Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Flat Doodle Craft

 Hey Teens!

Doodle Your Favorite Pet or Animal. 


Our Librarian Clerk: Emily, drew these samples: 

Everyone can be a great artist with flat doodles!
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Reader's Advisory

Solidly grounded in a student-friendly learning process, DRAWING BASICS provides a thorough yet simple approach to drawing from observation by breaking down the process into basic elements and essential disciplinary practices. Through a series of carefully structured Basic Drawing Exercises students develop progressively more complex skills that provide a strong foundation in drawing from observation and set the stage for future development of personal expression. 

This book will lead students through the history of the Egyptian cat-goddess Bastet, the now-extinct saber-toothed cat, the famous show biz American tabby named Morris, and six other breeds and types of cats. Each breed is carefully explained and is accompanied by step-by-step drawing instructions. 

 With It's Fun to Draw Farm Animals, it's easy for kids to draw their favorite barnyard animals by following the simple numbered steps on the left-hand side of the page. Bergin's drawings are easy for kids to re-create and a sure way to inspire the artist within everyone. This simple, brightly colored book is the perfect tool for the budding artist who is interested in farm animals. Each drawing comes with step-by-step illustrations and tips on coloring a variety of furry, feathered, and spotted animals, including:  Cows , Chickens,  Goats,  Pigs,  Rabbits,  Sheep,  Horses, and seven more!  

The newest entry in Jennifer Lipsey’s acclaimed series proves that man’s best friend can be a child’s best artistic inspiration. Bright and beautifully designed, I Love to Draw Dogs is alive with colorful suggestions for young artists, plus instruction on how to draw their favorite pups.  As always, the left page of each spread takes kids step-by-step through the whole drawing process. They’ll learn to create their own unique dogs, including puffy poodles, lively Labs, springing spaniels, and massive Malamutes. The right-side places each animal in a setting, providing children with even more great ideas for their own pictures. Will their dog curl up in its special bed or sleep at its owner’s feet, play fetch in a field of flowers or jump for joy chasing butterflies? The decision is the artists alone! And with everything from tiny toy Chihuahuas to mischievous mutts to choose from, who can resist? Because there’s minimal text, even pre-readers will be able to follow along easily. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Teen Take Home Kit- Baby Yoda Key Chain



Celebrate Star Wars Day with a trip to the library to pick out a Star Wars movie, Star Wars book, and a Star Wars craft! 

Baby Yoda Key Chain

Who doesn't love Baby Yoda? Visit your LLF library branch for a Baby Yoda Key Chain kit! Don't have time to stop by the library? Instructions for making the key chain can be found here

Photocred:The Weavers of Eternity Paracord
Binge-Watch Star Wars
There's great debate over which order to watch the Star Wars saga. The franchise creator, George Lucas offers this order:

What is your favorite Yoda Quote? Here are a few of ours....

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May Lego Club Challenge - Wind Racers


  • Each LEGO Mini figure is exactly four bricks high without a hat.
  • Seven LEGO sets are sold every second.  By the time you have read this fact, dozens of LEGO sets have been sold around the world!
  • Six eight-stud LEGO bricks can be combined in over 915 million different ways. Two bricks can be combined 24 different ways, and three bricks 1,060 ways.                                  -

Build your very own wind racer! Get some helpful ideas here. Once you've built your racer, take a picture and have your grown up post it to the Library's Facebook, @llflibrary!

Come to the library and check out  LEGO Movies

  Discover more about the LEGO universe and their cult mini-figures with The LEGO Book.
From manufacturing wooden toys to blockbuster video games, go behind the scenes and discover fascinating facts and trivia about LEGO, one of the nation's best-loved companies. A fascinating timeline highlights key moments in LEGO history and special features spotlight groundbreaking achievements.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Adulting 101 - Easy Car Maintenance

 Mechanics for needed for most car repairs, however, there’s a lot of vehicle maintenance you can do on your own!

1. Acquaint Yourself with Your Owner’s Manual

Every vehicle has an owner’s manual. It’s a thick book typically squirreled away in the glove box. If you can’t find your copy, an electronic version could be online. Otherwise, contact your dealer for a copy.

With the manual in hand, head to the maintenance schedule section. Take note of the intervals for maintenance items like the engine oil, oil filter, tire rotation, belts, hoses, and so on. It’s important to follow these manufacturer recommendations to keep the engine running as smoothly as possible.

2. Check Your Tires Monthly

A lot is riding on your tires - like the entire vehicle. The thing that keeps your car driving down the road is the tires. They need to be properly inflated to do their job as well as lessen the chance of a blowout.

You probably know how to add air to your tires already. What you may not know is the correct tire pressure, which is extremely important. You’ll find the ideal tire pressure on a placard located on the driver’s door jamb or in the owner’s manual. 

Tires should be inflated when they are cold (driven less than one mile) to get an accurate reading. If that isn’t possible, add 4 PSI to the recommended amount, explains Bridgestone Tire. Check your spare tire while you’re at it and confirm all pressures with a tire gauge once the tires have rested.

3. Change Your Oil and Oil Filter on Schedule

Oil is your engine’s lifeblood. It serves as a lubricant, keeping important engine parts from grinding against each other and destroying the engine. Motor oil that’s not changed regularly can damage your engine as accumulated contaminants cause friction when they rub against parts. Learn how to tell whether your oil needs changing here.

What type of oil should you use — petroleum-based or synthetic? Is one better than the other? According to Engineering Editor Jason Kavanagh, the type of oil is not important. He noted, “As long as the oil meets the service and viscosity requirements set out in your owner's manual, you can switch back and forth as much as you want.”

4. Replace the Air Filter With Oil Changes

When it comes to the air filter, you may need to replace it once or twice each year. It largely depends on how much you drive. It’s best practice to check the air filter when you change your oil.

5. Inspect All Other Fluids

Motor oil isn’t the only fluid that needs to be checked. Experts recommend checking your car brake fluid, transmission fluids, coolant and windshield washer fluid.

Like motor oil, you’ll check transmission fluid with a dipstick. Determine brake fluid, coolant, and washer fluid levels by removing related covers and visually inspecting each. They should reach a designated fill line. 

NEVER remove the radiator cap to check coolant levels. You risk getting scalded if the cap is removed. Instead, check the coolant level in the nearby transparent refill container, says CarTalk.

6. Examine Belts and Hoses

If you want to go one step beyond basic routine vehicle maintenance, then inspect the hoses and belts in the engine bay. These hoses direct coolant flow to ensure the engine doesn’t overheat. If a hose has separated, shows cracks or bulges, then have it replaced.

Similarly, check the belts too. The timing belt, as found in most cars and small SUVs is critical to the operation of your engine, notes YourMechanic. If this belt shows signs of wear, including cracking, glazing, and material loss (chunks missing from the belt itself), then replace it ASAP. If the timing belt goes while driving it can cause serious engine damage.

7. Always Listen and Feel for Brake Issues

Brakes are a critical component of every vehicle. You should always be aware of how your brakes feel and what they sound like every time you drive. If the brakes feel spongy or it takes more pressure to apply the brakes than normal they need to get inspected by a professional. 

Brake sounds can indicate when maintenance or repair is needed. Here’s a quick rundown of common brake sounds:

Squealing - It’s time for new brake pads when you hear squealing because the ones you have now are worn out and rubbing against the rotor.

Grinding - This isn’t a normal sound, but it may not be a major issue if brake grinding is happening only the first time you drive the vehicle in a day. When the humidity levels are high outside, rust can form on the brake rotors in a matter of a day if the vehicle isn’t driven. The grinding sound is the rust getting knocked off. The simple fix is to park the vehicle in a garage when it’s snowing, raining, or humid.

Rattling - A rattling or vibration sound suggests one of the rotors are warped or worn out and need to be replaced.

Intermittent Sounds - If brake sounds come and go it could be an indicator of brake fade from overheating. When the brake pads, rotors or brake fluid overheat you may hear brake sounds and the brakes won’t feel as responsive. This problem should be looked at by a professional who can pinpoint the cause and fix it.

8. Replace Wiper Blades as Needed

If the windows streak or the blades screech when the system is operating it’s time for a replacement set. This is actually a very important vehicle maintenance measure. If you find yourself in a rainstorm the windshield wipers are what give you visibility. You never know when you may need them so check the wiper blades often.  

9. Remove Battery Corrosion

As for the car battery, the main requirement here is to ensure that the battery terminals remain free from corrosion. Just like the brakes, environmental factors can cause buildup that hinders operation. A wire brush along with a solution of water and baking soda will knock the corrosion right off. Visit this site for helpful instructions to safely remove corrosion.

Auto Batteries: General Tips

Check out this site for more basic car maintenance.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Muffin Storytime

Molly the Muffin Fairy 

by  Lora Eda and Tim Bugbird 
Make Believe Ideas

Butterfly Clothespin Craft for Preschoolers   

Supplies you will need:
muffin liners
pipe cleaners
googly eyes

Sing a long with the Muffin Man!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Recipes for the Weekend- 2 Ingredient Cupcakes

It's about that time for end of year parties. . . you know, the ones that tend to be forgotten until the night before? Go ahead and buy a box of cake mix, some icing, and a can of soda and you'll be prepared for any party that sneaks up on you! The following recipe is just one of many combinations available for an easy, quick cupcake fix.


1 box of lemon cake mix

1 12 oz. can  of lemon-lime soda

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Follow the directions on the box for mixing (minus the other ingredients).
2. Blend cake mix and can of soda in a large bowl at low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds). Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. 
3. Use a ice cream scoop to scoop batter or pour batter in muffin tin lined with cupcake papers, filling batter 2/3 full and bake immediately.
4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18 – 23 minutes or until cupcakes test done with a toothpick. 5. Remove cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely before frosting with your favorite recipe.
Like this simple recipe, but ready for more of a challenge? Visit your LLF library to find more baking cookbooks like Cake pops: tips, tricks, and recipes for more than 40 irresistible mini treats or Taste of Home cupcakes muffins & more: 130 scrumptious delights.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Seed Bombs



What are Seed Bombs?

Seed bombs are small round objects that contain viable seed inside a “soil-like” material. When the seed bomb is thrown into a suitable landscape, rain will cause the seeds to sprout inside the ball. Seed bombs are a great way to provide habitats for bees and other pollinators!

How to Make Seed Bombs

Materials :

  • air dry clay
  • potting soil
  • flower seeds
  • material for gift giving
   Pinch off small pieces of clay

Break off small pieces of air dry clay. We want to have enough clay to finish with a ball about 1- 1.5” in diameter. Use your thumb to shape the clay into a small bowl. They don’t have to be perfect – have fun!

2.   Place a small pinch of seeds in each clay bowl.

The number of seeds that you use inside your bomb depends on the type of flower. For plants with large seeds, such as sunflowers, 2-4 seeds will be plenty. For plants with much smaller seed size, like the included seeds, a larger amount (about 1/8 tsp) is good.

3.   Add a pinch of potting soil to nourish seeds

Add a teaspoon (or so) of potting mix on top of the seeds and use your fingers to pinch the clay bowl closed, incorporating the soil and seeds into the clay mixture.

4.   Coat each seed bomb in potting soil

Gently roll the clay seed bomb in loose potting soil. This natural soil covering will help nourish the seeds as they grow and give your seed bombs a more natural look.

Where Can You Throw Seed Bombs?

The whole purpose of making seed bombs is to create more blooming flowers without any care by the gardener.  When deciding where to throw seed bombs, consider the needs of the plants. Tossing a handful in the middle of an asphalt parking lot is not likely to yield good results. However, any field that has some top soil and moisture is a good candidate. Bare spots along the edge of the yard or on the edge of wooded areas are also good candidates for seeds suitable to the climate.

How Long Will Seed Bombs Last?

These can be made several weeks ahead and stored until needed. For extra freshness, store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use or give them.


Share Seed Bombs

When your seed bombs are finished, wrap one in the provided piece of fabric, then share with a friend to celebrate Earth Day! 


Visit for more info!

-Learn More At Your LLF Library!-

Use your smartphone camera to hover over the QR code below to be directed to the LLF catalog to search for more gardening and bee books!

The Bee Book by Fergus Chadwick                                                                            J 595.79 C

The Case of The Vanishing Honey Bees: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle   J 595.799 M

Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston                                                         638.1 B


Download the Hoopla app, sign-up for free with your library card, and search for “bees” to see eBooks available, too!


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