Memorial Hall Library

New Year, New Skills

This year, do you want to learn something new? MHL can help! We have some great online instructional resources, like Pronunciator to help learn a new language, Creativebug to learn a new craft or artistic skill, and Lynda.com to learn a wide variety of computer and business skills. Our Library of Things also has kits and items to borrow, like a knitting kit and an electronic keyboard. We also have books to teach almost any skill you could imagine wanting to learn! Here are some suggestions from us for new things to try in 2019.


	How to cook everything : 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food
How to cook everything : 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food
by Mark Bittman

Updated to incorporate the latest tastes and cooking trends, a step-by-step, enjoyable guide to the whole art of cooking includes more than two thousand contemporary recipes complemented by a wealth of how-to information, as well as hundreds of illustrations, tips on variations, expanded coverage of healthy foods, and other essentials.

	How to cook everything vegetarian : simple meatless recipes for great food
How to cook everything vegetarian : simple meatless recipes for great food
by Mark Bittman

A definitive, one-stop vegetarian cookbook by the author of How to Cook Everything showcases more than two thousand different recipes and variations for simple but delicious meatless meals, including salads, soups, eggs and dairy, vegetables and fruit, pasta, grains, legumes, tofu and other meat substitutes, breads, condiments, desserts, and beverages.

	How to play ukulele : a complete guide for beginners
How to play ukulele : a complete guide for beginners
by Dan Scanlan

Learn to play the ukulele with this beginners guide that features information about basic techniques, tools, and music knowledge.

	How to stay alive : the ultimate survival guide for any situation
How to stay alive : the ultimate survival guide for any situation
by Bear Grylls

A former SAS soldier, star of Man vs. Wild and #1 internationally best-selling author explains how to use basic survival skills to avoid a range of everyday and rare survival challenges, from hypothermia to landing a helicopter. 
Coding in Scratch : Projects
Coding in Scratch : Projects
by Steve Setford

A fun, practical introduction to coding your own projects in Scratch, the free online coding platform.

	Saving the season : a cook's guide to home canning, pickling, and preserving
Saving the season : a cook's guide to home canning, pickling, and preserving
by Kevin West

A sumptuously illustrated reference for home cooks and preserving enthusiasts provides more than 100 seasonally organized recipes for options ranging from sweet preserves and savory pickles to produce and condiments, sharing related information about safety, nutrition and American preserving traditions.

	Every body yoga : let go of fear, get on the mat, love your body
Every body yoga : let go of fear, get on the mat, love your body
by Jessamyn Stanley

An internationally recognized, stereotype-shattering yogi welcomes people of all shapes and sizes to start practicing yoga with simple instructions for 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences and reinforces the idea that yoga is about how someone feels, not looks.

	Build stuff with wood : make awesome projects with basic tools
Build stuff with wood : make awesome projects with basic tools
by Asa Christiana

Provides instructions for creating useful items from wood using only a few portable power tools, including an outdoor bench, postmodern coffee table, floating shelves, and hanging lamp.

	How to enjoy Shakespeare
How to enjoy Shakespeare
by Robert Thomas Fallon

Written for those with little or no previous exposure, explains Shakespearean language, themes, narrative, character, and staging.

	DIY nail art : 75 creative nail art designs
DIY nail art : 75 creative nail art designs
by Catherine Rodgers

Offers step-by-step instructions for creating colorful nail art featuring ladybugs, black lace, hot pink zebra stripes, bows, palm trees, and other one-of-a-kind designs.

	The aspiring screenwriter's dirty lowdown guide to fame and fortune : tough lessons you need to know to take your script from premise to premiere
The aspiring screenwriter's dirty lowdown guide to fame and fortune : tough lessons you need to know to take your script from premise to premiere
by Andy Rose

Andy has worked with the best: Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, David Geffen, and Harvey Weinstein to name a few. He has filled this book with real life examples to learn from including contracts, screenplays, treatments, press, and more. For anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a screenplay, for anyone who's wondered how to sell one, this is a must read.

	Girls auto clinic glove box guide
Girls auto clinic glove box guide
by Patrice Banks

The author, devoted to empowering women to learn basic car repairs and knowing what to do in an emergency, presents this must-have guide, revved up with easy-to-follow instructions, great tips and lifesaving rules of thumb, that teaches women what they need to know about how their cars work, and what they need to do to keep them running smoothly. 

	How to grow practically everything
How to grow practically everything
by Zia Allaway

A book packed with hundreds of gardening projects, illustrated with full-color photos, gives complete beginners the confidence and know-how to grow almost anything, from planting herbs in pots to sowing a vegetable garden to feed the family to creating a beautiful terraced flower garden.

	The big awesome book of hand & chalk lettering
The big awesome book of hand & chalk lettering
by Dina Rodriguez

Uses step-by-step instructions and photographs to teach beginners how the master the art of hand lettering, how to compose phrases on the page, and how to make letters look dimensional.

	The costume making guide : creating armor & props for cosplay
The costume making guide : creating armor & props for cosplay
by Svetlana Quindt

Introduces costume making, offering tips and techniques on making bracers, armor, and weapons.
Chickens in Your Backyard : A Beginner's Guide
Chickens in Your Backyard : A Beginner's Guide
by Gail Damerow

All the basics (and beyond!) for raising happy, healthy chickens. In cities, suburbs, and everywhere in between, a classic American tradition is back in a big way--raising backyard chickens for eggs, meat, fun, or profit. Chickens in Your Backyard has been the go-to guide for chicken care for more than 40 years. This revised and updated edition combines all the classic techniques with the most up-to-date information--from incubating, raising, housing, and feeding, to treating disease and raising chickens for show. Chickens in Your Backyard provides everything you need to know to turn your backyard into a happy homestead.