12 Destinations in 12 Months – Where would you go?


DSC_0242Our January podcast follows the footsteps of Charles Kuralt as he travels to twelve uniquely American destinations in twelve months, starting with January in New Orleans.


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2014 Book talk titles – fiction


Anniversary Logo_Color_2 inThese are the fiction titles from our “Books You Might Have Missed – 2014″ book talk.

This book talk is given annually at the Friends of Nordonia Hills Branch Library’s January meeting.


These books are selected from those purchases throughout the year for the library collection.


Titles are in no particular order.


The Girl Who Came Home – Hazel Gaynor

Cold Storage Alaska – John Straley

Antiques Con – Barbara Allan

Going Home – A . American

Invisible Ellen – Shari Shattuck

The Art of Arranging Flowers – Lynne Branard

Fifty Mice – Daniel Pine

The Cloud of Unknowing – Mimi Lipson

A Burnable Book – Bruce Holsinger

I See You – Patricia MacDonald

Biblical – Christopher Galt

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club – Genevieve Valentine

Autumn Killing – Mons Kallentoft

Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth

The Boy Who Killed Demons – Dave Zeitserman

Snow White Red-Handed – Maia Chance

You Could Be Home Now – Tracy Manaster

The Museum of Extraordinary Things – Alice Hoffman

Uncle Janice – Matt Burgess

Smitten Book Club – Colleen Coble, et al

Madness in Miniature – Margaret Grace

Season to Taste – Natalie Young

A Pleasure and a Calling – Phil Hogan

Wildalone – Krassi Zourkova

The Dress Shop of Dreams – Menna Van Praag

The Wonder of All Things – Jason Mott



Annual book talk highlights 2014 reads


NH Library 12-11 001Our Friends of Nordonia Hills Branch Library annual meeting was concluded with a wonderful book talk.

“Books You Might Have Missed – 2014″ presented nearly 60 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with interesting features or information about each title.

These books are selected from purchases made throughout the year for the library collection.

Here is the nonfiction list discussed last night (fiction to follow tomorrow).

In no particular order:

The Book of Odds – Amram Shapiro

Grandma Gatewood’s  Walk – Ben Montgomery

The Death Class – Erika Hayasaki

The Future Declassified – Matthew Burrows

Cubed – Nikil Saval

Yellow River Odyssey – Bill Porter

The Golden Ticket – Lance Fortnow

Sitcom – Saul Austerlitz

Unruly Places – Alastair Bonnett

The Village Effect – Susan Pinker

As You Wish – Cary Elwes

In the Devil’s Garden – Stewart Lee Allen

Retronaut – Chris Wild

The Last Great Walk – Wayne Curtis

The Party Food Bible – Lisa Frisk & Monica Eisenmann

Correlated – Shaun Gallagher

Lost in the Pacific – L. Douglas Keeney, ed.

National Geographic: The Covers – Mark Collins Jenkins

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back – Tim Harford

Salvage Secrets Design and Decor – Joanne Palmisano

Deep Cover Cleveland – Laura Peskin

Best American Infographics 2014

Section 60 – Robert Poole

Apples of Uncommon Character – Rowan Jacobsen

Speed Limits – Mark Taylor

The Triple Package – Amy Chua

You Are Here – Chris Hadfield



Dream Catchers


On Wednesday, January 14, for Afterschool Club, we made dream catchers out of paper plates, string, shapes, feathers, and beads. They took a lot of concentration and fine motor skills, but look how wonderful they came out!

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February 11, we will play some board games.





We made a snowman out of socks, fiberfil, buttons, ribbon, bells, and fabric for a family program.  There might not be any snow on the ground, but that didn’t stop us from making a snowman. They all came out really cute. Take a look at some of them!



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Podcast looks at the season of stuff


DSC_0242Our monthly reader’s podcast takes a look at buying, selling, and keeping stuff.

Peek behind the scenes at the infomercial biz.

Hear about questionable treasures in “Crap at My Parent’s House.”

Find out about one man who sold everything in “All My Life for Sale.”

All of these in eleven minutes or so.


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We Love To Paint!


For Toddler Story Time we painted a wintery scene. Being to short for the tables; We figured the floor would work just fine.

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Turkey Luminaries


 A few weeks ago, for November’s Family Night, we made turkey luminaries. Look at everyone working really hard. Amy shows us her turkey luminaire .


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Celebrating the harvest as winter approaches


DSC_0242Our November podcast hangs onto the recent harvest, pointing the way towards an finer enjoyment of apples and their marvelous variety.

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Day of the Dead


For October’s After School Club we celebrated the Day of the Dead by learning a little bit about the holiday and then we made skulls out of clay and painted them.

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