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Reference Couch: Birthday Blues

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In Which A Librarian Tries to Solve Your Personal Problems with Literature

Q: My daughter just started second grade this year and has already been invited to a handful of lavish Pinterest-worthy birthday parties by her classmates, with swag bags to boot! I don’t have the budget to throw a big shin-dig for her birthday next month and to be honest I think it’s all a bit much. How can I give her a party that’s modest enough for me and fun enough for her and her friends?

Signed,

So-So on the Soirees

A: Dear So-So,

I’m not sure what kind of swag a second-grader requires and, like you, I don’t really want to spend any more time than this sentence thinking about it. But there are lots of ways your daughter and her friends can have an great celebration without breaking the bank or giving anyone “princess syndrome“.  And the library can help!!!

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Punky Brewster AKA Soleil Moon Frye wrote a DIY kid’s party book, Let’s Get This Party Started, that’s more about having fun and letting kids be kids than having a picture perfect day. Her party ideas include a simple slumber party with craft activities like painting pillowcases and making your own Truth or Dare dice and a pancake recipe for the morning. Or how about an “explorer” party that’s even easier: ants on a log, black smudges under their eyes and send them out into the yard for hide-and-seek!

Birthday Parties for Kids was written before parents started renting out ski resorts and unicorns for toddlers, so it’s suggestions are decidedly low-key and focus more on activities and snacks than photo-ops and catering. My favorite is Balloon Bodybuiding, which is blowing up balloons and shoving them inside your sweatshirt and pretending to be a bodybuilder. Five or so of these types of games and a boxed cake mix and you’ve got two or three hours of fun before someone eventually gets a bloody nose.

One of my favorite party planning books is Absolutely Unforgettable Parties, written for adults but also applicable to the wee ones. Throw the party no one on Pinterest is throwing: A Reincarnation Party. “Come as you were!”

Naturally Fun Parties For Kids is a little more intense, with the laying out tasks for you to set up 4 weeks ahead of time, which is about 3 and a half weeks more planning than I prefer. However, there are some unexpected ideas for themes that you can modify to your liking. Like a Gratitude Birthday Party that encourages children to think about what they’re thankful for (and eat macaroni and cheese!) and a Wild Girls TeePee Party: the opposite of a fancy tea party, where girls can run around, make noise, and get dirty as long as they where intricate flower crowns while they’re doing it.

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Though themes are amusing for adults, I don’t know any kids who would refuse to come to a party because the malted milk balls weren’t labeled as Star Wars Thermal Detonators or Yaargh Pirate Cannons or Vintage Woodland Bear Poop. They would probably just be happy with the milk balls and you would probably be happier not staying up until 3 AM when you’re going to have a bunch of six-year-olds running around your house the next day.

So don’t feel tied to making a party about one specific thing. Instead, focus on what the kids are actually going to do. Otherwise, your tiny guests are probably going to break something or cause the aforementioned nosebleed.

Get a group together to cook something fun like pizza, smoothies, soda floats or pie (Icebox Pies might be what you’re looking for for smaller children, each recipe is a no-bake). Check out yoga for kids and have a yoga party. Send them outside with the Big Book of Nature Projects or, in winter, the incredibly awesome Snow Play, which includes instructions glowing igloos and snow monsters. We’ve got lots of books about science projects like The Science Chef or Sandbox Scientist and none of the experiments will start a home fire, probably.

Don’t feel like having to lead an activity? Check out some scary movies or not-so-scary movies and pop some popcorn. Grab a dance instruction video, lock them in a room for a few hours and tell them you expect a fully choreographed routine before the cake candles are blown out. Check out old fifties music or eighties music and have a “prom”. Just don’t spike the punch.

At the end of the day, you don’t need a lot of money or a degree in Posh Crafts or even a librarian to show kids a good time (but you asked). I hope this post warms you up to parties, So-So. Happy birthday to your daughter!

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Reference Couch: Pity Party

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In Which A Librarian Tries to Solve Your Personal Problems with Literature

Q: I have been striking out all over lately (broke and broken up with to start), and I’m feeling like a bit of a loser. Anything you can recommend to shake me out of the blahs?

A: Poor reader! Are April showers streaming from your eyes? To make you feel like less of a loser, I told everyone who works here at the library about your situation. Guess what? We’ve all felt like the underdog from time to time. Here are a few recommendations from the gang:

Tom advises watching Rushmore to dust off your blahs (Max saved Latin, what’d you ever do?).

Linda: “I like to watch Ouran High School Host Club. It makes me laugh and laughing always makes me feel better. Other times I re-read Library Wars: Love and War. No matter what is going on, the outrageous premise and beautiful art makes the world brighter.”

Cathy: “The movie The Sound of Music because it encourages you to “climb every mountain. And the books  Wonder by  R.J. Palacio and Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin.”

Kristen:Fistfull of Steel by Rage and it’s kind of cool that guitarist Tom Morello is on the board of our local TCFF.”

Margaret suggests the classic football film Rudy.

Jill: “The Trampps’ Disco Inferno when I’m flame weeding the garden.” (Seriously, she flame weeds. Don’t mess with Jill).

Amy:Skyrim, a video game available for PS3. Whenever I have an insurmountable task to do, such as filling out federal income tax forms, I pop in Skyrim, slay a dragon, and suddenly “itemized deductions” are a lot less terrifying.”

If none of the above put a smile on your face and skip in your step, then you know it’s serious and I’m going to have to prescribe a Pity Party, attendance: one.

First, get ‘dem yoga pants on. Then, drink down the following cocktail of pop music, in this order:

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift (dance and feel sorry for yourself), F*** You by Ceelo (get a little angry, but in a cute way),  Royals by Lorde (rise above it, being broke is hip), Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson (make that chaaaaange), Shake it Out by Florence + the Machine (see how we came full circle there?).

After that, either pop in High Fidelity because John Cusak is the best lovable loser around or get cozy and read one of these books:

The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland: Roger is a middle-aged guy working at Staples who gets caught writing a diary in the voice of his twenty-something co-worker, Bethany. Don’t you feel better about yourself already?

Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett: Amy is a loner author with writer’s block who’s in a rut of her own. Until she falls and hits her head, then gives an interview that she doesn’t remember while suffering from a concussion. Suddenly, everyone thinks she’s a genius.

Heartburn by Nora Ephron: You might be broke and single, but are you pregnant when your husband announces he’s in love with someone else, then the group therapy session you go to to cry about it gets robbed? This book is the most hilarious pity party read of all time. I would suggest it on audio, but Meryl Streep reads it and she does such a good job that you might get distracted thinking about how much better she is at everything than you.

When your party’s ended, you have to put on real pants and go out into the world. That’s the rule.  I sincerely hope we’ve found a cure for you and I hope you’ve realized that all the best stories start with a loser.

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Reference Couch: Whistle While You Read

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In Which A Librarian Tries to Solve Your Personal Problems with Literature

Today a question for the multi-tasking lover of music and literature from Joelle:

Q: Can you tell me some good music to listen to while reading that is not classical?

A: The folks over at Psychology Today say the jury’s still out on whether or not it’s productive for you to listen to music while you’re doing other stuff. I guess they’ve never experienced Dark Side of the Rainbow. I think, with the right type of music and a good book, you can get an excellent flow happening. And, as always, Tom from Sight & Sound can help you find it.

Here are the library’s Top 10 albums to listen to while reading:

William Ackerman – Imaginary Roads (Guitar Music, New Age)

Ansel Adams: Official Film Soundtrack (Instrumental Music that brings to mind the American wilderness)

Bill Frisell – Big Sur (Jazz)- “California dreaming adds sweep to jazz.”

Jim Henry & Brooks Williams – Ring Some Changes ( Folk Guitar )

Eyvind Kang – Virginal Co Ordinates (Instrumental Avant Garde)

Wes Montgomery – Movin’ Wes (Jazz)

Carlos Nakai – Earth Spirit: Native American Flute Music

Noah Preminger – Before the Rain (Jazz)

 Patricia Spiro – Silk and Bamboo (Chinese Harp Music)
 The Straight Story: Official Soundtrack (Soundtrack) “Tenderness can be just as abstract as insanity.” -David Lynch
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Reference Couch: 2015 for Procrastinators

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In Which A Librarian Tries to Solve Your Personal Problems with Literature

Did you mean to get around to making some changes in the new year, but 2015 just rolled around so fast? Did you tell yourself you were going to read those January 1st resolution articles that all your friends posted, but then by the time you got around to it you didn’t feel up to all that scrolling? Were you just too excited about the new season of The Bachelor to think about anything else, but then after you watched it you felt, more than ever, the need to find purpose in your life?

Just because the new year already started, doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a change. But since you’re already a little late to the game (and a little bit lazy), might as well assess your options before you jump in. The library has information about pretty much whatever new thing you want to start doing or old thing you want to stop doing. Go ahead and dabble a bit before you get crazy with the “taking action”. 2015 isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Grab a snack, maybe waste some time watching daytime television and then leisurely check out the list of resolution options below, based on my extensive research of what I feel like people are probably resolving to do this year (I’m a little bit lazy too):

body1. Start a weird diet or a not-that-weird diet. I was just poking through our collection of dieting books and we’ve got something for any crazy or sane way you could think of to lose weight. You could diet every other day, you could diet for 17 days or 4 days. If you’re a MILF or a goddess, or a thug, there is a diet for you. If you want to live longer, eat yourself more fertile, eat only specific colors, we’ve got it. Getting your diet book at the library is particularly genius because by the time you’ve quit, you’ll have to return it so it won’t lurk around your house judging you.

2. Cook more. I think I’ve mentioned our cookbook selection before, have I not? We just have a splendiferous cookbook collection. You should come in and look and take a few home. Even if you just look at the pictures while you eat pizza rolls.

3. If that all seems “a little much”, you could just resolve to eat breakfast, like sometimes. Whole Grain Mornings can help you out there. A Real American Breakfast can also inspire you to at least scramble an egg.

4. Drink more water. There’s not really a book about this. You should just drink more water. But you can watch Tapped, a documentary about access to clean drinking water, while you drink more water.

5. Exercise. We’ve got exercise DVDs from Jane to Jillian! You can do yoga, work out that core, there are several items with the name “bootcamp” in them if you’re into that. Do it! Or think about doing it.

6. Sleep better. If all that serious thinking about eating right and moving more hasn’t worn you out, you might read what the guys over at Harvard have to say about a good night’s sleep; as well as several books and DVDs with advice on making your children sleep, ALL of which I have personally read and/or watched in an attempt to my own child to sleep (the winner here for me was the Sleepeasy Solution).

mom7. Make/save/somehow get your hands on s’more money. Peruse Money magazine for FREE and get a leg up on saving money. If you’re a young buck you can read The Student Loan Mess. Old bucks can read The 5 Years Before You Retire or choose from our bevvy of retirement planning books. We’ve got yer Jim Cramer, yer Suze Orman, and yes, we have the weird bow-tie Free Money guy from the commercial. And if all this talk about money money money money has you disheartened, read The Man Who Quit Money and consider the option of living in a cave like Suelo.

8. Find a new job. Come on over and search for jobs with our free wi-fi, using one of our computers or laptops. And while you’re here, read The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals about How to Find a Great Job… Or just tell everyone you’re doing that and come to the library and look at fun stuff.

9. Find a new partner.  Reignite some passion with your old partner. We have all of Steve Harvey‘s books. Nuff said.

10. Get out more.  Whether getting out means the great outdoors or trekking the globe, you can start at the library. Look in the 508 section for Natural History (i.e. books about going outside, I particularly like The Bumper Book of Nature). Or if you’re hoping to travel more, check out the 914-919s for wanderlust.

11. Get organized. Oh yeah, we’ve got stuff about that. And we’ve conveniently organized them for you here.

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12. Lay off the technology, except for reading Fine Print. Eric Brende has some really interesting things to say about man and machine in his book Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology. It’s call number is 303.483 BRE in case you’ve already given up technology by the time you get here and can’t look it up in the catalog.

13. Free your mind by being nicer and happier. George Saunders gave a great speech on kindness that you probably didn’t hear if you didn’t graduate from Syracuse University. So you can read it in book form. It’s called Congratulations, By the Way. I find that even typing the word “happiness” into a search bar makes me happy, but if you’re more high maintenance, you could try Spontaneous Happiness, A Short Guide to a Happy Life or this sweet art book by an adorable woman named Maira Kalman called And the Pursuit of Happiness.

14. Free Your Mind by listening to more En Vogue this year. Step 1 and 2: Be color blind and don’t be so shallow. The rest will follow.

15. Dance like no one is watching. I see this phrase emblazoned on a lot of crafts, so I assume this is a resolution of many. I’ll just leave this here.

I hope this post RESOLUTIONIZED your 2015. My resolution was to create more words.

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Reference Couch: It’s All Relatives

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In Which A Librarian Tries to Solve Your Personal Problems with Literature

Q: Thanksgiving with the fam has made me a Scrooge. How do I celebrate the rest of the holidays with my relatives without getting into an argument about my living situation/employment status/sexual preference/looking at my phone too much/ dietary restrictions/use of language/how often I wash my hair/political opinions/riding a bike instead of driving?

A: Gol-ly, that’s a lot of conversation topics to successfully avoid. Still, you’re not alone. I’d venture to say that the majority of people crammed on their relatives’ couches for the festivities can’t escape without at least one good choke-on-your-pie-because-you’re-biting-your-tongue moment.

Your query makes me think of this great simple poem by Louis Simpson which you can find in Louis Simpson: Collected Poems or the poetry collection Good Poems, edited by Garrison Keillor:

Ed

Ed was in love with a cocktail waitress,
but Ed’s family, and his friends,
didn’t approve. So he broke it off.

He married a respectable woman
who played the piano. She played well enough
to have been a professional.

Ed’s wife left him…
Years later, at a family gathering
Ed got drunk and made a fool of himself.

He said, “I should have married Doreen.”
“Well,” they said, “why didn’t you?”

Great poem, right? So, a short answer to your question would be to just keep that little poem in your pocket or your head or your heart and repeat it to yourself when Uncle Biff taps your full dinner plate and sputters, “Minute on the lips, forever on the hips!” Just try and think of Ed instead.

If you’re looking for help for more specific problems, here a few more recommendations:

Problem: Your aunt keeps tsking, “You kids and your phones/gadgets.” You are 33 years old.

circleAnswer:  You might calmly inform Auntie that the current generation actually reads more books (like, book books) than the older. Although you tend not to use the library as much (passive-aggressive sigh…). Here’s an article about it.  Then, you two can read The Circle by Dave Eggers together and have a great discussion about technology and what it means about privacy and human contact and life as we know it. If you’re anything like my book club, the next eight times you see your aunt there will be less tsk-ing and more holding hands and gasping, “It’s just like The Circle!”

Problem: Everyone in your family drives SUVs and pick-up trucks and you get teased when you come in the front door with your bicycle helmet. An unidentified relative has replaced your stocking with a little girl’s bike basket.

goingAnswer: Uh, biking can be totally BA.  To prove this, check out Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America, a travel memoir by Brian Benson. Dude went on a cross-country bike ride with a new girlfriend, so the man knows pain and knows how to write about it with skill and humor. Casually drop the knowledge gleaned from this tale into dinner conversation and mention the gnarly windburn you got last week. Then sneak a “Share the Road” bumper sticker on everyone’s cars on the way out.

Problem: Grams is straight-up angry that you don’t eat animal products. You used to love her cheesy SPAM potatoes!

afroveganAnswer: Behind those pursed lips, Grandma just wants to know you’re getting all your vitamins. I myself am mostly vegetarian and nary a phone call from my Mom ends without her wondering if I’m getting enough protein. But there is a great way you can convince Grams that vegans love cozy delicious stick-to-your-ribs grub just as much as SPAMmers; and that is by bringing a side dish from Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan cookbook, a vegan take on African cuisine. Bring a side of Terry’s roasted parsnips in barbecue sauce or slow-braised mustard greens. Or win the whole family over for dessert with a cocoa-spice cake with coconut-chocolate ganache. Yum.

Problem: Your cousin made a sexist comment during the lighting of the hannukkiyah you are now determined to spend the rest of the eight nights at the kids table teaching your nieces and nephews alllllll about feminism.

cover_bad_feministAnswer: Wave after wave, baby. We’ve got all the classics as well as some popular new feminist reads (see below). Before long, those whipper-snappers will be quoting Gloria Steinem and Daniel Radcliffe alike (yes, Harry Potter is a feminist!).

Classics: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem

New classics: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, Feminism Unfinished: A Short Surprising History of American Women’s Movements by Dorothy Sue Cobble

Problem: You promised your mom you would not get into another Baby Boomers VS. Millennials argument like last year. But you don’t know if you can control yourself.

Boomsday-coverAnswer: Perhaps your best option would be to get your generational woes off of your chest before you’re asked to stand at the head of the table and give a holiday toast. Do this by reading Boomsday. Christopher Buckley was debating about Boomers way back in 2007 when we Millennials were too enamored with the invention of the iPhone to notice. All sides are poked fun at in this political satire. I suggest it on audio because it is read by hilarious Gen-Xer, Janeane Garafolo.

Problem: Your sister isn’t coming this year because her partner doesn’t feel welcome.

youAnswer: The library is a great place to check out temporary coffee table books that can spark productive discussions with their mere presence (and even more so if you actually open them). Try You Can Tell Just By Looking: And 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People. If you need more time with it, you can renew it in person, by phone, or online.

Problem: Everybody is angry about what everybody has been posting on Facebook all year long.

Answer: This is the easiest fix of them all. Call a family truce and have the whole gang share a link to Fine Print! It’s that blue button with the “f” right down there.

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Reference Couch: Breakup Songs

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In Which A Librarian Tries to Solve Your Personal Problems with Literature

Q: My BFF just went through a dramatic breakup and she’s really mopey. Also, I don’t really want them to get back together since he’s a jerk. What are some good breakup songs that will make her get over him already?

A: BFFs with jerk BFs are the worst. You probably want to dance around her singing Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves. But keep in mind, everyone needs some time to sit around in their pjs, eating Doritos and watching High Fidelity (does that sound too specific?) and just be sappy until they feel okay again.

Tom from our Sight & Sound department is providing you with a Top 10 list of Breakup Songs your pal can listen to until they figure out that they will survive (and maybe even be better off). And I’ve taken the liberty of providing “liner notes” for some of my favorites…

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1. “Heard It Through the Grapevine” BY Marvin Gaye ON What’s Going On (Marvin had WAY more personal problems than one little old breakup “going on”. Read this intense biography of him, but only if you want to cringe every time Sexual Healing comes on the radio for the rest of your life.)

2. “You Oughtta Know” BY Alanis Morissette ON Jagged Little Pill (This song has special significance to me. I listened to it on repeat for the entirety of my 8th grade winter break because my boyfriend broke up with me after I’d already spent my allowance on his Christmas gift. He still oughtta know.)

3. “Somebody That I Used to Know” BY Gotye ON Making Mirrors

4. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” BY Joy Division ON Left of the Dial Dispatches from the 80’s Underground

5. “I Will Survive” BY Gloria Gaynor ON Billboard Top Hits, 1979 (Duh. And also “Fire” by the Pointer Sisters is on this album and it’s a great song. The Sisters don’t really sing about breakups but they sing a lot about what they will and will not accept from a partner, which your friend might need a lesson in. Basically, they want someone with a Slow Hand that will Jump for their love.)

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6. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” BY The Righteous Brothers ON Anthology 1962-1974

7. “Someone Like You” BY Adele ON 21 (Adele is the best for crying and lip-synching.)

8. “Kiss and Say Goodbye” BY The Manhattans ON The Best of The Manhattans

9. “Scientist” BY Coldplay  ON A Rush of Blood to the Head (For the conscious uncoupler.)

10. “I Will Always Love You” BY Whitney Houston ON Bodyguard Original Soundtrack (Ok, I take back what I said what about Adele. Whitney reigns supreme for crying and lip-synching.)

Tom also added some hidden tracks from albums you might not think of as breakup soundtracks:

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11. “Delilah” BY Tom Jones  ON American Hustle Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

12. “I’m Not In Love” BY 10cc ON AM Gold 1975 (And maybe sneak in a little Linda Rondstadt singing “You’re No Good” while you’re at it. )

13. “I Hear You Knockin’” BY Smiley Lewis ON Rocks (I hear you knockin’, but you can’t come in. Ever. Go away.)

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Reference Couch: Winter is Coming

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In Which A Librarian Tries to Solve Your Personal Problems with Literature

Q: I almost went bananas last winter. It was soooo long and sooo cold. What can I do to keep from being bored this winter?

Signed,

Already Cold

A: 

Dear Already Cold,

I feel you. Last winter was harsh and also didn’t end until around June. Like everyone else, I got really into Game of Thrones and shudder whenever a character warns, “Winter is coming.” Up North, that phrase feels all too real. (BTW, you can get Game of Thrones to read or watch or listen to at the library).

But fear not, winter up here doesn’t have to be the 45th Parallel of Peril. TADL can entertain you for all seven or eight months of the frosty season. Here are just a few things I can recommend to stave of winter boredom:

Get Out:

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The library has events year-round, like showing movies for our Books to Movies program or meeting at The Filling Station to drink beer and talk books for our Books & Brewskis club. From author readings to cooking classes to yoga, one of our six community libraries always has something going on, so brace yourself against those icy winds and come on over.

Stay In:

If (when?) you reach that point in winter where you will only agree to participate in things you can do while sitting under your ratty old afghan on your couch, you can also reach the library from home by checking out ebooks or curling up and watching movies (you can watch movie previews now from our website because we’re awesome). Tom from Sight & Sound recommends the following films for chilly winter nights:

wintermovies1. The Cuckoo (Foreign) 2. Picnic 3. Blood Simple 4. Midnight in Paris 5. Rare Birds

Of course, you can also read books under blankets. There are a lot of great winter-y novels, from cozy to bone chilling. Here’s just a sample:winterreads

1. Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 2. Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell  3. Wintering by Kate Moses

Get a Hobby:

As long as the winters are up here you could spend your time becoming an expert in any new-fangled thing you fancy. Like knitting, skiing, indoor gardening, card games, or re-organizing your closet. You could find religion, get killer buns, AND repair your snowmobile with material from the library. Actually, if you decide to come out of the house again after the thaw, you should  just stroll through our non-fiction section. Every time I walk back there, I come out with a new zest for learning Farsi or canoeing or making crafts out of cat hair (seriously, see below):

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1. The Ukulele Handbook 2. Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs 3. Home Cheese Making 4. Crafting with Cat Hair

Throw A Party:

We have A TON of cookbooks: for your crockpot, for your vegan brother, for your foodie friend that gets a little hoity toity at dinner parties. Bake it, fry it, mix it up.  And when you don’t fit into your pants anymore, you can check out 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food.

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1. Winter Cocktails 2. Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food 3. One Pot 4. Homemade Decadence 5. Simple Thai Food 6. Preserving by the Pint

Since you’ve made all that food, you might as well throw a party. And Sight & Sound Tom also has some ideas for your wintertime music playlist while you entertain guests:wintermusic

1. Bill Frisell/Big Sur 2. Asgeir/In the Silence (Tom also highly recommends the Icelandic version, Dýrð í dauðaþögn ) 3. John Fullbright/From the Ground Up 4. Elton John/Tumbleweed Connection 5.  Natalie Merchant/Nonesuch

Whew! I got a little over-excited, reader, about all that is available at the library. It might take you until mid-December just to read to the end of this post. But I hope you’ll stay warm and stay busy and, if you make any cat hair crafts, please don’t bring them to us as gifts. We’re good.

Best,

Annie at the Reference Couch

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