Tuesday, February 12, 2013
From Charlotte's Web to Where the Wild Things Are, share these classic books with your children and encourage their love for reading.
Tuesday, February 12
“Where’s Pa Going with that Axe?” The Enduring Quality of Children’s Classics By Anita Silvey Courtesy of James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read Foundation The opening line of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web— “Where’s Pa going with that axe?”—has now been read by adults to eager young listeners for more than 60 years. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day have been picked up with enthusiasm for more than 50 years. For 75 years, parents have shared The Hobbit, and this year Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are turns 50. These books and others like them (Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables) bring …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Fifteen students, mostly McClure students commonly seen at Library events, made chocolate-covered treats at the Valentine's Day event.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Valentines Day at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library involved an interesting site: McClure students dipping air-filled water balloons in melted almond bark. Apparently, that's how one makes a nifty chocolate bowl (once the coating dries, slowly deflating the balloon leaves the confectionary bowl intact) to fill with other treats like pretzels and marshmellows covered in the meltable, sweet ersatz-chocolate confectionary. Fifteen students, mostly from across-Wolf-Road McClure, attended the "Chocopalooza" event in the library's basement on Tuesday afternoon. Even if not all managed to leave with an intact chocolate bowl (it's tricky to get just right!) they all did get a variety of sweet treats... and uniquely-flavored free hot cocoa. Check …
If I didn't see it done myself, I would have sworn Stevie Wonder hung my closet rods.
After almost six years in my house, I decided it was time to clean my closet. The only problem is my version of cleaning usually includes some sort of remodeling. In my head, the job was simple enough: I would reduce three walls of inaccessible hanging space to one well-organized wall by removing the rod from one, and installing it on the other. I even measured. As it turned out, the project was more archeology than architecture—the builder made a mess of the original job. Years ago, as the carpenter installed the rods, I walked into the room to tell him how I wanted the space configured. He told me he didn’t care and he was going to do what he wanted. Once I dug into the project, it was clear why. Behind the rods and brackets, it was …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in La Grange gears up for its busiest day of the year.
Still need to get your special beau, boo, hubby, lady, lover (or whatever else you choose to call them) something special for Valentine's Day? Don't worry! You're not alone. "People tend to wait for the last minute," Jean Kuhn, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in La Grange said. According to Kuhn, Feb. 13 and 14 are the chocolate shop's two busiest days of the year. In fact, they're so busy, they need to call in reinforcements to handle the extra work. "It's bigger than Christmas for us," Kuhn said. "I couldn't do it without the extra help." Each year she calls on a few of her friends to come in and help staff her stores. Kuhn said she rewards her extra helper with yearlong discounts on Rocky Mountain's products. It's all About …