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Right Rose, Right Place by Peter Schneider

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Anyone can grow a rose; success is dependent on the correct garden placement.  Lucky for us the author’s rose garden is in Ohio.  Peter Schneider grows over 1200 roses in his garden, all are recommended for northern and Midwestern gardens.  All levels of rose gardeners will enjoy this well written, detailed, and beautifully illustrated book.

Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

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Unlike typical cookbooks, Madison organizes her recipes using, “the 12 different families of the animal kingdom”.  In doing so the reader’s eyes are open to the similarities of these vegetables and how to best bring out the flavors of these unique families.  In addition to recipes, this book also contains a wealth of information about each individual vegetable.  Accompanied by stunning photographs, this cookbook is a great way to get fresh ideas for using the vegetables from your summer garden. 

 

The Little Free Library Book by Margret Aldrich

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In 2009, Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library in his front yard as a tribute to his mother, a schoolteacher. It was a small, weatherproof box in the shape of a one-room schoolhouse with a simple message: “Take a book, return a book.” Inspired by the positive response of his neighbors, Bol built more libraries, and a grassroots literary movement was born. As of 2015, an estimated 25,000 Little Free Libraries are in operation across the globe—in small towns without a public library and busy cities; in refugee camps and police stations; front yards and local parks. (Locally, Upper Arlington is home to four Little Free Libraries, while nearby Clintonville is home to six.) The Little Free Library Book tells the story of the movement’s beginning and showcases the libraries—and stories—of dozens of library stewards. The book also includes helpful tips and information for those interested in starting their own library.

Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution: One Test Kitchen. 40 Slow Cookers. 200 Fresh Recipes. by America’s Test Kitchen

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Slow cookers are the way to go for many people who have little inclination or time to spend in the kitchen but want to eat a healthful meal at home. America’s Test Kitchen has come to the rescue; these folks are geniuses at understanding kitchen chemistry and prove themselves by tinkering with recipes until they get high quality results. This latest cookbook provides recipes from soups and stews to meats, casseroles to pasta, and vegetable main and side dishes to desserts. A section on cooking for two offers a range of scaled-down recipes. A welcome addition is the nutrition information provided for each recipe. If you’re looking for tasty and healthful slow cooker offerings, this book will serve you well.

Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness

In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

Picture Book Selection: Earth to Clunk

What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet?  You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment.  The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone.  For ages 4 and up.    

Sweet Home Alaska

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg is an exciting, well-written story based on true events.  Set in 1935, it tells the story of a pioneer family’s move from Wisconsin to Alaska, as part of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan to give loans and land to families struggling during the Depression.  Filled with humor, this book gives a good insight into life during that period of American History.  Recommended for grades 4 and up.

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