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Batter Up!

Baseball has fascinated Americans since the 1800s. It is no wonder then that so many films have been made about this intriguing sport. After cheering for the Rockies, give one of these films a turn at the plate. Which baseball film is your favorite?

Music to Move to

Nothing gets me moving more than the song Eye of the Tiger, but these albums provide a motivating soundtrack to get one moving and energized - whether it is cleaning the house, working out at the gym or having a dance party in the living room!

Happy Birthday Sam Elliott!

Born August 9, 1944, Sam Elliott is most often cast as a cowboy, a role he seems to be born for, with his amazing moustache and rich deep voice.

Let Guns N' Roses Soothe Your Baby to Sleep

Rockabye Baby Guns N' Roses

What baby wouldn’t enjoy drifting off to sleep to the sounds of Welcome to the Jungle or November Rain? My daughter and I have had a blast listening to Rockabye Baby’s lullaby renditions of popular bands (ok, so maybe this is more of a treat for Mommy). Who knew the xylophone and glockenspiel could sound so good?

Not a fan of 80’s hair bands?

Battling Heaven

Not all cinematic angels are cherubs, or as kindly as Clarence. Angels, humans and demigods occasionally must be called upon to don armor and fight the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Defying destiny and clashing swords with evil incarnate, these brave few save mankind from doom and destruction.

Ice Cream in the Summertime

Spice Dreams Cover

In the summer heat, start with dessert first! July's Spice Dreams has you covered with a variety of unusual ice cream recipes, including some that use herbs fresh from the garden. Check out the recipe for Basil Ice Cream, along with ice cream books selected from the library's collection.

You may have noticed ice cream book displays in your local branches, preparing you for an essential summer staple. I took on the delicious task of testing this recipe for you:

Basil Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk

1 cup sugar, divided

1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves

2 tsp. dried basil

1/8 tsp. salt

4 large egg yolks

2 cups whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla

The Hunt for Buried Treasure

The Goonies

When hunting for lost or buried treasure, brains always win out over brawn. Decipher the clues, outwit the bad guys, grab the loot and make a clean getaway. Why does it always sound easier than it really is?

  • Cutthroat Island - Geena Davis plays a pirate intent on recovering her inheritance with a snippet of a treasure map.
  • Fool's Gold - Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson encounter trouble at every turn on their hunt for sunken treasure off the Florida Keys in this delightful romp.
  • The Goonies - Misfit kids (Sean Astin, Josh Brolin,

Vintage 1965

Otis Blue Otis Redding sings soul

Full of civil unrest, 1965 was a turbulent year. The top grossing film of the year was The Sound of Music. Dune by Frank Herbert hit bookshelves. The TV show I Dream of Jeannie premieres. These albums were top sellers. What were you up to in 1965?

A Blender, A Vegetable and an Ice Cube Tray

blender baby food

It really is that easy to make your own baby food! I love the idea of knowing exactly what is in the food my daughter is eating and I’ve found that making our own baby food takes just a small amount of time and effort.

We’re still on simple fruits and vegetables, but in one afternoon I made enough food to last for several weeks. After the food is steamed and/or pureed I pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. These “ice cubes” make the perfect serving size for my hungry six month old!

Doo-wop

Smooth tunes with ear tickling vocal harmonies epitomize the doo-wop sound. Popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and created in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, these R&B bands will have you swaying and singing along.

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