us, however, need to work hard to learn the fundamentals and are constantly seeking to improve our ability to craft sentences, create paragraphs, and organize a coherent series of ideas which make up a well-written book or article.
About this time seventeen years ago, I made a decision that changed my life and the lives of my children forever. I decided to homeschool. It was the best choice at that point in our lives, and although I have reconsidered our decision several times since, I always come back to the fact that homeschooling just works for us. Presently, two of my boys have graduated and are out in the wide world, and my youngest son will be done with high school at the end of next year.
I learned many things over the years—Latin, logic and rhetoric, how to teach reading to children with different gifting and abilities, how to juggle three grades of math instruction at once, how to teach writing and conduct science labs at home, and many other subjects and skills. Throughout our time of learning at home, we’ve had a lot of help from a number of people and organizations, but the place where we received much of our information and materials was our local library.
In Shakespeare for Beginners, I listed various books and resources I like to use to help in reading Shakespeare’s plays. However, one of the best accompaniments to reading his plays is watching one or more of the movies or stage productions.
When I studied Shakespeare in college, one of the requirements of the class was to watch each of the plays we were studying. Although I had seen a couple of live productions, I had never seen a Shakespeare film, but since it was required, I dutifully checked out my first Shakespeare video, Richard II. I was entranced. With facial expressions, props, costumes, and even the way the actors said their parts, I was drawn into the action of the play even more than when I had read it.