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An_Abundance_of_KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green  PZ7.G8233ABU Main
Colin Singleton has dated–and been dumped by–19 Katherines, hence the title. This is a light read, almost a young adult title, but the theme is age old: self-realization and self-acceptance. The characters are smart, one being a prodigy who has grown older though no more intellectually advanced. His main sign of lingering creativity is a compulsive need to anagram every word or sentence that comes into his field of vision. Oh, and also a desire to mathematically graph the path of any relationship. The footnotes in this book are the most charming entries.~Cynthia

How2BGoodHow to Be Good by Nick Hornby
Hornby is always funny and touching, and this book is no exception. While a wife is upset with her angry husband, she has a heartless affair. Divorce plays in her head, tossing and turning how her two children will deal with the upset. When her husband comes home one day, devoid of his past anger and wishing to make the world better, this becomes a tale of how we enjoy our cynisim, and how, when faced with the choice of being selfless, the real values of our lives come to fore, and we realize that we need our cultural comforts, our norms, to help us move through the days.~Cynthia

ShortHistoryA Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
The author intersperses generations of women within the same family throughout this book. The sections focus on women in the world, family, and relationships and how somethings have changes and others remain the same. “Walbert deftly explores the ways in which successive generations of women have attempted to articulate what the nineteenth century called the woman question. Her novel is a moving reflection on the tides of history, and how the lives of our great-grandmothers resonate in our own.”~Cynthia

HyperboleHyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh PN6727.B7568H96 Main & NHC
Being a person who deals with depression, I found this book to hit the subject firmly on the head and the funny bone, just the way I like my prose. Brosh’s words are enlightening and her graphics (made with a free tool called Paintbrush) are delightful, and render the world of depression relatable to even the most cheery readers among us. Hyperbole and a Half is also a blog, which is funny and insightful, too. ~Cynthia



Books @ Main: Get creative!

Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art: Creating Unique Images and Objects by Diane Maurer-Mathison N6494.C6M38 2007 (Main)
Explore your artistic side with this introduction to different types of print and digital collage. Learn everything from the basics of what material you need to get started to more advanced techniques like making shadowboxes or altering found objects. Instructions are included for various projects and techniques, such as folding and making paste papers. The book features images of many beautiful projects that are sure to inspire you!
index (1)The Hungry Scientist Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies  by Patrick Buckley & Lily Binns T65.3.B83 2008 (Main)
Play with your food! This is a “guide to turning your kitchen into a lab and a workshop” for all skill levels. You will find instructions for twenty inventive, edible do-it-yourself projects. Projects range from creating a hot box for outdoor roasting to edible origami and LED light lollipops.
index (2)Origami Architecture: Papercraft Models of the World’s Most Famous Buildings by Yee TT870.Y427 2011 (Main)
Yee, a renowned papercrafter, presents instructions to create replicas of world-famous buildings using paper. Some of the architectural wonders included in this book are the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Pisa, Italy), the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France), the Chrysler Building (New York City), and the Lincoln Memorial (Washington D.C.). The projects vary in difficulty level, starting with beginner. The book begins with guidelines and lists of materials and tools. Each project includes background information, difficulty level, dimensions, and number of pieces. There are step-by-step photographs and instructions so you will be guided throughout the project to become a papercraft master! The book also includes a CD with templates for each paper project.


Make Your Own Holiday Cards at NHC Library

The North Hudson Center Library is having its own holiday card makerspace event on Tuesday, December 9th . At 3:00 to 5:30, come to the Library with your ideas and we will supply the materials to make creative cards to give to your family and friends.

Happy Holidays! Let it be a creative New Year!

Makerspace Event: Make Your Own Holiday Cards!

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Holiday Cards with Buttons, Tape, and Twine by citychiccountrymouse, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

De-stress from finals and make one-of-a-kind holiday cards for your family and friends using a variety of pens, markers, decorative paper, and art supplies provided by the Library. Come to the Makerspace any time between 3:30- 5:30pm to participate.

Date: Monday, December 8

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Place: HCCC Library Makerspace – Main Library (L116)

You can also make your own holiday cards at the NHC Library on Tuesday, December 9,  from 3-5pm! 

Holiday Closing: Thanksgiving

Both Libraries will close at 1 pm on Wednesday, November 26th and will remain closed through Sunday. We will reopen with regular hours on Monday, December 1st. The Library wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!