Tessa’s Juvenile Series Review: SYLO by D. J. MacHale

The first book in a new series, SYLO is action-packed with twists and turns that keep you guessing. This book will appeal to boys, since the main characters are boys, there isn’t a lot of romance, and there is heart-pounding, nonstop danger and suspense. Set on an island similar to Martha’s Vineyard, the story begins…

Joyce’s Book Review The All-Girl Filling Station Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

I love Fannie Flagg’s books. Even the character’s names make me smile. For example: Sookie Poole who is looking forward to relaxing and traveling with her husband after just marrying off the last of her daughters, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry, Sookie’s mother who, to most people is a lot of fun, but for Sookie she is…

Tessa’s New Book Review

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld Chosen as Amazon’s Best Book of the Month for March 2014, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is widely described as magical, a fantasy, with mythic beauty. This description brought me to read it with some skepticism. And I was right—it isn’t really a fantasy. That isn’t to say I didn’t…

The Rural Library Conference: An Island, Librarians, Ice…

What happens when you try and stuff Mackinac Island with 500+ librarians for three days in May? This isn’t the start of a joke. No punchline is coming. Even I didn’t know what to expect walking into Michigan’s Small and Rural Library Conference this week. What to expect, as the cliché goes,  is the unexpected. Sometimes…

How To Make Rolled Sushi

Prepare sushi rice according to directions Put the sushi rice on the nori Place a sheet of nori shiny-side down with the lines in the nori running vertically on a sushi mat. Cut off the top piece of the nori as shown in the picture below to get the perfect sized maki roll. Put a…

Tessa’s New Book Review

New Birding Book: The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle The celebrated new book The Warbler Guide is getting well-deserved attention at Michigan’s renowned Tawas Point Birding Festival in May.  The authors, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, will be attending and presenting on Friday evening, May 16th, as well as doing a workshop…

5 Healthy Towns

5 Healthy Towns “Go Green” recipes Check out these healthy delicious recipes from the “Go Green” program with Brad West. They taste great! Give ‘em a try. Cabbage and Green Apple Salad 1 head cabbage, shredded 4-5 granny smith apples ½ — 1 c. green onions, sliced<?li> 1/3 c. parsley or cilantro 3 Tbsp. olive…

Tessa’s Young Adult Book Recommendation

Tessa’s Young Adult Book Recommendation: If I ever get out of here by Eric Gansworth Don’t read this now!  Eric Gansworth has written a worthy debut in the new YA book If I ever get out of here. But don’t read it now—it ends with a huge, dangerous snow storm—no need to make our current…

Joyce’s Book Review

In “Not My Daughter,” by Barbara Delinsky, four 17-year-old girls in a small company town make a pact. All of them will get pregnant at the same time and raise their 4 babies together. Although they have thought about it and planned, and think they have prepared, they are not ready for the chain of…