Showing posts from February, 2021

Craft Kit: Bullet Journal

Starting off the new year can be overwhelming. Why continue to set resolutions every year? Let's set some goals! Setting goals allows you to work on them throughout the year and you can track them in a journal.  One way that you can track and monitor your goals is by working in a bullet journal.    Designed by Ryder Carroll, bullet journaling is used with the intent to have an organized personal system. This system helps organize scheduling, reminders, to do lists, brainstorming, and other organizational tasks in a notebook. Working on goals, it's good to create spreads that map out what you're working towards.  One example is a habit tracker.  A simple habit tracker keeps track of your goals for the year.             Henderson Libraries is offering a bullet journal starter kit to help you get  started!  This kit offers the following essential materials:  Journal   Pen   Ruler   "How-To" pamphlet   Kits are available starting Monday, February 22nd at 10am via  cur

Sip & Steep: Making Coffee at Home

First is the Pour Over method. Just like the French Press, the Pour Over has a lot of history. The Pour Over was created in 1908 and was known as one of the best ways to make a flavorful cup of coffee. It eventually fell out of popularity but has had a resurgence recently. You can now order a Pour Over at almost every coffee shop. Recipe for Pour Over Coffee: Ingredients 2 Tablespoons of ground coffee (20 grams) 1 ½ cups of freshly boiled water (330 grams) Pour Over cone Pour Over filters Here are some favorite containers: Ceramic – Classic and simple (ex. the Hario v60) Metal – Versatile and easy to clean  Glass – Well made and creates a clean cup of coffee (ex. Chemex) Instructions Insert the filter into the Pour Over cone Add ground coffee Pour enough water over the coffee to wet the grounds Let the coffee absorb the water for about 30 seconds (this is called “Blooming”) After 30 seconds, pour the rest of the water over the grounds in steady controlled circles. Making the target bre

Sip & Steep: Making Tea at Home

  When I think of feeling cozy, I can almost smell the warm cinnamon of a chai tea. For many of us the joy of reading comes with a cup of our favorite tea. No matter your taste of preferences, there is probably a tea just for you! If you have ever wondered what you might like or felt overwhelmed on the tea aisle of your local grocery store, look no further! Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world. With an infinity of possible flavors and an especially easy recipe, tea is one of those drinks that appeals to nearly everyone. Whether you prefer sweet iced or a hot tea latte, you have hundreds of options to choose from! Health in a Cup Tea has many medicinal properties. From antioxidants to lowering the risk of long term disease, tea is a lower caffeine replacement for coffee and a flavorful way to start the day. Herbal teas can be soothing as well as aid in sleep and finding a sense of calm. Add honey or lemon to a tea for a cold weather remedy or try steeping tea blends

"No-Pressure" Senior Book Club: February

Join our "No-Pressure" Senior Book Club virtual meetings on Zoom! This book club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Questions?  Contact Cristi Burroughs at . Our next meeting will be  February 17th  and we'll be discussing  " The Last Flight " by Julie Clark . You can download the eBook version from  Hoopla . We ’ve added "No-Pressure" to this book club title. We want our senior patrons to feel welcome joining the discussion -  no pressure! Even if you haven't had the chance to read the chosen title for the month, or perhaps you've been reading a different title that you'd like to share with the group...we hope you'll join us for the conversation. After discussing the chosen book club title, patrons can have a few minutes (limited to 10 minutes per person) to share with the group other titles they've read.  We hope this will be a great opportunity  for everyone to connect with e

Craft Kit: Bath Salts

Valentine’s Day is coming up and this year, why not focus on  self-care . A form of  self-care  is by slowing down and settling our minds to really focus on ourselves.  Ways to wind down is by settling down with a book, a good bath, meditation, or even just sitting down to watch a good movie.    This week, Henderson Libraries is  providing  a kit to create  your  own bath salt and meditation guide to help you kick start your very own  self-care  day.    This kit includes:   1 container of Pink Salt   1 container of Epsom Salt   1 container of Lavender Petals   1 beaker   1 Meditation Guide   1 Instruction page   Enjoy your time at home and use this kit to help you reach your relaxation goals.    Kits are available while supplies last starting Monday, February 8th at 10am. Visit curbside pickup at our Gibson, Green Valley or Paseo Verde locations and  pick up  your free kit while supplies last!  

Markita's Book Bites: Black History Month

African American History Month was first created in September 1915 (50 years after the 13th Amendment was enacted for the abolishment of slavery) by H arvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland .  Since 1976, the U.S. has officially identified February as Black History Month.  The purpose of Black  History  is to recognize the  accomplishments by  African Americans to society in  fields such as STEM, politics, entertainment, sports,  etc .   Below are some notable reads that have been  lauded in American literature for decades, followed by a more extensive list of recommended titles.