Whether you’re venturing out on your first COVID-era road trip or you’re playing it safe with a spring break staycation, hoopla’s got you covered. This travel-themed collection includes instantly downloadable movies, music and e-books for adults and kids. Shorewood-Troy Library patrons receive 10 free downloads a month per card, so if you’ve got family members, that’s +10 for each account!
National Awkward Moments Day - March 18
According to Oxford Languages, “Awkwardness or embarrassment is defined as an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself.”
You know what we’re talking about, right? Awkward moments are a part of life; they just happen (especially when we don’t want them to!). We’ve even had our own awkward moments here at the library!
National Day Calendar sums up feeling awkward the best by asking:
“Have you ever called someone by the wrong name, tripped over nothing, walked into a door, had the completely wrong words come out of your mouth, or just forgot what you were doing? The list could go on and on. Sometimes, things just do not seem to go right and something happens that may make you feel like you want to run and hide. No matter the day, today or any other day, everyone has them.”
However, Healthline.com reassures us that:
“There’s nothing wrong with being awkward. Whether you recognize your social awkwardness or not, it generally isn’t bad or harmful, unless it bothers you or keeps you from doing things you want to do. But if you feel like you’re doing just fine, don’t feel pressured to change.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #AwkwardMomentsDay
Find the ability to laugh at yourself, see the humor in awkward moments, and have fun with them. Relive old awkward moments by telling stories about them. Laugh over them and enjoy the memory. They may be embarrassing at first. However, as time goes by, the humor in these moments really shows just how human we can be. After all, don’t we all start out somewhere? We learn something new or misunderstand someone’s meaning. No one is perfect, ever. And it’s important to keep that in mind on this day and stay humble as we celebrate it.
Thankfully, the staff in the Children’s Department have a few books to help you celebrate #AwkwardMomentsDay as well! Check them out below!
For over 30 years, organizations across the United States have spent March celebrating and honoring the contributions of women to American history.
From park rangers to singers to civil rights activists to business owners, websites and books chronicle the journeys of these women who likely never expected they’d one day be famous for their labors of love.
Check out some of their stories below:
~Rachel Gilmore, Marketing Specialist
Every year on March 2nd, we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with Read Across America Day. Did you know that if Dr. Seuss were alive today, he would be 116!?!
Check out some of these fun activities and books to celebrate!
Submitted by Becky, Adult & Teen Services Outreach Librarian
Stretched out on the colorful Dresden plate quilt on the sturdy iron bed at my grandparents’ house, I spent hours, as a kid, immersed in a red leather bound collection of fairy tales. From The Robber Bridegroom (the Brothers Grimm) to The Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen), the tales transported me over the river and into the woods of imaginary lands across the world.
However, my gram’s love for fairy tales didn’t only benefit my brain. A children’s librarian for decades, my gram, in her retirement, visited hundreds of Homewood District 153 classrooms, telling fairy tales with her famous crocheted finger puppet sets. Over the years, Mrs. VanDyke became a household name, retiring from her retirement only when macular degeneration claimed her sight (what an unbelievably cruel irony that the lifelong book lover could no longer read).
Friday, February 26, is Tell a Fairy Tale Day. So with a nod to magical worlds and cautionary tales, I encourage you to celebrate by wandering over the river and into the fairy tale woods.
Need some ideas? Click on the covers below.
Here’s to getting lost…in a good book!
By Rachel Gilmore, STPL Marketing Specialist
Available in Print For Teens & Adults
“Not today, Cupid! Enough with this lovey-dovey Valentine’s mumbo jumbo.” If you hear your inner voice saying these things and are about to jump to the next blog to read, hold up! This isn’t another Valentine’s post full of gushy hearts and roses.
I’m not going to have you make a list of everyone (or thing) you love. I’m here to talk to you about you. Have you ever considered that the longest relationship you will ever be in is with yourself? You may talk to yourself more than others, probably lie to yourself more to others, and laugh at yourself more than others. I know I do!
How are you treating yourself these days? Do you find it challenging to be a friend to yourself? Do you treat others better than yourself? Are you at the bottom of the barrel because you subscribe to the “others first” mentality? I’ll just briefly remind you that on a commercial flight the stewardesses are going to teach you to put your oxygen mask on before you assist anyone else with theirs. I’m not saying “don’t put others first” at all! We need more of that on this planet! But you are not a doormat.
There is a time to put yourself first, and there’s no time better than the present. The best present you can give yourself is your friendship! To treat yourself as good as you treat your friends and family (that one may be the easiest!). When was the last time you enjoyed your own company?
Here’s some signs that maybe it’s time to give yourself permission to schedule in me-time on your calendar:
- Burn out
Is this more challenging than you thought it would be and you’re not sure where to start? This is exactly why the library is here for you! Here are some books to help you build a better relationship with yourself. Your future self will thank you.
~Kimberlee Patton, Adult Reference and Programming Librarian
Fudge. SuperFudge. Deenie. Margaret. Blubber. Sheila.
These Judy Blume characters at times seemed as real as my neighborhood friends…and were just as important in helping me navigate childhood and adolescence.
Judy Blume also introduced me to library censorship in grade school. I can still instantly recall the flip of my stomach and my cheeks heating with shame when I returned from the library one day and was met at the front door by my mom. Apparently, the Adult Services librarian had called to tell her I’d checked out Judy Blume’s Forever and that she should read it before I did. Forty years later, as a veteran parent, I understand why she did what she did and believe her call was well-meaning on some middle class, small, suburban, 1970s librarian level. However, she influenced my early opinion of librarians, and I avoided her like the plague in the years that followed. Too bad we didn’t have self-checkout back then!
Nevertheless or maybe because of that incident, I remained a diehard Judy Blume fan. So today, in celebration of Judy’s 83rd birthday, I encourage the eating (or wearing) of cake and reading of all things Judy Blume! Happy Birthday to a childhood memory maker.
On the third Monday in January, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King is known as being a Civil Rights Activist and preacher. His “I Have A Dream” speech given at the 1963 March on Washington is one of his most recognized. However, it was not the speech he had written for the day! To fill in the backstory, watch the short video from History Channel or the Time production called “The Spirit of the Day” or read the Biography.com Channel article about how the speech went from scripted to the unscripted.
Looking to read more about Dr. King? Check out these titles!
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
Submitted by Melissa, Adult Services Assistant
January is National Slow Cooking Month!
To celebrate, we gathered some titles for you to check out.
The librarians here at Shorewood-Troy Public Library not only love slow cookers, but also pressure cookers! Sometimes your appliance can do both (like the Instant Pot)!
Unsure of what a pressure cooker is, how to use it, or what to make in it? The adult services librarians can help!
Once a month, the library will run a program on how to make family friendly recipes. In January, get to know your new pressure cooker by making hard boiled eggs. In February, we are going to get ready for the Super Bowl by making chicken wings!
Click the images below to register for one or both programs.
Submitted by Becky, Adult & Teen Services Outreach Librarian
With the Thanksgiving holiday looking a little different this year, it’s even more important to have some easy recipes to make with your children! The staff of the Children’s Department have two fun dishes to try!
Our first recipe is courtesy of Ms. Shalyn! According to her, “every year for the holidays, my siblings and I help my mother make Kolacky (pronounced ko·lac·ky). The recipe she uses is from her Great-Grandmother, who immigrated from what is now Slovakia (Czechoslovakia at the time) in about 1919. She has a special recipe book that has been passed down from generation to generation and now I use it to make delicious Kolacky for my family!”
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Additional: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 40 mins
Yield: 2 dozen
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups butter
1 pint vanilla ice cream
½ cup fruit preserves, any flavor
Add flour to butter and crumble in blender (or mix by hand). Add ice cream to crumbled mixture and, using dough hooks (or hands), work into dough. When dough is smooth, shape into ball and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface. Using the rim of a glass cup dipped in flour, cut out circles. Place on a cookie sheet and make a thumbprint in the center of each. Fill thumbprints with 1/2 teaspoon fruit preserves.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar when cool.
Stuffins are the perfect way to use up some left-over stuffing! They’re super easy, and fun for kids make! Courtesy of Forkly, here’s the recipe:
Servings: 12 stuffins
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30-35 mins
10 cups dried bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter or margerine
1 cup red onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
2 tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp ground sage
2 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Non Stick Cooking Spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spray your muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Over a medium-high heat, melt your butter in a frying pan, and begin to sauté your onion and celery until softened. Mix in your garlic, salt, pepper, and sage. Set aside for a few minutes to cool before the next step.
In a large mixing bowl, add your sauteed vegetables and seasonings into your bread cubes and fresh parsley. In a separate bowl, whisk your 2 eggs into your broth, and then pour over your bread & vegetable mixture. Stir until everything is well combined and soaked through.
Scoop the mixture into the 12 muffin tins, press down, and then top some more until filled.
Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes or until they are crisped and golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the muffin tin. Serve hot or cold (they’re great both ways!)
For those parents who want to further explore the culinary world with their children, these are a few of our favorite cookbooks! They are all available at STPL – simply click the book cover to place a hold!
Written by Ms. Mara, Children’s Outreach Librarian