October 26th, 2010
Looking for last minute Halloween costume ideas? You might try Instructables, a site “where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.” You can find step-by-step directions for costumes, masks, and makeup created by users like you. If you’re planning to attend this Saturday’s Boo-Wow Walk at JCPL, you might be interested in the pet costumes on this site.
The Internet Public Library lists several good Halloween costume Web pages, including these: Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas, Costume Idea Zone, and Learn2 Make Quick and Easy Costumes.
And there’s always Martha Stewart, who features creative no-sew costumes as well as masks and headpieces– though how last minute they are is, of course, relative.
October 19th, 2010
If you’d like help separating fact from fiction in the upcoming elections, take a look at the following nonpartisan websites:
Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart is a citizen and volunteer-based nonprofit which attempts to provide “access to abundant, accurate, and relevant information about those who govern us and those who wish to replace those who do.” Enter your ZIP code to find profiles of your representatives, including biographical information, voting records, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, and campaign finances. VoteEasy is an interactive application which matches candidates to your political beliefs.
Sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times, the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact aims “to help you find the truth in politics” by researching and reporting on “statements by members of Congress, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in Washington.” The site rates the truthfulness of these statements on their Truth-O-Meter. Their Obameter tracks more than 500 Obama campaign promises to measure the president’s progress.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FactCheck.org “monitor[s] the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.” A recent article, for example, analyzes the truthfulness of the claims made in Jack Conway’s “Aqua Buddha” ad.
October 16th, 2010
Fall means cooler weather, colorful leaves… and flu season.
Stay informed about flu outbreaks by visiting the Kentucky Health Alerts website. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services maintains the site “to provide a one-stop source connecting Kentuckians to the latest information during the influenza season and on other breaking health threats or issues.” The site is updated each Tuesday during flu season.
Still need to get your flu shot? According to the Jessamine County Health Department website, this season’s shots are available. To make an appointment, call the Jessamine County Health Department at (859) 885-4149.
October 15th, 2010
Although I wouldn’t exactly call Nicholasville–or even Lexington, where I live–urban, if you have a small pantry or just want to be more resourceful with food and cooking, check out Amy Pennington’s Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonable Kitchen.
The book gives advice not only on how to stock your pantry, but also on how to make meals out of what you’ve got. The recipes are divided into chapters that focus on pantry staples, such as whole grains, beans, eggs, nuts, and milk. The book features meat dishes, such as Milk-Braised Pork and Perfect Roast Chicken, as well as many vegetarian and even a few vegan dishes.
As someone with a milk allergy, I was especially pleased to see many dairy-free recipes. I tried two: Potato Gratin with Cashew Cream and Carrot-Coconut Milk Soup. Both recipes are delicious and easy to make. The Potato Gratin may become my new favorite milk-free comfort food. The carrot soup recipe has just seven ingredients, but my husband and I agreed that it tasted better than a similar recipe I had tried that used twice the ingredients.
The photographs that illustrate the book are lovely and spare. The color photographs in the center may even make you want to whip up some Rhubarb Jam, a recipe in the “Small-Batch Preserving” chapter. If you’re a fan of chefs Jamie Oliver or Ina Garten, you might like Urban Pantry.
October 6th, 2010
Most leaves are still green here in Nicholasville, but in other parts of Kentucky, the fall color is more apparent. Find out where the best color is at Kentucky ColorFall 2010.
October 5th, 2010
On Thursday, October 7th, 2010, patrons will have the unique opportunity to view a live interview with Lois Lowry, author of the Newberry Medal-winning young adult novel, The Giver. Jessamine County Public Library, using Internet 2 capabilities, will join students from the St. Louis metropolitan area as they ask the author questions about her background and writing style as well as questions about the plot, characters, setting, themes and language of the novel itself.
Discussion of The Giver will form the core of the program. Elements of the story, including important moments of the plot as well as themes and concepts, will be revealed during the program. For this reason, we recommend this program for students who have already read the novel or who are in the process of doing so.
The Giver is an incredibly popular book for teens, for pleasure reading and classroom curriculum. The book is about twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal world. It is not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver that he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
The program will take place from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, and attendees will be able to email questions to Lois Lowry during the program. Our patrons will not interact face to face, as it is a “view only” event.
October 1st, 2010
Noted author Jeannette Walls will be in Lexington next month to speak at a benefit for the men and women of the Hope Center. The second annual Ball Homes Night of Hope will be held at the Lexington Opera House on Thursday, October 28th, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend, and a book signing will follow. Tickets to the event can be purchased online, by phone (859-252-7881), or at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington Green.
The Glass Castle tells of Walls’ childhood in a family struggling with homelessness, alcoholism, and mental illness. A New York Times best-seller for over three years, her message of hope, perseverance, and strength has sold more than two million copies and received numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Alex Award.
The Hope Center cares for homeless and at-risk persons by providing life-sustaining and life-rebuilding services that are both comprehensive and address underlying causes.