July is a traditional month for those seeking certification in their chosen fields to submit to licensing examinations. ( What we older folks used to call your “state boards”) My daughter is seeking certification as a Veterinary Technician and wants to practice for her state test. We decided to see if the library has a database with practice tests and discovered that Learning Express Library has dozens of practice tests for a multitude of careers and fields. We clicked on the left side of the homepage on Occupation Practice Tests.
The Vet Tech practice tests were grouped in the Nursing and Allied Health section, Licensure and Certification Test Preparation. There were also state licensing practice tests for Physical Therapists, Dental and Medical Assistants, Pharmacy Techs, Surgical Techs and many more. There are also practice tests for teaching certification as well as for Real Estate licensing. If you or someone you know is prepping for any state certification tests, Learning Express Library can give you that added advantage!
One of the gifts the library inadvertently gives to its employees is a certain few days of morning luxury. I come from a slew of night people. We turn away, scowling, from the rising sun in the morning and race toward evening when life feels calmer.
So it’s lovely to have late Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings (and Wednesday for me as a part-timer) to indulge in a routine few people find time for anymore: breakfast. Lately I’ve found a ritualistic need to mosey straight into the kitchen when my eyes are open enough, and begin preparing the first meal of the day. It’s become a comfort, and I love that I’m waking my body up with food I’ve put some thought into. By the time breakfast is finished I’ve had time to shimmy out of that reliable morning fog, and I can fully appreciate what I’ve spent time making.
My standard is steel cut oats with a spoon full of maple syrup and cinnamon, (made extra tasty in fall with apple cider instead of milk), and I always make a cup of tea or coffee. But this morning I must have felt particularly ambitious and so I roasted some asparagus with grapeseed oil, salt, pepper, and some parmesan, and put them on top of whole wheat toast with a sunny side up fried egg on top. With a grapefruit on the side it was pure decadence.
If you’re looking for some early morning inspiration, here’s a list of fantastic breakfast cookbooks. Bon Appetite!
What’s a definitive sign of a great book on CD? Sitting in your car to listen to just a little bit more even after you have arrived at your destination.
An admitted history buff, I was a little hesitant to try Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln: the Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever. What more could O’Reilly and his co-author Martin Dugard add to the immense body of existing works on Lincoln? It’s not so much what they tell – it’s how they tell it. They talk in detail of the last few battles of the Civil War and of how General Robert E. Lee nearly escaped with his ragtag army. They show how John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators had several opportunities to kill President Lincoln and that the Vice President and several Cabinet members were to be eliminated as well.
There is a great sense of foreboding as events lead up to the assassination itself. President Lincoln seemed almost resigned to the fact that he would probably be assassinated – the authors seem to dwell on the fact that the President was a great admirer of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Fans of local hero Ulysses Grant will be pleased by the manner in which the general is portrayed in the book as well. Many will be surprised to learn that Grant and his wife were originally planning on attending the theatre with the Lincolns on the night of the assassination.
O’Reilly’s narration is rapid fire and well-paced and there is nary a slow moment in the entire eight-hour work. Consider checking this one out if you are planning a vacation drive – you won’t regret it.
Are you ready for a scare? Don’t read this book alone because you never know what’s lurking on the next page. Things That Go Bump In the Night is a collection of stories by Patrick Carman which can each be read in 15 minutes or less and each has terrifying video conclusions that you can watch online. You’ll meet characters like Dylan Smith, whose snowboarding skills are to die for, Troy, a talkative kid with a science teacher who has an enthralling skill, Emma, who’s got a gargoyle of a problem and many more. But here’s the thing, the book tells you itself, don’t get too attached to any of them.
This is a great book for grades 4-6, especially reluctant readers who like a good spooky story. I was scared. A lot.
What happens when an evil villain does something (gasp!) good? In Stephanie Sander’s new book, Villain School, they’re sent to Master Dreadthorn’s School for Wayward Villains to learn how to be truly evil. Rune, Jez and Wolf Junior are assigned an evil Plot (a villain competition) to kidnap a princess, steal a baby, find a henchman and overthrow and kingdom all in one week. Add to this impossible Plot a cookie-loving kid named Chad, whose own Plot involves keeping Rune from succeeding, and a cast of familiar characters whose schemes and quirks get in the way of Plots most foul and you’ve got one seriously evil adventure.
In the new book, Pirates Next Door, the Jolley-Rogers have moved in next door while they repair their pirate ship and the whole town is in a tizzy about it. They don’t take care of their lawn, their ship is too big and blocks their neighbor’s views, their children play with “dangerous” toys (cannons!) and they jut don’t fit in. The neighborhood signs a petition to GET THEM and their pirate ship OUT. But before they go, the Jolley-Rogers leave a little present (marked with an X) for all of their neighbors in the hope of changing their minds about pirates.
This is a great children’s book to emphasize that different isn’t always bad and that you should never judge people based on appearances. It is a fun book to read that teaches a great lesson. The illustrations are amazing and I highly recommend it to all me mateys.
Ellen Potter has crated yet another masterpiece that grabs you from the beginning and does not let go with her newest book, The Humming Room. Roo Fanshaw is not your average 12 year old. Roo prefers to hide in small spaces rather than join the world around her. When her parents are murdered, Roo is sent to the ominous Cough Rock Island to live with her eccentric uncle in an old tuberculosis clinic. As she explores the mansion, Roo discovers ghosts everywhere she turns, an odd humming coming from a room in the forbidden East Wing and a garden with tragic secrets. Roo becomes determined to discover the truth about her uncle’s past and find the source of the horrible crying that pervades the mansion in the wee hours of the night.
Ellen Potter’s spin on the classic “Secret Garden” is as creepy as it is tantalizing. This is an absolutely excellent book for both boys and girls in grades 4-6. It’s a great story about a girl who feels as though she does not fit into the world and her journey to discover that she actually does. I could not put this book down. It was wonderful.
Serving Life (DVD) is probably one of the best documentaries I have watched in a long, long time. The title is deceptive, because the movie is based in a Louisiana state prison. It follows four men who have committed serious crimes and are serving life sentences, some without hope of parole. At first you think the film is going to focus strictly on their adjustment to prison life – until you see the hospice ward in the prison, set up for prisoners who are terminally ill. The four men apply to be volunteers in this hospice unit and the title “serving life” takes on an entirely different dimension. I never dreamt I would be moved to tears watching a documentary set in a prison – I challenge you to stay dry-eyed watching this one. This would make a challenging subject of discussion for church groups and film discussion gatherings.
“You are a piglet, deal with it.” This is what Liam is always being told by his brother and sister in the new book, Piggy Bunny. Liam is a piglet who dreams of being the Easter Bunny. His parents love him, support him, and tell him he is perfect just the way he is. ‘Just the way he is’ is a piglet who wants to be the Easter Bunny. No matter how much the other piglets laugh at him and tell him they don’t believe in the Easter Bunny, Liam knows that one day, if he practices hard enough, he will become what he knows he is supposed to be. In the end, a gift from Grandma finally lets Liam become someone everyone can believe in.
This is an excellent book about acceptance and being yourself. The light-hearted story-telling style teaches without preaching and makes the piggy characters real and relatable. This is a story every child should read.
Have you ever gone to an animal rescue and felt those sad, puppy eyes pulling at your heartstrings? Have you ever been able to resist the tiny yelps pleading with you to rescue them and give them a warm, loving home?
Well, our Used Book Fairs are nothing like that, but the items still need a good home!
Now that you’re in a good mood thinking about adorable puppies, here’s our sales pitch:
Help us raise money and support your local library at one of our upcoming Used Book Fairs!
Complete list of upcoming Used Book Fairs
Funds raised at these events help support library programming and technology needs at the branches. Please help spread the word and take advantage of this great opportunity to stock your personal library all while supporting your local one!