Hunker down with a library book

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On The Shelves

In these cold, dark winter evenings, hunker down with a new book from the library — learn something new, try a new recipe, pattern or read a biography.

Don’t forget you can download many books for free at the public library’s eLibrary site (

Broaden your taste buds by trying a new recipe from one of these:

“50 Novelty Party Cakes” by Sue Maggs; “At Home” with Lynne Crawford; “Beating the Lunch Box Blues” with JM Hirsch; “Chemo Cookery Club” by Penny Ericson; “Clueless Baker” by Evelyn Raab; “Fondue Bible” by Ilana Simon; “Gluten-Free Recipes” by Nancy Hughes; “Jamie Oliver’s Food Escapes;  Step-By-Step Cake Decorating” by Karen Sullivan; or “Week in a Day — 5 Dishes in 1 Day” by Rachel Ray.


Delve into someone else’s life with these biographies and autobiographies:

“An Astronaut’s Guide to Life” by Chris Hatfield; “Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery” by Witold Pilecki; “Combat Doctor” by Marc Dauphin; “Duran Duran: Wild Boys” by Steve Malins; “Fifty Shades of Black” by Arthur Black; “I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai; “Johnny Cash” by Robert Hillman; or “Young Trudeau: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada 1919-1944” by Ma Nemni.


Try a new pattern while watching the Olympic Games:

“200 Braids to Loop, Knot” by Jacqui Carey; “Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health” by Laura Zander; “Cute Knit Hats for Kids” by Jenny Occleshaw; “Easy Knitted Scarves” by Monica Russel; “Fingerweaving Untangled: A Beginners Guide” by Carol James; “Knitted Slipper Book” by Katie Startzman; “Scrap It” by Jaclyn Venter; “Simple Quilting from Me and My Sister Designs” by Barbara Groves; or “Zany Wooden Toys Reloaded: More Wild Projects from the Toy Inventor’s Workshop” by Bob Gilsdorf.


If watching the Olympics is not for you, try one of these fitness or sports books:

“Boxer’s Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps” by Nathan Shapow; “Don’t Call Me Goon: Hockey’s Greatest Enforcers, Gunslingers,and Bad Boys” by Greg Oliver; “Football’s Greatest Stars” by Allan Maki; “21-Day Yoga Body” by Sadie Nardini;   “Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players; or Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise> by Arthur Rosenfeld.



Upcoming events in St. John’s Public Libraries include:

• Newfoundland and Labrador Author Reading Series on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 from 7-8 p.m., when Ed Kavanagh will read from his new collection of short stories, “Strays.” Come to the A.C. Hunter Library in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

• Freedom to Read Week starts with Kevin Major speaking about what is was like to have his book challenged (asked to taken off library/school shelves). This event will happen on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 from 7-8 p.m. where a new contest, Book Bingo, will be launched.  Join us in the A.C. Hunter Library.

For more details, call 737-2133 or check the Events page on our website:


Jewel Cousens is Newfoundland and Labrador/nonfiction collections librarian with the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. This column will return on March 8, 2014.

Organizations: Novelty Party Cakes, Duran Duran, Olympic Games Tai Chi Newfoundland and Labrador Author Reading Series Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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