Thursday, June 23, 2011

Facial Recipes

I hope everyone's summer is off to an amazing start!

Here at the library, we are diving deeper into our summer activities.  Yesterday, we had our first of three "Teen Crafternoon" craft sessions and it was lots of fun!  Hunter Clayton, who is an incredibly talented young lady and will be a senior in high school next year, came and led the workshop.

I'm re-posting the recipes here so that the participants (or you, if you so choose) can recreate them.

Yogurt Honey Mask (for all skin types)

1 Tablespoon Plain Yogurt
1 Teaspoon honey

For Oily Skin, add a few drops of lime juice.
For Dry Skin, add 2 teaspoons of honey instead of one.

Leave on 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Apple Facial

1/4 apple (mashed with fork)
1 teaspoon of oatmeal
1 teaspoon of honey

Leave on face until mixture dries thoroughly then rinse with warm water.

Hunter's Scrub

2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon honey

Mix until it is a paste.  Leave on face for 10 minutes.  Rinse with warm water.

German Chocolate Cake Scrub

2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Teaspoon cocoa
a sprinkle of sweetened coconut

Leave on face for 10 minutes.  Rinse with warm water.

Even the dudes had fun (and there were more than this).  I think they took the stuff home to their moms.

Our next crafternoon will be on July 6 at 2:00.  It does require you to register prior to the event and space is limited, so head on over and REGISTER!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mandy's Book of the Week (6/6)

Welcome to the last Book of the Week for the school year (well, Mtn. Home's school year, anyway). 

Today I am pleased to bring you the story of Ava and her inner turmoil.

Ava is from a super liberal family; she calls her parents by their first names and when she declared herself a lesbian, her parents literally broke out the champagne.  Ava has a girlfriend, dyes her hair a deep black, and wears very little color.

But Ava has a secret: she longs to be a girl who wears pink.  She loves the color.  She also loves skirts and dresses and kitten heels, she just doesn't feel that she can get away with wearing those things.  In order to get a fresh start, she transfers to a private school and, on the first day, wears a pair of fitted jeans and a new pink, cashmere, argyle sweater that she just adores. 

Even though she's struggling a bit with the new, heavy course load, she feels that she's off to a great start.  She's fallen in with a good crowd who conspire to hook her up with a boy named Ethan (Ava thinks she might like boys as well, so she's totally ok with this).

Things start to get dicey, though, when she auditions for (and completely makes a fool of herself while doing it) the school musical.  She ends up signing up to work with the stage crew, or Screw, as they call themselves, which Ava's new cool friends think is just awful.  At this point, you get to see how very confused Ava is about a lot of things in her life.

This book is relatively new to our collection, but I think it will be one that sticks around for a while.  It was great!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mini-Book Talk

I wanted to take you guys quickly through a few new(ish) books that we have here at the library.  I'll actually do another one of these next week maybe; our cataloger has a ton of new books back in her office getting them ready to go.

Some of these books are the same as the books I chatted about in my classroom book talks, but some of them are different.

Hope you come get a book or two!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Are you ready for summer?

I feel like summer should be in all caps.  SUMMER!

It is coming.  For some of you, namely Cotter and Norfork peeps, it is already here.  Mountain Home has four more days to go.

Here at the library, we have a packed schedule for you.  There is something for everyone. 

Want to watch a movie?  We've got you covered. 

Just want to play a video game?  We've got that too. 

Feeling artsy?  We've even got crafts. 

Feeling smart?  Come join one of our book clubs.

At the very least, especially for you that really enjoy reading and know you'll be doing lots of it, I'd encourage you to come do our summer reading program.  You can pick up your "passport" next Wednesday, June 8, and you'll get prizes starting when you hit the 10 hour mark and working up from there.  The more you read, the bigger the prizes get.  Eventually you could be the winner of Hastings gift cards, iTunes gift cards, Thai food gift certificates, and a lot more.

We also have a side contest going on for what I'm calling the "volume readers."  I can read a whole lot in a small space of time, so if you think you can beat me, page-wise, bring it on. ;-)  If you do, we'll enter you in a separate prize drawing.

I am excited for summer!  And I also don't think you can read more than me.  Bring it on!
Pamphlets with all of our summer activities can be found either on the Teen slat wall (it is over the search computer in our area) or we can give you one at the Teen Desk.

Registration opened today, so hop to it!