The Complete Practical Book of Making Gift Cards and Scrap-booking by Cheryl Owen

This book is almost like a medium encyclopedia for finding great ideas to make decorative cards or eye-catching scrapbook creations. In the beginning of the section, it introduces a small amount of history, then talks about the materials that are usually used when making the item. The book, also, has a mini list for each specific idea that is presented. Along with a mini list, it has comprehensive step-by-step descriptions and photographs to help you visualize the work. This book really helps simplify making small, crafty creations, so, if you like making crafty cards and scrap-booking, then I suggest checking out this wonderful and vibrant book!

Book Review by Holly Petrich: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles is a kid who lived a quiet, uneventful life in Florida but all of that is about change as he ventures to a new boarding school, Culver Creek, in search of a “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet ). A “Great Perhaps” was surely introduced to him in the form of teenage deviance, friends, and religion class. Miles meets a brilliant student, and prankster, named Alaska Young at Culver Creek. Miles is immediately captivated by her beauty and humor, but what Miles doesn’t realize is that he is about to be plunged into an emotional roller-coaster and spit back out through the other side due to Alaska’s unpredictable and self destructive behaviors. With fun pranking and teenage love affairs, no one had ever suspected something to go so horribly wrong. Miles and his friends are hit with a terrible event which causes them to feel intense regret, but regardless of their hurting hearts and self blame, they strive to piece together what really happened the night that everyone wish had never had happened. Fortunately enough, Miles and his friends find content, forgiveness and acceptance with the final connections they have concurred upon about what really occurred that fateful night.

This book is so grasping, mysterious and philosophical that it’s an absolute page turner. The characters are well diverse even though the author doesn’t go too into depth with them. It is completely evident that each one has their own problems and emotional deepness about them and they understand that about each other. With interesting characters and so many events unfolding, it was impossible to not be curious about what would happen next or what would be found on each page. The ending was pleasantly relieving and satisfying after such tense moments. If you like reading about teenage difficulties and a bit of mystery then this book may be waiting for you to read its own “Great Perhaps”.

-By Holly Petrich

Grand Valley Historical Photos on Ohio Memory

On Thursday October 5 and November 9 at 5:30 p.m., the library will present a program on accessing our Valley Memories Collection of historic photographs. Our collection consists of close to 500 photographs which have been digitized and posted to the Ohio Memory website through the Ohio History Center which is based in Columbus, Ohio. This is a work in progress as we are continually added data to the collection.  

Please plan to join us as we search the website and discover images from the area’s past. The public is invited to add additional commentary to the collection through the website which can be accessed at: 

This program is made possible in part from a LSTA grand awarded by the State Library of Ohio and is in collaboration with Ohio Memory through the Ohio History Center in Columbus. 


Fine Free Fall

Picture of Fall leavesDuring this Fall we will be having “Fine Free Fall.”

If you have any outstanding overdue items or late fines then bring in a non-perishable food item and we will reduce your fine by $1.00 per food item. All of the food we collect will be donated to Country Neighbor.