Hold your horses…today is National Relaxation day!

What?? Who knew.

Anyway, on this National Relaxation day, I’m going to curl up with a good book and enjoy some quiet relaxation time. I might also enjoy a bubble bath and some John Legend.

I also think I’ll throw in some yoga because it always helps me relax.

But you I’d love to hear from you what your favorite relaxing activities are in the comments!

And if you want to get your relaxation on and need some ideas…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big book of relaxation: simple techniques to control the excess stress in your life

Only have 5 minutes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five good minutes: 100-morning practices to help you stay calm and focused all day long

 

5 Children’s books for the beginning of the school year!

School started…. it happened. It’s a crazy time of the year.

Everyone settling in, getting to know their new teacher.

Getting to know the new classrooms, rules, and daily routine is on top of everyone’s mind.

Here are 5 books we LOVE for reading during the first few weeks of school with your little ones.

Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

Conflict resolution and handling bullying are great topics to cover with your kids as they start the new year.

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

Our imaginations while awesome can get the best of us, especially when it comes to our new teachers.

 

The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola

School is full of new experiences and obstacles, this book offers you and your little one a great conversation starter to discuss problem-solving and overcoming these obstacles they will face throughout the school year.

If You Take a Mouse to School by  Laura Joffe Numeroff

The always funny and true experiences of how a small request can quickly snowball into something bigger, these books are always a great read.

This Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.

And one for those of us who struggle with letting them go in the first place.

On this day in history…and some books, pt 2

In 1613 Shakespear’s Globe Theatre in London burns down during a performance of “Henry VIII”… if you have yet to check out this particular play by Shakespear you can do so with us we have this in our collection.

 

Fast forward about 200 years and in 1854 Charlotte Brontë marries Arthur Bell Nicholls. Check out her books and several books about her in our collection.

And in 2003 Katharine Hepburn passed away… this one isn’t exactly a book but we have several of her movies in our collection and if you haven’t watched them I highly recommend that you do…she is amazing!

On this day in history…and some books

Do you ever stop and wonder about history in the context of the current date?

I know I often think about history in the context of big historic arches but very seldom do I slow down and think about what happened on a specific date and in fact the date that it currently is.

So I thought it would be fun to peek into history and see what kinds of things were going on on May 7th.

According to the History channel…

1994

Edvard Munch’s famous painting, “The Scream” was recovered after being stolen from its museum home in Oslo.

Want to know more about thefts in the art world? Check out this book, The Gardner heist: the true story of the world’s largest unsolved art theft, by Ulrich Boser.

1915

The Lusitania is torpedoed and sunk by a German Submarine. The Lusitania was the world’s largest passenger ship of its time, that is until its sister ship was completed.

Want to learn more about this epic tragedy? Read up on it in Diana Preston’s book Lusitania.

1896

Dr. H.H. Holmes, one of America’s notorious serial killers, was hanged to death in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania. Holmes operated during the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Check out the book The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson and read an account of two men who shaped the history of the event including H.H. Holmes and architect Daniel Burnham.

 

5 Problems Book Worms Face

Tell me do any of these sound familiar???

I think these are all something us bookworms have felt at one time or another.

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When the book ends and there isn’t a sequel

2.

When reading time keeps getting interrupted

3.

You think about doing dishes and laundry but you found a book you wanted to read instead

4.

You wish reading burned as many calories as running

5.

You have a massive pile of books but you still have the urge to check out more from the library

 

I bet you found your head nodding along to at least one of these. Let me know what your biggest bookworm problem is in the comments!

5 End of Summer Reads for your list

Summer is almost over! Did you just have a panic attack like I did? No more days at the lake, time on the beach and the days are getting shorter.

BUT just because the summer is ending doesn’t mean it is time to give up your summer reading plans quite yet. Take a look below for our suggestions of some quick end of the summer reads to lead you into fall!

Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts

One plus one, by Jojo Moyes

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

A hundred summers, by Beatriz Williams

Summerland, by Elin Hilderbrand

Come into the library today and pick up one of these titles to read over the long weekend!