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Reviews = Prizes !!!

TCPL's "Build a Better World" Adult Summer Reading Program runs from Saturday, June 24, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Every time you log a book and write a short review, your name will be entered into a raffle to be drawn at the end of our program.

Reviews will be judged by the Summer Reading librarians. The following criteria and links on the side menu are suggested to help you write your review!

a. Word count: 50-200 words (or slightly more/less)
b. State whether this book was chosen from the Staff Picks lists, or, if it has won an award, provide the name and year of the award.
c. Includes a brief description of the book and author’s writing style
e. Advises who would likely enjoy this book and/or books similar to this one
f. What is your opinion of this book?
g. If you listened to this book on audio, what did you think of the narration?
h. Spelling, grammar, accuracy will be considered in judging reviews.
*Criteria derived in part from “Guidelines for Library Journal Reviews” reviews.libraryjournal.com/about/guidelines-for-library-journal-reviews/ .

If you have any questions about our program please email us at summerread@tcpl.org.

EVENTS

Natural Remedies and Emergency Care
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
BorgWarner Community Room West
Jacquelyn Blizzard, Co-Director of Eastman Hill Health and Training Center, Natural Hygiene Coach and Health Instructor instructor will demonstrate how to use everyday items to heal and improve health. Possibilities include using an onion for congestion and using potatoes for pain relief.
This program is for adults and is open to the public. Registration is suggested, but not required, To register, click the 'Sign Up' button on the library’s event calendar. Please e-mail Teresa Vadakin at tvadakin@tcpl.org for more information.


Intergeneration Terrarium Making
Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM
BorgWarner Community Room
Build your own terrarium.
In order to ensure there are enough supplies for everyone, registration is required. Please use the form on the library’s event calendar.

Midday Mindfulness
Tuesdays, July and August from 12:00 to 12:30 PM
BorgWarner Community Room West
Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of 'automatic pilot' mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, and emotions.
Mindfulness practice has been touted as a means for reducing stress, improving attention, boosting the immune system, reducing emotional reactivity and promoting a general sense of health and well-being.
Salamone received extensive training from The Center for Mindfulness, Healthcare, and Society founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been leading classes in Ithaca since 2007.


Ice Cream Social and Summer Reading Closing Party
Thursday, August 3 from 6:30-7:30pm
BorgWarner Community Room East
Wrap up the ending of the ‘Build a Better World at TCPL’ summer reading program with a sundae. Enjoy ice cream with your favorite toppings, as you talk about books you have read over the summer. No registration is required.




Reviews
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Title
Of Books and Bagpipes
Author
Paige Shelton
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Scotland, books, and a mystery--a perfect combination! I picked this up at the library not realizing that it was second in a series, but enjoyed it just the same. The plot had enough twists and turns to keep in interesting, the characters were fun (even though some were standard Scots stereotypes),the action moved quickly.   Read this book
ISBN
9781250057495
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Title
Death of an Avid Reader
Author
Frances Brody
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I didn't see that ending coming! Kate is a fun character with lots of spunk and I often found myself saying, "No, Kate, don't do that!" Well-written and lots of fun to read.I picked it up on a Saturday morning at breakfast and finished it by dinnertime!  Read this book
ISBN
9781250067395
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Title
Letter to My Daughter
Author
Maya Angelou
Rating
Review
Maya Angelou's book provides separate entries to enjoy, one can read this at one time or it's perfect to read a little at a time. So it's ideal for one that has a few minutes at a time to read or for one who wants to absorb nuggets of wisdom at a slow pace.

This is essentially a love letter to women around the world, her daughters. If offers heartwarming advice given lessons learned from her own life. The tone is warm and you can almost hear her speak the words.

My only regret is that I have not experienced this as an audio book, which she narrates. As I can only imagine that this would have made my experience that much more salient and relevant.

In short, read this book and pass it along to others if you can.  Read this book
ISBN
0812980034
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Title
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Author
Marie Kondo
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Review
Summer is a perfect time to read this recommended book and act on some of it's principles, especially if you need to declutter. Marie Kondo does a good job providing explicit steps regarding where to start and provided multiple success stories.

It's a relatively easy read as information is well organized and writing is mechanically sound.

The outcome of reading this book has helped our family finally get rid of unwanted stuff. Now am giving this book away as gifts to others. Thus definitely worth the time to read it!

Award: #1 New York Times Best Seller; Amazon's Best Book in 2014 in Crafts, Home and Garden



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ISBN
1607747308
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Title
Super Natural Every Day
Author
Heidi Swanson
Rating
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Wonderful cookbook using natural, organic ingredients.

Every recipe tasty. Recipes easy to follow with alternative ingredients if needed. Cooking techniques are pretty basic. Recipes will be familiar (e.g., tapioca) with a bit of a twist (honey+rose water).

Nice illustrations with pictures of some of the recipes.

Cookbook could be useful for anyone who wants to experiment with standard recipes.

Award: James Beard Award Recipient  Read this book
ISBN
9781580082778