Darrington Library Blog

Monday, January 11, 2010

Get Together at the Library

Libraries are the place of choice for all age groups to find fun and entertainment. Teens get together to play Wii games or to challenge each other at traditional games, to access games on the computers, watch movies or read. The library is a place teens gather to do research, work on homework with friends or utilize the homework helper that can be accessed from the Sno-Isle website at www.sno-isle.org.

Library resources are not limited to teens, but offer resources that benefit everyone from babies to adults. Babies who attend storytime at our library have fun playing, interacting with other babies and their families, and often learn some American Sign Language from Miss Merle. Family programs provide an excellent place for parents to get together with their children to do fun activities at no cost.

Not to be outdone, adults gather at the library to read current newspapers and magazines, use the computers, attend the book discussion group, gather with the knitting group, enjoy music appreciation classes or view a travelogue. Whatever age you happen to be, the library has something for you. You are urged to join us at the Darrington Library for a truly enjoyable experience.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Breaking the Rules

(Shhh...don't tell the Fashion Police)

I have always been a fashion diva. I learned how to sew when I was 10 and by high school I was sewing and designing my own clothes. Over the years I have worked as a tailor, a furrier of custom sheepskin clothing and leather goods, and even made drapes for a Community College. I think my favorite stint was five years as a volunteer, costuming for local high school drama productions.
Soooo where am I going with this? Every persons “style” periodically needs some updating. Our lifestyles, our jobs, even (gasp!) our bodies change, and we can end up looking “stuck in the sixties” (or fill in era here) if we don’t occasionally make some changes. To this end, I was delving through the rather respectable collection of books that Sno-Isle carries on this subject over the last couple of months.

Here is this divas “dish” on her preferred picks.

Hands on strategies for taming your closet

Style Clinic by Paula Reed

The Style Strategy by Nina Garcia

Brenda Kinsel's Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style by Brenda Kinsel

Photo filled guides that take the guesswork out of what they are saying

Trinny & Susannah Take on America: What your clothes say about you by Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine; photography by Robin Matthews

What not to Wear by Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine; photography by Robin Matthews

How to have style by Isaac Mizrahi

Figure it out: the real woman's guide to great style by Geri Brin

A little "style therapy" for the nervous among us

Dress to Express: seven secrets for overcoming closet trauma and revealing your inner beauty by Tracy McWilliams

Some heartfelt encouragement

Secrets of a Style Diva: a get inspired guide to your creative side by Susie Coelho

AND some fun

How not to act old: 185 ways to pass for phat, sick, hot, dope, awesome, or at least not totally lame by Pamela Redmond Satran

Last word

Don't be afraid to "break a rule" when the results warrant it. I recently read that "nobody with style dyes their hair in unnatural colors these days". Oops!