Janice H.

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: how to calm, connect and communicate with your baby

Monday, September 21, 2009
Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau

Not yet having a newborn nor knowing that much about babies - I found this book fascinating. The author describes what she feels is the best way to adjust to a newborn in the home and how to go about this transition. Instead of the parents completely 100% catering to the baby or the baby completely going with the parents' schedule/life, she suggests more of a compromise and talks about mutual respect for both sides. She has a system that sounds easy to follow and adjust to your life. Five different personality types of babies are discussed including how to identify which one your baby is, how to comfort and soothe each type and what each type needs. I'm looking forward to implementing some of her strategies into my life when I get there. Right now it all sounds like information I will use or at least have in the back of my head when I go through this adjustment period.

Janice, Youth Services
 

Sippy Cups Are not for Chardonnay

Monday, September 21, 2009
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

As an expectant mother, I am trying to read and gather information about being a parent before I have a crying newborn on my hands (and probably very little time to myself to read). The title of this one sounded great and right up my alley - I don't know that much about newborns, sippy cups, car seats and so on. While I found this book to contain some helpful information, I wouldn't say it was "the book" best suited for the subject but I very much enjoyed the author's humor and the humorous way she handled situations and told personal stories - I even found myself laughing out loud several times. So if you're in the stage of your life that I'm in, I would recommend this book

Janice, Youth Services
 

Fearless

Sunday, July 26, 2009
Taylor Swift
I love this CD! I've listened to it like crazy. I'm not a Country fan but I've become a huge Taylor Swift fan - I think it's a great balance of popular and country so that fans of either type of music will enjoy it.
 
Janice, Youth Services
 

Hairspray (Music CD)

Monday, May 19, 2008

I love musicals and loved the 2007 version of the musical Hairspray. I was so happy when my hold came in for the soundtrack. I love listening to soundtracks for musicals; you get to revisit the whole play. So I checked out the library's copy and listened to it in my car for about a week straight (and I drive about 1 1/5 hours a day). It always put me in a great mood. So if you've seen the movie, be sure to check out the soundtrack.

Janice, Youth Services

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To the Limit

Monday, May 19, 2008
Pamela Britton
I don't usually read paperback romances... but a friend showed me this "Nascar library" series of romances and I was intrigued - a NASCAR romance!?
 
I enjoyed reading this on my vacation. Main character was a strong female who's an engineer designing racecars - she has 2 guys interested in her (both very different - one is a driver; one a billionaire who owns the raceteam) and she needs to figure who she's interested in. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 - I found it enjoyable.

Other NASCAR romances by Pamela Britton: On the Edge and Total Control.

Janice, Youth Services
 

Skuldduggery Pleasant

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Derek Landy

Average teen Stephanie's uncle passes away and she is stunned to discover that she inherits his house and belongings. When she stays overnight on her own at his house one night, she is startled when someone tries to break in. Not really someone but something - not human - some sort of creature. Skulduggery Pleasant comes to her rescue and saves her life.

She has only met Skulduggery twice before, at her uncle's funeral and at the reading of his will. Both times he was clothed from top to bottom, even his face was was covered by a scarf. This time, he has revealed his true form - he's actually a skeleton. It's a little bit of an involved story, him turning into a skeleton... but he was once a person - a magical person. Stephanie is immediately thrust into a world of magic that exists within hers and she's in up to her neck - luckily Skulduggery is a detective & ready to help out. Because they need to figure out what's going on, how to save the world, why Stephanie is in danger, and if an ancient relic exists and how it relates to all of this. Get ready for quite a ride!

Janice, Youth Services

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Yoga Journal (Magazine)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I'm not normally an avid magazine reader but lately I have been enjoying reading Yoga Journal. In the February 2008 issue, there is a list of "10 tools for creating your happiest life". And who couldn't use some tips on this?

Before the list, there is a brief explanation of the list and why you might need it. Beginning with:

"There are times when you know just what to do, and life seems to rise up and support you and your ideas. And then there are times when it is all a little murky, and you might feel a bit lost..."

Even if you're not into yoga, you may be able to appreciate this list and some of the other suggestions in other issues of YJ.

If you are a yoga lover (or new to yoga), there are always great tips for getting more out of your yoga practice.

Janice, Youth Services

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Downloadable Videos

Sunday, February 24, 2008

First you'll need to download the software - don't worry it's easy! Then you can make your selections from all the titles available for you to download - you'll need to enter in the numbers from the back of your library card before you can download them.

I used this a few weeks ago when I was ill and I was bored of being at home. I found it very easy to use and enjoyed the titles I dowloaded - mainly "library world" titles.

Some of the titles available include: shows like Fitness On Demand, Antiques Roadshow, America's Test Kitchen; movies like McClintock, My Best Friend's Wedding, Black Hawk Down, The Fifth Element, Desperado, Men In Black; Children's Shows like Boohbah, Caillou, and more!

Some of the things I'm looking forward to downloading for myself are some of the "Hollywood Favorites" movies like My Best Friend's Wedding; and shows of "Fitness on Demand"! I think this is a great service! If you have questions, don't hesitate to call the Reference Desk at the library: 517-546-0720 x106.

Janice, Youth Services

 

The Reminder

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Feist

If you're like me you hear a catchy song in a commercial or in a movie and it sticks with you and each time you hear that commercial, you find yourself saying, "That's the song!" and asking your spouse if he knows the name of it. Well, my husband should be pleased that I finally remembered the name of the song & artist of the "1,2,3,4" song from an iPod commercial. I finally got it checked out and have been listening to it on my commute & I am really enjoying a few songs on it.

A reviewer from All Music Guide described The Reminder as:
"warm, lazy music made for those summer afternoons that creep into evening before you realize it."

Janice, Youth Services

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Dream Factory

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

"When the character actors at Disney World go on strike, the teens hired as replacements learn that it isn't exactly the Happiest Place on Earth. Ella gets to be Cinderella, simply because the shoe fits. It should be a dream come true, but Ella no longer believes in dreams. Luke is a fur character, Dale the chipmunk. Chip is played by his girlfriend, Cassie, who is perfect in every way. Why, then, does Luke find himself more drawn to imperfect things like the theme park's Phantom? A team-building scavenger hunt brings Luke and Ella together. As they uncover the Magic Kingdom's treasures, they discover an undeniable magic between them."

A fun, comedic, coming of age story for teen 'romantics at heart' or Disney fanatics.

Janice, Youth Services

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