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Library of Things: Wilton Countless Celebrations Set

Photo of Wilton Countless Celebrations Cake Pan box

Library of Things: Wilton Countless Celebrations Set

Photo of Wilton Countless Celebrations Cake Pan box

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to personalize any party to celebrate every special occasion. Use one pan to bake cakes shaped like letters A-Z and numbers 0-9, perfect for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and so much more. The Countless Celebrations, letters, and numbers pan set to celebrate every special occasion. The complete set includes a 14.5 x 9-inch non-stick cake pan, featuring a grid-guide bottom, eight pan inserts, one angled cutter, and easy picture instructions. Plus, the inserts nest neatly inside the pan for convenient storage.

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Staff Review & Tips

I used one brownie mix to make the letter J. My brownie was short, so I would use two boxes of whatever mix you want to use. I sprayed the rectangle pan and all the pieces I used with cooking spray. There were very mild places where the mix went past the interchangeable inserts; make sure you fit the pieces snug in place and try not to move the pan around a lot.

Danielle Featherston, Technical Services Director

Tip: Use two boxes of cake mix, spray all parts you are using, and remember to clean well before returning to the library.

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Library of Things: Zoie + Chloe 3-Piece Dough Press Set

Library of Things: Zoie + Chloe 3-Piece Dough Press Set

Make hand pies, dumplings, empanadas, and more with Zoie + Chloe's dough press set. The once labor-intensive process has been reduced to four simple steps: cut, fill, fold, and press to seal. These three dough presses have diameters of 4", 5" and 6". They feature a decorative crimped edge design, and the dough cutter on the back of the press cuts dough to fit the press perfectly. It is excellent for dumplings, ravioli, calzones, piroshkis, empanadas, pierogies, and pastries of all kinds. They are easy to care for and dishwasher safe.

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Staff Review & Tips

Frozen dough circles can be used or rolling puff pastry about 1/16 of an inch in thickness and cut with the dough press you want to use, like in the video shown below, to make the appropriate size. Tip: Spray the inside of the crimpers with baking spray before placing the cut dough on the crimpers. Watch out for over stuffing. You can then bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees, air fry, or deep fry.

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Inspiration

There are so many options on Pinterest and the web to find recipes to use these. I used keywords like dough press recipes, hand pies, dumplings, ravioli, calzones, piroshkis, empanadas, and pierogis to find tons of great recipes to use these for different meals. If you have an air fryer, then you can put that in your search also.

Library of Things: Artograph EZ Tracer Opaque Art Projector

Library of Things: Artograph EZ Tracer Opaque Art Projector

The EZ Tracer is an easy to use art projector for the beginning artist or art classroom. Simply place the projector on top of any art or copy and enlarge the image onto a wall or easel for tracing and coloring. Darkened room required. Copy size: 4 x 4 / 10.2cm x 10.2cm. Projection range: 2x to 10x. Create murals, paintings, signs, and banners faster and more accurately than ever.

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Staff Review & Tips

The projector’s bottom has a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4″ opening, which sits over the artwork to be transferred. It is very easy to use with printed pictures taken from magazines, photos, or even fabric. The room needs to be dark, and the projector needs to be at least two feet away from your canvas, paper, or what you are transferring the picture onto.

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Inspiration

For things to trace, you can pick pictures out of books or head over to Pinterest. Using keywords when searching Pinterest or the internet is a great place to start. Try these keywords: pictures to trace, black and white images, or coloring pages. You can use any kind of image that is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4″.

Indie Author Day: November 7, 2020

On November 7, 2020, the Putnam County Public Library will host the 5th annual Indie Author Day. Join us for the talk “Eye for the Weird” by Author Sarah Gerkensmeyer. 

Eye for the Weird
How can the strange, the uncanny, and the unordinary help give us more direct access to our characters’ ordinary, human experiences?  This presentation, which incorporates a series of interconnected writing exercises, will explore how some “weird” writers like myself work with a careful balance of the ordinary and the unordinary, the real and the surreal, in their fiction.  We will look at overt examples of weird writing, such as magical realism, fabulism, and fairy tales.  And we will also explore more subtle approaches, such as conducting creative research about unknown topics and discovering a sense of mystery about topics that you are already familiar with.  Participants should be both inspired and challenged to discover how injecting a sense of the unknown and the off-kilter—whether to a large degree or only in small doses—might open up the characters in their own writing.  I will also share about how growing up in the Midwest helped shape how I view the “weird” in both the landscape that surrounds me and in my own writing.

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Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying, was selected by Stewart O’Nan as winner of the 2012 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and chosen as winner of Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer Prize.  A Pushcart Prize nominee for both fiction and poetry and a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction, Sarah has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Ragdale, Grub Street, SAFTA’s Firefly Farms, and the Vermont Studio Center.  Her stories and poetry have appeared in American Short Fiction, Guernica, The New Guard, The Massachusetts Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, B O D Y, Hobart, and Cream City Review, among others.  Her story “Ramona” was featured in a Huffington Post piece on flash fiction and also selected by Lily Hoang for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology.  Sarah was the 2012-13 Pen Parentis Fellow.  She received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University and now lives and writes in her home state of Indiana, where she is a winner of the Indiana Authors Award and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellow.

LoT: Dominion

"You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion! In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and feodums. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner. But wait! It must be something in the air; several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. Your parents wouldn't be proud, but your grandparents, on your mother's side, would be delighted."

-from the back of the box

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