Fun with Farts – Old MacDonald heard a fart

Miss Manners would probably be spinning in her grave*, but seriously, I don't know when I've laughed so hard as when I read Old MacDonald Heard a Fart! I took it home the other night, to read it to the Beecrafty family, but it seems not everyone enjoys a fart book as much as I do! Maybe I shouldn't […]

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Do you judge a book by its cover?

Everyone knows you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, right? But we do, of course. I mean, when you're browsing the library shelves, it's the cover that attracts you to a book, isn't it? I've heard that you're supposed to read to page 90 (!) of a book before you decide if you […]

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The Diamond Horse ~ A cool read for summer!

D'you know what arrived at the library the other day? Brand new copies of Stacy Gregg's twenty-first pony book, that's what! If there's a horse-mad tweenage kid in your life, guaranteed, this is the perfect summer read. It's exciting, gripping, full of exotic animals and horses (of course) , and - according to Miss Missy […]

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Knit ME! Knit ME!

One of the best things about being a librarian has got to be unpacking the boxes of new books. It's like a little bit of Christmas every week! Knitted Animal Cozies As soon as I pulled Knitted Animal Cozies out of the box, I just knew this was my latest favourite craft book. The animals are […]

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Still boldly going: Star Trek, 50 years on

I remember it quite clearly. It was 1989*, I was 14, and TV had just got a third channel. My sister and I were watching the box when an ad for a new show came on. There was this guy with what looked like a gold banana clip wrapped round his face. We turned and looked at […]

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Further adventures with The Boy Who Lived

It's been about 18 years since I first met The Boy Who Lived. My little brother -- he was about 9 at the time -- introduced me to Harry Potter, and lent me the first few books. By book four, I wanted my own copy, so I bought it, and The Philosopher's Stone too, with the book […]

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Resistance is futile

Have you ever seen a book and known you just had to read it--not because you thought you would actually like it necessarily, but because not reading it was just--inconceivable? Well, that's how I felt when I saw Star Trek, Green Lantern: The Spectrum War. I've never really gotten into reading graphic novels, unless you count […]

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Sewilicious birthday wishes

D'you know what I wanted to do for my birthday most of all? I wanted a day to sew - for myself! My family totally didn't get it! They were all "You want to what?!" I know it doesn't sound like much of a celebration, but how often do I get to make something for me? Not […]

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To tree or not to tree – Arbor Day 5 June

Have you ever wondered what librarians do on their day off? Well sometimes, we like to go to bookshops. Crazy, I know, we're around books at work every day - what do we want with books on our day off? I guess sometimes its nice to browse from the other side of the stacks -- a bit […]

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UFOs of the crafty kind

UFOs. How they do vex me! Don't worry, I'm not one of those "I want to believe" people who sit around with tinfoil hats on their heads. I'm talking about crafting UFOs. Un-Finished Objects. You know, those projects you start with a hiss and a roar and all sorts of good intentions, but just never seem to get finished. […]

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