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March 9, 2011

From some of my older columns, I am culling some books that you may have forgotten about or didn’t know we had. In cooking, Paula Deen and her boys prepare delicious down home Southern meals. If one dollop of butter is good, then how about two or three? We have for you “The Lady and Sons, Too!” (641.597 DEE P); “The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook” (641.597 DEE P) and “The Lady and Sons Just Desserts” (641.597 DEE P). They are full of Southern dishes and recipes to make them.

What with all the wind blowing and sand in the air, what about a blizzard that sweeps the Plains? If you have ever been caught out on the range working cattle when a blue norther blows in, then you know how quickly the temperature can drop. David Laskin has written a heartbreaking account of such a thing. January 12, 1888, began as an unseasonably warm morning across Nebraska, the Dakotas and Minnesota. It was so warm that children walked to school without coats or gloves. That afternoon, the sky exploded in a raging chaos of snow and hurricane force winds. By the next morning, Jan. 13 (yes, it was also a Friday) more than 500 people had perished on the plains, frozen to death. In “The Children’s Blizzard” (978.02 LAS D), Laskin traces the stories of five families who were forever changed that day. Laskin draws on family interviews and memoirs as well as contemporary accounts.

The library has received the IRS forms and booklets. While we must charge for copies of forms, we are still the easiest place in town to obtain IRS forms. Please note that we do not physically have all the forms, but we can either pull it from www.irs.gov or tell you how to do it.

Knitting has turned into a big business! Knitting is no longer is a job for maiden aunties or grannies, teenagers are learning how to knit. On our shelves is “Hip Knits: 65 Easy Projects” (746.432 BET H) from Better Homes and Gardens Publishing. Cabling, scallops, and patterns — all are terms associated with knitting. It has lots of cute projects just waiting for your knitting needles.

Is scrap booking your thing? Leeza Gibbons has written “Scrapbooking Traditions” (745.593 GIB L). It will give you additional ideas on personalizing your family scrapbooks.

During the Depression era, the federal government devised various schemes to enable people to work and obtain a living wage. One of those programs was the WPA or Work’s Progress administration. If you remember, the Big Spring State Park was built by the CCC and the mural at the 118th District Court building painted by Peter Hurd were funded by the federal government. David La Vere is a historian who has gathered a tremendous amount of detail about the life of the former Texas Indian peoples. Tribes include the Kiowa, Comanche, Caddo, Wichita and Lipan Apaches. His book, “Life Among the Texas Indians: The WPA Narratives” (976.400 LAV D) is culled from oral histories stored at the Oklahoma Historical Society. Their recollections of daily life, war and raiding, hunting and planting, food ways, dress, parties and spiritual practices are very interesting.

Check out “Texas Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival” (976.4 COX M) by Mike Cox. This is a gripping account of 20 of the most devastating disasters in the history of the state of Texas. “Wanted: Historic County Jails of Texas” (365.976 BLA E) by Edward A. Blackburn Jr., takes readers to each of the 254 counties in the state, presenting brief histories of the counties and the structures that housed their criminals. Interviews with local officials, historians and newspaper publishers have yielded colorful anecdotes for many of the jails.

“Texas Women on the Cattle Trails” (976.405 MAS S), edited by Sara Massey, tells the story of 16 women who drove cattle up the trail from Texas during the last half of the nineteenth century. The courage of Margaret Borland and the spunk of Willie Matthews, the pure delight of Cornelia Adair viewing the buffalo, and the joy of Mary Bunton gazing at night constellations on the open range offer new insights into women’s experiences of the West.

Please remember to help support both your state and local library. How can you help? You go to a link below that will take you to a website where you can express your support for all libraries. It is located on the Texas Library Association’s website (which is spearheading the drive to keep libraries viable). The site is http://capwiz.com/ala/tx/home/ When you arrive there, press on the link that says “Take Action.” That will take you to a pre-written letter that will be sent to Gov. Perry, Sen. Kel Seliger and Rep. Jim Landtroop. If the link I have provided does not work, you may go to www.txla.org and find the link to the “Take Action” site.

Howard County Library is located at 500 S. Main St. Our phone number is 264-2260. The website is www.howard-county.lib.tx.us

Hollis McCright is director of the Howard County Library.

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