Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Randomness #51: Library programs and cat chin scratching

I just don't think the instrument petting zoo would give one the same experience as petting a soft purry Jack-Jack.  Hedgehog is giving a demonstration of the way our cat likes his chin scratched.  From the bottom picture you can see he's not as fond of head scratching v. chin scratching.  (When he really likes something he squints his eyes-it's very cute-and he starts a deep purr.)

Kudos though to Riverton Music for a clever idea that certainly caught the attention of our patrons.  For more information about Riverton Music you can visit their website at:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Randomness #202 : Have you voted in the primary yet?

For my fellow voters in Utah: please get your primary vote in by June 25th if you have a ballot.  Here's a parody video to help educate the newer generations about suffrage, votes, and voting for women:

For more about Rep. Burns:
(It really is worth the read-especially the two telegrams at the end.)  I also like his quote of freeing women from political slavery.

"I desire to resent in the name of honesty and justice the veiled intimidation and accusation regarding my vote on the Suffrage Amendment as indicated in certain statements, and it is my sincere belief that those responsible for their existence know that there is not a scintilla of truth in them. I want to state that I changed my vote in favor of ratification first because I believe in full suffrage as a right; second, I believe we had a moral and legal right to ratify; third, I knew that a mother’s advice is always safest for a boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification; fourth, I appreciated the fact that an opportunity such as seldom comes to a mortal man to free seventeen million women from political slavery was mine; fifth, I desired that my party in both State and nation might say that it was a republican from the East mountains of Tennessee, the purest Anglo-Saxon section in the world, who made national woman suffrage possible at this date, not for personal glory but for the glory of his party."  Representative Harry T. Burns

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Group Post 5: April continues 560's - 580's and in May we talked about JP family books

In April we talked about the following books in the 560's to 580's section of the library:

  • Once Upon a Mastodon: All About Prehistoric Mammals by Worth
  • Cactus Hotel by Guiberson
  • Plants Can't Sit Still by Hirsch
  • Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Bang
  • Because of An Acorn by Schaefer
  • Dinosaur Tracks by Zoehfeld
  • The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Roth
We had an ecosystem organization chart handout and bags of chips.

Then in the May book group we listened to the audio version of A Day In the Life of Marlon Bundo by Twiss and we discussed these other books about families:

  • Families, Families, Families by Lang
  • Nighty Night! by Wild
  • The Family Book by Parr
  • And Tango Makes Three by Richardson
  • I Love It When You Smile by McBratney
There are so many other wonderful family books-some other suggestions that I've received include the following titles: Zak's Safari, The Relatives Came, Owl Babies, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?, One Big Family, Over the Moon, Froggy's Baby Sister, My Family Tree and Me, Two Is Enough, and many others.

And, I wanted to share this link from Real Simple for some fun family activities from cooking together to making a time capsule:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Randomness #84 Out and About eating with Boiled Beef, Pie, and a Cupcake

The Home Cafe in Conrad, MT.

Boiled Beef-sounds gross, tastes heavenly-buttery soft and flavorful beef with homemade roll, mashed potatoes, and gravy

Berry Crumble Pie

The Cocoa Bean Cafe in Provo.  Now closed.  So Sad.  There are three locations left but they're all in Idaho.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Group Post 4 : Feb. spotlighted McMullan and Ahlberg and Mar. covered some j500's

We read Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg and talked about other books by the Ahlbergs and the McMullans in February.

March started something new with a diversion into the j 500's.  We shared the following titles: (again, let me know if I missed some that we talked about)

  • Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Sisson
  • Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by McAnulty
  • The Glow In the Dark Book of Space by Harris
  • Bedtime Math by Overdeck
  • Island A Story of the Galapagos by Chin
  • Max Goes to Mars by Bennett
  • Water Can Be by Salas
  • Magic School Bus books by Cole
  • Wonderful Winter: All Kinds of Winter Facts and Fun by Goldstone
  • Our Family Tree by Peters

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Group Post 3 : Some Utah Authors in Dec. Happy Books in Jan.

For December 2017 we talked about books by Utah author couple Caralyn and Mark Buehner and Utah author Rick Walton.


Then in January 2018, we talked about happy books, which included the following titles and authors:
(again, if there are some that we talked about at the Jan. meeting and I didn't write it down, let me know and I'll add them-thanks!) :
  • books by Mo Willems
  • The Secret Pizza Party by Rubin 
  • Jingle Jingle by Smee
  • Good Boy Fergus by Shannon
  • Ish by Reynolds
  • Yes Day! by Rosenthal
  • Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Breen
  • books by Karma Wilson
  • 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Schwartz
  • A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Fishman
And, on the note of humorous things, this is what happens when most people don't let the library staff know that the receipt printer is turned off and finally someone does!  We generate a lot of book reminder receipts at just one station!  (This is at a checkout station that is used infrequently through the day and yes, these are receipts from just part of one day.  I glad to say our library sees a lot of usage from programs to computer use to people actually checking out physical materials.)