Holiday craft and cook books from your Tampa library

It's the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many things going on right now, and my life is so busy. I bet yours is too. Tomorrow at my library I'm hosting Green Screen Holiday Cards.  

You can bring the whole family and have a holiday picture taken in front of the green screen. You can pick from a variety of fun, festive backgrounds, like the one I posted above!
Hint....don't wear green!

Can you believe that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us (if you're looking for kids books for Thanksgiving, click HERE for my favorites), and then it will be Christmas, quickly followed by the New Year.

When I think about Christmas gifts, I get overwhelmed. I really do enjoy making gifts for friends and family, but I can't just think of the crafts on my own. I need books. I need classes. Lucky for me, my local libraries have just what I'm looking for. Staff did a great job putting together book lists that link directly to our online catalog, so all you have to do is click and see if the item is available at your favorite library. If it's not, place a hold and have it transferred.

Here are the links to some of our favorite holiday craft and cook books!

For adults 

For kids

Right off the bat I put a few books on hold. These books, they called me.....

I have really been enjoying crafting lately, and these books look like they will be full of great inspiration!

What is your favorite holiday DIY??


New Audio Books November 2017

I L.O.V.E audio books. And I've said it before, and I'll say it again, listening to audio books totally counts as reading!!

If I'm not listening to the Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording (which, BTW, you can download/stream FREE through Hoopla with your HCPLC library card. Click HERE if you'd like to check it out!) then I am listening to an audio book. Of course, I have my favorite audio books and audio book narrators. If I'm lucky enough, the two will meet and I will have an epic listening experience. So which audio books are my favorite? In no particular order (well, not true. They are in alphabetical order) my favorites are:

Staff curated a wonderful list of new audio books. Of these books there are two that I have put on my TBR list. Artemis by Andy Weir, narrated by Rosario Dawson  and Strange Weather by Joe Hill.  Strange Weather is a collection of 4 short stories, and each story has a different narrator. Snapshot, performed by Wil Wheaton (yes, THAT Wil Wheaton), is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories snap by snap. In Aloft, performed by Dennis Boutsikaris, a young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump...and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero's island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own.  Rain, performed by Kate Mulgrew (yes, THAT Kate Mulgrew) takes us on a journey to a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, when the clouds open up in a downpour of nails - splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. This story explores this escalating apocalyptic event as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world. In Loaded, performed by Stephen Lang, a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.

And just in case you didn't already know, Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King (yes, THAT Stephen King)

Do YOU listen to audio books? Who is your favorite narrator? Do any of these audio books sound like something you'd like to read?


Horror Books for Adults

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I never need an excuse to read horror novels, but Halloween sure makes them feel all the creepier.

There are some great horror books in the library just waiting for you to read them!

Staff did curate the recommended reads listed above, but I have two of my own horror books that I'd like to share with you today.

First, NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. This book scared the bejesus out of me and I still think about particular passages every single day. This will be my first Christamas since learning about "Christmasland" and I'm sure I'll never look at Christmas the same way again. Fun fact....Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. I did not know this before I read this book. It was only while reading it that I said to myself "this reminds me of Stephen King" and off I did to do a little research, and sure enough, I found my answer. Here's a Goodreads summary of NOS4R2.

"Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son."


The other book is actually a collection of short stories. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link is a fantastic read. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids...These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded in sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty--and the hidden strengths--of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.


Have you read any of these books? Surely you've read something by Edgar Allan Poe, right? He is the original master of horror!!