HELLO SEPTEMBER!

"Just like that, summer falls into September." --The Light in the Box Girl
"Thank you for the reminder that change can be beautiful!" --Princess Sassy Pants & Co.

As schools and the education of children are the bookmobile's main priority, you will need to check our Facebook page or call us to see when the bookmobile will be making a stop in your area...because we will be out and about, keeping busy!



REVIEW TIME


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Let's look at a few Back-to-School books you might enjoy sharing with your little ones. Let these uplifting stories calm any fears your young one may have as they embark on a new chapter in their lives. School is fun!


  • Time for School, Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle

  • The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems

  • Pete the Cat: Rockin in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

  • Llama Llama Back to School by Anna Dewdney




Well, September always seems to bring with it that somber feeling of loss. Not just losing summer's heated glow, but our memories of where we were on September 11, 2001. I dont think any of us will ever forget exactly where we were at that tragic moment in time. I was standing on the top floor of the World Trade Center with my youngest daughter in June, 2001 on a school trip. I have photos we took of the city. My oldest daughter had gone as an Upward Bound Counselor with a group of teens two months later in August, 2001; mere weeks before 9/11. It was unreal that we stood there not knowing an attack had been planned or that such a short time later this would be the site of ground zero. I am listing a couple of books you may want to think about:



Ground Zero by Alan Gratz:



This story is about a boy named Brandon who is visiting his dad on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center when it's attacked. His story is intertwined with an Afghan girl who grew up in the aftermath of the attack. Read how their lives were forever changed by this time in our history.


Remember Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury:



This story revolves around Alex Brady whose father, a firefighter in NYC, dies in the Twin Towers. Hardening his heart towards those he loves, he concentrates on fighting crime. He, along with a K-9 partner, Bo, are determined to eliminate evil and prevent tragedies like 9/11. Alex is faced with a terrorist group in California where devastating fires erupt and he intends to put an end to the corruption. Will he ever stop running and open his heart so he can move forward? Will he rely on his friends and possibly the love of a woman in order to see what God has in store for him? *Inspirational/Christian fiction



My DVD pick for this month:


Cinderella, starring Lilly James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as Prince Charming. It's a beautiful little movie and one I surely hope you will enjoy.


"I chose you, and I'll choose you over and over and over, without a pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat, I'll keep choosing you." --Cinderella, 2015


My audio picks:



Christmas Wedding by James Patterson:



What a surprising, wonderful audio! Our main character, Gabby is getting married after being a widow for three years. The wedding is to take place on Christmas Day. But to whom? She has three different suitors; no one knows who she will marry, not even the groom until the day and time of the wedding. She has invited her grown children, grandchildren, and friends to her sprawling Massachusetts farm for the big day. She and her family meet with some pretty overwhelming circumstances, but being the kind of mother she is, she brings the much needed comfort and calm to each situation. She's quite a lady, our Gabby; one whom as I listened and even after I am still reflecting on. I would only like to instill a little of her heart and determination into myself. Please listen to this audio; it's so lovely!



The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander:



This audio has become a fast favorite. This story is about a librarian named Jess who after her grandmother passes decides to pack up and move to a cottage in the English countryside. To her surprise, the property comes with a little red telephone box. As Jess begins to find her place in the country she decides to give back to this sweet community she has become a part of and turn the phone box into the littlest library, using her grandmother's book collection. As the books are borrowed, somehow they seem to be bringing the villagers together. Of course there is a leading man and plenty of villagers you will adore, so please listen as Jess decides what course her life needs to take.



My book pick for this month is:


Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs.



This is one of Wiggs's older books, but so moving I had to share. The book revolves around an Amish community. The main character, Caleb Stoltz, is fulfilling a deathbed promise to his brother to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in Middle Grove. Disaster soon strikes and Caleb must rely on modern medicine and skills of Dr. Reese Powell to help him deal with the shocking accident that forces them together. The clash of their two worlds will challenge the beliefs they both hold to. This book was so unforgettable. I have dreamed about it and almost thought I was there. I can't explain the feeling it left me with. It's very complex and I hope you will take a chance and read it.



Since football season is upon us, I thought I would throw these in for you to try:


TAILGATING RECIPES TO ENJOY ON FOOTBALL NIGHT


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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings


Ingredients:


Wings:


10-12 Pieces chicken wings

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

12 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Pinch of salt


Flour Mixture:


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp creole seasoning

Pinch of salt

Mix together the flour mixture in a bowl


Sauce:


3 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded, not canned)


Directions:


Wings:


Pat the wings dry and season with the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic powder.


Coat the wings lightly with the flour mixture.


Fry wings in canola oil until lightly golden, then remove and drain on paper towels.


Spread the wings on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. *This will add an extra crunch to the wings.


Sauce:


Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the minced garlic and garlic powder. Simmer 5-7 minutes, then add cheese and stir.


Place wings in a large bowl and pour sauce over to coat.


Garnish with parsley. Go Team!



Pigs in a Blanket with Cheese


Ingredients:


8 hot dogs

4 slices American cheese

1 8 oz. can Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls


Directions:


Heat oven to 375 degrees


Cook hot dogs in microwave for one minute, remove.


Cut slit through middle of each hot dog. Don't cut all the way through. Leave 1/4 inch on the ends. Insert a strip of cheese into each hot dog slit.


Separate dough into triangles. Wrap dough around each hot do. Place on an ungreased baking sheet, cheese side up. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden and cooked through.


Sausage Balls


Ingredients:


1 lb. hot sausage

1/2 large jar Cheese Whiz (or whole small jar)

1/4 cup milk

Bisquick

Shredded cheeses (parmesan, cheddar, Monterey jack) *optional


Directions:


In a large bowl combine sausage, milk and Cheese Whiz. Add Bisquick a little at a time until no longer loose. Add shredded cheeses (if using) and mix alternating with the Bisquick until a soft dough forms. Roll into walnut size balls and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until golden and sausage is cooked through.


Serve with your favorite mustard or enjoy alone!





I checked out this cookbook titled The Red Truck Bakery Farmhouse Cookbook by Brian Noyes. If you are into home cooking and comfort food, check this one out. We have it available on the bookmobile. Brian offers dishes like Orange Pecan rolls, Rise and Shine Biscuits, BLTs with avocado and pesto mayo, fried green tomato sandwiches, old school chicken soup, and his famous Red Truck Bakery Brownies! Come on now, can you even say no to any of these? And seriously, they aren't that hard to make. This book is filled with so many recipes I can't wait to try, I hope you will too.



AN EASY CRAFT FOR YOU


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Beaded Pipe Cleaner Corn Craft


Supplies:


Pony Beads, assorted colors

Pipe cleaners (3)


Instructions:


Twist three pipe cleaners together at the center, making a kind of spider figure.


Add beads to each pipe cleaner "spider leg" in a candy corn color pattern.


Twist the pipe cleaners together at the top and trim the top pieces as needed. This will form the shuck, so using tan or brown color pipe cleaners work nicely.


Hang the candy corn figures on some cut yarn or jute anywhere you need a garland.


You can make multiples and put together to create a garland or make more than one and tie together at the top with a fall bow and hang!


Happy Fall, Y'all


~The Bookmobile Lady~


PS


The bookmobile crew is so grateful for the BAF grant that helped fund our Summer Reading program in 2022, which was so much fun and such a success! We are forever in gratitude for the generosity.