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August 2014


August Newsletter

August and back to school brings many new challenges to many of our parents.  School will be starting soon and if you’re anything like I was when my children were school age, you will be singing praises to God and offering a prayer that if the school bus were to break down that it does so after our stop. 

Of course, back to school means a whole new set of activities and if you are home schooling a whole new routine.  If you check the featured book rack you will find several books that are very helpful whether you are home schooling or sending yourchild to public school for the first time or back for the next grade level.

The August/September featured book list will be posted next week and the books will be on the rack Tuesday, Aug. 5th.

Pardon our mess--The weekend of the 9th we will be removing the wooden bookcases located by the door and installing more of the white shelving.  This will give us more room for bibles, bible studies, commentaries and pastoral books.  Those books will be temporarily out of circulation while we also update them in the computer.  The process shouldn’t take long and if you specifically need a book for a study, we will be glad to update it in the computer right away so that you can check it out.

As of August 11th Options will be using the library for a classroom on Tuesdays this year. 

August 21st Louise Groffy returns to the library one day a week.  Welcome back, Louise.  We have missed you.

Felicia may or may not be in the library this fall depending on whether she gets a job with Greeley schools.  She applied for a job as a kitchen worker.  Good luck, Felicia.  We hope you get the job although we will miss you.

On a personal note, I am looking for a particular houseplant I used to have.  The plant is called Streptocarpus and is related to the cape primrose and is often known by that name.  I am looking for the variety that is a hanging basket plant and puts out long tendrils with a flower at the end of the tendrils.  If you have this plant and would be willing to give me a shoot off of it or if you know where I can buy it please let me know.  I would greatly appreciate it. 



Featured Booklist August - September



Real Family Values by Robert Lewis:  Are you a parent tired of being defined by politically correct elitists and being told everything you truly believe and feel is wrong?   It’s time to get your head out of the sand and get back to family values clearly defined for us in the Bible.  This is a must read for parents and Christians.

Let’s Make a Memory by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson:  Features of this book include ideas for building family traditions and togetherness.  Inside you will find activities for holidays and special occasions, vacations, relationship builders, ideas for keeping memories alive and an extensive list of resources for family reading and activities.

Grandparenting: It’s Not What It Used to Be by Irene Endicott:  Today grandparents have more questions than ever before.  Issues concerning their rights, responsibilities, discipline, staying in touch when the grandkids move far away andother questions are more prevalent than ever before.  Find answers to these questions and many more with a unique blend of practical advice and sound Christian nurturing.

Homeschooling Take a Deep Breath --  You Can Do This by Terrie Lynn Bittner:  Down to earth and practical, sensible and direct, this book is not another super mom expose but addresses the real concerns of homeschooling that disarms fear and builds confidence.

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy:  The key to successful home education is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child’s learning style.  There are chapters regarding critical tasks, a chart system for easy comparison in regard to learning styles to help parents make informed choices and a list of Top 100 Picks that  provide reviews with illustrations so parents have complete information in making crucial educational choices for their child.

A Mother’s survival for School Day Survival by Kathy Peel & Judy Mahaffey: Are you one of those parents just dreading back to school?  Help is at hand.  There are more than 150 great ideas to help parents.  This manual has ideas to get the family “up and out,” play ideas for when homework is done,  entertainment for when inevitable illness strikes, helpful suggestions for employed moms whose children are home alone after school, activities for dads and the kids to do together, experiments for the science fair and lots more.

Creative Teaching Methods by Marlene D. LeFever:   Be an effective Christian teacher.  This book is valuable for teachers and preachers.  It is loaded with practical and usable ideas that will make creative teaching a reality in your classroom.

New Friends, Good Friends? by Josh and Dottie McDowell:  A story to help your little one see that sometimes doing what makes the other kids like him can get him in serious trouble; complete with questions at the end of the story to help get a conversation going on friendship and peer pressure.

A Time to Belong by Vicki Grove:  A book for the preteen and older child concerning peer pressure.  What would you do?  A Time to Belong deals with making good decisions about friends and peer pressure with fifteen different endings to the situations presented.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff by Jack Canfield and others:  Stories of tough times and lessons learned concerning self-acceptance, family matters, drugs & alcohol, suicide, abuse, courage, growing up and more.

If I Should Die Before I Wake by Penny Fletcher:  For all those who suffer silently behind closed doors.  There is a way out for the abused wife. 

All-Time Favorite Vegetable Recipes by Better Homes and Gardens:  The harvest is coming in.  Are you looking for new and interesting recipes for those vegetables.  We have recipes from artichokes to zucchini and how to combine them for interesting dishes.  There is even a handy chart on the back cover with cooking times for each vegetable.


Stories by O. Henry:  the classic writer of children’s stories includes tales of laughter and tears, lies and truth, selfishness and sacrifice, loyalty and betrayal.  O. Henry writes for young and old, rich and poor with settings in mansions and slums, cities and desolate frontiers.  There’s something for everyone.

The Gates of Zion and A Daughter ofZion by BodieThoene:  The first two of the Zion Chronicles portrays the intense struggle of the Jewish people in the aftermath of the Holocaust.  Both novels deal with the struggles of two young Jewish women and all they endured.  Enjoy these and come back for the other three books of the series.          

Mackenna’s Gold by Will Henry:  based on a search for the legend of the fabulous Lost Adams Diggings.  The Lost Adams Diggings has never been found nor proved.  Neither has it been disproved.   MacKenna’s Gold blends adventure and action with history and the legend.

Eye of the Storm by Jack Higgins:  Sean Dillon is a master terrorist and very elusive.  He’s evaded the authorities for years with cunning and skill and his plots are heating up but the odds stack up against him.  The clock is ticking and his nemesis is getting closer.