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Antiques & Collecting: Toy tourist buses

Buses were used for transportation as early as the 1820s, long before the modern motor was invented. They had horse-power -- live horses pulled the bus. By the 1830s, buses were powered by steam, and in 1882, the first electric bus was introduced. But the toy bus made after 1895 often ...

Off the Shelf: Christmas is coming!

I hope you have all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. That you have eaten your fill of turkey last Thursday and have finished all of the leftovers. Maybe you are like me and you’re ready to swear off turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes for another year because you’ve eaten more than your ...

Antiques & Collecting: Calder: More than his sculpture mobiles

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is best known for his sculpture mobiles, although he also did paintings, jewelry and large outdoor statues. He was the first artist to make a new type of statue of wire and metal that was assembled so it moved with each gust of wind. His creations sell for thousands ...

Off the Shelf: Gratitude in times of trial

2020 has been a year of commotion around the world that borders on the side of ridiculous. Hurricanes, fires, famine, drought, locust swarms, wars, politics, and everyone’s favorite, COVID-19, have impacted billions of people around the globe this year. People’s anxiety and mental stability ...

Family Living Focus: Why do people with Alzheimer’s wander?

Do not think Alzheimer’s experts know any more than you about Alzheimer’s behaviors. They do not. So, your guess is as good as theirs. Caregiver guesses may be better than most other people’s. So there! Always be prepared to try something new when dealing with solving a difficult ...

Park & Rec Report

The Recreation Center is open for walking, open gym, racquetball, pickleball, fitness equipment (Must be at least 15) and fitness classes. Participants must be at least 10 years of age or be with a parent. Maintain 6-foot physical distance as much as possible. Walk-ins, memberships and punch ...

Family Living Focus: Long Distance Caregiver – Coping with emotions

Being a long-distance caregiver has a unique set of problems. There are both sides of the coin. Know that the emotional drain of being too far from our loved one to be of direct help, can be devastating. How can one describe the fear that envelops you when the phone rings? Or the shrill of ...

Antiques & Collecting: Pigs were popular containers for medicinal hooch

Figural bottles were often used to package medicines as well as alcoholic beverages in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A cabin-shaped bottle with the embossed name “E.G. Booz Whiskey” led customers to use the word booze for drink, a term still in use. But how did a pig-shaped bottle ...

Family Living Focus: Ways to celebrate National Family Caregiver Month

When an elderly parent or grandparent needs help, it is often a family member that steps up to provide care. It is an around-the-clock job and an obligation that continues even when you clock out of your regular career every day. If family caregivers were given a salary, they would earn ...

Antiques & Collecting: Ceramic artist found success in U.S.

Artists often create works in many different mediums — ceramics, painting, sculpture, jewelry and even metalwork. After World War I, many artists traveled to different countries and schools to learn new “looks” and techniques. England, France, Germany and Scandinavia were leading art ...

Off the Shelf: A beary fun Picture Book Month

It’s been a glorious warm reprieve and start to November before winter sets in. I’d be remiss not to mention that November is Picture Book Month. It’s an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. Dianne de Las Casas, an author ...

Antiques & Collecting: Silver-plated boxes for cookies or biscuits

The English spoken in England can sometimes confuse an American because the same word can mean different things in the two countries. Almost every tourist learns that in England a “lift” is an elevator. But who has been warned that an English “biscuit” is what an American calls a ...

Off the Shelf: Books that are keeping me warm

This is a great time of year to get cozy with a good book: the days are getting shorter, it’s too cold (and wet) to stay outside for long, and the hot apple cider is plentiful. Here are some books that have recently helped me stay warm and content at home. Brandon Stanton is the creator of ...

Family Living Focus: November is National Family Caregiving Month

Throughout our lives we are usually identified by our roles as son, daughter, brother, sister, or parent. As our parents age roles often reverse or take on new meanings. Because today's baby-boomers increasingly find themselves assuming the role of "caregiver," they begin to feel the necessity ...

Antiques & Collecting: Collecting Halloween decorations

Halloween is becoming one of the most popular holidays for collectors. Of course, children still dress in costumes and go door to door for treats, but the holiday’s collectors are more interested in the “trick or treat” bags or decorations that are created each year. Carved pumpkin ...

Off the Shelf: Halloween reads from the Childrens’ Room

At the time of printing this article, it should be just one week away from Halloween. I loved the night as a child. I loved all the preparation that went into finding or making the perfect costume for trick or treating each year. As a young mother I think I had even more fun dressing my ...

Family Living Focus: Making sense of long-term care insurance

Although your focus is probably on providing care for your loved one, it is important to think about and prepare for your own future caregiving needs. Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is a hot topic these days as the more than 76 million baby boomers approach retirement. Statistics say that ...

Antiques & Collecting: Is it pottery or porcelain?

By Terry and Kim Kovel Experts can identify antique dishes in many unexpected ways. There are several ways to tell if a dish is pottery or porcelain. If your dish is chipped porcelain, the chip is shell-shaped. Pottery is opaque; light does shine through a piece of porcelain. Pottery breaks ...

In Appreciation

Thanks, Community Education Pro Kinship for Kids Board of Directors and youth would like to take this time to thank Independent School District #88 Community Education for their grant to us to support our educational field trip. The mission of Pro Kinship for Kids is to improve lives by ...

Off the Shelf: Be Cyber Smart

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. With more people working online and many students participating in school online, it is important that we all take the time to consider how secure and safe our devices and digital information are. Just about every week here at the library, we ...