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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Do Something New This Year

It’s a new year, so why don’t you try something new? The library has many books for those  who would like to explore new hobbies. Painting, yoga, baking, running, take your pick. Here at Patrick Henry Library, several staff members are avid knitters. If you’d like to get started on this fun hobby, we offer the following suggestions to get you started:

June Hiatt, The Principles of Knitting

Wendy Bernard, Custom Knits

Vogue's Stitchionary series

Sally Melville, The Knitting Experience series

With a little practice, you'll have all the skills you need to create some amazing projects. Browsing in the knitting section at any library branch will give you lots of fun and creative ideas to try.

Cathy Carron, Happy Feet: Unique Knits to Knock Your Socks Off

Sally Muir, Knit Your Own Zoo: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 24 Animals

Laura Nelkin, Knockout Knits: New Tricks for Scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and Other Accessories
Additionally, the library owns many instructional DVDs on knitting. Some branches subscribe to Threads magazine and Craft Ideas magazine. And many branches host knitting groups in their meeting rooms. These meetings are free and open to the public. Call your local branch to see if they host a knitting group near you.

- Patrick Henry Library Staff

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Debut Authors, Fresh Voices

For readers and publishers alike, 2014 was the year of the breakout, first-time author. In an increasingly tight marketplace, publishers rely on well-known and sure-to-sell authors to help them make the bottom line. Debut authors, who come with little name recognition, are a risk. However, in 2014, bets paid off big time as new authors made many “best of” lists.

See this Buzzfeed article for a list of not-to-miss first-time authors. Highlights, both owned by Fairfax County Public Library, include:

Phil Klay, RedeploymentThis book of short stories informed by Klay’s experience as a solider in Iraq, dazzled critics and won the National Book Award.

Smith Henderson, Fourth of July Creek – Henderson made the Washington Post’s “Best Books of 2014” for his first title, a gritty, dark tale set in rural Montana.

Hopefully this bumper crop of newbie success will set a trend and continue to bring a fresh voice to library shelves near you.

-Ginger Hawkins, Patrick Henry Library