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Book Fitting: Wedding Planning

I am getting married! I was never the type of girl to dream about my future wedding and plan it out in detail… I was more likely to fantasize about the layout of my future home library or how my first archaeological dig would go.  But now I’m faced with the seemingly monumental task of planning a wedding for my friends, my family, and myself. This is far easier on my Fiance (of course) since he is an only child with a small family and I’m from a massive Irish Catholic family who all expect to be invited as well as a certain level of pomp and circumstance (and an open bar).


Due to the upcoming nuptials and my complete ignorance when it comes to planning something like this, I have been getting into the wedding guides and wedding book selections offered in our collection.  The wedding is going to be a do-it-yourself affair, hopefully at an outdoor venue with an indoor reception. Music, budget, decor, food, dresses, color schemes, invitations, vows, gifts for the wedding party, rehearsal dinner – all of it is in my wildly unprepared and  untrained hands, oh and the whole thing is going to be popping off in about a year and a half.

Awesome. Did I mention I wanted to elope?

The Knot: Outdoor Weddings : Fresh Ideas for events in gardens, vineyards, beaches, mountains, and more by Carly Roney


Like I said above, I want to get married outdoors and this book has a lot of awesome photographs and ideas. These couples make weddings look so easy! Just show up on a mountain top or in a barn strung with fairy lights looking like love incarnate and BOOM, married. Though this book is less about planning your wedding and much more about style, there were a lot helpful hints about keeping your guests comfortable no matter what the weather has in store and how to come up with a sensible and still beautiful “Plan B” in case the storm of the century happens on your special day. Rain on a wedding day is supposed to be good luck, right?

Style Me Pretty Weddings : Inspiration & Ideas for an Unforgettable Celebration by Abby Larson


Who doesn’t want to be pretty? Especially on your wedding day. This is the first book I looked at that used “tablescape,” a word that fills me with anxiety and dread. The plates and flatware need to be planned for how they look against tablecloths? WHY!? While the cover of this book may look very traditional, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  It was definitely written with millennials (the vast majority of people getting married at the moment) in mind. The ideas are cute, quirky, easily personalized, and in many cases, affordable. I really liked the “Advice” and “Special Touches” sections in the book. Basically these sections are quick little “don’t panic, go with your gut, you’ll be fine” reminders. That’s something every bride-to-be could use right! What’s even better is that all this advice is offered up by the couple whose wedding is being profiled. Real life advice from people who have been there, very helpful indeed! They even go a step further with a whole DIY section for some of the decor found in the featured weddings. I got a lot of ideas from the “whimsical” and “al fresco” chapters in this book. Each chapter represents a style of wedding and comes with a style blueprint so if you love a certain style or want to combine styles it’s really easy to figure out how to get the look you want.

Martha Stewart Weddings: Ideas & inspiration by Martha Stewart 


Hyper-organized, very beautiful, and EXTREMELY detailed in a way only Martha Stewart can be, this book delves into every aspect of planning a wedding from engagement, to ceremony and reception and finally send off. The advice and styles come from Martha Stewart Weddings magazine which began in 1995. Trends over the last two decades are identified as well as what is currently hot and what is not. Included are step by step guides to EVERYTHING included in this impressive volume. Martha (yes we are on a first name basis now) even gives you helpful break down of the budget, how to merge religions in one ceremony, the names of different dress styles, and great advice on writing your vows. I am still in the beginning stages of planning so this book was a little overwhelming for me but I can definitely see using it a lot down the road. I’m going to have to buy a copy!

Weddings in Color by Vane Broussard & Minhee Cho


You guys, this book is so much FUN. It’s just color palletes that are then broken down by how those colors can be used in flowers, fashion, paper products, “tablescapes” *shudder* and more. At the end of each chapter they have an “Ask the Expert” section about catering, cakes, fashion, and planning. This is a really great beginning-to-get-excited-about-your-wedding book and a great one to help you nail your color scheme and get DIY projects planned out. Not so helpful with scheduling and planning things down to the last microsecond/cent like Martha does (love her but terrified of her) but it’s a great starting point and super fun book.

And at last, my favorite title.


*All book cover images are from the catalog. The top “bridezilla” image is from The featured image at the top of the page is from

Book Fitting: Ice Pops!

Book Fitting: In Which a Librarian Tries On a Book

I just got back from a vacation to Tennessee, where I quickly realized that my translucent skin and aversion to shorts (I like my thigh skin to stay on my thighs, not left behind on chairs and benches thankyouverymuch) were no match for the 105 degree heat. In Nashville, we ducked into air-conditioned bars and marveled at the talented songwriters performing (and also their ability to wear jeans in “this heat”) while our toddler plunged his grimy hands into all of the water glasses to pull out ice. We played “Who’s going to suggest going back to the hotel first?” and then played “Watch Food Network and sweat” back in our room.

Eventually, the troops needed rallying and that came in the form of a popsicle shop called Las Paletas. Our group of three and kiddo ate seven popsicles in the space of about 15 minutes. My favorite was, seriously, Corn. But we also enjoyed Chocolate Chili and Avocado and Key Lime and others that I forget because we delirious from our popsicle nirvana.

I’ve been dreaming about dreamy frozen treats ever since, so I was delighted to find Cesar and Nadia Roden’s Ice Pops!: 50 Delicious Fresh and Fabulous Icy Treats leaning on our shelves like some cool coconut-dipped hand on my shoulder saying, “Hello, friend.”


The Rodens started their own popsicle business, now called Ice Kitchen, and not only share their inspired recipes, but also special techniques like how to get your popsicle to look like a sprig of mint is floating inside it or how to dip your popsicle in alcohol, not in a I-wonder-how-this-grape-freezy-ice-would-taste-after-dipping-in-my-beer way, but in a classy clementine and white wine or grapefruit and Campari way. How hip are you going to be serving Mojito pops as your signature cocktail? I’ll come.

Blackberry Stripe-crop


The recipes range from simple Orange & Lemon to the inventive Cereal Milk (popsicles for breakfast!!) or the Beet and Sour Cream Pop you can see reprinted from the book on Food Republic (popsicles as appetizers!!!).


The book is artful, easy to follow, without complicated equipment and ingredients, and with 50 totally different recipes (and no phoning-it-in, try this one recipe five ways bunk), you could easily be tempted to keep this book out past it’s due date. You can renew it. Just don’t drool on it.

See more of our collection of books on frozen desserts including those for the Paleo and dairy-free and spend the rest of your summer staying cool and looking as cool as you can with a popsicle mustache.

Read more about Cesar and Ice Kitchen here.

Photo credit: The featured image is from the Ice Kitchen website. All other images are from the Ice Pop! book.

Book Fitting: First Date with Poetry

Book Fitting: In Which a Librarian Tries On a Book

You’ve found a match on OkCupid who seems attractive. You really want to like them. They’re obviously smarter than you but claim to be laid back, sometimes even funny. You agree to a date. But every time you’re getting ready to meet them, you bail. Too intense. You’re just not in the mood. You feel embarrassed. You’ve used any number of excuses.

I knew someone named Poet once. She said my aura was dirty. I’m not talking about her. I’m talking about that free verse gribble garble you gave up after freshman English because it didn’t rhyme, or you didn’t “get” it, or somehow two pages felt longer than a Ken Follett novel and you couldn’t bear it any longer. And now when people mention poets, you nod your head as if you’re familiar with them.

You are not familiar.

This Valentine’s Day, how about picking up poetry one more time? Just try it on and see how you like it. Below is a list of poetry that is full of emotion and intellect and the beauty of language but also (and this is key) not boring or stuffy or difficult to understand. These poets are everything their online dating profile would “doth declare”. I’ve also included poem suggestions to give to your loved ones this V-Day because I’m just. that. good.

poems(Look how trim these books stay. You can definitely read a book this size)

Wendell Berry, Entries: Try: “For an Absence” is a bee-you-tiful poem to send to a loved one far away or someone who has lost a loved one.

Nikki Giovanni, Love Poems: Try: Oh gee, all the poems from the I Hope It’s Love section are great to give to your sweetheart, but “I Wrote a Good Omelet” is particularly perfect for those in the infatuation stage.

Conrad Hilberry, Until the Full Moon Has Its Say: Try: Give yourself a valentine and read “Enormous Leaf”.

Galway Kinnell, Selected Poems: Try: “After Making Love We Hear Footsteps”, this is a lovely romantic poem to put in the Valentine card of the mother or father of your children and probably not a good poem to give to someone you just started dating with the note, “This will be us!”

Ted Kooser, Delights and Shadows: Try: Please give “After Years” to a unrequited love. This poem is good for a wistful sigh.

Philip Levine, News of the World: Try: “Of Love and Other Disasters” is a poem for the anti-Valentines Day crowd.

Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair: Try: Send along “Tonight I Can Write” to an old flame you hope to reunite with. It’s less creepy than just liking all of her selfies on Facebook.

Grace Paley, New and Collected Poems: Try: send along “Note to Grandparents” to Grandma and Grandpa along with the kind of crappy valentines your kids made them in school or give the poem “Love” to your love-r.

Carl Sandburg, Selected Poems: Try Up here in the North country, we need to dream of warmer, happier times like “Village in Late Summer” (originally from Cornhuskers).

If you don’t want to jump all the way into one author, you can speed-date several by browsing through a collection and seeing who you might be interested in. Browsing compilations is like for books. Try:

Bartlett’s Poems for Occasions, edited by Geoffrey O’Brien

Good Poems by Garrison Keillor

If you fall in love with poetry all winter long, come spring you can go to the FREE Poet’s Night Out at the City Opera House on April 26, listen to poems by local poets and vote for your favorite.

Featured photo credit: Sweet disposition,hearts texture,hearts bokeh via photopin (license)

Book Fitting: Cheap and Thoughtful Gifts

Book Fitting: In Which a Librarian Tries On a Book

I can tell you of a gift card that you can get for free. It doesn’t expire if you keep using it and you can get probably, oh, I don’t know, like a million dollars worth of stuff with it.  Can you guess what it is? Wait for it…

It’s your public library card guyzzzzz.

Don’t roll your eyes at me. It’s true. The library is your Santee Claus. And this year, if you’re good, your library card will not only provide you with gifts aplenty, it can even help you give gifts. No money to buy your loved ones presents? No idea what to do except panic? No problem.

Here is a list of books to help you give the best gifts this holiday season.

Are you crafty?

If you’ve graduated from using safety scissors, you can make a thoughtful gift using one of these books. I would pretty much love anything from Danny Seo’s Upcycling, especially the plastic banana fruit tray and bad art glitter (in case I’m on your list).


50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving, Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, Paper Crafts with Style, WrapagamiUpcycling: Create Beautiful Things with Stuff You Already Have

Are you long-winded?

Got a way with words? Make your friend a comic book. Write a letter or a poem or come over and use our genealogy section to research your family’s history and give your relative a family tree, or as I like to call it (begin echo) THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE .


Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics, For the Love of Letters: A 21st Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing, Raw Art Journaling ,

Are you stylish?

If you have taste or if you have friends who think you have taste, make an awesome winter flower arrangement (out of paper) for them, create your BF’s signature scent, or offer to help re-do their closet for them.


Ikebana: The Art of Arranging Flowers, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers, The Perfume Kit: Create Your Own Unique Fragrances, Adorn: 25 Stylish DIY Fashion Projects, Style Bible

Are you hungry?

There are lots of creative and easy foodie gifts to make. Who wouldn’t love a homemade cheese and beer kit (I would!)? Or delicious holiday pudding (me again!)?


One-Hour Cheese, Treats: Delicious Food Gifts to Make at Home, Mini-Farming Guide to Fermenting, Puddin’: Luscious and Unforgettable Puddings, Parfaits, Pudding Cakes, Pies, and Pops

Are you surly?

Don’t tell The Mall, but it’s actually not required that you buy gifts for people at all. At least not according to this guy: Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays by Joel Waldfogel.









Did you get or give a library-inspired gift? Share it with us!


Book Fitting: Women in Clothes

Book Fitting: In Which a Librarian Tries On a Book

Here at TADL, we love us some books, but there are just so many! Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO television series Girls and author of the new book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”, (ahem, both available at the library) said it best: “Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading”.

Unfortunately, a Tuemondnesday probably isn’t in the near future; so instead we’d like to tell you: it’s ok to “try on” a book. Don’t call it book quitting, call it book fitting. That’s actually the beauty of the public library, taking home a book to see if it fits you and bringing it back if it doesn’t. Actually, you have to bring it back either way, but you get the idea.

This week I’m trying on Women In Clothes, “conceived and edited” by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton.

The book is described as “an exploration of the questions we ask ourselves while getting dressed every day” and these questions were asked to 639 women. These are essays and interviews and photos that reveal not only the drama and spirit of personal style, but also the sentiment behind those clothes and the life stories that are wrapped up in the way we dress.


For example, as a New Yorker born in India describes how after September 11, she and her family were terrified to “look strange” and had an aunt that tried to wear jeans after only wearing saris and couldn’t sit down in them. Or a series of photos called Mothers as Others where women were prompted to talk about a picture of their mothers as young women, before they became mothers. Or actor Molly Ringwald discussing her first clothing memory.

Reading the Q & A from the women surveyed, I couldn’t help but think about my own answer to some of the questions and what that says about my history or where I’m currently at in life.  Was there a time in your life when your style changed dramatically? is one of the book’s questions. And as a new mom, my own answer was “Eesh, yes.” and also “Eesh, yoga pants.” But it was fun to reminisce about other times my style had changed, from desperately wishing I could afford colored jeans at KMart to discovering vintage clothing stores.

It’s a great book to flip through, visually pleasing, with artistic, big, colorful photographs; but also a book that you could really sit with and spend an entire afternoon (or a week, it’s over 500 pages) immersed in and, as soon as I return it, I certainly recommend that you check it out.

Photo credit: All photos featured are images from the book.