Home & Garden

04/18/2018 - 9:24am
Cover to Ready, Set, Grow!

Sometimes you want to do more than just dig in the dirt, and a targeted gardening project is an excellent way to develop green thumbs. DK’s gardening book for kids, Ready, Set, Grow! Quick and Easy Gardening Projects, offers some creative and colorful projects that won’t break the bank or send you all around town looking for obscure ingredients. Like all DK books, this one offers wonderful photographs and cheery art, making it a visual feast for the eyes as well. I loved the decorations that we can make out of foil containers, the garden buddy made out of recycled materials, and the “strawberry boot,” made from a pair of old rain boots.

04/04/2018 - 11:24am
Big Library Read: Flat Broke with Two Goats

From April 2-16, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook and eAudio formats of Flat Broke With Two Goats, by Jennifer McGaha.

Suburban Chic to Backwoods Barnyard

When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes—a lot of back taxes—her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they gave up their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a 100-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer’s life began to more closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors than her upper-middle-class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land.

Easy Reading

During the Big Library Read, the digital version and audiobook will be available to all library customers to download for free, with no need to be on a waitlist. Flat Broke With Two Goats can be read on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks and eAudios, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there will not be any late fees. 

Making It Social

Author and university professor Jennifer McGaha loves reading and libraries, and she's written a friendly letter of introduction for Big Library Read participants. Want to share your thoughts on the novel? During the Big Read event, you can discuss the book online at Overdrive's site, and here are some questions to get you started. You could also use the questions to spark a discussion with your friends.

Intrigued? Check out the preview below.

11/08/2017 - 1:51am
Christmas with Southern Living 2017

This year, the celebration and cheer begin with Southern Living's Christmas 2017 guide. With page after page of decorating ideas, 100 all-new, kitchen-tested recipes for family feasts and utilizing leftovers (or, "Bestovers," as they prefer to call them), Southern Living has made its mark once again within the holiday season.

10/04/2017 - 1:28am
Cover to Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, & Scuppernong Wine: The Folklore and Art of Southern Appalachian Cooking

Some people hike through the Appalachian Trail as quickly as they can, trying to set speed records. Some people spend hours in the car each autumn, looking at the bursts of colorful leaves on mountainsides, before heading back to their homes on flatter ground. They get something out of their journeys, sure, but they are missing a whole way of life.

Living in the Appalachians can be hardscrabble. Many of the people there are poor in material things. Why don’t more of them leave for better jobs? Some do. But many prefer to stay, and the answer lies in the strength of their families and communities. For hundreds of years, descendants of mainly Scots-Irish, English, and German immigrants, as well as members of the Cherokee Nation, lived in a culture that is self-reliant, and, yes, hospitable—assuming their visitors remain well-mannered.

Foodways are a big part of that culture. In his James Beard Award-winning Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, and Scuppernong Wine, Joseph E. Dabney delves into those delicious delights, while including enough personal notes that you’ll feel you’ve spent some time chatting on screened porches.

10/02/2017 - 1:38pm
Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art

There’s something about folk art that brings a touch of warmth and whimsy to a home. The elements of designs are simple yet used imaginatively, and the overall effect is extremely pleasing. In Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art, Dinara Mirtalipova shares her creative methods and designs with you.

05/31/2018 - 1:56pm
Summer Cooking Classes

Summer is a time of fresh produce and easy, cooling foods. If you don’t grow your own produce, there are farmers' markets in the City of Fredericksburg and Colonial Beach, as well as Spotsylvania and Stafford counties. In June and July, come to the library for free cooking classes, and find out how to use those wonderful summer foods.

April Payne with Virginia Cooperative Extension will be at Salem Church Branch talking about inexpensive ways to make the most of your produce and enliven your home recipes.

Cooking with Local Flair, Monday, June 25, 10:00-11:00

Fermenting Foods, Monday, July 23, 10:00-11:30

05/07/2018 - 11:04am
Learn About Homeschooling at the Library

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 the Howell Branch.

Homeschooling for Beginners: Monday, June 18, 7:00-8:30

Homeschooling through High School: Monday, August 20, 7:00-8:30

04/25/2017 - 1:45pm
The Moon Juice Cookbook: Cook Cosmically for Body, Beauty, and Consciousness

Moon Juice was created by Amanda Chantal Bacon, a world-renowned chef and overall health nut. In 2011, Amanda Chantal Bacon, a fine-dining chef and overall health nut, opened Moon Juice, a Los Angeles-based shop for healthy foods and beverages.

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