How long has it been since you have been to a Library? Hopefully not since you were in school and had to be led there by your teacher. Take the time out this week to visit the public library near you, and believe us you WILL find adventures!
Some people are not quite sure how to look books up, and find them at the library. Upon talking to a few adults that were intimidated to ask for help, our hearts reached out to them.
1. Walk up to the counter at your library, in the county you live in. Tell the nice librarian you would like a library card. You will need to fill out a form, so have your current ID Card, Driver’s License, or Student ID handy. If you are under 18, you must have an adult with you that has a current card and/or ID.
2. They will issue you a Library Card with a Barcode that will be scanned every time you check out books or videos. There are reference books that are labeled for “In Library Use Only”. They will give you a code or you pick your own so you can check your account online to see when your books are due. PLEASE ask for help if you are not sure how to do this.
3. There are computers at the library to help you search for Authors, Titles of Books, Newly Released Books, Popular Books for the Seasons, Teen and Children Books, and Movies. You can just search for a Topic you are interested in. You can type in part of the title if you can not remember exactly how it reads.
4. After you find the book, look at the availability. If it is already checked out, you can request a hold and they can email you or tell you when the next copy is ready for you to pick up.
5. Remember Fiction is imaginary and NonFiction is based on real facts. So you notice there will be an area for Fiction and an area for NonFiction. There is an area for Children and Teens/Juvenile and a Movie Area. Fiction you will search for the book by the Author’s last name. NonFiction you will search for a book by numbers the library provides for you on the computer. Again, PLEASE ask for help each time if you are unsure.
6. Now the fun begins! What kind of books do you want to look for?
Mystery. Intrigue. Romance. Christian. Seasonal. Biographies. How to’s. Cooking. Gardening. So many more! Enjoy yourself, relax, and give yourself a lot of time to really search out a book or more than one. Usually, check out time is limited to two weeks, so do not be late, as you will receive a late fee each and every day that needs to be paid before you check out another book.
Listed are some authors that you might find fascinating to see if you like their writing style: J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephenie Meyer,Robert Louis Stevenson, Terry Brooks, J. K. Rowling, Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, Stephen King, Lisa Genova, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, Lori Wick, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, Charlaine Harris, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Carolyn Keene, Kenneth Grahame, Paula Hawkins.
Listed are some great books that you might like to begin reading: The Girl on the Train, The Wind in the Willows, The Secret of the Old Clock, Little House in the Big Woods, Dead But Not Forgotten, Gone Girl, Skipping Christmas, Whispers of Moonlight, My Sister’s Keeper, The Next Always, Still Alice, The Dark Tower, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, Dear John, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Sword of Shannara, Treasure Island, Twilight, and The Hobbit.
Here is a book that I am going to request online at our local library. It has been suggested through piratepatty.wordpress.com (click here to see her website) The Title is The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. We enjoy her site to see what she has read and what she enjoyed reading.
Some older author’s that wonderfully pull you in to their story are:Jane Eyre, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, John Steinbeck, C. S. Lewis, Harper Lee, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leo Tolstoy, J. D. Salinger, Emily Bronte, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, and the list goes on……
To be in the library, in our pajamas, locked in for the weekend. Oh, the books we could find!
Here is a suggestion:If you can not find your book you are wanting to read in regular print, go to the Large Print Area and see if they have it!
We stopped in our local library recently and found ourselves wandering around. Check out all the adventure possibilities!
Did you say the cover is BLUE? This is a nice gesture that the Librarians do at our library. Each week they choose a theme and pull books from the shelves for suggested reading.
The New Release Section. This area is not large at our library, but we are very thankful.
This is only part of the Children’s Reading Room. Here they can sit and read a book or look at the pictures. There are puzzles they can work on, and a few toys to play with.
They have movie nights and Plays for families with children! They have also had SANTA and his Reindeer Visit. SANTA sat inside and listened to what the children wanted for Christmas. Then the little one’s could go outside and see his Reindeer.
The Teen Corner always has kids doing there homework at the tables or on the computers. We love when we see them engrossed in a book!
So True! When we read we can go to amazing places every day!
There is always a tutor helping some one with math, or english. What a wonderful kindness to give to someone by helping them to understand and learn further.
Libraries are full of relaxing, quiet areas. Little tables and chairs tucked in here, and there.
This is the computer area we mentioned above. And the checkout area right by the entrance or exit.
For our convenience, if our books are not overdue, we can just put them and any movies we borrowed in the return box.
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Sometimes it takes just a simple reminder how to allow yourself to be thankful. To be appreciative of the love from others. To show that appreciation and excitement to those who thought of us and took the time to do for us something special.
One of our incredible grandchildren recently turned five years old recently. This provided the chance for all of us to share this momentous day with her and to let her know she means so much to all of us. For my beautiful wife and me this meant not only a homemade cake with special candles, but a special gift.
After a short time of blowing out candles and making that special wish (anyone recall what they wished for at that time?), we were outside looking at a new pink princess bicycle. The same bicycle she envisioned months previously and mentioned several times.
Thankful is the word. It is defined as “pleased and relieved”, such a genuine expression. It was such a warm expression from such a wonderful gentle child. How often do we show this expression to those around us? How often do we genuinely tell them thank you? How often do we light up with a smile and show enthusiasm? Those who love us every day and take time out of their days to do the little things that are often overlooked. Reflect back on your day and consider those who have touched you recently.
Look around you in your life and thinnk of the many who come into your life. So many offer little expressions of friendship, tenderness or respect. Have you been truly thankful? Oh to be a child once again…
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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As Father Patrick Peyton once said, “A family that prays together, stays together”, and “A world at prayer is a world at peace”. Let us teach our children to pray. This is something that they can do wherever and whenever. Silently through their day away from us. Quietly through the night if they wake before us.
Prayer Works! I am a firm believer in prayer. I am not shy to say to a complete stranger that is hurting that I will say a special prayer for them that day. I am not free of stress. I am still weak and have plenty of moments of breaking down and crying. I am human and an emotional woman sometimes. I will not say I do not worry and get sick from stress at times.
But each morning and each night my husband and I get on our knees and earnestly pray for our children, our parents, our entire family, our friends, and finally ourselves, that we stay strong in prayer for our families. Strong as a happy, married, couple.
When one prayer is answered, usually in a way much better than what I could imagine, we thank the Lord up above. Then my brain presents the next problem in line and worry begins to creep in. I try to solve it and breathe and function then I call my best friend (yes, my husband, :)^ )and we pray together over the phone. It is so important to have someone in your life that you can talk with about the struggles of everyday and the heartache each of us have at some point in life.
A Prayer Warrior is wonderful to have. My oldest prayer warrior and a very good friend recently passed away. I cried so hard and for so long. I felt lost in the mornings. She was a client of mine and I saw her every morning, Monday through Friday, four years in a row. I was so upset that I did not have her daily prayers. Then one day, crying and trying to drive with the sun in my eyes, I smiled and realized that I still had her prayers. We have people praying for us each day even when they are not walking on this earth.
Maybe one of the most wonderful words to hear are little children when we finish a prayer and are beginning to pick up our forks and they still have their hands in their laps and they yell out Amen! Not in a shy way, but out loud, not worrying who hears them. I love when my children call to say that they have been in nightly prayer and one was answered.
Prayer has been taught to my husband and I by our parents. Not sure how many generations it goes back. Prayer has always been taught in our house and may it continue generation to generation.
Emeli Sande’-Next To Me is written on a little torn scrap of paper.
I keep it in the bathroom, almost in the shower,where I can see it even with my glasses off.
Our second daughter gave it to me when she was having a hard time. Even though she was struggling to pull through something, she knew she was giving me heartache.
I tried to act tough, not show any tears, but she knew. She knew I needed a little something to hold on to…..And I do not mean that little bit of paper.
She was so excited when she pressed it in my hand. I looked down and smiled. She, now fully grown with a child, had written it in pink crayon.
Just the name, Just the title. Just Emeli Sande’-Next to Me
When I listened to it with her, I again appeared strong, but the tears finally showed up.
But when I looked at her, I realized that is exactly what she needed to see, and what I needed to do.
I can not fix my children’s problems. I can not literally pull them through their struggles. But she showed me I can break down, cry, and then pray so hard for as long as I am able.
She reminded me that He is always Next to Me. I am the mom. I am of strong character, tough personality, but it is just fine to show that I need allow the weakness that allows me to accept the strength that is always beside me.
This song means something different to others perhaps, but to me it meant that she was going to make it through the twisted, rutted path she had chose. It meant we were going to walk it together,but we were not alone.
First day out dream building! We are searching for OUR land. Land here in Tennessee where our children raise our grandchildren. A farm house we update and preserve, land we learn how to raise animals on, and a huge garden we plant. Encouraging our parents and children to live on our land. Where we laugh, growing older together, traveling, blogging, loving our blessed life!
The life I have, and have had, is just beautiful. I have always loved being a momma, wife, daughter, and friend. I am so thankful. I have noticed there are stages, as a family, we have to climb up and get through to graduate to the next. Sometimes, I slow down, fall, or stop, but never quit and don’t plan to. Each day of my life, since I have had our first child, has been very full of love, bills, work, stress, tears, fun & laughter. We added prayer to our to-do list and gave all our worries each morning, at supper, and at bedtime to the Lord. Our life together, as a big family, has been very rich.
As we dwindled down to two, I felt empty, and then lost. Empty, because I loved hearing their voices and laughter in the house, and lost, because I would not have them around to mommy them. School schedules, swimming, sports, doctor appointments, working, rushing to the store, making homemade meals each night, prayer and bedtime. Then doing it all over again, and again. I went over being a mother and felt like I had tried so hard to be the very best. I loved each one of our children so much and the same. I never had a favorite child. I loved how they were each different. If I went back in time, I would add in more cooking with them, teaching them further than the basic recipes. I would play more classical music and insist they each learn notes and try their hand at a musical instrument. I would have longer, daily reading time. (WHERE I could see them and WHAT they were reading). LOL I would provide more and better materials for writing, and their artwork. We would find something new to learn every single day. I would stop everything and play more.
I have always told each one of them how proud I am of them. So, as my time having each one in our home, has ended, I tried to think of a way to stay connected. I pray daily for each one, and their new young families. I still encourage them and tell them I love them and that I am proud of them. I listen to each new plan they have and smile as much as possible. (Even if I begin to worry about this new direction they are headed). I exercise more and eat better so I can hopefully be healthier for them when I am older. I try to stay up on new technology, songs, books, and movies. But I still might be considered a dinosaur! I love them so much and I keep them in my prayers. I picture the future, the up’s and down’s, and I try to stay strong. Trying to stay strong, keeping the path open, if they need me. Standing here,trying to stay connected.
I have worked four years for an elderly woman with the beginnings of breast and lung cancer. The cancer has, in the last year, taken over her feet, and works it’s way up her legs. I deep clean her home once a week and every day come for an hour to feed her dog, feed her, make her smoothie,coffee,and lay out her clothes. She also has hospice 3 days a week.
She has become wheelchair bound, and one of her biggest joys is watching her birds. She loves her politics and has mentioned traveling all over the world with her husband and children. She was an Hospital Administrator in San Antonio. After that, I could mention that she is very giving, outspoken, and loves the Lord.
Until this morning, I never really knew her. I’ve only known her as an older woman, one needing assistance. I was hearing her morning program and that they were skydiving. I yelled out from the kitchen that I thought that would be so much fun. I want to do that soon! She yelled back. “I’ve already done it. And the thrill of flying is amazing!”
Here has sat a woman, that has accomplished wonderful things in her life. She has been one of the girls in the Roller Derby, traveled the world, skydived, rode a motorcycle, and sped down the side of a mountain in a seat on a rail. Each visit I hope to pull more adventures of her life out of her, and hope to get to really know her.