The Race for Paris

The Race for Paris

We had Book Club on Monday and it was seriously some of the best food we have had in quite awhile.  It was SO good and we were so excited about it that we totally forgot to take any before photos.  We did take a quick photo before the food was all gone but after we had already been eating.

There were some requests for the zucchini bread recipe (you can see it on the table next to the bread) and you can print it off HERE.  (Note: the zucchini can be substituted for bananas if you want to use it for banana bread.)


What you see is fresh melon from the garden, fresh baked Zucchini bread, pasta salad, crackers and cheese and Julie’s famous blueberry coffee cake.  We also had Downton Hot Tea and Panera blend coffee.

No one really wanted to get their photo taken while eating so we just skipped a group photo for that day.  So we will just keep recycling our summer reading kick off photo because that one turned out so well and we can keep rocking that one for as long as we want.

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Our book club book was House Calls and Hitching Posts which was a nonfiction book about an Amish doctor and his patients.  The famous line of the book was something along the lines of “You can learn something from everyone”.

The reviews of the book were mixed.  Some people really liked the book.  Some suffered through.  Some began the book and decided not to read it.

The one thing we all agreed on was we love veggie straws.


Have you heard of Veggie Straws?  We hadn’t but Naomi brought them assuring us that Amish always have Veggie Straws at potlucks and we could not keep eating them.  She finds them at Costco but they can be found at Walmart  as well as Meijer and,Amazon pantry has them as well.

We gave up even trying to pretend we could stop eating them and just put them on the table with us.  VEGGIE STRAWS WITH SEA SALT.  Go get them.

Our next book is The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton.  We haven’t read a war book for a few months (shocker for us this year, who knew we would have accidentally picked so many war books at the beginning of the year?) and we seem to have some excitement brewing over this book.

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What was really cool is that when we mentioned on facebook that we would be reading this book, the author commented on it!

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How cool was THAT?

Join us on Monday, September 26 at 1pm as we read The Race For Paris by our Meggie (we can call her “our Meggie” now that we are chums, right?).

B&N had a recent sale on this book so some of you may have purchased it for your Nook for $1.99 or something like that.  If you want to get an ebook from the library, be aware there is a hold waiting list on it.  But you can put your name to the list HERE.

If you want to check it out from MeL, go HERE.

If you want to own a copy, you can choose Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

Any way you get a book, just be sure to join us for the fun discussion on Monday, September 26.  All you have to do is show up.  But it does help if you have read the book and having something to share with us to eat is always nice too.

(For regular updates, check out the library website or be sure to follow along on Facebook, where we do most of our communicating.)



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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in Book Club


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What Health Looks Like To Me

Summer Reading may be over and the contest for best essay may be over but we still have two more essays to share with you!

What Health Looks Like To Me

I am inspired to live a healthy life style because I don’t like the thought of living in a hospital when I am old.  I believe if I take care of myself now I can avoid future problems down the road.  One way to be healthier is not eating at fast food restaurants.  Eating junk food like that doesn’t always make you feel good and will probably lead to complications later in life.  Another way you could improve your health is by eating more fruits and vegetables.  Although you should have a good among of fruit and vegetables it should not be your entire diet.  Your diet also should consist of a variety of meats, breads and grains.

Activity is also important because it can help your body to function properly.  Some examples of ways to exercise are, jogging, cycling and running.  Sports are another great way to exercise.  Sports are a fun way to get healthy without even realizing you are doing just that.  There are many sports such as soccer, baseball, football, and basketball that keep you constantly moving.  Joining in on group classes can be especially helpful because of the encouragement you can get from others.

Eating healthy and being active can both help your appearance and self-esteem.  Eating better can keep your skin healthy as well as help you loose weight.  Exercising can help you turn the fat into muscle.  Eating healthy and exercising can help you live a longer and better life.  Overall I think that living a healthy lifestyle is not only beneficial to you but to others as well.  Other people that see you living healthily may be inspired to do the same in their own lives.


Here is another essay!


Healthy is a word described to people in different ways.  Some people think that being healthy is not putting on any weight, eating less calories, and exercising.  Some think to be healthy you just need to not eat out at restaurants, or eat everything organic, and natural.  Some think that to be healthy you need to have a good diet; lean meats, steamed vegetables, and even fruit.

“Healthy” is different to each person.  For me, being healthy is not eating out, no brownies, doughnuts, cakes, cookies, chocolates, ice creams, candy or most anything sugary at all.  I don’t like to eat things with HFCS, (high fructose corn syrup) which is basically an artificial sweetener.  I also don’t like to eat foods with big words that you can’t pronounce such as TRISODIUM PHOSOPHATE, MONO-AND DIGLYCERIDES, and XANTHAN GUM.  I figure if you can’t pronounce it, why eat it?  Why eat something you don’t know what it is you’re consuming.

Also, I don’t like to eat things with food coloring.  Red 40, blue 1, yellow 5.  I like to think that I am eating things with their natural color.  I’m not perfect, you can’t find everything made naturally.  The world just isn’t like that today, everything is mass produced in artificially made items.  But I like to think that I’m trying, and it’s making a difference in my life.  Eating right and exercising are what make a healthy lifestyle.

I only started eating like this a year ago, however, it has made my life so much better.  Before I started eating this way, I felt tired and drained easily, eating junk food just didn’t make me feel good.  But now, I feel great and energized, and to me, that’s worth it.

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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Summer Reading


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New Books at the Library!

New Books at the Library!

You can order ANY of these books on our online library catalog.  You can also reserve books, write book reviews, renew your books…it’s awesome.  AND you can get it as an app on your phone!  Even handier!

Google Store App

iPhone App

Don’t forget to follow along on Goodreads.  People regularly ask us “what book would be like this one I just read”  or “Did I read this?” or “What books are in this series?”  Goodreads is our number one go to site.  You can also get the Goodreads App on your phone which has a handy dandy bar code scanner so when you are out and about, you can scan a book you find and want to read but don’t want to buy and order it from the library!  When you follow along with us on Goodreads, you get to see what books we have added to the library before anyone else.  Now that is pretty nifty.

Now, what you have been waiting (reading!) for…. NEW BOOKS AT THE LIBRARY!


Yes, we have it!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

On CD:
Curious Minds (Knight and Moon, #1) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) advenutures in odyssey

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely Daughters of the Bride No Way Up (Cimarron Legacy, #1) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Illusion Town (Ghost Hunters, #13) Killer Look (Alexandra Cooper, #18) Night and Day (Eve Duncan, #21) Bullseye (Michael Bennett, #9) Insidious (FBI Thriller, #20) Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes Smooth Operator (Teddy Fay, #1) Sweet Tomorrows (Rose Harbor #5) Truly Madly Guilty

Young Adult:
Insurgent (Divergent, #2) Rampage (The Singular Menace, #3) Imprudence (The Custard Protocol, #2) The Gilded Cage Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2) Terminal (Virals, #5)

Mommy's Little Sunflowers Monster Trucks Splat the Cat for President A New Class (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #4) Night of the Ninth Dragon (Magic Tree House, #55) Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat The Empty City (Survivors, #1) Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (I Survived, #3) The Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (I Survived, #6) The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 (I Survived, #4) The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (I Survived, #5) Saving Mr. Terupt The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived, #1)

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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in New Books


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Keeping Healthy

Another Essay!


Keeping Healthy

Keeping healthy …. these are two little word that used to scare because to me that meant diet and exercise.  Really, I have 4 children and a full time job, when was I ever going to find the time to exercise?  One day I actually sat back and started evaluating my daily routine.  I work third shift, so I would come home at 6:30 am, I would sleep, then I would get up, watch tv, and maybe go to the store with the kids.  I encourage and push my kids to go outside and be active and play, but am I really being a good role model?

One day I took the kids to the library to sign up for the summer reading program, they informed me that there was an adult program also.  I thought great, I love to read!  Then I heard the word EXERCISE program!  I saw my kids looking at me so I signed up.  The very next day my attitude and mentality was different so…I decided to inquire about a gym membership.  Yes, I did it, I enrolled in a gym!  Best decision ever.  I am not saying you have to go to a gym to be healthy; you can be active and healthy at home.  For me it just works out for me, because let’s face it, if I have to pay to go to the gym you better believe that I’m going to be using the membership.  Besides, the library has awesome prizes!

I’ve only been working out for about a week, but I feel great after every work out, it’s an accomplishment.  It’s too soon for major results but, I know I’m headed in the right direction.

It’s never too late to start a workout routine, even if it is just taking a walk.  Being healthy and exercising doesn’t have to be scary or an inconvenience, make it fun, make it YOU!


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My Life, My Future

As this is our last week of Summer Reading (How did that Happen?), the essays are really coming in!  Here is the latest essay received.  We’ll have more essays coming this week, get ready to read a lot of creative essays this week!

Note: Essays are typed or copied just as the author has written them.


My Life, My Future

Why should one be inspired to live a healthy life? Why should one even consider for a moment the fact that we as Americans have become so lazy, so unfit, and so unhealthy? We are missing the endurance to even begin a healthy journey. There are many reasons we give as to why we can’t begin living healthy. “I’m too busy.”, “I am too tired.”, or “I don’t want to get up early.” There are many more out there, and I can attest to many of them. Life can become so busy that we forget to acknowledge the fact that we as humans need to take care of our body. Our bodies are like cars…they need fuel, aka heathy food. Fueling our bodies with the necessary nutrition and proteins is only half the battle. We also need to drive our cars, aka move and exercise. Our bodies are required to move in order to be healthy! This means you should be training your body to become fit, stronger, and healthier.

What does a healthy life look like to me? The body is healthy, not being fueled with junk, tons of sugar, or other unhealthy food. They are also active, keeping their bodies moving. This does not mean they won’t have days where they are sore and don’t want to exercise. But the very best accomplishment is when keep going and push your body to the limit in order to experience the accomplishment in being fit and healthy.

Why am I inspired to live a healthy, active life? The first reason is because THIS is the body I was given, and you are only given one body. ONE. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says that our bodies are the temples of God. Ultimately, it is my choice to make my body healthy. I also have the DESIRE to live a healthy life. I want to be the one people admire because of my strength and persistence, to change the perspective of myself mentally and physically. I want to be healthy in order to be harder, better, faster, and stronger, to prove that I finish what I start, to love my body for what it can do rather than what it looks like. I want to be healthy to overcome the voice in my head that says I can’t. This does not mean I will not have days I fail. This does not mean I will not have days I am sick of it and want to quit. But at the end of the day, MY health is MY responsibility, and I am willing to take a stand – to change my life and my future by striving to become the very best version of myself that I can be in a healthy and fit lifestyle.


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Living a healthy lifestyle means exercising and eating well

Another “Why are you inspired to live a healthy active life?” essay has arrived.  Here it is!

Note: Essays are either copy pasted or typed out just as the author has written them.


Why I am inspired to live a healthy, active life and what it looks like to me

Living a healthy lifestyle means exercising and eating well.  I love to exercise and I try to eat healthy every day.  Why do we exercise?  I mean sometimes it can be a pain in the neck.  We do it because we like to stay fit and be healthy.  We also do it because sports are fun.  Basketball, softball, baseball, football and track are all sports that require exercise.  Sometimes when you are playing them you don’t even realize you are exercising.  Why do we eat healthy?  I don’t like some vegetables and I would prefer a bowl of cheese puffs over a bowl of carrots.  Some reasons  we exercise, to stay fit and be healthy.  Not all foods that are good for you taste bad like chicken is good and that has protein or milk, it has calcium.

Some things I do to live a healthy life is having a smoothie instead of a pop tart for breakfast or drinking water instead of pop.  For lunch instead of McDonald’s or pizza try baby spinach and grapes.  Other things you can do to stay healthy are exercise every day like before you take a shower in the morning or at night.  Find a friend and take a zumba class or run/walk with them.  When you have a smoothie for breakfast, spinach for lunch, chicken for dinner, water the whole day, and exercised for at least 60 minutes at the of the day you feel good.

Another healthy thing that a lot of people forget is your body needs 8 hours or more or sleep each night.  A few random healthy things I will throw in here are:  Eat yogurt (that has less than 15 grams of sugar) for a snack because the tings that are in yogurt are vitamins that get bad bacteria out and make more good bacteria, drink warm water because when we drink cold water our body works more to regulate our body temperature and and less time revving up our metabolism.  One last but important thing to remember dark leafy vegetables are great.  They have lots of key vitamins and minerals that we don’t get in other every day foods.





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Book Club Reads Girl Runner

Our summer reading theme for book club is books that have a sports theme and we continued that this week Monday with Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder.

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We have some runners in Book Club so we were pretty excited about this book.

As the writer of this blog post, I am going to straight up admit I did not read this book.  I heard a few of the book clubbers talking about it and I figured it was a good book for me to skip.  And I was sorta into another book (book lover problems).  What I have learned about this book was that it was about a “Dysfunctional family with a capital D” (said one of our book clubbers) and while nearly everyone who read it didn’t like it, they actually ended up liking it.

Does that make sense?

They said the author was a phenomenal writer and she did a wonderfully impressive job pulling all the loose ends together and weaving them all together to make the full picture of the novel.

Our reader who loves to run, she just loves running so much, loved all the running parts in the book.  “She had to run and I understood that” she explained to us.  That Aggie ran for a Chocolate factory made the story all the better.  And the entire men didn’t want women to be better than men really got her riled up and she had a lot to say about that opinion in the book.

One reader who doesn’t like stories like this one, began the book and had to pretty much read it all the way through.  She said she just kept the kleenex box next to her.

The biggest dislike of the book was they never knew what time frame they were reading it.  There is a lot of switch between present and past and some of the readers had a hard time keeping that straight.  Okay, really all the readers had this problem.  They understood why it was there but it was tough book to put down and then later pick back up because you had no idea where you were.

The biggest like of this book was Aggie as an elderly woman fully able to realize what was going on around her and yet not being able to communicate.  Everyone enjoyed that.

The question all the readers wanted to know is if Carrie (the author) really was from Canada.  Yes, she is!  You can follow her blog Obscure Canlit Mama.

I tell you all this so you know that while I did not read the book I was able to completely enjoy our Book Club discussion.

And while I sort of wished I had read the book I am mostly glad I did not.  I do, however, want to see what other books she has written and maybe look at (even read all the way through!) one of those.  Because pretty sure I got the majority of this book and can go my-merry-didn’t-read-a-sad-book-way.

Our next book is House Calls and Hitching Posts.

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We own this book so ordering it to read for Book Club requires you to order the large print edition.  You can order it from MeL HERE and it will show up here at the library where you will pick it up and return it just like any other of our books.

Bring a dish to pass on Monday, August 22nd at 1pm to join in the fun discussions we have at Book Club.  Because don’t conversations go better when food is involved?

Come on out to the library to join the fun!

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Book Club on June 2016




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