How to Explore Winter Reading

Yeti holding signOh! Hello again, intrepid explorer! It appears you've caught me reading.

So -  you want to know a little more about how all this works?  Well then let me explain it in a little more detail.

 
  1. Winter Reading goes from December 1, 2015 until February 29, 2016.
  2. Register to participate, with your PLS library card number and 4-digit PIN.
    • When you register select one (1) of the four (4) available learning pathways. They are Technology, Fitness, DIY, and Cooking. (See below!)
    • Once registered you'll be directed to our login page.
    • If you have little explorers in the house. They can be registered with their own library card numbers under a parent's account. Just add their library card & PIN as a participant to the parent's account.
  3. Login and select your adorable Yeti avatar and start tracking your Winter Learning activities.
    • Each time you log one of the following things, you will earn points to get badges:
      • Book titles read;
      • Minutes read;
      • Library activities participated in;
      • Your own innovative approach to learning more (watching videos, participating in outside groups, etc).
    • If you need assistance in determining library books, events, online resources, etc., visit the Explore Learning Pathways on our Winter Reading page below.
  4. Each time you log Winter Learning activities (listed above) your name will be entered in to a drawing for a prize pack. You will be entered in to the drawing for the library you have listed as your home library on your library account.
    • Prize drawings will be done the first week of March 2016, with winners being notified by the end of the first week of that month.
  5. If you feel you have done all you can do in one of the learning pathways you may go in to your Activity Log and change which pathway you are pursuing. Just know, if you decide to do that, any badges you've collected will disappear. Much like a footprint on a mountain in an informational blizzard! But don't worry - my fellow yeti librarians will know where you were and it won't impact your standing for the prize drawing.

Explore Learning Pathways: Cooking for Kids

Kettles clang, are you listening?
On the stove, bubbles glistening
A beautiful sight, oh we're happy tonight
Cooking up some treats for all of us!

Our hometown libraries offer an avalanche full of recipe rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, between the ages of 0 to 12 (and their Winter Learning Sherpas), will enjoy making oodles of noodles and warm cups of cocoa to keep you warm on these cold winter nights!

So pull down those learning winter caps - and let's get started with Cooking for Kids!

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Grab a Great Book or DVD

Nonfiction

Baking The Big Baking Book: 100 Healthier Savory + Sweet Recipes for Big + Little Bakers by Ella's Kitchen

Mix up some fun and bake a healthier way with Ella's Kitchen. Contents are Midmorning snacks -- Lovely lunches -- Afternoon snacks -- Fabulous family dinners -- It's party time! -- Fun outdoors.

 

UltimateThe Ultimate Step-by-Step Kid's First Cookbook by Nancy McDougall

Provides an introduction to cooking, including safety tips, cooking terms, and techniques, along with instructions for over one hundred and fifty recipes.

 

MexicoThe Cooking of Mexico by Matthew Locricchio

Introduces the different culinary regions of Mexico and presents many kinds of recipes for traditional Mexico dishes.

 

 

Fiction

ChefsChefs and What They Do by Liesbet Slegers

This book describes what a chefs does, and how he manages a whole crew in the kitchen of a restaurant. Originally published in Dutch.

 

ApplePieHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie. Includes recipe.

 
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CakeMixCake Mix Cooking for Kids by Stephanie Ashcraft

A cake mix is the basic ingredient for these delicious recipes, but cake isn't the only thing kids will learn to make. Give Black Owl Cookies, Candy Cookie Pops, Bubblegum Bars, or Fruity Pizzas a try. Or, if you really want to be creative, bake some Mini Cupcake Kabobs, Delicious Cake Balls, or Tangy and Twisted Trifle. These recipes are a fun and easy way for kids to enjoy time in the kitchen.

 

GeographicNational Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure by Barton Seaver

Join Barton Seaver on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, awesome crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast. With fascinating sidebars, profiles on real people, and cool facts, the National Geographic Kids Cookbook will have you ruling the kitchen in no time!

 

 

 

Looking for more books and DVDs on these subjects?
Our catalog can help!

 

 

 

 


 

Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more cooking programs.

Dig Deeper With Databases

Use your library card to access cooking information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals.

MiddleSearchPlusMiddle Search Plus - access more than 140 popular, middle school magazines.  Full-text articles include a Lexile reading level indicator.

 

EncyclopediaBritannicaEncyclopedia Britannica - A familiar resource, digitized and including sound, video and other multimedia features.

 

 

 

 

 

For more cooking resources available at your library check out the Explore Learning category articles in the December WORD magazine or in the Explore Learning Pathways lists in the OverDrive KidsCollection eReading Room.

 

As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!

Explore Learning Pathways: Cooking for Adults and Teens

Here we come to make waffles - among the kitchen things.
Here we come to nosh upon delicious things.
Love and joy come to you and to you tasty dishes too!

Our hometown libraries offer an avalanche full of recipe rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, teens and adults alike, will enjoy making oodles of noodles and warm bowls of soup to keep you warm on these cold winter nights!

So pull down those learning winter caps - and let's get started with Cooking for Teens and Adults!

Download PDFDownload PDF 

 

 

Grab a Great Book or DVD

Nonfiction

WantedAmerica's Most Wanted Recipes Without the Guilt: Cut the Calories, Keep the Taste of Your Favorite Restaurant Dishes by Ron Douglas

From the New York Times bestselling author of America’s Most Wanted Recipes comes more copycat recipes from your family’s favorite restaurants—with fewer calories!

 

TeensCookTeens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Megan and Jill Carle

The Carle sisters show how to prepare over 75 recipes from breakfast to salads and snacks to main meals with easy instructions and tips.

 

ContessaBarefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten

Millions of people love Ina Garten because she writes recipes that make home cooks look great; family and friends shower them with praise and yet the dishes couldn’t be simpler to prepare using ingredients found in any grocery store. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, the Food Network star takes easy a step further, sharing her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that have that “wow!” factor we all crave.

 

Teen and Adult Fiction

CakeThe Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig

Claire 'Neely' O'Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. She can 'taste' feelings, and she can customize her creations to help a person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss. She opens a bakery in her hometown and it is just what she's always dreamed of--and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told. Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself.

 

TasteTaste Test by Kelly Fiore

While attending a New Hampshire culinary academy, North Carolina high schooler Nora suspects someone of sabotaging the academy's televised cooking competition.

 
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HungerThe Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook From Lamb Stew to "Groosling"—More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games Trilogy by Emily Ansara Baines

For the first time, you will be able to create delicious recipes from the humble District 12 to the extravagant Capital, including:French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums Rue's Roasted Parsnips Gale's Bone-Pickin' Big Game Soup Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake If you're starving for more from Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, this cookbook is sure to whet your appetite!

 

Food52Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Hesser Miglore

There are good recipes and there are great ones--and then, there are genius recipes. Genius recipes surprise us and make us rethink the way we cook. In this collection are 100 of the smartest and most remarkable ones. Genius Recipes is destined to become every home cook's go-to resource for smart, memorable cooking--because no one cook could have taught us so much.

 

 

 

Looking for more books and DVDs on these subjects?
Our catalog can help!

 

 

 


 

 

Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more Teen cooking programs and Adult cooking programs .

 

Download Free Magazines Through Flipster

Use Pioneer’s Flipster service to view free digital Fitness magazines on your mobile device or desktop.

  • Beer Connoisseur
  • Clean Eating
  • Cooking Light
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Food & Wine
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Southern Living
  • Vegetarian Times
Explore These Cooking Magazines at Your Library

 

 

 

For more cooking resources available at your library check out the Explore Learning category articles in the December WORD magazine or in the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

 

As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!

Explore Learning Pathways: DIY for Kids

Hit that nail. Glue with sticks. Building is quite fun. Oh what amazing things we can do when we try to do it ourselves!
Create a pattern. Dig the dirt. So much we can do. When working with our hands we can create so much that's good.

Our hometown libraries offer an avalanche full of crafty resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, between the ages of 0 to 12 (and their Winter Learning Sherpas), will enjoy oodles of tinkering tasks on these cold winter nights!

So pull down those learning winter caps - and let's get started with DIY for Kids!

Download PDF 

 

 

Grab a Great Book or DVD

Nonfiction

Photography Click Click Click! Photography for Kids by George Sullivan

This fun-filled, informative, and up-to-date guide to making great pictures with a digital camera will appeal to kids of all ages. Budding shutterbugs will find much to learn and explore between the pages of this colorful and wide-ranging introduction to the world of photography. This book covers everything from the difference between digital and film cameras to mastering action shots and taking pictures of one's favorite pets.

 

GardeningKids' Container Gardening: Year-Round Projects for Inside and Out by Cindy Krezel

Contains seventeen projects concerning container gardening designed for children to do.

 

ToysMake Your Own Toys by Rita Storey

Kids have been making their own toys for centuries. This exciting book includes step-by-step instructions for making all kinds of toys. Young readers will learn a number of new skills, such as papier-mache' and simple sewing. The helpful photographs accompanying each project make it easy to follow along.

Fiction

 

ArtLessonThe Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola

Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of "rules", he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the "rules" makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one's individuality.

 

StarThe Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling living in late nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, a woman claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.

 
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RecyclogamiRecyclo-gami: 40 Crafts to Make your Friends GREEN with Envy! by Laurie Goldrich Wolf

What can you make out of your old bits of paper, leftover pieces of yarn, or not-so-brand-new cartons and containers? Tweens and teens can start crafting using the easy to follow instructions and photographic directions the smart way. All crafts are made out of materials that many of us find just lying around the house or sitting on the curb waiting to be tossed in a landfill.

 

LegoThe LEGO Build-It Book, Volume 1: Amazing Vehicles by Nathanael Kuipers

BUILD 10 COOL MODELS! With just one collection of LEGO® bricks, you can build any of these 10 models—from the simple Go-Kart to the intricate Rescue Truck. Handy tips and advanced building techniques will inspire you to create your own amazing models for even more fun!

 

 

 

Looking for more books and DVDs on these subjects?
Our catalog can help!

 

 

 

 


 

Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more DIY programs.

Dig Deeper With Databases

Use your library card to access DIY information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals.

MiddleSearchPlusMiddle Search Plus - access more than 140 popular, middle school magazines.  Full-text articles include a Lexile reading level indicator.

 

EncyclopediaBritannicaEncyclopedia Britannica - A familiar resource, digitized and including sound, video and other multimedia features.

 

 

 

 

 

For more DIY resources available at your library check out the Explore Learning category articles in the December WORD magazine or in the Explore Learning Pathways lists in the OverDrive KidsCollection eReading Room.

 

As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!

Explore Learning Pathways: DIY for Adults and Teens

Here comes the toolbox. Here comes the safety goggles. Right down, do-it-yourself lane! Handy fixers, thrifty shoppers are looking to craft stuff today! Hammers clinging, childrening oooing all is merry and constructive. So hang your tool belts and wear your gloves because exploring - Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is right!

Our hometown libraries offer an avalanche full of crafty resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, teens and adults alike, will enjoy oodles of tinkering tasks on these cold winter nights!

So pull down those learning winter caps - and let's get started with DIY for Teens and Adults!

Download PDFDownload PDF 

 

 

Grab a Great Book or DVD

Nonfiction

FurnitureDIY Furniture: a Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart

Featuring 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world DIY Furniture shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture from scratch. All the projects can be easily assembled using the step-by-step guides from common materials which can be found at the local hardware store.

 

VintageCraftsVintage Crafts: 75 Do-it-Yourself Decorating Projects Using Candles, Colors, and Other Flea Market Finds by Clara Lindstrom

Vintage Crafts features recipes fresh from the countryside, lessons for safe and easy outdoor improvement, and tips for keeping your house eco-friendly. This is the ultimate home decor resource from Sweden's number one lifestyle blogger, Clara Lidström. Learn to liven up secondhand clothes, turn old fabrics into patchwork projects, and interject some 50s-era chic into your thrift store finds.

 

CarSimple Fixes for Your Car: How to Do Small Jobs Yourself and Save Money by Carl Collins

If you have a chip on your windscreen, an annoying scratch on your paintwork, or a key fob that's not working, this book could save you money. There are so many simple fixes that can be made without the need to take your car to the local garage.

Adult Fiction

BlackSheepBlack Sheep Knitting Club Mysteries by Anne Canadeo

Meeting weekly with the fellow members of her knitting circle, Massachusetts knitting-shop owner Maggie Messina is wrongfully suspected in the murder of a rival, a situation for which her loyal friends band together to prove Maggie's innocence. First in the series is While My Pretty One Knits.

QuiltsElm Creek Quilts Series by Jennifer Chiaverini

This heartwarming series centers on the Elm Creek Quilters and their leader, Sylvia Compson. There is lots of quilting talk, a little romance, and some history, seen through septuagenarian Sylvia’s eyes. Warm, well-drawn characters and strong friendships enhance these conversational and leisurely paced novels. They may be read as stand-alone novels. First in the series is The Quilter's Apprentice.

 
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PatiosBlack & Decker Complete Guide to Patios A DIY Guide to Building Patios, Walkways & Outdoor Steps by Editors of Cool Springs Press

With all of the DIY-friendly products for backyard building available today, the only reason not to build your own patio or walkway is that you don't know how. That's about to change. The inspiration inside Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios perfectly aligns with all the needs of today's do-it-yourself homeowner.

 

SoapSoap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola

Simple instructions and great photography walk you through every step of 31 exciting recipes, making it easy to master the techniques you need and produce the soaps you want.

 

 

 

Looking for more books and DVDs on these subjects?
Our catalog can help!

 

 

 

 


 

Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more Teen DIY programs and Adult DIY programs .

Dig Deeper With Databases

Use your library card to access DIY information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals

 Chiltons

Chilton's Auto Repair Database - ChiltonLibrary provides photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks.

 
Download Free Magazines Through Flipster
Use Pioneer’s Flipster service to view free digital DIY magazines on your mobile device or desktop.
  • Craft Ideas
  • Creative Knitting
  • Cross Stitch
  • Crochet!
  • HGTV Magazine
  • Just CrossStitch
  • Popular Mechanics Magazine
  • Popular Photography
  • Quilter’s World
  • Threads
Explore These DIY Magazines at Your Library

 

 

For more DIY resources available at your library check out the Explore Learning category articles in the December WORD magazine or in the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

 

As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!