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Snowmobiles and Snow Throwers

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It is winter in Ohio and we have a few more months of snowy weather ahead of us. Person in black helmut riding a yellow snowmobile over blowing snowIf you are fortunate enough to own a snowmobile, you may find that it needs some maintenance. The Upper Arlington Public Library has a database that might help you with that chore. It is the Small Engine Repair Reference Center. The section on snowmobiles contains “Fundamentals” as well as illustrated repair instructions for 65 newer models, 6 vintage models and a large number of older models dating to the 1960s and 1970s.

If you do not have a snowmobile, but you do have a snow thrower that’s in need of a tune-up, the database covers those as well. Besides a section on “Fundamentals”, there are illustrated instructions for “Adjustments”, “Lubrication”, “Maintenance”, and “Overhaul” for 26 models. In addition, a handy Metric Conversion Chart is available. Models covered date from prior to 1990 to the new ones. 

Next spring, when the time comes to do yard work again, keep this database in mind. It contains valuable instructions for riding lawn mowers, walk-behind lawn mowers, rotary tillers, string trimmers and yard and garden tractors. 

Look for this helpful database on the library’s website using the icon below.

Logo for Small Engine Repair Reference Center database; blue background with white lettering

Winter Fun

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Broccoli, potato, basil, and red onion casserole

So far we’ve had a shockingly mild winter, so heading south hasn’t been necessary. Unfortunately, our usual Ohio snow and misery are likely waiting for us in February. If you’re unable to flee to warmer climes, there are a couple of things you can do to stay warm and happy.

Fire up your stove with some great recipes from the UA Library’s (now defunct) Holiday Happiness Cookbooks. Former Upper Arlingtonian Betty Rosbottom has also just released a new soup cookbook, and we have many other wintry cookbooks to help tide you over.

Find some great books with NoveList Plus. NoveList Plus will recommend authors and titles based on your favorites. Many readers might prefer light and cozy mysteries in the winter, but if you really want to take your mind of the weather, may I suggest some intense science fiction? This will make the snow and ice seem like a minor problem.

If you’re feeling bold, you can also go outside. Our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides guidance and information on skiing, snowboarding, bird watching, and much more. The Columbus Metroparks offer winter hiking and other outdoor activities if you don’t want to strike out on your own.