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Books for Hamilton Fans of All Ages

Want to brush up on your historical knowledge before tuning in this Fourth of July weekend? Or maybe just read some of the fun fiction that has sprung up surrounding these larger than life historical figures? The library has you covered with e-book recommendations for the whole family.

Kids Crafts with Karen- Fantastic Fireworks!

These fireworks are safe but fun and fancy. I hope you enjoy making them. Happy Fourth of July!

What you will need: 3 pieces of paper 6″ x 11 (color of your choice-I used red, white and blue); scissors and tape.

Fold the paper in half and cut slits in it until you are about a half inch from the bottom. The strips should be about a 1/4″ or so. You don’t have to measure you can just eyeball it . Do this for all 3 papers.

Stack the papers on top of each other and roll them up.


Rasta Pasta is a dish made with a variety of bell peppers (red, green, and yellow), creamy sauce and lots of Jamaican seasoning. This dish was inspired from an original Italian recipe, but is pushed to the next level by all the traditional Jamaican ingredients. Rasta is the abbreviation for “Rastafarianism” a social movement
developed in Jamaica in the 1930’s. We all are familiar with the most well known Rastafarian, Bob Marley. I’m sure that we all mentally sing the words to his famous song “One loveeee..”, no? Ok, maybe just me!

Books to Celebrate July 4

Every American school child learns that the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, commemorates the birth of the United States as an independent nation.  On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson.


Most music these days is made available via various streaming services. Sometimes we lose sight (no pun intended) of what the artist, composer or musician looks like. This is why I am posting 10-12 photos each week of iconic musicians as well as lesser known artists. Let’s see if you can guess who they are.

Keep scrolling down for the answers….


Greetings and Salutations,

 “From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

Dr.Seuss One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Here are this week’s riddles!


Not too difficult

What has one head, one foot and four legs?


Moderately difficult

What gets bigger the more you take away around it?


This week's craft is Buggy Ring Bling!

You will need: 8 1/2 x 11 paper, colors of your choice. (I used pink and black), scissors, glue stick, ruler, marker.

Download the pattern which consists of a rounded rectangle 2″ x 4″, 2 strips of paper 3/4″ x 8″; two strips 1/4″ x 4″; two strips 1/4″ x 1″ and the bug body and face.