Wondering what to read next? These five new books were published in August and might interest you. These books were discussed on the morning radio show with Sally B. on WJMC 1240 AM on Wednesday, August 11.
18 Aug 2010 Leave a Comment
So you have a garden. What do you plan to do with all the food that comes out of it? Some people are able to share the vegetables with friends and family. Others are able to sell the excess at Farmers Markets. However, if you would like to enjoy the taste of summer all year long, what do you do? Food preservation includes these techniques:
Drying – Canning – Pickling – Curing – Freezing
Preservation done in these ways at home come with several benefits like the ability to manage how much sugar is used or not needing chemical preservatives. You can make customized recipes specifically tailored to you or your family’s tastes.
Taylor Herrman, from the UW Extension and a certified Master Food Preserver, will speak at the Rice Lake Public Library on Monday, August 23 at 4 pm about food preservation. This event is free and open to the public. We’d love to see you there!
The following books are good references for you as you explore food preservation.
11 Aug 2010 Leave a Comment
Born Amish is a curious mix of fact and personal reminiscence. It is cowritten by Ruth Irene Garrett and Deborah Morse-Kahn. Its stated claim is to educate readers about the Amish lifestyle. It begins by describing the daily life of Amish children, then daily life on an average farm, schoolife, clothing, and marriage. Throughout the book, Garrett shares anecdotes from her life growing up Amish.
Ruth Irene Garrett grew up Amish in Kalona, Iowa. She left the community when she was 22 to marry an outsider. She has since written several books and toured around the country talking about the Amish life. Crossing Over is her first book and describes her youth and romance with an Englisher. (English is the word applied to all people who are not Amish.) Born Amish is a counterpoint to her first book and provides information on the lifestyle she left.
The PageTurners Book Club discussed this story on Thursday, August 5. Eight people attended. The conversation was animated and lasted about an hour. The general consensus was that the book was informative, but felt lacking. It seemed to rely too heavily upon her other book for added background. The group gave the book a 3.2 / 5 rating; the highest individual rating was a 4.5 and the lowest was a 3. The full rating guide can be found by clicking on the 3 Books icon below.
“Born Amish” by Ruth Irene Garrett and Deborah Morse-Kahn is available at the Rice Lake Public Library. It is also available in regular print through the MORE System. Please visit the card catalog website, http://www.more.lib.wi.us, or call us at 234-4861 to reserve a copy today.
The PageTurners Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Rice Lake Public Library. It meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Rice Lake Public Library. Discussion lasts an hour; everyone is welcome.
04 Aug 2010 Leave a Comment
August is the perfect month for watching the night skies. The weather is mild and most nights are clear. The Perseid meteor shower has its peak on August 12. The moon sets around 10 pm that night. The best opportunity to see a shooting star will be after midnight, and you might see a few dozen meteors each hour.
“Shooting stars” are another name for meteors. Meteors are small pieces of rock and planetary matter racing through space which collide with the Earth’s atmosphere. These small pieces of rock ignite due to friction with the upper atmosphere and the extreme speed at which they’re moving. They are roughly 30 – 80 miles above the Earth. The meteor appears to fall from the sky because it is bright and a tail of flame appears as it burns up.
A meteor shower occurs when the number of meteors increase during a small span of time. It happens when a comet orbits the sun. As the comet passes near Earth, small pieces of rock spin off and collide with Earth. Meteor showers are named by the star constellation from which it appears to originate. For example, the Perseid meteor shower is named after the Perseus constellation. The Perseid meteor shower happens each year in August.
How can you see a shooting star? It’s easier to see them someplace without light pollution. If you live in the city, consider driving out into the countryside, perhaps to a state park. Always choose a safe location. In order to have the best view of the Perseid meteor shower, head towards the northeast since that is the location of the Perseus constellation. It’s not necessary to have a telescope or even binoculars to see this event. The shooting stars will be visible to the naked eye. Bring comfortable chairs and blankets. Make it a party by bringing food and drink! If you want to look at books or star maps, bring a flashlight but cover it with a red filter so that you don’t lose your night vision.
Books that you might like on this topic: