Updates and New Books

We had a lot of fun on Friday, during our Pinterest workshop! ūüôā Thank you everyone who participated! More photos can be seen here on our Facebook page. Next month, we will be doing some holiday-themed crafts and – by popular demand – we are planning an EVENING EVENT in addition to the afternoon event so that those who can’t make it over during the work hours can participate, too! ūüôā How cool is that? Details to follow! ūüôā¬†

So, what holiday crafts are we planning for next month? Well, we don’t have anything set in stone, yet, but you’re invited to check out our Pinterest album, “Ideas for Future Pinterest Projects” here to see the kinds of things we’re¬†thinking about. If you’re on Pinterest, go ahead and follow us to get all of our latest idea updates and pins on things that interest us like what’s new in the world of 3D printing, books and more books, The Walking Dead, and more.

Speaking of books and more books, here are the latest titles hitting our shelves today:

Swansong 1945 by Walter Kempowski¬†Swansong 1945¬†chronicles the end of Nazi Germany and World War II in Europe through hundreds of letters, diaries, and autobiographical accounts covering four days that fateful spring: Hitler’s birthday on April 20, American and Soviet troops meeting at the Elbe on April 25, Hitler’s suicide on April 30, and finally the German surrender, on May 8. Side by side, we encounter vivid, first-person accounts of civilians fleeing Berlin, ordinary German soldiers determined to fight to the bitter end, American POWs dreaming of home, concentration-camp survivors’ first descriptions of their horrific experiences, as well as the intimate thoughts of figures such as Eisenhower, Churchill, Stalin, Joseph Goebbels, and Hitler himself.

These firsthand accounts, painstakingly collected and organized by renowned German author Walter Kempowski, provide the raw material of history and present a panoramic view of those tumultuous days. The more than 1,000 extracts include a British soldier writing to his parents to tell them there are no baths but plenty of eggs and chocolate, an American soldier describing “the tremendous burst of lilacs” as he approaches the Elbe, Mussolini wishing Hitler a happy birthday, Eva Braun bragging to a girlfriend about what a “crack shot” she’s become, and much more.

An extraordinary account of suffering and surviving, Swansong 1945 brings to life the end of Nazi Germany and the war in Europe.

X by Sue Grafton X: The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

X: The briefest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce, think xylophone.

X: The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.

The betrayed spouse of a wealthy businessman, a hot-tempered woman who was probably too quick to file for divorce and is still out for revenge on the husband who bedded her best friend. She is now plotting to steal a valuable painting her ex doesn’t even know he possesses.

The newly ensconced elderly couple in the house next door, needy and seemingly helpless. In fact, the neighbors from hell.

A banker’s box holding a recently murdered private investigator’s files. Secretly stashed in a false bottom is a padded mailer containing personal items: a small Bible, with four one-dollar bills, a studio portrait of a little girl on her mother’s lap – perhaps the child for whom the card was intended? And falling out of one file folder, a piece of graph paper with lines of numbers – a code or cipher that, when broken, contains the names of six women. One, a suicide according to the coroner’s office, died twenty-eight years ago; a second, a woman who sued a coworker for harassment. The only link: Ned Lowe, husband of the dead woman, and target of the lawsuit.

And remorseless serial killer cunning enough to leave no trace of his crimes.

Once again breaking the rules, Sue Grafton wastes no time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

Sue Grafton’s¬†X:¬†Dark and chilling and clever, but as well, infinitely wise in the matter of human misbehavior, or why we are often our own worst enemy.

Combat-Ready Kitchen by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo¬†Americans eat more processed foods than anyone else in the world. We also spend more on military research. These two seemingly unrelated facts are inextricably linked. If you ever wondered how ready-to-eat foods infiltrated your kitchen, you’ll love this entertaining romp through the secret military history of practically everything you buy at the supermarket.

In a nondescript Boston suburb, in a handful of low buildings buffered by trees and ¬†a lake, a group of men and women spend their days researching, testing, tasting, and producing the foods that form the bedrock of the American diet. If you stumbled into the facility, you might think the technicians dressed in lab coats and the shiny kitchen equipment belonged to one of the giant food conglomerates responsible for your favorite brand of frozen pizza or microwavable breakfast burritos. So, you’d be surprised to learn that you’ve just entered the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, ground zero for the processed food industry.

Ever since Napoleon, armies have sought better ways to preserve, store, and transport food for battle. As part of this quest, although most people don’t realize it, the U.S. military spearheaded the invention of energy bars, restructured meat, extended-life bread, instant coffee, and much more. But there’s been an industry – huge corporations such as ADM, ConAgra, General Mills, Hershey, Hormel, Mars, Nabisco, Reynolds, Smithfield, Swift, Tyson, and Unilever – to help develop and manufacture food for soldiers on the front line, over the years combat rations, or the key technologies used in engineering them, have ended up dominating grocery store shelves and refrigerator cases. TV dinners, the cheese powder in snack foods, cling wrap . . . The list is almost endless.

Now food writer Anastacia Marx de Salcedo scrutinizes the world of processed food and its long relationship with the military – unveiling the twists, turns, successes, failures, and products that have found their way from the armed forces’ and contractors’ laboratories into our kitchens. In developing these rations, the army was looking for some of the very same qualities as we do in our hectic, fast-paced twenty-first-century lives: portability, ease of preparation, extended shelf life at room temperature, affordability, and appeal to even the least adventurous eaters. In other words, the military has us chowing down like special ops.

What is the effect of such a diet, eaten – as it is by soldiers and most consumers – day in and day out, year after year? We don’t really know. We’re the guinea pigs in a giant public health experiment, one in which science and technology, at the beck and call of the military, have taken over our kitchens.

An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.

Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm – and are waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter – and keep what’s left of her family together, despite an inheritance destined to drive them apart.

But when Hallie hires a wandering veteran in a bid to save the farm, every phantom the men marched south to fight arrives at her front gate. Spider-eyed birds circle the fields, ghostly messages write themselves on the riverbank, and soon Hallie finds herself keeping her new hired hand’s desperate secrets – and taking taking dangerous risks. But as she fights to keep botht he farm and her new firend safe, ugly truths about her own family are emerging – truths that, amid gods, monsters, and armies, might tear Roadstead Farm apart.

Leah Bobet’s stark, beautiful fantasy explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and hte slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts – and a broken world.

Gotti’s Rules by George Anastasia¬†The notorious Gotti family is the stuff of mob legend. The “Dapper Don,” John Gotti Sr., and his son John A. “Junior” Gotti ran New York’s powerful Gambino crime family and were well known for their flamboyant style and brutal ways, an image perpetuated in popular Mafia mythology.

John Alite, a mob hit man, associate, and close friend of the Gottis, has a very different story to tell. An Albanian-American from Queens, Alite was an unlikely ally to the Gottis and the Italian mob, but with his street smarts he was eventually recruited to be Junior Gotti’s protector and muscle. While it’s true that John Alite was a thug, drug dealer, and murderer, two federal indictments alleged he did most of his “work” for the Gambino crime family. Although he reaped the benefits of working under the powerful mob figures, Alite discovered firsthand that the legendary American Mafia – an organization that claimed to be built on honor and loyalty – was nothing more than a facade for the hypocritical, manipulative, and greedy criminals like the Gottis who ran it. Following a harrowing sentence in a Brazilian prison (a system considered among the worst in the world), Alite was extradited to the United States in 2006 and agreed to help the feds put Gotti Jr. and his fearsome crime family behind bars. No one was better placed as an informant than Alite – a man who saw it all from the inside.

The Gotti famkily’s startling story has never been fully told until now. In¬†Gotti’s Rules, veteran true-crime writer and prize0winning reporter George Anastasia gains unprecedented access to the Gotti Crime family’s stories and secrets, including its fascinating “Gotti Rules” of leadership. Based on extensive FBI files and exclusive interviews with insiders and experts, particularly former insider John Alite, Anastasia’s unparalleled access demystifies the infamous Gotti family and its larger-than-life legend and provides proof of shocking allegations against Gotti Jr. that have never before been confirmed.

Filled with eye-opening revelations and insider detail, and illustrated with photographs,¬†Gotti’s Rules¬†is a shockinga nd fascinating account of the violent rise and fall of the modern American mob.

The Rig by Joe Ducie¬†Will Drake doesn’t believe in the impossible. There is no escape from the Rig, a maximum security juvenile prison in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Every movement is tracked, every door is locked.

Will Drake likes a challenge, though, and this will be the biggest one yet. Imprisoned in an impossibly secure institution for the very worst of the world’s kids, Drake knows two things – he will have to be tough to survive, and there is¬†always¬†a way out.¬†

But the Rig holds a dark secret. The Rig is more than just a prison. The Rig is going to change the world.

No Plan B by Mark Kiszla Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl, hosted Saturday Night Live, and threw 399 touchdown passes during 14 amazing years as an NFL quarter back.

Then he got fired.

Indianapolis no longer valued Manning, a four-time winner of the leagues Most Valuable Player award.

Get this: The Colts cut the most-liked athlete in America.

“And I’m glad they did,” Denver Broncos executive John Elway said.

The Broncos made the most buzz-worthy signing in the history of NFL free agency in March 2012. Despite missing a season witha  neck injury that threatened to end his brilliant career, Manning was acquired to lead the Broncos back to Super Bowl glory.

“We don’t have a Plan B,” Elway declared, as he presented Manning with an orange No. 18 jersey. “We’re going [with] Plan A!”

Even for a quarterback as decorated as Manning, his task in Denver was daunting.

At age 36, Manning had to relearn to throw the football with a right arm that had suffered extensive nerve damage. The new quarterback in town had to convert devout fans of Tim Tebow, who won games in the name of Jesus. A brutal early season schedule left the Broncos with a 2-3 record, as whispers grew the old Pro Bowler had lost his touch.

What happened next is one of those great comeback stories that make us fall in love with sports. Manning went from washed up to nearly unbeatable. He led Denver to 11 consecutive victories to close the regular season. More important, Manning lifted the Broncos back to the elite status that had been slip-sliding away since Elway retired as quarterback in 1999.

How did Manning do it? On the practice field, he can be a perfectionist who is a pain in the ass. On the team plane, he can be a comedian who has teammates rolling in the aisles.

To get inside football’s most beautiful mind, award-winning journalist Mark Kiszla takes readers from raucous locker rooms to quiet film rooms for a behind-the-scenes look at Manning’s remarkable revival.

Football is a violent game. Life can be a contact sport.

Before moving to Denver, Manning was sacked 231 times by NFL defenders but never harder than the 232nd, when Colts owner Jim Irsay hit him with a shot that shook the veteran QB to his core.

So the toughest question for Manning was the same as the uncertainty facing any proud worker who has been slapped with a termination note: How does a man respond after he gets knocked on his butt?

Manning is the master of the no-huddle offense. But, with his physical ability fading and anything less than a championship considered failure, Manning has never had to beat the clock with such urgency.

There’s no time to waste. No excuses. No looking back.

No Plan B.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu¬†Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt The Maines twin boys were identical Рexcept one always identified as female. From New York Times bestselling author, Amy Ellis Nutt comes a powerful and intimately reported narrative of the brave girl and her family at the center of a groundbreaking movement to expand the rights and dignity of transgender children across America.

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn’t long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things boys were “supposed” to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Mainses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept and embrace Wyatt’s transition to Nicole,and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change all their lives forever.

Becoming Nicole chronicles a journey that could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together. It’s the story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and acecptance, not ostracism and disapproval; of a Republican, Air Force veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to become a voal advocate for trans rights; of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of a town forced to confront its prejudices, a school compelled to rewrite its rules, and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make their voices heard. Ultimately,¬†Becoming Nicole¬†is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself.

Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical journals, legal documents, medical records, and the Mainses themselves, Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this immersive account of an American family confronting an issue that is at the center of today’s cultural debate.¬†Becoming Nicole¬†will resonate with anyone who’s ever raised a child, felt at odds with society’s conventions and norms, or had to embrace life when it plays out unexpectedly. It’s a story of standing up for your beliefs and yourself – and it will inspire all of us to do the same.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith¬†When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them . . .

Career of Evil is the third book in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

See something you liked? Come on over and check it out!

We’d also like to send out a special thank you to those individuals who have donated items to our makerspace! Your support and generosity are deeply appreciated!! We now have a soldering iron, yarn, and are anticipating some beads, doilies, more yarn,¬†modeling kits, and a sewing machine in the future! ūüôā In addition to donations that we have received, we have also added¬†a circuitry kit and some robotic cubes! <– What are those?! Come over and find out! ūüôā

We’ll see you soon!! ūüôā

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