Ah, Tax Day – everyone’s favorite time of the year! It may not quite be April 15th yet, but it will be here before you know it! And volunteers from the AARP will be at the Azle Memorial Library to assist low-income taxpayers in preparing their basic returns for FREE! Help will be offered in the Library Community Room every Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning February 8th through April 12th. This service is appointment-based, so please come in or call the library at 817-444-7216 and ask for Meg Treseder to set up your appointment today!
Monthly Archives: January 2013
During the winter, even in Texas, I find myself longing for sunnier, warmer climes. I picture white stretches of sugar-sand beaches, turquoise water, and bright sunsets. This may not be in the cards for me anytime soon, but we did manage to warm up a wintry day this past Monday at our What’s Cookin’ class. We took citrus as our theme and whipped up lemon curd, a grapefruit-avocado salad, and a frozen limeade pie. We also taste tested all kinds of interesting citrus, including a pink lemon, limequats, and something very appropriately called ugli fruit. It was a feast for the senses, and the gorgeous yellows, oranges, and greens filled me with thoughts of summer, which will have to do for the next few months until the real thing arrives.
Interested in our monthly cooking class? You should be because it’s a blast! Next month we’re so excited to have a guest chef who will teach us all about appetizers, just in time for the many sporting events we’ll all be attending. Join us Monday, February 11th at 4:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.
I’m sure a lot of us were home last night, watching the premiere of the third season of Downton Abbey. I know I had been looking forward to the two-hour episode ever since the second season ended last year. In the meantime, I discovered another excellent BBC series, to which I am currently addicted. Call the Midwife is based on the story of Jennifer Worth, a midwife in the 1950’s, who came from a sheltered and privileged existence to work in London’s East End slums. The series chronicles her work with several local nuns to provide free midwifery services for the pregnant women in the neighborhood. It’s heartwarming and heart-wrenching, filled with memorable characters (my favorite is Chummy – with a name like that, how can you not love her?). The actors manage to communicate the terror, pain, and joy of childbirth while portraying how the 1950’s was such a revolutionary time for women. The first season has been released on DVD, which the library has, so come and check it out!
If the crowd at the gym this week is any indication, people are resolving to be more fit in the year 2013. January is a time when we typically assess our health and make resolutions to eat better, run more, and watch less TV.
In the spirit of resolution-making, we’ve put up a display in the library with books about mental and physical health. Come and check out Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Pilates for Every Body, Eat This and Live, 101 Ways to Work out with Weights, and How to Strengthen Your Memory. We’ve got books and DVD’s for all ages and interests! So if you’re just not sure how to start working toward your new goals, come to the library for a little help from the experts.
(And I might add that a resolution to read more and visit your neighborhood library more often couldn’t hurt either!)
I just wouldn’t feel good about myself as a blogger-librarian if I didn’t write a post summing up the best books I’ve read over the past year. Here are my top 5:
- An Object of Beauty – If you’re at all a fan of art or New York City, read this book. Also, if you like excellent writing and characters you love to hate, read this book. Who knew actor Steve Martin was such a gifted and talented writer?
- Why We Broke Up – I’m no longer in high school, but I still found myself relating with this angst-ridden novel about how it feels to have your first broken heart. It’s a luminous, totally engaging and engrossing read.
- Flight Behavior – I love Barbara Kingsolver. I have loved her writing ever since I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She reminds me of Ann Patchett in her ability to create a world and characters that will occupy your thoughts and dreams as you immerse yourself in her story. Her current novel is about a bored houswife who leaves her house to have an affair, has a life-changing experience with nature instead, and returns home a changed woman.
- No Easy Day – I know this might be a somewhat controversial pick because it’s been such a controversial book. But it was a great reminder to me of what the men and women who serve in our armed forces do on a daily basis to keep us safe. Plus, unlike some other books from SEAL team members, there was no arrogance or braggadocio. The author relates the story of the raid that resulted in the ending of Osama Bin Laden’s life.
- Shepherds Abiding – I love the Mitford series. If you’ve not read it, I’m jealous because you really should, and the first time picking up a new series like this is always the best. Jan Karon, the author of this gentle Christian series, is a superb writer who manages to capture the full range of human emotions without ever sounding schmaltzy or preachy. Father Tim, the main character, is an Episcopalian priest in the picturesque town of Mitford. And like every other book in the series, Father Tim deals with hundreds of big and small daily triumphs and problems, along with Karon’s usual stock of charming, quirky, small-town characters who always manage to steal my heart.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – I loved this quirky novel, and you can find my full review of it here.
- Escape from Camp 14 – I hestitate to say I loved this because how can you say you love a book that systematically details the horrible abuses North Korean prisoners of the state suffer on a daily basis? But it opened my eyes to a terrible problem and filled me with outrage. Anyone who cares about what’s going on in our world should read this book.
Er, wait, did I say my 5 favorite books? I really meant 7!
We want to wish everyone the happiest of new years, filled with lots of great books. Stay tuned for what we can’t wait to read in 2013 here at the Azle Memorial Library!