New Year, New You

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Every New Year brings about with it a time of change, growth, re-birth, and resolution. It is the time for the fresh start, making plans, setting goals, and living up to one’s full potential…all for the betterment of oneself. Acknowledgement is the first step, obtaining the means to reach said goals is the next. So, where does one start? Well, how about The Fountaindale Public Library! Come on into the Fountaindale Public Library and check out our newest Lobby Display! This month’s display is appropriately titled: “New Year, New You”, with an emphasis on health and exercise. The display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books as well.

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1.  The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham
  2. Strong Women, Stay Young by Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.
  3. Shape Your Life: 4 Weeks to a Better Body- and a  Better Life by Barbara Harris
  4.   Stronger, Faster: Workday Workouts that Build Maximum Muscle in Minimum Time by Brian Kaufman
  5. Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock by Denise Austin

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

 

In addition our materials, we also have online capabilities as well.  One of the trendiest and most popular sites going right now is PopSugar Fitness.  PopSugar Fitness is a site dedicated to healthier living.  It contains online demonstrations of various workouts.   These include 10, 20, 30, 40-Minute Workouts as well as Full-body Workouts.

https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit

This site and many others like it can be accessed in our Computer Commons area on the 2nd Floor!

So, come on in and get your New Year started off right!

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– Brian S.

COOKIES!

Christmas lights

The holiday season is a magical time of year. The trees come alive with lights, wreaths transform walls that were once bare, and giant ornaments appear all over shopping centers. It is a time to build memories by keeping family traditions alive and reconnecting with others.

My family celebrates Christmas and one of my favorite traditions, besides making tamales, is baking cookies with my mother while watching some of my favorite Christmas movies like Elf. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, but I believe food always brings people together. Here are a couple of cookie recipes from our talented bakers at Fountaindale to tryout and for any last minute cookie exchanges.

Orange Thumbprint- Cristina
(Makes about 60) 

These are my FAVORITE! I love citrus so I like to add a little more orange zest to the recipe to give it a bit more flavor. The cookies come out soft and taste amazing. It’s definitely a recipe to try out!

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For the dough:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt

For the filling:
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice.
⅓ tablespoon coarse salt
confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Make dough: With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Add yolks and vanilla, and beat for 1 minute. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour and salt until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, at least 1 hour, or up to 1 day.
  2. Make filling: Preheat oven to 325͒ F. Line baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper; lightly coat with cooking spray. Whisk together granulated sugar, flour, and egg. Stir in Zest, juice, and salt.
  3. Form balls of dough (each equal to 2 teaspoons), and place on prepared sheets, about 1 inch apart. With the handle of a wooden spoon, press gently in the center of each to create an indentation. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Press centers again if indentations lose definition. Spoon filling into centers. Continue baking until cookies are light brown around edges, 10 to 12 minutes more. Transfer sheets to wire racks to cool completely before dusting with confectioners’ sugar. Cookies can be stored up to 2 days at room temperature in airtight containers.

Sugar Cookies- Maureen 
(Makes about 30)

“The cookies come out soft but still good enough to decorate with icing and sprinkles! I’ve also made this icing–it’s easy and you just need to buy food coloring.”

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For the dough:
½ cup butter
½ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  4. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in sugar.
  5. Place on greased baking sheet; flatten with a glass.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

For the icing:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth.
  2. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  3. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity.
  4. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

 

Pumpkin Turnovers- Deb
(Makes 8 turnovers)

“I made my own dough instead of buying puff pastry. I call them Pumpkin Pasties, which is a much-loved treat from the Harry Potter universe.”

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Ingredients:
2 puffed pastry sheets, thawed
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon all-spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar

For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
Dash of vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix pumpkin puree, brown sugar and remaining spices in medium mixing bowl until smooth.
  3. Place puffed pastry sheets on clean, dry surface. Cut each pastry sheet into four squares.
  4. Place one and a half HEAPING tablespoons of pumpkin puree on one half of the square.
  5. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal.
  6. Place turnovers on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them. If desired, crimp edges with fork.
  7. Cut three small indentations on the thickest part of the turnover to resemble small apple pies.
  8. Brush with one beaten egg, if desired.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. When golden brown and puffed up, remove from oven and drizzle vanilla glaze on top using the prongs of a fork.
  11. For glaze, simply whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. If glaze is too thick, gradually increase milk. Enjoy!

 

Magic Cookie Bars- Kate

“My favorite recipe!”

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (I just crush graham crackers in a bag)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chops
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Coat a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter.
  4. Press mix into bottom of prepared pan.
  5. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
  6. Layer evening with chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts.
  7. Press firmly down (I recommend with a fork or a spoon so it doesn’t stick to hands).
  8. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Cut into bars.

 

Monster Cookies- Agnes
(Makes about 2 ½ dozen)

Here is Agnes’ recipe slightly modified from

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2014/10/monster-cookies.html#SfMjQOy04FxldtyW.99

MonsterCookies

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
​1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter (use crunchy if you like nuts)
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups old fashioned oats
1 cup M&Ms
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter.
4. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well until creamy.
5. Slowly add the flour mixture until incorporated. Stir in the butterscotch, chocolate chips, and M&Ms.
6. Mix in the oats.
7. Place balls of dough, around 1½ Tablespoons each, on the parchment sheet. You can hand place extra M&Ms on top, pressing slightly in.
8. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Make sure not to over bake. The cookies will not be brown and will continue to cook as they cool on the pan.
9. Store in an airtight container.

Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do. Happy holidays from Fountaindale!

-CP-

Back to the Future

The wait is almost over for Back to The Future fans! October 25, 2015, the exact date Marty McFly traveled through time in Back to the Future Part II is among us! Let the countdown begin to the PRECISE time Marty went back to the future at 4:29PM.

Here are a couple of ways to celebrate this once in a lifetime event.

Wear your pockets inside out.

While people don’t really wear their pants inside out these days (well most of us don’t, or maybe it’s just me?), take some of Doc’s advice and wear your pockets inside out! It’s simple. You just reach inside of your pockets, and pull them out.

Pizza Hut and Pepsi

Have dinner with the family and order a half pepperoni and half green peppers pizza from Pizza Hut. Although it won’t be a dehydrated pizza like in the movie, a fresh and ready to go pizza will suffice.

Pepsi is going Back to the Future (or should I say Present?) and will be releasing a new (EXTREMELY) limited edition collectable bottle (only 6,500 bottles will be made). Aside from it being made with the same Pepsi Formula, it will give you a little taste of the future. This product will be sold for the appropriate price of $20.15, not quite as pricey as the $50 Pepsi Perfect Doc gave to Marty in the film. You can buy your collectors item online, although Pepsi recommends checking out their social media page for the exact locations where you can buy it.

Does it feel like I’m trying to sell these products? I SWEAR I’m not.
MOVING ON.

Watch/Root for the Cubbies!

Ever since the Cubs won the Wild Card game against the Pirates, I’ve been hearing nothing but Back to the Future references. The Cubs won the first round against their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals and are currently playing against the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. If they manage to beat the Mets, they will be in the World Series! If the Cubs were to win the World Series they would end their 107 year old drought. This would be be a HUGE celebration to Chicago and all the Cubs fans out there. HOW EXCITING!!! If you’re not a Cubbies or baseball fan watch them anyways! I am a DIE HARD White Sox fan (SOUTH SIDE!) and I will be watching the games. The Cubs are making history, and how cool would it be to say Back to the Future predicted this!

Could this be “the year?”

The hoverboard is finally here!
The hoverboard has been brought to life! Lexus has designed a hoverboard using superconductive magnetic levitation to defy gravity. Although it is not for sale, it will be sold in the near future. Don’t believe me? See it for yourself.

Back to the Future movie marathon

I am a big fan of movie marathons. If you don’t want to watch the Cubs game or perhaps have a lot of free time on the 21st watch the movies all over again! Want to watch the trilogy all over again or perhaps for the first time but don’t have them? Don’t sweat it, the library owns several copies!

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Back to the Future Day at Fountaindale!

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” Come celebrate with us as we munch on popcorn and watch a showing of Back to the Future II at 6:30 PM in Meeting Room A! You can also stop by to get your picture taken in front of a DeLorean background or get a picture of you on a hoverboard. You can also be entered into a special grand prize drawing just for attending! If you aren’t excited yet, check out our promo video made by the Studio 300! The fun begins at 6! Hope to see you all there!

–Cristina

Home Brewed Beer Demonstration at the Library!

Fall is just around the corner and what better way to enjoy this time of season than with some good craft beer. The library wants to help make your Fall and Winter season more enjoyable by providing a great demonstration on how to home brew your own beer. Impress your friends and family with your brew master skills during the Fall and Winter festive meals; regale them with tales of how you acquired such mastery of the hops at your local library. Don’t worry! The program doesn’t start until September 10th, there is still time to sign up for the program just click on the cold frosty glass of beer below to register.

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If you can’t make it to our Home Brew Beer program the library has plenty of Home Brewed Beer Resources available. To check out what is available at our library click the glass of beer below, this will re-direct you to our catalog.

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-J-

Pumpkin Patterns are on the Way

 It’s about to be that time of season again, fall. The thing I look forward to the most in fall has to be Halloween and specifically pumpkin carving. Towards the end of September the library will once again have pumpkin carving patterns on display. There will be a pumpkin carving display located on the third floor of the Fountaindale Public Library. The library owns several books on pumpkin carving, you can find them here on our catalog.  A free handout will also be available that you can take with you, it includes brief pumpkin carving instructions. We also have a wide variety of free, that’s right I said FREE, pumpkin carving stencils. Some of the stencils include Edward Scissor Hands, The Thing, The Avengers, Mario, Yoda, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, and many more. Just go to the third floor of the library and ask where’s the free pumpkin stencils and one of the librarians can point you in the right direction.

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Look for the display on the third floor for your free pumpkin carving stencils.

-J-

Origami Turtles and an Adolescent Amphibious Movie

At the Fountaindale Public Library, the Children’s Services Department will be showing a movie about four adolescent amphibians whose names curiously resemble four Renaissance artists. The movie will take place Saturday in Meeting Room A at 1:30 PM. This movie is a complete blast from the past because it is from the 90s. A re-make of this movie is set for release this week, August 8, 2014. After the movie, everyone will be given the chance create his or her very own origami turtle.

 -J-

Step by Step How to on LP to CD Transfer

Growing up for many of us, our first type of exposure to music came either via the radio or from our own or our parent’s record player!!  For a long time there seemed to be a slow decline of LPs as cassettes, CDs, and, eventually, MP3s become more predominate.  It looked like the death of vinyl was imminent.    However, in the mid 2000’s something incredible happened…vinyl was coming back in a BIG way and has seen no slow down or stopping since!  There are many reasons attributed to this but the one that seems to be unanimous among the young and young-at-heart is the SOUND.  Vinyl just has a richness that MP3 and CDs lack.  With that, newbies started purchasing them while other people started dusting off their old collections and/or parent’s collections and started giving them a spin.  However, as it was now as it was then, vinyl is not the most mobile of mediums BUT with today’s technology converting vinyl has never been easier!!  Fountaindale’s own Studio 300 has the means and way for anyone to convert your vinyl to CD to be able to listen to that vinyl quality and vinyl sound…in your car!  Below are the steps needed and necessary to navigate this:

 

1.  Insert blank CD-R or CD-RW into CD recorder.  Then place album on turntable.

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2.  Turn the turntable on, choose 33 rpm, and hit start.

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3.  Press record on the CD recorder. Then drop the needle on the album.

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4.  Press play to start the recording process. The recorder will automatically separate the tracks when it detects a pause.  When the first side of the album is done recording, press the pause button on the recorder.

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5.  Turn the album over and drop the needle. Hit the pause button to continue the recording process.


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6.  When the second side is recorded, press stop, then press finalize. When it asks FINALIZE OK?, push ENTER on the MULTI DIAL knob.

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7.  Once finalized you’ll be able to listen to the disc on any CD player.

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With that you are all set and ready to go, go, go!!

-Brian S

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